Poppy’s Place in the Sun by Lorraine Wilson
Sometimes you need to lose yourself to find your way home…
With only her trusty dogs Peanut, Treacle and Pickwick by her side, Poppy Kirkbride could be forgiven for having doubts about her move to a quiet village in rural France. But as the sun shines down on her ramshackle new home, Poppy knows she’s made the right decision. A lick of paint, and some TLC and her rustic farmhouse will be the perfect holiday retreat – Poppy’s dream come true.
Poppy is welcomed by her fellow villagers, except for brooding local vet Leo Dubois, who makes it clear Poppy isn’t welcome in his village – or his life! Leo might be gorgeous, but Poppy won’t be told what to do by an arrogant Frenchman – no matter how kind and gentle he is to her dogs!
Determined to stay, Poppy tries to understand the enigmatic Frenchman better. But as the two get closer, Poppy sees another side to Leo – a man with heartbreak of his own. Falling in love with Leo is easy, but can he ever return Poppy’s love? And what would this mean for her dream life and place in the sun?
Review: This is a wonderful book to get lost in. It is one of those books full of great characters that fills you with hope and happiness. It is also brilliantly written and puts you in the mood for Summer. I loved it.
Paper Ghosts by Julia Heaberlin
My Sister disappeared. I know who took her. Now I’ve taken him. ———- Carl Louis Feldman is an old man who once took photographs. That was before he was tried for murder and acquitted. Before dementia and his admission to a Texas care facility. Now his daughter has come to see him, to take him on a trip. Only she’s not his daughter, and, if she has her way, he’s not coming back . . . Because Carl’s past has finally caught up with him. The woman driving the car is convinced he’s guilty, and that he’s killed other young women. Including her sister Rachel. Now they’re driving across Texas, following his photographs, his clues, his crimes. To see if he remembers any of it. To discover what happened to Rachel. Has Carl truly forgotten what he did or is he just pretending? Perhaps he’s guilty of nothing and she’s the liar. Either way, in driving him into the Texan badlands she’s taking a terrible risk. For if Carl really is a serial killer, she’s alone in the most dangerous place of all . .
Review: This book intrigued me, you only have to read the blurb and you interested straight away. However, I think it was over written and has a plot that is a little to busy. It has good story telling in the fact that the story is told from different view points which I like in this kind of book. Overall, however I was not satisfied.
Secrets of the East End Angels by Rosie Hendry
London, 1941. The East End Angels – Frankie, Bella and Winnie – are settled into life as ambulance crew members at LAAS Station Seventy-Five. The threat of air raids and other atrocities are a constant worry, but life continues regardless and the weight of responsibility weighs heavy on each of them.
Frankie’s grandfather is unwell and she promised him she would always look after Ivy, her step-grandmother, but things between the two women are becoming increasingly strained. And then Frankie discovers something that turns everything she thought she knew about herself on its head.
Winnie’s natural leadership puts her at the forefront at the station and she’s soon making the difficult decisions on call-outs. As she is exposed to a higher level of war and destruction, she begins to wonder how much more London can take – and how much more can she take?
Bella is beginning to drive the ambulances, she is growing closer to James and her love for writing is opening up new doors for her. Then she receives devastating news about someone close to her and things begin to unravel.
Life and war may keep testing the angels but love will always find a way to shine and the strength of their friendship will see them through the darkest of times.
Review: This is a delightful read. A lovely cast of characters that continues as this is the second in the series. I adore stories like this that get you hooked into the lives of the characters during war. A great read.
The Road Trip by Susanne O’Leary
Maddy and Leanne are in need of a miracle.
Maddy can’t bear to wash another pair of her husband’s Y-fronts and if he continues to drone on about golf she might just scream.
Leanne can’t stand living with her overbearing mother for a second longer and she’s one disapproving eye roll away from a nervous breakdown.
But their luck changes when they win the lottery.
Setting off from Dublin, Maddy and Leanne lease a red convertible, winding through Europe and heading for the sun-drenched French Riviera.
But the pair have their own reasons for their adventure. Maddy has never forgotten her summer romance of twenty years ago with a gorgeous Frenchman and Leanne plans to track down the father who abandoned her as a child.
Amongst glorious sunsets and buckets of bubbly, Leanne and Maddy are searching for answers after years of wondering ‘what if?’. But there might just be some surprises in store along the way…
Review: This is a fun easy read great for a quick relaxing weekend read. Has you laughing, crying and hiding behind you face nearly all at the same time. A good book.
The Almost Wife by Jade Beer
Jessie has always known she doesn’t belong, but she thought that would change when she met Adam. But pretending to be someone you’re not isn’t easy… and she’s already cracking under the pressure of keeping her past a secret from Adam’s uptight family.
Dolly works hard to keep up appearances – but what’s the point of only eating salad when her boyfriend Josh always seems distracted. Dolly is sure he’ll change once they’re married with a family; Josh did say he wanted those things… didn’t he?
Emily couldn’t be happier: she’s got funny, loving parents and a job she looks forward to. And then her boyfriend Mark proposes… just as some shocking news sends her life spiralling out of control.
Perfect strangers on the first page, Jessie, Dolly and Emily’s paths will cross in the most unexpected of ways. And as their stories collide, their lives will take a turn you’ll never predict.
Review: A book that I loved by reading the blurb. I was not disappointed. We follow three girls who are all planning their wedding but their lives cross paths throughout the story which is fall of interesting twists and turns. This is a great read and one I would highly recommend, its is written well and keeps the pages turning.
The Lost for Words Bookshop by Stephanie Butland
Loveday Cardew prefers books to people. If you look carefully, you might glimpse the first lines of the novels she loves most tattooed on her skin. But there are some things Loveday will never, ever show you.
Into her hiding place – the bookstore where she works – come a poet, a lover, and three suspicious deliveries.
Someone has found out about her mysterious past. Will Loveday survive her own heartbreaking secrets?
Review: What an interesting blurb!
Loveday sounds like a character I could relate to. After reading I still think that. This is a brilliant read and very well written. This is an author I have not read before so did not know what to expect. I was delighted that I found a really good read. This book makes you feel every emotion through the words. A must read.
Springtime at Wildacre by Lucy Daniels
Mandy Hope is on cloud nine. Hope Meadows, the animal rescue and rehabilitation centre she founded, is going really well. And she’s growing ever closer to handsome villager Jimmy Marsh. What’s more, James Hunter, her best friend, is slowly learning to re-embrace life after facing tragedy.
But when an unexpected crisis causes Mandy to lose confidence in her veterinary skills, it’s a huge blow. If she can’t learn to forgive herself, then her relationship with Jimmy, and the future of Hope Meadows, may be in danger. It’ll take friendship, love, community spirit – and one elephant with very bad teeth – to remind Mandy and her fellow villagers that springtime in Yorkshire really is the most glorious time of the year.
Review: We are back at Hope Meadows! I adore this series as it brings back some great reading memories as a child. Again this is well written and has all the elements you would expect from an animal ark story. A joy to return to a childhood memory but in an adult world.
Once Upon A Heartbreak by Cassie Rocca
Liberty Allen used to be a hopeless romantic, that is, until Zack Sullivan unwittingly broke her teenage heart.
Fifteen years later, Liberty has her life together in New York City, running a successful business and engaged to be married in just a matter of months. But something just seems to be missing…
All of a sudden, Liberty runs into Zack out the blue, forcing her to question everything she thought she knew about her life, her happiness, and even her feelings on true love…
Review: This a contemporary romance and very enjoyable. This is about a girl who had a difficult time when young but when she bumps into someone from her past she has changed. One Upon a Heartbreak will have you laughing and crying and hoping the best for Liberty. A lovely cast of characters. Overall a great read I loved it.
What Holly’s Husband Did by Debbie Viggiano
Holly Hart has been married for fifteen blissful years to hubby Alex. Well… if you don’t count last Christmas, when she accidentally found a load of flirty texts on Alex’s phone. But every marriage has its ups and downs and Alex had a perfectly reasonable explanation… so why can’t Holly forget what she saw?
With the help of best friends Jeanie and Caro, as well as their handsome neighbour Jack, Holly resolves to settle her mind once and for all with a bit of sneaky detective work. So what if her husband isn’t exactly Brad Pitt? He’s hers, and if someone else is trying to steal him she wants to know who… But the truth is way more shocking than Holly ever anticipated. Can Holly, let alone her marriage, ever recover from what she discovers?
Review: An amazing read. I am glad that I had the opportunity to read this book as it had so much going for it. Brilliant writing, an amazing plot and characters. The pagers seemed to turn themselves. I was surprised as I read each chapter and was sad when it ended. Will be reading more from this author.
The Paris Cheese Shop by Victoria Brownlee
Heartbroken and on the cusp of turning 30, Ella decides to pack her bags and move to Paris, somewhere she had visited when she was a different, more adventurous person.
It’s on the streets of beautiful, romantic City of Light that she finds her heart’s true desire: cheese. For Ella, her local fromagerie becomes a safe haven and she finds herself being drawn back there day after day.
But in a strange city, being friendless and not able to speak the language, has she bitten off more than she can chew?
Review: This is the first part of a novel and I really enjoyed it. I was first interested as the story is set around a cheese job and Paris is a great location for a story and a possible romance.
It is written well and has left me wanting more. I felt like I was there in Paris. I was gripped from the first sentence. A refreshing book and cannot wait for the next instalment.
My Mamma Mia Summer by Annie Robertson
Laurel hasn’t taken a risk her whole life. Now as the summertime dawns, she’s going to do something that nobody expects of her. As she and her grandmother, Marnie, always loved to, Laurel turns to her ABBA albums and her favourite film, Mamma Mia! She grabs her passport, dons her dungarees, and jets off to Skopelos for her own Meryl-inspired adventure…
Laurel books into the faded but charming Villa Athena and befriends its eccentric owner. As she explores the island’s famous sights, Laurel finds herself feeling strangely at home. So should she return to her life in London, or could this be where she truly belongs?
Review: This book had me at Mamma Mia, I love the films and so was excited to read this book.
It is written very well and has you engaged from the start. Full of hope and sunshine you cannot go wrong with this book.
A fun read which has you reaching for the ABBA CD’s and booking holidays to Greece.
Ottercombe Bay Part Four by Bella Osbourne
Escape to the Devon coast, with Part Four of a brand-new four-part serial from the author of Willow Cottage.
Daisy Wickens has returned to Ottercombe Bay, the picturesque Devon town where her mother died when she was a girl. She plans to leave as soon as her great uncle’s funeral is over, but Great Uncle Reg had other ideas. He’s left Daisy a significant inheritance – an old building in a state of disrepair, which could offer exciting possibilities, but to get it she must stay in Ottercombe Bay for twelve whole months.
With the help of a cast of quirky locals, a few gin cocktails and a black pug with plenty of attitude, Daisy might just turn this into something special. But can she ever hope to be happy among the ghosts of her past?
Review: This is a lovely finish to the four-part series, which I was lucky enough to have it sent to me. I cannot praise this book highly enough. Bella Osbourne has really created a brilliant novel here and I cannot wait to read it again when it is released as a whole book.