Monday, October 27, 2014

Dangled Carat Review


I don't usually read memoirs but since this book read like a true chick lit novel, I found myself truly enjoying this book. I enjoyed hearing about Hilary's personal story and all the turns it took! I was impressed how candid she was in sharing a very personal story. She was very honest and at times the tale was humorous though I was frustrated at times with Marc and I could definitely relate! I read this book in record time and feel like it is a must read for any young woman!


Hilary Grossman dated a guy so commitment-phobic that she was able to write a book about their relationship.  She has an unhealthy addiction to denim and shoes.  She loves to find humor in every day life.  And she likens life to a game of dodgeball - she tries to keep many balls in the air before they smack her in the face. When she isn't writing or blogging she is the CFO of a beverage alcohol importer.  She lives on Long Island.

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Pie Girls Review

 
Pie Girls was the second book I have read by Lauren Clark and I have to say that I was delighted by the Southern charm that is her signature style. Searcy Roberts was an interesting character who I came to like a lot though I found it somewhat unbelievable that she changed personality wise as quickly as she did. However, I am not going to judge as one never knows what adversity can do to a person.
The characters grew on me and I found myself caring about them as the book progressed. I was definitely rooting for Searcy and for her success! I did find some of the book farfetched or perhaps just not plausible though I didn’t find that it took away from the overall enjoyment of this book.
Lauren always writes interesting stories and I am looking forward to reading more of her work. And apparently I won’t have to wait as I have two books to catch up on!

 

 
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After six years behind the anchor desk at two CBS affiliates, Lauren Clark moved to the Alabama Gulf Coast to raise her family and write full-time. 
Lauren has published four novels, Pie Girls (set in Fairhope, Alabama), Stay Tuned, Stardust Summer, and Dancing Naked in Dixie, under the pen name, Lauren Clark. More than twenty-two thousand copies of Lauren's novels have been sold worldwide.
Visit Lauren’s website at www.laurenclarkbooks.com, follow her on Twitter @LaurenClark_Bks, and her blog at www.laurenclarkbooks.com/blog.
 
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Monday, September 8, 2014

The Mission - CC Solomon


Having been someone who did A LOT of dating before settling down, this book really struck a chord with me and I definitely had a lot of laugh out loud moments. I enjoyed the entire idea behind the book and was happy to read it as I found it quite entertaining. Definitely a great and fun read for someone who wants to be entertained.

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Monday, August 4, 2014

French Toast Review


I enjoyed this book a lot because it almost felt like a friend was talking to me about her life. The main character Sydney is super personable and I truly enjoyed her humor and references to pop culture. (Who doesn't enjoy a very specific reference to Mr. Darcy?) 
I know that this book, and the other two in the series, are based on the author's own life and I would love to know just how true to life they are! I also really liked that even since I had not read the first one, that I was able to fully enjoy this book. But I can assure you, I will DEFINITELY be reading the other two! So if you want a very pleasurable read that is easy to read and highly entertaining and full of lots of emotion, pick this book up!


Glynis never expected in her wildest dreams to be a writer. After thirteen years in the Human Resources Industry, she decided to stay at home with her two amazing sons. Ever in search of a project, she was inspired to write the story of how she met and married her wonderfully romantic French husband, Sebastien, in six short months. The end result became her first novel, French Twist.

As this novel is only the beginning the story, Glynis has just released the sequel, French Toast and has begun writing the final chapter in the trilogy, French Fry. When she is not writing, she is trying to keep the peace amongst the three men and two cats in her life, finding missing body parts (Lego pieces are small!), supervising a myriad of homework assignments and keeping a tenuous hold on her sanity by consuming whatever chocolate is in the vicinity.
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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

A Moral Dilemma Review


A truly captivating book with a bit of intrigue, drama and deception, this was chick lit entertainment at its best! The book had a bit of everything including fashion, love and the high life and all set in London, a city I truly do love. The plot was a bit slow at first but then caught up and stayed quickly paced with a lot of laughs along the way.
The first book I have read by Zara and I really do hope it isn`t the last!

Luckily I was born and raised in a City I love living in: London, UK. And it’s just as well, as I can barely afford to go on a camping holiday much less move. I have a gorgeous 9yr old daughter, yeah, I’m a single mom, (judge me later), and I like to think of myself as a yummy mummy, when in reality I’m still working on shifting this damn cellulite of my ass. I do actually make it into the gym from time to time, but mainly to appreciate the…ahem …view :)
So what kinda stuff do I write?
Well, I write what I love reading, Romantic Comedy and the original kinda British ChickLit. I don’t do vampires, werewolves, or horror, because sheesh, I wanna sleep at night. In my bed. Not underneath it. So if you like Bridget Jones or Shopaholic, then you might dig my stuff.
My heroines are women in their late twenties / early thirties. My heroes are hot, cute and not too hunky. My stories are about life, love and friendship, with a few twists and turns and tons of fun. They’re not particularly deep, nor meaningful, they’re a lighthearted, easy read, that go well with a glass of wine and a few chocs, and just might make you laugh out loud
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Monday, May 26, 2014

Hold Her Down Review


I found this book super frustrating but possibly because I can't imagine ever living my life the way Elizabeth does in it. I can't imagine living in an abusive relationship of that type of being that incredibly unhappy and unfulfilled yet continuing to live my life that way. But then again, I have never been in a situation like this so I probably shouldn't say I would never live that way because until you have been in that person's shoes, you obviously shouldn't judge them.
I did find the book a little bit difficult to read at times because of the way it was written. At first it wasn't easy to know that the narrator was no longer speaking and the main character was. It wasn't exactly clear but once I got used to it, it did work though it was something I haven't experienced before.
This book does touch on a very important topic so it is probably not for everyone because of the sensitive nature of the subject matter but is definitely worth a read.



athryn Biel hails from Upstate New York and is a spouse and mother of two wonderful and energetic kids. In between being Chief Home Officer and Director of Child Development of the Biel household, she works as a school-based physical therapist. She attended Boston University and received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from The Sage Colleges. After years of writing countless letters of medical necessity for wheelchairs, finding increasingly creative ways to encourage the government and insurance companies to fund her clients' needs and writing entertaining annual Christmas letters, she decided to take a shot at writing the kind of novel that she likes to read. Her debut novel, GOOD INTENTIONS, was released in 2013, and her second novel, HOLD HER DOWN was released in 2014. Her musings and rants can also be found on her personal blog, Biel Blather.

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Monday, May 19, 2014

Unwell Review


This book was definitely one that was hard to read but impossible to put down. The main character was so raw and honest about everything in her life that at times it was so difficult to keep reading but it was also so captivating that I could not stop even if I had tried.
The story is quite a sad one with the hurts and betrayals of an ordinary life adding up to someone who feels like they don't deserve happiness and cannot provide it to their own child. Being a young mother, it truly hit home. This is definitely a must read as I have never heard a voice quite like this before!


Marie is a former teacher, education evaluator, and engineer. A lifelong student, she has degrees in degrees in chemical engineering, teaching, an MFA in writing, and a doctorate in educational leadership. Her writing focuses on bilingual and English-only children's books that feature mixed families, as well as literary and contemporary fiction focused on Asian and Asian American characters.

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Monday, April 28, 2014

Conditional Love


This was exactly the type of book that I love - every quintessential chick lit element that you always hope for in a book was there! It was a true pleasure to read about Sophie and her exploits and not only because I love everything English but that was definitely a huge plus for me. I started this book and truly did not want to put it down as I fell in love with the characters immediately. I dare even say it was like falling in love with chick lit all over again. And I love the book cover so much as it is a picture I would frame and put on my wall without hesitation. I cannot wait for her next title to come out and am definitely going to add both to my favorites collection.


Cathy Bramley is a British author of women’s feel-good fiction. Conditional Love, a romantic comedy is her debut novel. Her new title, Ivy Lane is being serialized as four ebooks this year and will be released as a paperback in 2015.
Cathy has spent most of her working career in the crazy world of marketing. After graduating from University in Nottingham, she plunged herself into corporate world, working on high-powered projects such as testing the firing range of SuperSoaker water guns and perfecting the weeing action of Tiny Tears. In 1995  she set up her own marketing agency, Apples & Pears Marketing, but now most of her marketing activities involve promoting her books.
She lives in an idyllic Nottinghamshire village with her husband, two daughters and a dog called Pearl.

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

The New Ever After



I first discovered Julie Farley less than a year ago but I immediately fell in love with her writing with Tripped Up Love so I was really excited to read this next installment in the series. And of course she completely delivered. I completely loved hearing about how the lives of Heather & Peter evolved - it almost felt like I was hearing about what was going on with close friends. For anyone who wants to read a great story about real characters who will make you both laugh and cry, I would totally recommend these books! 

Julie Farley is the author of Tripped Up Love and The New Ever After.  She lives in Richmond, VA with her husband, four rarely quiet children and her 50 pound lap dog. Juliespends her days writing and teaching preschool. She chronicles her adventures on her blog atjuliefarley.com and is working on the next book in The New Ever After Series. 

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Monday, April 7, 2014

When Girlfriends Take Chances


I have been a fan of Savannah's writing since I read When Girlfriends Chase Dreams last year, so I was super excited to read this latest installment. I have to say that I definitely wasn't disappointed and basically gobbled this book up as it was so addictive. For anyone who wants a great chick lit read, the story of Emily is definitely one you will want to read (and you will want to pick up her other books as well!) The story definitely inspired me to take my own chances.


Savannah Page is the author of the continuing When Girlfriends collection, heartfelt women's fiction that celebrates friendship, love, and life sprinkled with drama and humor. When she isn’t writing, Savannah enjoys a good book with a latte and jazz tunes, Pilates, and exploring her home of Berlin as an American expat. Currently she's working on the seventh and final When Girlfriends novel, and is cooking up something delicious for her next series.

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Monday, March 31, 2014

Becoming Mrs. Walsh



This was a completely charming, immensely readable book that I thoroughly enjoyed. Though I couldn't see why Shoshana was involved with such a self-absorbed and secretive man at the beginning of the book, I couldn't help but fall in love with her and her need to find her very own happily ever after. The characters were well developed and the plot line kept me intrigued and I have to say I wasn't exactly expecting some of the things that happened! Definitely a must read for true chick lit fans.



Jessica Gordon is a Johns Hopkins University alumna for both her undergraduate and graduate degrees. She takes her readers to the Washington, D.C. area where her characters navigate through the complex world of family, in-laws, and love. Jessica lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband.

For more information on the book, check outjessica-gordon.com. Feel free to contact Jessica at any time. She loves hearing from readers!


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Shoshana Thompson is 26 years old, miles from home, and engaged to Andrew Walsh, the last single Walsh brother of one of Washington, D.C.'s wealthiest families. Throughout her engagement she becomes enamored with the Walsh lifestyle.

Life in the fast lane comes to a screeching halt when Shoshana develops feelings for another man. When she discovers the feelings may not be one-sided, things are about to get a lot more complicated. This man is not only part of her fancy new world, he is also completely off-limits.

Monday, March 24, 2014

The Golden Apple Book Review




I loved this book. It was such a feel good story about starting over and finding happiness after a tragic loss. Poppy was everyone's girl who made some difficult and brave choices and ending up pursuing her happiness despite the emotional devastation she had recently suffered. I fell in love with her and her chutzpah. This tale made me incredibly emotional at times and was immensely satisfying in that rare way that a great book is.


Faerl Marie is a graduate of the University of New Mexico with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and minors in English and Social Welfare. She has worked as a style consultant, personal shopper and wardrobe curator, among other things. Faerl Marie spends her days writing, dreaming about new stories and characters, walking her dog and adoring her husband. She lives in the idyllic mountains near Santa Fe, New Mexico. "The Golden Apple" is her first novel.

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Private Air Book Review


This book was a very fascinating read because it really gave me an interesting perspective of how the other half live. Private planes, staff of many, being able to buy everything and anything you want... I really enjoyed getting an insider's look into this world that I would otherwise never have been privy to. The story was very readable and I am very happy that this appears to be the first of many books to come in this series. 


Billie Bates grew up in Australia with unquenchable thirst for travel. After exploring the world as a VIP flight attendant for seven years, she finally settled in the quiet Midwest of the USA, where she now lives with her husband and two children.

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Sunday, March 2, 2014

Storm in a B Cup Book Review


This story was one of the best accounts I have ever read about a battle with cancer. I understand that this is based on the author's personal journey and I was so impressed with her courage and candor. The book really opened my eyes to what going through this could be like. From the physical challenges to the personal ones, including relationships with others, I can say that Sophie's story was one that I felt deeply. It was truly a powerful story but also had that chick lit approachability that will make this accessible for those who may need it.

This was my first time reading one of Lindy Dale's books but I can guarantee it will not be the last!


Lindy lives on acreage in country Western Australia where she spends her days teaching, writing, walking and looking after orphan lambs. (See Daisy Darling)
She’s a hopeless U2 and Bon Jovi fan - as judged by her collection of tour t-shirts. She’s also rugby union fanatic, coffee and champagne lover, chocoholic, over-exaggerator, trashy TV, music and iPhone addict.
Lindy has been writing in the genre of Chick Lit & Women's Fiction for the past ten years but has also tried her hand at a paranormal romance in the book, Angel’s Bend. Chick Lit remains her main love.

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

I Know You're There Review



I enjoyed this book as the story had many inspiring moments but I almost couldn't believe all of the hardships that Jill went through in such a short period of time. Though I suppose one could believe it as the old saying goes, 'When it rains, it pours.' Jill was a character in transition and who really came into her own after dealing with many difficult and heartbreaking events. I almost feel like there was not quite enough detail in the second half of the book compared to the first which seemed more drawn out. I did enjoy the story and her ultimate triumph over everything that happened.


Sue Allison-Dean is a nurse who retired from traditional practice in 1999, after working 13 years as a Wound, Ostomy, Continence Clinical Nurse Specialist.  She found a second career in gardening after working in a garden center and completing an organic gardening internship at Highgrove Garden in England.  She now co-owns Naturescapes with her landscape designer husband, Robert.  She has authored several clinical and horticulture articles and was a contributing author to the bestselling book, Touched By A Nurse.  She is passionate about the sea and loves exploring tropical islands.  She extends this passion by doing volunteer work benefitting dolphins and whales.  Sue splits her time between Armonk, New York and Cary, North Carolina, with her husband and English bulldog, Bubba. 


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