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We Are All Made of Stars
We Are All Made of Stars
by Rowan Coleman
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £7.00

5.0 out of 5 stars A heartfelt read that is both uplifting and will also pull at the heart strings xx, 26 May 2015
We Are All Made of Stars is the title of the new book by Rowan Coleman and what a wonderful title for such an accomplished read. It seems like such a long time ago since I finished reading The Memory Book so I have been eagerly awaiting the arrival of this authors new book baby.

Stella is the night nurse at Marie Francis Hospice and Rehabilitation Centre, she sits with some of the patients and writes a last letter with them for their loved ones to be sent after they have died. But when she writes one particular letter she feels that she should send this letter before the patient dies against her wishes.

Stella is struggling at home with husband Vincent who was a soldier in Afghanistan who returned home injured but life is nothing like it was before and there doesn’t appear to be any light at the end of the tunnel.

What an incredibly endearing read. I love the structure of this book as we move along with the story we are treated to the various letters from patients to their loved ones some which brought a tear to my eye and some made me laugh, the first one of the book in particular because I could imagine myself writing a similar one to my husband. I thought the whole letter writing idea was perfect because it really gets you thinking about if it was me on my last days who would I write to and what would I write so it really does get you thinking and it is wonderful that these family members who have lost a loved one has some last heartfelt words to read and something to keep with them to help them through the grief.

Stella was a very devoted and compassionate character and as soon as I was introduced to her I found myself being drawn into her life and felt the compassion and warmth she had when at work but also the utter heartache and devastation she faced each day when she returned home. Even now I have long since finished reading the book I still find I can’t let go of her character she was such a pure inspiration.

Stella isn’t the only great character we also have Hope, Vincent and Hugh along with some amazing supporting characters too, each of the characters bring something very insightful and helped to make the book have such an impact on me but it really was Stella who touched my heart.

This was a heartfelt read that covers some very emotional and delicate content and yet Rowan Coleman has delivered such a powerful read written in such a careful way with such tenderness, she sure does manage to put her whole heart and love into each and every one of her books.

The Sun in Her Eyes
The Sun in Her Eyes
by Paige Toon
Edition: Paperback
Price: £2.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Another wonderful book by this talented author xXx, 24 May 2015
This review is from: The Sun in Her Eyes (Paperback)
I have read all of Paige Toon’s books and eagerly await the release of her new book each year. As soon as The Sun in Her Eyes landed on my door mat I had to stop my current read and start reading it straight away!

Amber has just been made redundant but she doesn’t have time to sit and wallow as she receives a phone call to say her father who lives in Australia has had a stroke so she has to fly over to help him but her husband Ned has work commitments and can not join her.
Back in her childhood home town she soon meets her old best friend Ethan who she has always secretly loved and as she sets eyes on him again she soon realises she still feels the same way but is the past always best left in the past or is it time to follow her heart.

I read this book in one sitting, the storyline seemed lighter than Paige’s previous books but this was perfect for a lazy day reading in the sun. I warmed to Amber quite quickly which I have always done with all of the author previous main characters and although as the storyline progresses she makes some very bad decisions I still really liked her as a character as she wasn’t a malicious character she just seemed to follow her heart at times rather than her head.

I was surprised mostly by my thoughts on the two male love interests in this book, Ned who is Amber’s husband and Ethan who was her childhood crush, I instantly took a dislike to Ned but when we meet Ethan I was charmed by him but by the time we are over half way through the book my opinion of both of these men took a complete turn and I found myself willing Amber to make the right decision.

I loved the detail the author went into surrounding the winery and she also set the scene beautifully in Australia it was easy to visualise the setting. The author builds up a great deal of suspense in this book about a message that was left for Amber as a child just before her mother died, I had so many ideas in my head as to what this could be but I was completely over thinking things and didn’t guess the message!

This was another great book by Paige Toon although it wasn’t a favourite of mine, Baby Be Mine and The Longest Holiday was always going to be hard to beat in my eyes, I would still recommend this book and Paige Toon fans will not be disappointed.

Truly, Madly, Greekly
Truly, Madly, Greekly
by Mandy Baggot
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Light hearted, fun, summery read with a splash of romance, Baggot at her best xXx, 22 May 2015
This review is from: Truly, Madly, Greekly (Paperback)
I have just finished reading Truly, Madly, Greekly by Mandy Baggot, I have read all of Mandy's previous books and I can honestly say this is her best book by far.

Ellen accompanies her sister Lacey on a holiday to Corfu on a mission to check out the hotel and area for Lacey's Wedding and this holiday couldn't have come at a better time as Ellen has a secret and it looks like she is going to be found out so the distraction of some make eye candy may be just what she needs.

This is the first book I have read this year that really has that Summery, beach read feel about it. Set on the island of Corfu this was a glorious setting, the author describes different parts of the area from the ruins to the mountains and beautiful beaches so it was easy to visualise the setting, I just wanted to be whisked away there.

The storyline is a great light read which was just what I needed after a couple of intense reads so I devoured this book in only two days. There were no big twists and turns that I didn't see coming but this didn't effect my enjoyment of the storyline. I am sure the majority of us have gone away at some point and had a little holiday romance so we can all relate in a way to this storyline.

Yan oozed sex appeal through the pages and I grew used to his broken English too I did wonder if it would begin to grate on me but luckily it didn't. Ellen was a perfect female lead for us although at times I would have liked to have kicked her up the bum!

If you are looking for a light hearted, fun, summery read with a splash of romance then try this one for your holiday it will soon get you in the holiday mood.

Coming Up Roses
Coming Up Roses
by Rachael Lucas
Edition: Paperback
Price: £4.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read and I am off to Download the authors previous book now! X, 21 May 2015
This review is from: Coming Up Roses (Paperback)
Coming Up Roses is the first book I have read by Rachael Lucas, I am not a fan of gardening so have never been known to pick up a book with this topic until I read Ivy Lane earlier this year and was surprised how much I enjoyed it so I decided to give Coming Up Roses a try too.

Daisy is house sitting for her parents who are off on their travels, this is a dream come true for Daisy who is a keen professional gardener because her parents garden which once was a well-tended beautiful garden has been left to its own devices so she cannot wait to tackle the garden and it soon becomes apparent the local villagers are pleased the garden is finally being given some attention too.
This opportunity has come at a perfect time for Daisy who is nursing a broken heart, with the help of new found friends, community spirit and her passion for gardening can she turn her life around?

This was such a beautifully crafted, charming read that had me engrossed in the storyline right from the first chapter. I found the characters so engaging from our main character Daisy as well as the numerous amount of supporting characters they were all developed so well. The friendships that Daisy had with Thomas was so endearing, and it was great to watch her friendship with Elaine and Jo blossom they seemed like an unlikely trio at first but they soon developed a strong bond and were each other’s shoulders to cry on.

The storyline held my attention the whole way through the book and as I mentioned before I am not a big fan of anything to do with gardening and yet I am a big fan of this book. If you are looking for pure escapism, with well-rounded characters, friendships and a splash of romance then this fun and uplifting read will be the one for you. I am off to download the authors previous book Sealed with a Kiss now!

Bride without a Groom
Bride without a Groom
Price: £0.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A witty read which takes Bridezilla to the extreme xXx, 7 May 2015
I loved the sound of Bride Without A Groom by Amy Lynch from the synopsis it sounded like it was going to be an outrageous, funny read so I couldn’t wait to start this one and see what on earth our main character Rebecca is going to get up to!

Rebecca has her glamourous wedding all booked, we are talking Vera Wang dress, enough cake to feed an army and the honeymoon of everyone’s dreams but there is one teeny tiny problem the Groom Barry knows nothing about the wedding and has still yet to propose!

I can honestly say that Rebecca has taken the trophy for most outrageous bridezilla character I have ever come across! She has taken the word Bridezilla to the extreme. When the book began I was so shocked at just how much she had planned for the wedding and I found this hilarious especially when poor Barry got wind of it, any sane man would have run a mile!

I did enjoy this book and there were times that I was laughing away and at other times I was just gobsmacked. I did struggle a little bit with Rebecca, she wasn’t a character I can say I liked and whilst when we first met her she made me laugh, by the time I reached the middle of the book she was really starting to irate me. The book had a great beginning but did lose pace in the middle part of the book but I did feel that it redeemed itself in the last few chapters of the book.

Amy Lynch has a great way with humor and so I would definitely read another book by her it was just I personally struggled with our main character in this book but I wouldn’t let this put me off picking up another book by this author.

Always the Bridesmaid
Always the Bridesmaid
by Lindsey Kelk
Edition: Paperback
Price: £3.85

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another STONKER from Kelk! xXx, 7 May 2015
This review is from: Always the Bridesmaid (Paperback)
The excitement has been bubbling yet again as the release date of a new Lindsey Kelk book is in sight, I feel like a kid about to walk into a sweetshop as I hold my copy of Always the Bridesmaid and I know my bum will not leave this couch for the day now I have this book in my hands!

Maddie has her hands full, one of her best friends Lauren is celebrating her upcoming marriage and e pets Maddie to plan it all for her in a ridiculously short time span whilst her other best friend Sarah has revealed she is unexpectedly getting a divorce. As Maddie tries to juggle work as an events planner assistant with a promotion on the cards with being the supportive friend to Lauren and Sarah she needs to take her brothers advice and "Just say No" once in a while and put herself first.

In true Lindsey Kelk form you can expect a fun and witty read with flawed characters in Always the Bridesmaid. The book is told by diary entry's in the bridesmaid journal which worked really well in this book and I loved at the beginning of each entry the Today I feel, and Today I am Thankful for part they made me chuckle as they went from bad to worse!

Maddie, Lauren and Sarah are close friends and deep down love each other and are supportive but there are many times where their relationship became quite explosive. I loved each of the girls, Lauren had a typical touch of a Bridezilla addition to her personality with her upcoming wedding which brought a great gritting teeth moments as well as humor, Sarah was going through a difficult time so she was at times quiet at other times a blubbering wreck and then there was our dear Maddie who was my favourite and provided so many laughs from her general attitude to her unfortunate mishaps especially in an event that she planned nearer the end of the book which didn't quite go to plan!

This was yet another winner for me from Lindsey Kelk she has created some wonderful characters in this book and weaved an entertaining storyline around them which I couldn't get enough of, Kelk fans will be eager to get their hands on this book and they won't be disappointed.

Wellies and Westies (A novella) (Primrose Terrace Series, Book 1)
Wellies and Westies (A novella) (Primrose Terrace Series, Book 1)
Price: £1.49

4.0 out of 5 stars A great novella, can't wait for the next one xxx, 1 May 2015
This morning I sat down with my cup of tea and thought I would start to read Wellies and Westies before the mammoth task of tidying up ready for the people coming to view the house, this was a big error! I ended up reading the whole thing and had 7 minutes left to tidy up so as you can see I got hooked on this book.

Cat doesn’t have the brightest idea when she takes Disco the dog to work in her handbag not really the done thing when working at a nursery so no surprise she is sacked but rather than sit around and wallow she decides that she is going to start her own dog walking business .

This is as much as I can tell you about Wellies and Westies because it is only a relatively short read because it is one of four parts so I obviously don’t want to give too much away. I very rarely read books that are released in instalments as firstly I am very impatient and want to know what will happen to our characters next and secondly I usually find they are a high price for the very small storyline but I didn’t find this at all with Wellies and Westies. Although it was a quick read I still found the storyline really drew me in, and I didn’t feel like I was left on a massive cliff hanger but yet I am eager to meet up with the characters again in the next part.

Cat is a very spontaneous and pleasing main character, we were also introduced to a number of other residents at Primrose Terrace all who I am excited to meet again and see them grow in the next novellas.

Cressida McLaughlin has such a wonderful writing style that flows effortlessly, I will definitely be pre-ordering the remaining Primrose Terrace novellas.

Ednet 208 Wallet for DVD/CD
Ednet 208 Wallet for DVD/CD
Price: £8.85

3.0 out of 5 stars Just Okay, 29 April 2015
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Item was packaged well and arrived promptly. The outside does look great quality. We found the pockets were extremely tight and felt like they were going to rip. We have filled the case up and can just about close it. It has done the job we need another one as we have more cds than I realised but I think I will try a different make this time.

The Love Shack
The Love Shack
by Jane Costello
Edition: Paperback
Price: £3.85

5.0 out of 5 stars Best book by Jane Costello, really made me laugh! xx, 29 April 2015
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This review is from: The Love Shack (Paperback)
I have yet to read a book this year that has really made me laugh so I treated myself to The Love Shack by Jane Costello as I can always rely on this author to get a smirk on my face. The cover is a complete new look compared to her previous books and I much prefer it, it is bold, bright and fun and really stands out so it gets a big thumbs up from me.

Dan and Gemma have found the house of their dreams but they need to raise more money and their only option is moving back in with Dan’s mum. Will their relationship survive the stress of buying a house on top of the troubles of living with Dan’s mum or will Gemma be tempted by her past?
I could really relate to parts of this book because my husband and I are currently in the process of moving back in with my parents, I just hope that we don’t have to endure half of the problems Dan and Gemma faced!

The storyline was realistic with wonderful relatable characters, Gemma and Dan were a delightful couple but it was Dan’s mum Belinda who won me over she provided a lot of the humour in this book, her innuendos when it came to sex had me in stitches! This is the first book in a long time that has really made me laugh. Jane Costello manages to write with such witty humour that flows so well it really seems to come naturally and fits in perfectly with the storyline.

I never knew all the way through the book if the couple would ever manage to get their dream house or not but I was really hoping they would because they were so good together and they really tried so hard to do everything in their power to make the house theirs they were desperate to get their dream home.

This was a fantastic, witty read and this is definitely my favourite by Jane Costello.

It Started at Sunset Cottage: 'A well written and very intriguing tale that I really enjoyed' - Katie Fforde
It Started at Sunset Cottage: 'A well written and very intriguing tale that I really enjoyed' - Katie Fforde
Price: £0.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Great Debut with a superb opening and witty content, look forward to more by this author xXx, 28 April 2015
I know we should never judge a book by its cover but it is impossible not to with It Started at Sunset Cottage, this is easily my favourite cover of the year so far, it looks so quaint and soft so I was expecting an enjoyable comforting easy read and that was exactly what I got.

Friends Kate and Sarah have both had a lousy time when it comes to their love lives, poor Kate is now a widow and her friend Sarah has now separated from her good for nothing partner Shaun. Both women are supporting each other through the next chapter of their lives with the help of the knight in shining armour Andy, Kate who is an author has had news that hew book is going to be made into a film and Sarah is juggling two jobs around being a single mum she just needs Shaun to stop sniffing around.

I love the opening chapter to this book the author managed to coax me in and started to set an emotional seen until I realised the wool had been pulled over my eyes already! The book has an overall light hearted feel to it with a few laughable moments my favourite being with the clown. There were some more emotional and serious parts to the book too but it doesn’t dampen the cheery feel to the book.

I found that both Kate and Sarah had likability to them even though I couldn’t relate to either of them. What I did like is the idea of an author’s book being made into a film as it is a question I often ask authors about which book of theirs they would like to be made into a film and also sometimes when I read a book I feel that it would be perfect as a movie. I also liked the idea of having these two friends who are so close and yet their lives are so different, Kate is having a taste of the high life whilst Sarah has firmly got her feet on the ground as she struggles with the typical day to day running around.

The book had a great pace at the beginning of the book but I did feel that the storyline seemed to be slowing down and I wasn’t as engrossed in the storyline by the last third of the book and I found the sex scene really out of place in this book and I had a cringe moment afterwards with the explanation of how Andy learnt his “moves”.

Overall this was an enjoyable read and has shown me what this author is capable of and I think this was a well written debut. I look forward to this authors next book to see how her writing grows, this was just shy of a 4 star review.

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