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Million Love Songs Book Tour Playlist

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On the book tour for Carole Matthews’ delicious new book called ‘Million Love Songs’, I bring you the Spotify playlist that Carole listened to whilst writing the book.

‘Million Love Songs’ is about a young woman called Ruby Brown who finds herself suddenly single for the first time in years. She’s ready to dive into the single world of footloose and fancyfree but it seems that fate has something else in store, as two handsome men catch her eye.

Featuring 21 of the greatest love songs of all time, from the tones of Elvis Presley’s ‘Always On My Mind’ to the quirky ‘Friday I’m In Love’by The Cure, there’s something from everyone to cuddle up to.

Check out the playlist here called Carole Matthews Love Songs

Million Love Songs

When it comes to love songs for me, my top five are:

‘Romeo and Juliet’ by Dire Straits – I always loved the conversational tone of this song and it appears in one of my favourite movies, ‘Empire Records’.
‘She Will Be Loved’ by Mauroon 5 – A sweet song about unattainable love.
‘It Must Have Been Love’ by Roxette – Another great song from the brilliant ‘Pretty Woman’ film about a brief love affair.
‘I Love You Always Forever’ by Donna Lewis – This song was released in 1996 and it’s one song I always turn the radio up to, this song never gets old!
‘Call Me Maybe’ by Carly Rae Jepson – A feel good love song that gets everyone up and dancing!

I’m currently reading ‘Million Love Songs’ and I’m already loving joining Ruby Brown on her singleton journey. Stay tuned, my review will be coming soon!

You can buy Million Love Songs from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

My Sister’s Wedding By Vicky Pattison

My Sisters Wedding's‘My Sister’s Wedding’ is the latest book by Vicky Pattison.

The Ashworth sisters couldn’t be more different. Becky is focused, driven and about to marry her lovely fiancé, Daniel Balfour. Lizzie, on the other hand, bounces from one temp job to another, keeps falling for the wrong man and is a whirlwind of chaos in Becky’s otherwise well-ordered life. But they love each other fiercely and the Ashworth way has always been family comes first. As preparations for Becky and Daniel’s wedding get underway, it soon becomes clear that the Ashworth way is not the Balfour way. Daniel’s family have never thought Becky was good enough for him but he loves her and that’s always been enough for the happy couple. But when Lizzie gets caught in the crossfire between Becky and the Balfours, Becky and Lizzie find themselves drifting apart at a time when they need each other the most. Will they be able to repair the damage before Becky walks down the aisle?

‘My Sister’s Wedding’ is another delicious book by Vicky Pattison, hailed as her best book to date, this book is filled with sass and attitude about sibling love.

Becky is a successful book editor, completely in love with her long term boyfriend, Daniel so when he proposes to her, she’s delighted even though she’s not overly impressed with his snobby parents and bitchy socialite sister, Nicola. But as news spreads of their upcoming nuptials, Becky finds herself the centre of attention with paparazzi following her every step and suddenly everyone wants a piece of her. And as Becky finds her life coming together with a successful career and a new fiancée, her younger sister’s Lizzie’s is unravelling with no job, sleeping on her best friends sofa and hated by the public, Lizzie is delighted that her older sister is getting married but can’t help feeling left out.

I really enjoyed this book, combine ‘Made In Chelsea’ and ‘Geordie Shore’ and this book is the end result. The story is primarily seen through the eyes of both Becky and Lizzie and both perspectives made for entertaining reading.

I loved both leading ladies and both of them had characteristics that were quite similar to Vicky herself. Where, Becky is strong willed and opinionated, she is fiercely protective of her younger sister, Lizzie is wild, independent and with quick wit. They compliment each other so well and majority of their scenes together are hilarious and warm hearted, as Becky is not only the older sister but a maternal figure as the sisters mother left them.

Warm hearted and fun from the very beginning, this book was an easy read that flowed at a lovely pace. Wittily and cleverly written, Vicky writes honestly about the consequences of being a reality star, the following photographers, the jealousy and the loss of independence, she writes frankly with each positivity, there is negativity.

An engaging and enjoyable read, ‘My Sister’s Wedding’ is a witty and romantic tale that was another great story from Vicky Pattison.

You can buy My Sister’s Wedding from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

Ali McNamara Reveals New Book – Letters From Lighthouse Cottage

Letters From Lighthouse CottageAli McNamara is back with a wonderful new book this summer called ‘Letters From Lighthouse Cottage’.

The story of ‘Letters From Lighthouse Cottage’ is –

The sun is shining in the quiet little seaside town of Sandybridge

Sandybridge is the perfect English seaside town: home to gift shops, tea rooms and a fabulous fish and chip shop. And it’s home to Grace – although right now, she’s not too happy about it.

Grace grew up in Sandybridge, helping her parents sort junk from vintage treasures, but she always longed to escape to a bigger world. And she made it, travelling the world for her job, falling in love and starting a family. So why is she back in the tiny seaside town she’d long left behind, hanging out with Charlie, the boy who became her best friend when they were teenagers?

It turns out that travelling the world may not have been exactly what Grace needed to do. Perhaps everything she wanted has always been at home – after all, they do say that’s where the heart is…

With a pretty cover, ‘Letters From Lighthouse Cottage’ sounds like a delightful story.

You can pre-order Letters from Lighthouse Cottage from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 14th July 2016.

A Christmas Kiss By Vicky Pattison

A Christmas KissThe original ‘Geordie Shore’ girl, Vicky Pattison is back with a second book this year called ‘A Christmas Kiss’.

Just like her debut novel, ‘All That Glitters’, ‘A Christmas Kiss’, it’s another entertaining story with short and snappy chapters that made the book impossible to put down.

Amber Raey is working all the hours God sends as assistant to one of the country’s top fashion designers, and her boss is a complete nightmare. Amber’s dream is to launch her own fashion line one day so, for the time being, she just has to grin and bear it. And then opportunity comes knocking and Amber’s suddenly on the fast track to the top.

The parties, the glamour, a whirlwind romance – Amber loves every second of her new life. But there’s more to this world than its glossy exterior suggests, and when a face from Amber’s past reappears, she finds herself in real trouble. With Christmas fast approaching, Amber is drifting further and further away from her family and friends. Can she get her life back on track before it’s too late for a merry Christmas?

The story is about Amber Raey, an ambitious young woman who gets the opportunity of a lifetime, when she is spotted by Alessandro Rossi, head designer and owner at House Of Rossi, hating her current job as a lapdog for nasty Diana, Amber jumps at the chance to show her potential and more importantly, her creativity. Alessandro gives Amber, full rein of a young adult range which is then showcased at New York Fashion Week and Amber’s world is then turned upside down, when the public and press fall in love with the collection and she becomes the new face to look out for. But, it’s not only the media that has noticed Amber, Brandon Bailey from a band called The Starks, has also noticed the Northern lass and begins to pursuit her. Caught up in the whirlwind of fashion, a handsome and famous boyfriend, Amber finds herself in surprising and unexpected situations that makes her question those around her.

Whilst reading this book, I was very much aware of the similarities between Amber and Vicky. I am fan of ‘Geordie Shore’ and particularly love Vicky and her outspokenness and I found Amber to be the exact same, with her sharp tongue and original dialogue, this book regularly had me in stitches, as Amber shared some of her thoughts along the way and introduced me to the Newcastle way of talking. I genuinely loved Amber, I thought she was a strong and determined young woman, who’s only fault was that she fell in love and somewhere along the line, she forgot what was important. Family and friends. Family is a huge thing for Amber, as her father was tragically killed in an accident and this brought her mother and younger sister Ruby much closer together and her best friends and flat mates Jess and Tom are always there to help and have a party when you’re feeling down.

The story flows at a quick pace and is easy to get into, with punchy and witty dialogue and pleasurable characters, both young and old, this book really made for enjoyable reading and I found no matter how I tried, it constantly felt like Vicky was reading the story to me, as Amber was also from Newcastle. Fun, fashionable and full of sass, ‘A Christmas Kiss’ is another delicious book from Vicky and even though, this is only her second book, she has quickly become one of my favourite authors. Congratulations to Vicky on another great book and her recent win on ‘I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out a Of Here!’

You can buy A Christmas Kiss from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

Sarra Manning Reveals New Book – After The Last Dance

After The Last DancerSarra Manning is back with a brand new historical novel in 2016 with her new publisher Sphere, called ‘After The Last Dance’

The story of ‘After The Last Dance’ is –

Two women. Two love affairs. One unforgettable story.

Kings Cross station, 1943. Rose arrives in London hoping to swap the drudgery of wartime for romance, glamour and jiving with GIs at Rainbow Corner, the famous dance hall in Piccadilly Circus. As the bombs fall, Rose loses her heart to a pilot but will lose so much more before the war has done its worst.

Las Vegas, present day. A beautiful woman in a wedding dress walks into a seedy bar and asks the first man she sees to marry her. When Leo slips the ring onto Jane’s finger, he has no idea that his new wife will stop at nothing to get what she wants.

So when Jane meets Rose, now a formidable older lady, there’s no love lost between them. But with time running out, can Rose and Jane come together to make peace with the tragic secrets that have always haunted their lives?

I’m a huge fan of Sarra and look forward to reading her new step into historical fiction.

You can pre-order After the Last Dance from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 10th March 2016.