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Living My Best Life By Claire Frost

Living My Best Life‘Living My Best Life’ is Claire Frost’s debut novel.

Recently dumped by her boyfriend of ten years, Bell is struggling to move on with her life – and surrender the fleecy pyjamas she’s been living in since January. Haunted by #blessed on social media, she can’t help but compare her life to those she follows online, wondering where she is going wrong. In the world of social media, Millie is the successful online influencer @mi_bestlife. But in real life she’s just a regular single mum trying to make ends meet, while fending off the younger competition and tenacious internet trolls. Her Instagram feed is far more #BestLie than #BestLife, and soon Millie begins to wish her life was more like her filters. It isn’t until Bell and Millie’s paths cross that they begin to realise what they’re both missing. Can Millie prove to Bell that life online isn’t always what it appears to be? And in return, can Millie learn that she needs to start living for the moment and not for the likes?

I adored this book, it was a lovely story to curl up with. I met Claire at a Books and the City event earlier this year and she was warm and bubbly and her personality really shone through in her characters.

After suddenly finding herself single after the end of a ten year relationship, Bell finds questioning her place in life and signs herself up to a photography class where she meets new friends Laura and Ben and finds herself growing in confidence when she becomes the spokesperson for the local community hall. When she befriends local influencer and single mother Millie, the pair of them become strong friends as they deal with the realities of life.

I really liked the characters in this book and their new friendship was a joy to observe. As well as focusing on new beginning of life, the stress of motherhood, this book also concentrates on the negative impact of social media and how much pressure there is put on society for the perfect post and life.

With fantastic characters, adorable children and riddled with humour, this book is cleverly written that really pulls the reader in.

Deliciously heartwarming and fun, ‘Living My Best Life’ is a fantastic debut from Claire Frost. Filled with humour, warmth and relatable characters, this book shows the powerful portrayal of social media and the challenges of starting over.

You can pre-order ”Living My Best Life’ from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 5th September 2019.

A Summer To Remember Book Tour – Extract

A Summer To RememberToday, I’m hosting the book tour for the latest book by Sue Moorcroft called ‘A Summer To Remember’.

So, sit back, relax and enjoy an extract from this romantic tale.

‘I think she’s OK,’ Clancy answered carefully. After jilting Lee, Alice had made no bones about preferring to be invisible to anyone at Nelson’s Bar and had wheedled unashamedly to get Clancy to represent Alice’s interest in Roundhouse Row. ‘I’m on the move all the time anyway and you’re so good at stuff. Don’t make me interact with judgy big bro Aaron, puhleeeeease, Clancee.’ Clancy had sighed and said yes. People often said yes to Alice. Maybe it was because she just seemed to expect it, but also it was her pretty smile, the swish of her stylishly cut hair, or the way she had of linking arms as if to demonstrate how much she liked you.

And, wherever Clancy had been in the world, Alice had always sent letters, cards, messages, demands to know where Clancy was and what she was doing, requests for postcards or photos or to know when Clancy was going to come and live with them again. Whatever Alice’s faults, she and Clancy had a bond.

These days it was Alice’s travelling the bond had to survive, rather than Clancy’s. The only time they’d seen each other in the last six years was when Aunt Sally had died suddenly four years ago. Alice had reappeared for the funeral, white-faced and red-eyed over the loss of her mother. Then she’d sold the family home in Warwickshire and vanished again, her travel fund firmly bolstered by her inheritance.

None of this needed to be shared with Clancy’s new neighbour, so she just said, ‘Dilys, could you point me at a supermarket, please? I need supplies.’

Dilys’s face shifted its wrinkles into a delighted grin. ‘Can I show you instead? I don’t drive any more so it’s a boon for me to get a ride into Hunstanton. Tell you what,’ she swept on. ‘How about I trade you lunch? I’ve made vegetable soup and I was just about to have some.’

Warmth stole into Clancy’s heart at such a friendly offer. ‘What a brilliant trade. Thank you.’

You can buy ‘A Summer To Remember’ from Amazon and is 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.

Jenny Colgan Reveals New Book – The Bookshop On The Shore

The Bookshop On The Shore‘Jenny Colgan is back on our bookshelves in 2019 with a new book called ‘The Bookshops On The Shore’

What the back cover says –

Zoe, a professional child care worker, and single mother to Hari, 4, who has selective mutism, is sinking beneath the waves trying to cope by herself in London. Then her ex sister-in-law suggests she move to Scotland to help run a bookshop…

There her path crosses that of Ramsay Urquart, a widower and antiquarian bookseller, who has a band of difficult children he can’t manage. Can two very damaged people help heal each other?

With a pretty cover and a delicious synposis, this book certainly sounds like a treat!

You can pre-order ‘The Bookshop On The Shore’ from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 13th June 2019.

Second Chances At The Log Cabin By Catherine Ferguson

Second Chances At The Log Cabin‘Second Chances At The Log Cabin’ is the latest book by Catherine Ferguson.

When Roxy proposes to her boyfriend Jackson in a moment of madness on live TV, she’s mortified when he rejects her. To escape the embarrassment, she takes a job working as baking assistant at the idyllic Log Fire Cabin. Roxy hopes the new job will take her mind off Jackson, because to her eternal annoyance, she hasn’t been able to stop thinking about him. But when Jackson turns up at the cabin unexpectedly, things begin to go wrong. With a sprinkle of snow, the help of new friends and more than a couple of mince pies, can Roxy heal her heart in time for Christmas?

I haven’t read many books by Catherine Ferguson, but after reading this festive delight, I’ll definitely be looking into other books by the romantic author.

In this story, we meet Roxy. She thinks she’s met the man of her dreams, Jackson is handsome, charming and kind, everything she is looking for in a partner. After being made redundant and Jackson offers for her to move into his house, Roxy thinks that her life is changing for the best and suddenly spurned on by Dutch courage, finds herself proposing to him on live television, only to be turned down.

Heartbroken and jobless, Roxy retreats to lick her wounds, as every time she pops out, someone recognises her reminding her of the embarrassment. But, one day when she’s feeling particularly low, she runs into Poppy, who’s stressed out with her busy job as a cook and randomly offers Roxy a job.

Not the best cook in the world but willing to give it a go, Roxy accepts and finds herself at a log cabin preparing food for strangers, pretending she’s a cuisine chef, but amongst those that she’s cooking for is Jackson with his new partner Sophie.

I loved this story, it’s a modern love story with strong characters and lots of humour and charm weaved throughout. Roxy is a lovely character, she’s fun but she’s broken from a previous relationship and scarred from a teenage incident she finds it hard to trust people. She lacks in self confidence and belief but as the story progress, we see her grow in confidence and blossom. She handles interactions with Jackson with humour and grace, even though he publicly humiliated her. Her boss Poppy is also a charming character, kind and bubbly whereas as Jackson’s new partner is quite cruel and cutting which made for entertaining reading as the personalities clashed.

A heart-warming and festive tale about love and new beginnings, ‘Second Chances at the Log Cabin’ is the perfect festive read, filled with the mouth-watering recipes, that will have the reader reaching for their mixing bowls!

You can buy Second Chances at the Log Fire Cabin from Amazon