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The Woman Who Met Her Match By Fiona Gibson

The Woman Who Met Her Match‘The Woman Who Met Her Match’ is the latest book by Fiona Gibson.

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?

Fiona is back with another great story that will warm the cockles of your heart with her sweet and engaging story filled with relatable character and believable situation.

Like Fiona’s previous novels, the protagonist of the story is a single and hard working mother called Lorrie, a mother of two teenage children who has never quite got over the sudden death of her partner David. Whilst her children want nothing more than for their mother to be happy, she agrees to have a go at online dating, which ends up in disastrous results as nothing is what it seems on the internet. Then out of the blue, the first love of her life, Antoine gets in touch for the first time after breaking her 16 year old heart whilst on a trip to France. They befriend each other on Facebook and tentatively get to know one another and Lorrie enjoys reminiscing of earlier times, without the stress of impending redundancy and her 70 year old mother’s forthcoming nuptials.

The story is seen solely through the eyes of Lorrie and she is a genuinely heartwarming and kind lady. In her job as a make up sales person, she enjoys nothing more than transforming people and relieving a little bit of stress from their lives with a sweep of a brush. She’s considerate and patient, particularly when it comes to her high maintenance mother, who regularly makes for entertaining and shocking reading with her way of treating Lorrie. There are many fun characters in the story that compliment Lorrie, one person in particular is Stu, Lorrie’s lodger, a charismatic man who is always there to lend an ear after a horrible day.

Fun from the first page, this book was a delight to read, wittily and sensitively written in parts, that had me smiling throughout. Proof that age is just a number and you’re never to old to start over, whether it’s in love or in life, ‘The Woman Who Met Her Match’ is a poignant and enjoyable tale about the modern day woman.

You can buy The Woman Who Met Her Match from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

Book News – The Singalong Society For Singletons By Katy Lovell

The Singalong Society for SingletonsKaty Lovell has released a lovely new book called ‘The Singalong Society For Singleton’s’ and it sounds like the perfect book to curl up with.

The story of ‘The Singalong Society For Singletons’ is –

Monique and Issy are teachers, housemates and lovers of musicals! Their Friday night routine consists of snacks, wine and the Frozen DVD. So when Monique’s boyfriend moves to America for a year and her sister Hope moves in because of her own relationship woes, Friday nights get a new name… ‘The Singalong Society for Singletons’!

It’s a chance to get together, sing along to their favourite tracks from the best-loved West End shows, and forget the worries of work, relationships and love (or lack of it). But when Issy shares the details of their little group further afield, they get some unexpected new members who might just change their opinions on singledom for good….

Perfect for fans of romance and musicals!

You can pre-order The Singalong Society for Singletons from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 15th December.

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.

If You Go Away By Adele Parks

If You Go Away‘If You Go Way’ is the latest book by Adele Parks.

1914. Vivian, a young, impassioned debutante is hurried into a pedestrian marriage to cover a scandal. War breaks out on her wedding day – domestically and across Europe. Quick to escape the disappointment of matrimony, her traditionalist husband immediately enlists and Vivian has no alternative than to take up the management and running of his estate – after all, everyone is required to do their bit. Even pretty, inadequately-educated young wives. Howard, a brilliant young playwright rushes to the front to see for himself the best and the worst of humanity; he cannot imagine what the horror might be. In March 1916, when conscription becomes law, it is no longer enough for him to report on the War, it’s a legal requirement that he joins the ranks. Howard refuses, becoming one of the most notorious conscientious objectors of the time. Disarmingly handsome, famous, articulate and informed, he’s a threat to the government. Narrowly escaping a death sentence by agreeing to take essential work on Vivian’s farm, it’s only then Howard understands what is worth fighting for.

Adele’s latest book is another glamorous and romantic historical take set against the backdrop of the First World War.

The story is seen through the eyes of Vivian and Howard. Vivian, is a young woman who is in season and is hoping to be paired up with one of the lusted men in the country, unfortunately that isn’t the case for the young heroine and she finds herself, the subject of shame. No longer able to pick a suitor, she finds herself paired off with Aubrey Owens, a quiet young man and the complete opposite to the vicarious Vivian and together they embark on a marriage, based on the companionship and formalities and lacking in the love that Vivian craves. As the war rages, Aubrey goes off to battle for his country leaving Vivian and their daughter Mabel behind and Vivian finds herself forgetting about the glamour of life and instead sets about looking after her house and garden and wanting to do more for the small village with the men being at war.

Howard hates the war and everything that it stands for. He longs to be back in the theatre producing and writing plays but he goes with his friend, a journalist who wants to give actual accounts of war and the pair of them witness the carnage and chaos. Tormented from the things, he witnessed at war, Howard refuses to take part in the war and this leads to him being subjected to abuse and prison for his beliefs.

Vivian and Howard embark on a tentative friendship when she hires him to help around the house, doing the jobs she’s unable to do. They become friends and slowly become closer as the war progresses and time goes by.

Just like Adele’s previous book, this book is a glamorous tale, but with the inclusion of the war, it does make for gritty and gruesome reading which is unsettling in scenes. The war accounts are very descriptive and are obviously well researched. The characters in the story are likeable and relatable people, Vivian is like any other girl looking for her happy ever after, she’s sweet and really comes out her shell when Howard arrives, he provides masculinity to the war tale.

A compelling and captivating story that is beautifully written with powerful authenticity, ‘If You Go Away’ is a romantic and harrowing story that makes for emotional reading, another great historical book from Adele.

You can buy If You Go Away from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

Walk On By By Stacey Solomon

Walk On By‘Walk On By’ is Stacey Solomon’s debut book.

Ever since Charlotte Taylor was a little girl she’s wanted fame and fortune. She sings with the voice of an angel and is soon plucked out of obscurity and into the limelight, an overnight sensation as ‘Lola’. Charlotte attends wild celebrity parties and moves in circles with the rich and famous, but the people living the life of celebrity aren’t all she imagined them to be and neither is her life. Struggling to find the real Charlotte again she battles against the crazy life she’s thrust into, desperately trying to swim to the surface. Blake Hudson is a self-made man. Successful in his own right, he’s busy making his own mark on the world. Self-assured, strong and determined, he’s not looking for a permanent relationship. But when he meets the sweet and charming Charlotte, he’s captivated. But the world of celebrity and business collide and commitments, half-truths and unintentional deception don’t make for smooth sailing.

I was a bit cynical when I was sent this copy, as it has been revealed in the past that celebrity writers don’t always write their own books, so I did wonder if Stacey did write this book and if she did, then this genuinely is a really good introduction to her writing career.

The story is about Charlotte Taylor, a young busker who is plucked from obscurity and is thrown in the spotlight as Lola, the latest singing sensation and follows in her career as she deals with the pressure, the bitchiness and the temptation of love when she travels to New York for a little bit of me time, when she meets handsome and charismatic Blake Hudson, who turns her life around and she begins to enjoy herself properly away from the glare of the camera.

This book is a fun and interesting tale, that could possibly be seen as Stacey’s own life story, as she rose to fame through the television show ‘The X Factor’. Charlotte is one of the sweetest characters that I’ve read in a while, genuinely kind and modest, she reflects back on a time in her life, where money wasn’t plentiful and her family struggled and wants to provide for her sister and her father, now that she is able. With low confidence, she is unaware of how lusted after she is and finds solace and reassurance from Roo-Roo, a celebrity make up artist and gay best friend who is always there and guaranteed to perk her up and the scenes between the two characters are always funny and warm moments.

The only flaw I had with the book was the cover of the book, which I felt didn’t portray the quality of the story.

Written in a fresh and fun style with lighthearted dialogue, I read this book in a day and found it almost impossible to put down. It was a really enjoyable and captivating story that provides an interesting and amusing insight into the world of celebrities and was a lovely debut novel from Britain’s most loved entertainers.

You can buy Walk on By (Best Things in Life) from Amazon and is avaialable to buy from good bookshops.