The Butlins Girls by Elaine Everest

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Title: The Butlins Girls

Author: Elaine Everest

Blurb: Her greatest adventure could be love…

Times have been hard for Molly Missions. Following the loss of her parents, mysterious, long-lost family have darkened her door, laying claim to her home and livelihood.

Molly applies for a job as a Butlins auntie, in the hope of escaping the bitterness and arguments. When she receives news that she has got the job, she immediately leaves her small hometown, enthralled by the promise of a carefree new life in Skegness.

As soon as she arrives, Molly finds true friendship in Bunty and Plum. But the biggest shock is that Johnny Johnson, star of the silver screen, is working at Butlins as entertainment adviser. Johnny takes an instant liking to Molly and she begins to shed the shackles of her recent heartaches.

Could Johnny be just the distraction Molly needs-or is her too good to be true?

Publisher: Pan

Review: This is another great read from Elaine Everest. I loved reading the Woolworths girls and as soon as I knew she had another book coming out I just had to read it.

I was not disappointed. It is well written in Elaine’s special way. You feel welcome and it is like coming home amongst the characters although there are some different characters. Freda from The Woolworths Girls features and you really get to  know her more, other characters also feature.

It is a wonderful story that follows Molly’s journey to overcome the loss if her parents. However, as always before the happy ending Molly has to overcome over hurdles before doing so, not all bad. She meets some great friends along the way and finds love. These new friendships are tested so except some amazing surprises along the way. It makes for some exciting reading.

I am very much looking forward to Elaine Everest’s book Christmas at Woolworths out in 2017 and revisiting some characters that I cant wait to see how they are getting on. A true testament to Elaine’s writing that she has created characters that will live on for her readers.

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Three Sisters, Three Queens by Philippa Gregory

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Title: Three Sisters, Three Queens

Author: Philippa Gregory

Blurb: “There is only one bond that I trust: between a woman and her sisters. We never take our eyes off each other. In love and in rivalry, we always think of each other.”
When Katherine of Aragon is brought to the Tudor court as a young bride, the oldest princess, Margaret, takes her measure.  With one look, each knows the other for a rival, an ally, a pawn, destined – with Margaret’s younger sister Mary – to a sisterhood unique in all the world. The three sisters will become the queens of England, Scotland and France.
United by family loyalties and affections, the three queens find themselves set against each other.  Katherine commands an army against Margaret and kills her husband James IV of Scotland. But Margaret’s boy becomes heir to the Tudor throne when Katherine loses her son. Mary steals the widowed Margaret’s proposed husband, but when Mary is widowed it is her secret marriage for love that is the envy of the others. As they experience betrayals, dangers, loss and passion, the three sisters find that the only constant in their perilous lives is their special bond, more powerful than any man, even a king.

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

Review: I really enjoy the Tudor series by Philippa Gregory. I am fascinated by the Tudors and love reading any books that are based in that era.

This book was from the view of Queen Mary of Scotland the sister of Henry 8th. Having not read a story from her view before and one that is around the most influential women of the time really interested me. I found it fascinating. Following her journey, the decisions she had to make the orders she had to follow you also got a glimpse into the lives of Catherine of Argon and Princess Margaret.

The book is well written and gives historical detail but not too much that you get bored by it, it is a great historical fiction book.

If you love the Tudor era than Philippa Gregory’s Tudor series is defiantly one to read.

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Catch Me if you Cannes by Lisa Dickenson

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Title: Catch me if you Cannes

Author: Lisa Dickenson

Blurb: Jess has decided it’s time to get out of her comfort zone and live a little. So when her best friend Bryony, a journalist on a gossip magazine, is sent to cover the Cannes Film Festival, Jess decides to seize the day and go along for the ride. Two weeks of sun, glamour and exclusive entry into celeb-filled parties is just the kind of adventure Jess needs.

Reality soon bites though when Jess and Bryony find they’re staying in a dingy hotel far away from all the action and Bryony’s expenses budget barely covers a glass of local wine. Undeterred, the two women are determined to live like the elite and enjoy one fancy night out to begin their holiday. So what if they have to tell a few white lies along the way? It’s just this once. No harm done . . . right?

Publisher: Sphere10

Review: This is a fantastic book I truly loved it. It is my first book by Lisa Dickenson that I have read and I am a massive fan. I am going to be reading all her books.

Lisa creates such real loveable characters that you can relate to so much. The plot is full of fun, romance and friendship. From what I have read about Lisa on her amazon profile and in her author bio, she sounds like such a character and that just shines through her writing.

I love the relationship between Jess and Bryony they have such a bond that each knows when to be there for each other and when the other one needs space. Those girls have balls. The lies they make up create some absolute laugh out loud moments, I ended up needing to explain all what was happening to my husband, while reading her was watching something quite serious in the telly and there was me laughing at the book. It is so funny when reality does hit but that just makes the story even better. I would really love to see these to in another story.

This is a must read if you like a book about romance, friendship, hope and a story with laugh out loud moments. This book is full of them.

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Spring at Blueberry Bay by Holly Martin

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Title: Spring at Blueberry Bay

Author: Holly Martin

Blurb: Bella has always had a sunny outlook and caring nature, despite recently falling on hard times. When she finds a handsome homeless man on her doorstep, her kind heart tells her she must help him. So, she invites Isaac into her cottage and into her life in ways she could never have imagined…

But Isaac is not what he seems. He’s keeping a huge secret from Bella, yet he never expected to fall for this open, generous and charming woman.

Bella can’t ignore the chemistry between her and Isaac, but she’s had her trust badly broken in her past. Will she run when she learns the truth about Isaac, or will he be the one man who can help Bella believe in love again?

Publisher: Bookouture

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Review: Wow, where do I start. This is a fantastic story. I loved it. A lovely setting, amazing characters, romance and laugh and loud moments one of the best books I have read in a while. I love Sarah Morgan’s novels and this is right up there with them.

Bella despite falling on difficult times still managers to put others before herself and helps a homeless guy find food and shelter. Unknowingly changing her future forever. As they begin to get to know each other things get complicated very quickly. Around the main plot there are some other amazing characters that you gain a glimpse into their lives, which they themselves wold also make great main characters for example Bella’s brother and sister do they end up getting their happy ending.

Holly has written a wonderful novel, creating moments where you cannot help but laugh and moments were you just swoon. The characters are memorable, the setting is just perfect and in one of my favourite parts of the world too.

I fell in love with this book and cannot wait for Holly’s next great novel. I you like a good lol, romantic chic flick then you are in for a treat.

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Perfect Strangers by Dani Atkins

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Author: Dani Atkins

Blurb: Hannah Truman is twenty-seven years old. She is an ordinary girl with an extraordinary memory. One thing she certainly can’t forget is her boyfriend William’s betrayal, which was why she fled to Canada to stay with her sister.

Now, on her way home to England, Hannah finds herself in a queue behind Logan Carter at the airport terminal. He’s checking into Business Class on her flight and although their paths keep crossing, fate prevents them meeting. An almost shared cup of coffee never takes place when Logan is suddenly called away.

But once in the air the unthinkable happens: the plane needs to make an emergency landing. Hannah is alone and terrified, until suddenly Logan slips into the seat beside her.

In the days that follow, Hannah and Logan must call upon all their resources to survive in the frozen landscape, growing ever closer as hopes of a rescue begin to fade…

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Review:  This is another amazing story by Dani Atkins. I loved it.

Perfect strangers is about just that two people meeting and going through a traumatic event that brings them closer together.

It is beautifully written and although just a novella it still feels like a full length novel. While reading about the plane have to make an emergency landing brings about feelings of panic and worry for the characters. On finding out about Hannah and her history the thought of her coming to any harm is very sad. This is prove that Dani writes with passion. She knows her characters, they are like friends she is sharing with us.

If you are looking for something that is quick but still has depth, love and adventure then this is for you.

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Sleigh Bells in the Snow by Sarah Morgan

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Author: Sarah Morgan

Blurb: Once upon a time Kayla loved Christmas

Now she’s more dedicated to her job than decking the halls, and can’t wait for the ‘most wonderful time of the year’ to be over.

Until she arrives at the enchanting Snow Crystal ski resort, determined to win gorgeous owner Jackson as a marketing client.

But wooing Jackson professionally quickly turns personal as they spend flirty festive nights in this glittering winter wonderland.

With snowflakes swirling and sleigh bells ringing…could Jackson be the one to make Kayla fall back under the Christmas spell?

Publisher: Mills and Boon

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Review: I don’t care that it is not Christmas I love a good Christmas book any time of the year. This is the book that started my love affair with Sarah Morgan. She is one of my favourite authors.

What attracted me to this book was the cover. It is just so beautiful and is glittery. Looking at it just fills me with the joy of Christmas. This novel is beautifully written to in the amazing style that Sarah has.  While reading you feel that you are right there in amongst all the Christmas cheer. The characters are very relatable and as for the settings, well, where do I start. You just get totally lost in them and can see them clearly in your mind’s eye.

The story follows Kayla who hates Christmas. How could anyone hate Christmas? Her job is her life and she is very good at it. She uses work to escape Christmas every year but this year she finds herself surrounded by Christmas, family and love no matter what she does about it.

Jackson needs to save his family ski resort Snow Crystal, somewhere I would very much like to visit. Although, I would properly fall of my skis looking at the O’Neil brothers. They sound so dreamy. Kayla needs to work her magic to help Snow Crystal.

I am not going to give away anything. If you love a good romance this is a book you must read. Find out if Kayla can love Christmas again surrounded by family and all the trimmings and if a romance will happen in the snow.

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Shipyard Girls at War by Nancy Revell

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Title: Shipyard Girls at War

Author: Nancy Revell

Blurb: 1941

It takes strength to work on the docks, but the war demands all hands on deck and the women are doing their best to fill the gap.

Rosie is flourishing in her role as head-welder while still keeping her double life a secret. But a dashing detective is forcing Rosie to choose between love and her duty.

Gloria is hiding her own little secret – one that if found out, could not only threaten her job, but her life.

And the shipyards are proving tougher than Polly ever imagined, while she waits for her man to return home safely.

Join the shipyard girls as they journey through the hardships of life, love and war.

Publisher: Arrow

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Review:  This is a lovely story set in the era of the second world war. I really enjoy stories that are based around the war and I was not disappointed. Nancy has written an exciting novel about women standing strong and keeping the home front going while the men are at war.

I had not read the first book, however that didn’t matter, this can be read as a standalone book but I will defiantly be reading the first.

It is well written. Nancy creates strong characters that come alive as you read. I loved finding out about their individual journeys. Nancy writes about some serious issues but she writes it in such away that it is also filled with hope that things will get better.

If you love reading about strong women, love and family in time of war this is a book for you. I will defiantly be keeping an eye out for more from Nancy.

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