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Book News – The Little Teashop Of Lost And Found By Trisha Ashley

The Little Teashop Of Lost And FoundWell loved, author Trisha Ashley is back with a new book in 2017 called ‘The Little Teashop Of Lost And Found’ and it’s got the most incredibly sweet cover.

The story of ‘The Little Teashop Of Lost And Found’ is –

Alice Rose is a foundling, discovered on the Yorkshire moors above Haworth as a baby. Adopted but then later rejected again by a horrid step-mother, Alice struggles to find a place where she belongs. Only baking – the scent of cinnamon and citrus and the feel of butter and flour between her fingers – brings a comforting sense of home.

So it seems natural that when she finally decides to return to Haworth, Alice turns to baking again, taking over a run-down little teashop and working to set up an afternoon tea emporium.

Luckily she soon makes friends – including a Grecian god-like neighbour – who help her both set up home and try to solve the mystery of who she is. There are one or two last twists in the dark fairytale of Alice’s life to come . . . but can she find her happily ever after?

Wonderfully wry, heart-warming and life-affirming, Trisha Ashley’s hilarious novel is perfect for fans of romantic comedies by Milly Johnson and Jill Mansell. And it contains recipes!

You can pre-order The Little Teashop of Lost and Found from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 1st June 2017.

Thursdays In The Park By Hilary Boyd

'Thursdays In The Park‘Thursdays In The Park’ was originally released in 2011 as an ebook and due to its phenomenal success, it’s been reissued as a book to mark its fifth anniversary.

Jeanie has been married for thirty years, but her husband George has become so cold and distant she may as well be alone. Surely, at just sixty, a loveless marriage can’t be the only thing left on the horizon? Then, one Thursday in autumn, Jeanie meets Ray in the park, and a chance meeting blossoms into a friendship. They talk, laugh, share hopes and secrets and heartbreaks.They offer each other a second chance at life and love. But will they have the courage to take it?

The story is seen solely through the eyes of Jeanie, a woman who is on the cusp of turning 60 and she’s far from wanting to slow down in life. Her marriage was fine until one day ten years ago her husband George suddenly left their bedroom without any explanation. For years, Jeanie wondered what happened between the two of them but George refuses to talk about it and is convinced that their marriage is still the same as it was. Upset and tired of being taken for granted, Jeanie stumbles upon a kind stranger in the park one Thursday when they are both out with their grandchildren. Ray helps Jeanie see the bright side of life, he helps her believe that life doesn’t end when she reaches 60 even though George thinks otherwise. The pair of them embark on a tentative friendship as they both deal with knew unexpected feeling.

Although I enjoyed this book and for the majority I found it made for pleasant reading, I did find elements of it frustrating particularly scenes with George. I found him to be a petulant and stubborn character, who treated Jeanie unfairly. He refused to tell her what changed between them that night even though he regularly proclaims declarations of love, also with calling Jeanie “old girl” all the time, I found him annoying. He thinks he knows what’s best for Jeanie and decides to uproot them to the countryside even though Jeanie is opposed to the idea.

Fortunately Jeanie finds solace in the company of little Ellie, her sweet granddaughter and her outspoken best friend Rita. Meanwhile Ray injects an element of tenderness to this tale, as he cares for Jeanie and has a genuine connection with her, he’s her escape from the unhappiness of her marriage.

Cleverly written from the beginning, this book provides a frank and honest account of when marriages become stale. ‘Thursdays In The Park’ is a poignant and lighthearted story about starting over and how life doesn’t have to end when you hit 60.

You can buy Thursdays in the Park from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops.

Lisa Jewell Reveals New Book – The Girls

The GirlsOne of my all time favourite authors, Lisa Jewell is returning with a brand new book in July called ‘The Girls’.

The story of ‘The Girls’ is –

You live on a picturesque communal garden square, an oasis in urban London where your children run free, in and out of other people’s houses.

You’ve known your neighbours for years and you trust them. Implicitly.
You think your children are safe.

But are they really?

Midsummer night: a thirteen-year-old girl is found unconscious in a dark corner of the garden square. What really happened to her? And who is responsible?

With a dark cover and an equally dark and gripping storyline, this is one book that I’m eager to get stuck into.

You can pre-order The Girls from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops from 2nd July 2015.

The Unpredictable Consequences Of Love By Jill Mansell

The Unpredictable Consequences of Love‘The Unpredictable Consequences Of Love’ is the latest book by ‘Sunday Times’ bestselling author, Jill Mansell.

When Josh Strachen arrives in St Carys to run the family hotel, he can’t understand why Sophie has zero interest in letting any man into her life. He also can’t understand how he’s been duped into employing Sophie’s impulsive friend Tula, whose crush on him is decidedly unrequited. St Carys has more than its fair share of characters, including the charming bit utterly feckless surfer Riley Bryant, who has a massive crush on Tula. Riley’s aunt is superstar Marguerite Marshall. And Marguerite has designs on Josh’s grandfather – who in turn still adores his glamorous ex-wife Dot. Just how many secrets can one seaside town hold? Love has the ability to change people, sometimes for ever. And the consequences are impossible to predict.

Even though Jill Mansell, is an author who has been around for a while, she is a relatively new writer for me as ‘The Unpredictable Consequences Of Love’ is only the second book I have read by her.

With a vibrant and spring inspired cover, I delved straight into the seaside town, filled with troubled souls and unrequited love. Our leading lady is Sophie, a talented photographer who never lets people particularly men get too close to her, but handsome ex band manager Josh has fallen hard for Sophie and despite his advances being refused, he is determined to find out what happened in her past to make her so reluctant to get close to people. Whilst her good friend Tula has moved to the town, hoping to catch Josh’s eye but it seems local lad about town Riley is interested in her, but he has to prove his worth to Tula before she can even think of dating him. As well as there being young hearts broken, Josh’s grandparents Dot and Lawrence, their hearts are also on tenterhooks as they both consider love for the second time.

Set in a picturesque seaside town, it was easy to be swept away with the sun, sea and sand with the wonderfully likeable and relatable characters, that you could happily envision friendships with. I particularly enjoyed Sophie, a sweet and intriguing character with a kind nature that you instantly felt an empathy for, as you see her troubled nature and need for solitude as she punishes herself for something that was completely out of her control.

‘The Unpredictable Consequences Of Love’ is a lovely lighthearted story and one that I enjoyed immensely, a captivating story from the start which is cleverly written with the many twists and turns that will catch you off guard.

You can buy The Unpredictable Consequences of Love from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

Rebecca Chance Reveals New Book – Bad Brides

Bad BridesGood news for fans of saucy author Rebecca Chance, as she is returning this year with her new book ‘Bad Brides’.

The story of ‘Bad Brides’ is –

Two brides. One prize. Who will come out on top?

Milly Gamble is an up-and-coming actress, and the perfect English flower child. At 23, she’s always been cast as the innocent heroine. But looks can deceive. Calculating and fiercely ambitious, Milly is determined to be the most famous star in England. And how better to achieve her goal than by dating Tarquin Ormond, lead singer of the biggest folk band of the moment? Tarquin is madly in love with Milly; Milly is only in love with herself.

Brianna Jade is an all-American pageant girl. The daughter of Tamra Maloney, a stunning billionairess, Brianna is a sweet, pretty girl who is more than happy to go along with her mother’s ambitious plans for her. Now Tamra’s brought her to the UK and hooked her up with an Earl. He has a crumbling stately home and needs a rich wife to help restore it to its former glory. Tamra is as ambitious and determined as Brianna is sweet and innocent – is this more a case of mother-in-law-zilla than bridezilla?

Both Milly and Brianna’s upcoming weddings will be huge, lavish events that garner national press. But with the cover of the biggest magazine in the country to be won, things are about to get very dirty…

As a fan of Rebecca myself, I am already looking to this book and with such a glamorous cover and risqué tagline, this book is sure to be another sizzling read.

You can pre-order Bad Brides from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 27th March 2014.