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Star Spangled Second Chance by Christie Logan- book blast + giveaway

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Star Spangled Second Chance by Christie Logan

They were best friends before he left town without a word. Now he’s back. Will her heart be broken again?

Good girl Portia Phillips always followed the rules, colored inside the lines and walked the straight and narrow. Only her best friend Raymond Alessio could ever get her to quit being “perfect Portia” for a minute and take a risk.

Portia fell in love with Raymond way back in fourth grade. That love only grew stronger as years passed, but she kept it hidden, until one Fourth of July when she finally had the courage to share her feelings.

That was the night he broke her heart. Since then she’s kept it safe, under lock and key.

Now, eight years later, he’s back in town with his young daughter. His life’s a mess, but his love for Portia never changed. Can Raymond convince her to give him another chance? Will Portia find the courage to risk her heart a second time?

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EXCERPT

Excerpt 1:
A sharp cry followed by a high-pitched wail jerked Portia out of her reverie. Underneath the monkey bars, Serena was helping the blonde child up from the ground. The little girl cried loudly as Serena propped her up with an arm around her shoulder.
“Oh, no.” Portia rushed over to them. The little blonde’s face was bright red, her face streaked with tears. “Sweetie, are you all right?”
“Her name’s Lily. I know her from the afterschool program.” Serena looked stricken. “We were just playing, and she fell.”
“It’s not your fault, Serena.” Portia looked the other child up and down and saw no blood. “Did you hurt yourself, Lily?”
“I want my dad!” The child wailed. “Where’s my daddy?”
“Okay, honey. We’ll find him.” Portia quickly scanned the area. Her gaze flew past the faces of a few adults who had stopped to stare at the spectacle, but no one came forward.
Suddenly a man’s voice sounded behind her. “Lily!”
Portia turned toward the sound and froze. Her heartbeat thudded to a crawl and her tongue glued itself to the roof of her mouth as the man raced toward them.
For an instant, his eyes connected with Portia’s as he swept by her to comfort the little girl. His child.
Suddenly everything around Portia went blurry, as though she were seeing the world through a smear of gel. What kind of crazy hand had fate dealt her, bringing her face to face with Raymond Alessio, after all this time? Here, where she first fell in love with him—and where he later broke her heart.

Excerpt 2:
Portia stood with Raymond on Lake Verona’s shore and looked out at the smooth surface of the water. “Remember the last time we were here?” he asked.

“Sure I do. You showed me how to skip stones.” She picked up one of the small stones at her feet and flung it out, frowning as it landed with an ungainly plop. “Guess I lost the knack.”

“It wasn’t flat enough.” Raymond selected another stone and handed it to her. “Try this one.”

As she pulled back her arm to fling the stone, he stepped behind her and gently held her arm to guide her aim. “This way. And don’t forget the little flick of the wrist just before you let go.”

His touch made her feel warm and safe. Protected. She wanted to sink into his arms even though her brain told her to watch her step.

With Raymond guiding her she tossed the stone, adding the wrist flick, and watched it skim the water’s surface one, two, three times before disappearing.

She laughed in delight and cried, “Did you see that?” Turning in his arms, she expected to find him grinning back at her. Instead his face was serious. Her smile faded as she gazed up at him. “Raymond?”

His arms closed around her and pulled her toward him.

Praise for Star Spangled Second Chance

This sweet, clean, contemporary romance is well written. I love the way the author used flashbacks to fill in the history of the couples previous relationship and things that happened to it. The characters are so likable. I look forward to reading the rest of the Holidays in Applewood series.

Wow, what a second chance story!

If you love this genre this is a must read

Author Christie Logan

Christie Logan writes sweet romance straight from the heart. She lives in upstate New York with too many pets, too many dust bunnies lurking under the bed, and too many plot bunnies bouncing around in her head. She thinks everyone deserves a happy ending and in her books, everyone gets one.

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Christmas Spirit by Nicola May – review, blog tour + giveaway

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Title: Christmas Spirit

Author: Nicola May

Genre: Chick Lit, Romance, Fiction

Pages: 58

 

My review:

The jolliest time of the year is Christmas, but not for everyone.

Evie broke up with her boyfriend Darren. Their two years relationship and living together is gone because Darren cheated her. Setting in the bar with her friend Bea, Evie meets Greg who invites her to help at a homeless shelter. There she assembles Yves a tramp. He is young and very wise.

Christmas Spirit is the book about Evie, and her journey of a spiritual awakening guided by Yves. I enjoy reading this book especially sensed the Christmas spirit in it. It is a delighted and profound novelette which is read about an hour and so.

Evie is a funny girl and a good person. I like it how Yves guides her through all those things that really matter and make her forgive her past actions which led her to disastrous relationships and unhappiness. I get pleasure from reading about their meetings and those cards painted with water-colors make me shivered.

“I can’ believe just how kind everyone is.’ Evie placed the final gift out the huge box that Greg had handed her.’ It’s embarrassing to admit that I have never done anything so charitable in my whole life. To tell the truth I don’t even like Christmas Day.”

“I hope Santa falls down the chimney and squashes you both to death.”

This made me sob because I lost my mom three years ago and these days the Orthodox gives a respect to death people going on graveyard:

“Celia Harris had died when she was just thirty- five, of a sudden hemorrhage, and it had been the single most horrific event to date in Evie’s whole life. She was so glad that Celia had had her when she was just seventeen, as it had at least given her eighteen glorious years with her mother. She still missed her every single day.”

Wonderful thoughts:

“Once everyone was settled, it was the loudest silence she had ever experienced.”

“Never say or think of negatives, Evie. Positivity breeds positivity.”

“Let him go, Evie, let him go with love. We should all let go of the negative people in our lives as they do not help us move forward. If someone has hurt you in the past, you don’t have to forgive them to their face, but in your heart. Thank them for the experience they gave you and let it go.”

“Devine sparks are embedded in everyone. It’s up to us to be courageous, to look and listen deeply, to find the sparks, gather them and release them back into the universe, transformed into something new.”

This poem was read on Princess Diana’s funeral by her sister, written by Henry van Dyke, the American poet. I like it and it easily could be my motto:

“Time is too slow for those who wait,

Too swift for those who fear,

Too long for those who grieve,

Too short for those who rejoice,

But for those who love, time is eternity.”

Purchase Link:

Amazon UKhttps://www.amazon.co.uk/Christmas-Spirit-Nicola-May-ebook/dp/B00GG2O66U

Amazon US –  https://www.amazon.com/Christmas-Spirit-Nicola-May-ebook/dp/B00GG2O66U

 

Nicola May – Biography

Nicola May lives near the famous Ascot racecourse with her black-and-white rescue cat, Stan.  Her hobbies include watching films that involve a lot of swooning, crabbing in South Devon, eating flapjacks – and, naturally, enjoying a flutter on the horses.

Nicola likes to write about love, life and friendship in a realistic way, describing her novels as ‘chicklit with a kick’.

She has written eight novels, with Christmas Spirit being her first novella.

Follow Nicola May

Website – www.nicolamay.com

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/NicolaMayAuthor

Twitter – https://twitter.com/nicolamay1

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/author_nicola/

 

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What’s Love Got to Do with It by Anna Premoli – review

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Title: What’s Love Got to Do with It

Author: Anna Premoli

Genre: Romantic comedy, Chick lit, Fiction

Pages: 285

author’ s page:

http://www.annapremoli.com/

 

My review:

What’s Love Got to Do with It is a romantic comedy about Kayla thirty and something years old a city girl from New York. She is a columnist spending time writing about a nightlife in New York contributing in it and telling the story from a firsthand.

Her boss sends her on a cover assignment in Arkansas. Kayla is devastated but she must obey and spend a few months in the small town where everyone knows each other and where aren’t cocktails. What she would do?

Day by day, the citizens of the town and their mayor will make miracle and chaos in her life.

Anna Premoli’s writing style is almost the same as Sophie Kinsella funny, exciting and passionate with some explicit sex scenes.

Some funny moment on the first page, I laugh out loud and I feel in the same way almost every morning with my urge for the caffeine shot:

“Unfortunately, the cup is so hot that I almost drop it as soon as my fingers make contact. Despite its inviting aroma, I decide to put it on the desk and avoid burning my stomach with it for the moment – I do desperately need a caffeine shot, but I do not need third-degree burns.”

Kayla is a city girl, fashionable and wild. She needs one night stands kind of men and it last literally one night. Kayla likes New York and everything that got with life there. Poor Kayla I totally related with her I hated visiting rural areas in the past, but not now.

“My expression immediately becomes less cheerful. The mere word ‘Arkansas” gives me a weird uncomfortable feeling in the pit of my stomach …and no amount of ginger tea is going to make it go away.”

The first expression when she meets Greyson, the mayor:

“I need to force myself to stop staring at him the way an alcoholic would stare at a bottle of good whiskey and try and focus back on my actual problem.”

“Glancing over at him and his backside, if I’m being totally honest. I’m starting to think that it ought to be designated a national monument. If we can’t do that, we can at least declare it to be one of Herber Springs’ protected species. You don’t see asses like that every day… They ought to patent the damn thing.” 

The hilarious scene I experienced reading this book is:

“It gets better and better,” he murmurs and ruffles his hair with his hand. It’s so unfair that men almost always look sexier after they do that. It never happens to me- if I ruffle my hair, I end up looking like a demented porcupine, at best.”

I must admit didn’t know what is a porcupine and I googled and then I laughed till tears didn’t come and my stomach ache.

There were many deep and some of them are just interesting thoughts which I want to share with you:

“Nobody is perfect, and there’s nothing you can do about it. It’s life.”

“I’m not used to people being kind to me anymore, which is why I’m always suspicious when someone offers to help me. But this time I don’t want to be suspicious.” 

“Do you know what they say? The things worth fighting for never come easy.”

“This man is so good that I almost want to corrupt him.”

“Each of us has to live with our insecurities, I’m just better than average at hiding mine…”

I have more quotes but it’s not my intention to be boring in the opposite that is the evidence how much I enjoy in this book.

I recommend it to everyone who likes Sophie Kinsella style of writing.

 

 

 

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Till it Stops Beating by Hannah R. Goodman -review

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Maddie is anxious seventeen years old girl. She is missing her ex and at the same time not so ex-boyfriend Justin. But she discovers that it is not the only problem in her life when her grandmother calls her and tells that she has cancer. How to deal with that, it is too much?

Firstly, Maddie thinks that her only preoccupation is a feeling of missing Justin.

“Three weeks ago, today… we were kissing underneath the giant oak tree in my back yard… five months and four days ago we were in my car, holding hands, reminiscing about a sophomore year when we were together…One year and nine months ago we were breaking up on my front lawn”

Maddie will try to find out how to resolve her worry, but it will cost her very much. This is the moment when she gets the first anxiety attack:

“It’s like I’m free falling from a cliff only nothing is happening. Nothing is happening, everything is happening… I’m losing it…dying…going insane…rolling out the door and into the hallway…”

Maddie has cor dynamic relationship with her friends, but emotional she is in crisis

“I’m telling you that everyone has a bottom and you seem to be hitting yours.”

Justin, even absent physically but his presence was in the air all the way while I’ve read.

“God, I love it when he would do that. Shove his hands in his pockets. Adorable, with his silky black hair falling over his blue eyes.”

The story is completely realistic and exceptionally relevant to this world today. The author gives me a perfect visualization of all the characters and the scenes, so I have feeling that I watched the movie.

Despite not having read other parts of this series I smoothly enter into the story.

Till it Stops Beating is an interesting read that young adults will most likely love and related with it.

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Purchase Link:

Amazon.com https://www.amazon.com/dp/1684330807/‬‬  

Amazon UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1684330807/‬‬

Author Bio –

Often referred to as “the teenage whisperer”, Hannah R. Goodman’s twenty-year career working with teenagers includes the titles teacher, tutor, coach, and, more recently, mental health counselor. Hannah has written essays about mental health for various online publications. Her work has appeared on MindBodyGreenOC87 Recovery Diaries,  Zencare.co, and The Mighty. Though she has previously earned the title author with her first three books, the last was released in 2009 and all were self-published. This time around, indie publisher Black Rose Writing released her novel Till It Stops Beating this summer.

Hannah’s  first YA novel, My Sister’s Wedding, won the first place award for The Writer’s Digest International Self-Publishing Contest, 2004, children’s book division. She published the follow-up, My Summer Vacation, in May 2006, which went on to win a bronze IPPY in 2007. The third Maddie book, Fear of Falling, was released in the fall of 2009 and was praised by teachers and readers for tackling subjects like homophobia and coming out. She’s published young adult short stories on Amazon’s Shorts, in an anthology entitled Bound Is The Bewitching Lilith, and in the journal Balancing The Tides. She also has written columns for The Jewish Voice & Herald. Recent, previous projects include Sucker Literary, which features emerging YA authors and All The Way YA, a group blog of writers telling the real deal about writing and publishing YA fiction. 


Hannah is a member of  ARIA  (Association of Rhode Island Authors) as well as a graduate of Pine Manor College’s Solstice Program in Creative Writing where she earned an MFA in Writing For Young People. She resides in Bristol, RI with her husband, two daughters, and black and white cat named Zoe

Social Media Links –

You can find Hannah:

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/969127.Hannah_R_Goodman

Twitter: @hannahrgoodman

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tillitstopsbeatingnovel/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tillitstopsbeating/

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/hannah-goodman-76b9596/

Amazon Author Central: https://www.amazon.com/Hannah-R.-Goodman/e/B002BLU56K

Website: https://www.hannahrgoodman.com

 

 

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Italian Millionaire Runaway Principessa by Sun Chara- review, blog tour

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Title: Italian Millionaire

Author: Sun Chara

Genre: Romance, Fiction

Pages: 180

 

My review:

The Italian neurosurgeon, Peter Medeci, has a score to settle with his estranged wife: her reckless bid for independence has nearly destroyed his medical career.

Ellie, desperate to reassert herself as more than his bedroom playmate, flees the ‘fairytale’ for a gig in a Hollywood club until Peter comes looking for her. For her freedom, Ellie must spend the next three weeks being the ‘good doctor’s wife’ in public…and his mistress in private!

The story is typical romance there is everything that one good romance book could have two persons in love but they hate each other, one big secret which leads the tale ahead, hot- cold situation and many things which I love.

Ellie is an interesting character and I  like her way of thinking and the need for more attention and care. She is a woman who doesn’t have only beauty but also has other qualification to be a good female.

I don’t like that Peter is over obsessed with his job, I think that everything that is more or less isn’t good, but the best is Aurea mediocritas ( The Golden Mean).

They are a good couple and it seems they are meant to be together.

 

Tug-a-war between the sexes!

Infamous Italian neurosurgeon, Peter Medeci, has a score to settle with his estranged wife: her reckless bid for independence has nearly destroyed his medical career.

Ellie, desperate to reassert herself as more than his bedroom playmate, flees the ‘fairytale’ for a gig in a Hollywood club until Peter comes looking for her. For her freedom, Ellie must spend the next three weeks being the ‘good doctor’s wife’ in public…and his mistress in private!

Purchase Link – http://hyperurl.co/1nixom

Author Bio –  Sun Chara, an Amazon top 100 bestseller, writes sexy, hip ‘n fun contemporary romance for HarperImpulse. JABBIC winner, Manhattan Millionaire’s Cinderella launched her writing career, spinning the ‘global millionaires’ series’. She makes her home in southern California, and has appeared on stage/film to rave reviews in How the Other Half Loves, General Hospital, and McGee and Me. With a Masters Degree in Education, and membership in SAG/AFTRA and Romance Writers of America, she enjoys sipping Frappuccinos topped with whipped cream/sprinkles, and dancing on the beach…making everyday a celebration!

Social Media Links –

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https://twitter.com/sunchara3         

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The Adventure of Isabelle Necessary by Martii Maclean – guest post

 

The Adv - mmaclean-isabelle-cover-print.jpgThe Adventures of Isabelle Necessary

One gutsy eleven-year-old, a cool beach town, a hilarious crew of friends and oodles of adventures.

Once upon a beach, there was a girl called Isabelle Necessary. A girl with an unusual name and a rather extraordinary life. She roams around a sleepy beach town with her loyal team of friends.  Follow Isabelle, Tammy, David, Nin, Draino the cat and Champ the wonder dog as they navigate one sticky situation after another and figure out how to turn a frog into a movie star, deal with a never-ending milkshake and escape being trapped in a lighthouse.

The type of book that brings back childhood memories and captures the essence of being a free-spirited kid.

Perfect for teachers and educators as the book comes with a teacher’s resource guide and student maker kit by Isabelle Necessary herself. Middle-grade reading level.

Purchase Links

Amazon US –  https://www.amazon.com/Adventures-Isabelle-Necessary-Martii-MacLean/dp/0994540868/

Amazon UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Adventures-Isabelle-Necessary-Martii-MacLean/dp/0994540868/

Author Bio –

The Adv - authorbiopic_MartiiMaclean.jpgMartii Maclean lives in a tin shack by the sea, catching sea-gulls which she uses to make delicious pies, and writing weird stories. She likes going for long bicycle rides with her cat, who always wears aviator goggles to stop her whiskers blowing up into her eyes as they speed down to the beach to search for mermaid eggs. Or how about this…

Martii Maclean writes fantastical, adventurous tales for children and teens and sometimes adults. She was born in Sydney, Australia and now lives in Brisbane with her husband Trevor and her cat Minerva. Her work as an educator and librarian, allows her to share her love of stories and of story-telling with many young people. This inspires Martii to create thought-filled stories that explore the wonderful world of ‘what if’. Find out more about Martii and her stories at http://www.martiimaclean.com

Social Media Links –

Twitter: @MacleanMartii

IG: –https://www.instagram.com/martiimaclean/

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15385250.Martii_Maclean

https://www.facebook.com/MartiiMacleanAuthor/

 

The Adventures of Isabelle Necessary is filled with tales of Isabelle’s amazing adventures and creations which can be extended to classroom learning. Below is book study activity inspired by chapter five, “Isabelle Necessary and the Tadpole Project.”   

For more book study activities, get your copy of The Adventures of Isabelle Necessary Teacher’s Notes, a free collection of teaching ideas compiled by Martii Maclean. It can be downloaded from the author website here (insert hyperlink: https://www.martiimaclean.com/shop/the-adventures-of-isabelle-necessary/) The guide is aligned with the Australian Curriculum but the activities are fun for any classroom or educational setting.

 

Book study activity: Frog care and Life cycle (ACSSU 211, 030, 072, 073)

 

** Read “Isabelle Necessary and the Tadpole Project

 

Discuss the concept of life-cycle and research the stages of frog development.

Research and draw a frog life-cycle  www.kidzone.ws  

 

If you have a source of tadpoles you could set up a tadpole project in your room and keep a frog change diary or make your own video.

 

**Important information from a Grade 3 kid for the tadpole search party. Frog tadpoles are a dusky-brown colour. Cane toad tadpoles are a slick-black colour.

 

When collecting the tadpoles, bring a little weed from their habitat as they will eat the algae when they are little. After that they will eat all kinds of wiggly things that you can find in the creek where you found the tadpoles. They will eat mealworms and crickets when they are bigger  

 

**Important thoughts on the ethics about keeping native creatures away from their habitats:

 

Don’t keep them any longer than you really need to. Frogs don’t live in classrooms.

 

This topic makes a great discussion for the class as well.

More pet frog tips at  www.petful.com   

 

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The Holiday Cruise by Victoria Cooke – review

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Title: The Holiday Cruise

Author: Victoria Cooke

Genre: Chick lit, Women’s Fiction, Fiction, Romance

Pages: 384 (I’ve read Kindle edition)

 

My review:

Hannah’s husband leaves her for another woman after ten years in marriage. The misfortune doesn’t stop there she is unhappy for too long. So long that she loses her business too, two employees desert to the competing company. Although Hannah determines to get the business back it is hard. Her sister wants to help but Hannah doesn’t think that she wants to accept it. Attempting to be independent and to find herself again Hannah applies to the job on a cruise ship. Will she find what she wants? Read this book to find out.

I fell for this book immediately from the first page it was an easy page-turner. I liked how fast things went on, and like emotions even maybe unpleasant in the first place but I felt like I was there with Hannah and shared all her feelings. Then when she decided to go I was jumping from happiness and also was concerned as she was, how it would be, would she succeed every possible question crossed through my mind.

Those Mediterranean places described in this book drove all the thoughts and desires for cruises which were slept deep down in me.  I have never been on a cruise ever. Hannah took me with her everywhere she went.

“The Requiescence was too big to dock in Kotor’s port, so I caught a tender to the shore. I’d managed to get a seat up on top in the open air and was rewarded by wonderful views of the fortress on the approach. As we neared the harbor we sailed past the super yachts that shimmered and glittered in the cobalt water…

As I shuffled through with the crowds, I caught sight of the winged lion of St Mark’s…”

You see, I was thrilled by those descriptions like that above. I picked up this one because it is the nearest place to me; we used to be one country in the eighties. It was all Yugoslavia which doesn’t exist anymore. Oh, come on, I am getting nostalgic!

This book is one of those books which you read it and want more.

The synopsis:

As if it weren’t enough to be cheated on by her husband of ten years, Yorkshire lass Hannah Davis is losing her beauty salon business too. Luckily, her big sister is there to pick up the pieces, but Hannah is desperate to find some independence.

Impulsively, Hannah applies for a spa job…on a cruise ship! Christmas in the Caribbean, springtime in the Mediterranean, what’s not to like? But, despite being in her thirties, Hannah has never done anything on her own before, and she’s terrified.

As the ship sets sail, Hannah has never been further from home…or closer to discovering who she is and who she wants to be.

Purchase Linksmybook.to/TheHolidayCruise

Author Bio –

Victoria Cooke grew up in the city of Manchester before crossing the Pennines in pursuit of a career in education. She now lives in Huddersfield with her husband and two young daughters and when she’s not at home writing by the fire with a cup of coffee in hand, she loves working out in the gym and travelling. Victoria was first published at the tender age of eight by her classroom teacher who saw potential in a six-page story about an invisible man. Since then she’s always had a passion for reading and writing, undertaking several writers’ courses before completing her first novel, ‘The Secret to Falling in Love,’ in 2016

Social Media Links –

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https://twitter.com/VictoriaCooke10

https://www.instagram.com/victoriacookewriter/

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The Not So Perfect Plan To Save Friendship House by Lilly Bartlet – review

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Title: The Not So Perfect Plan To Save Friendship House

Author: Lilly Bartlet

Genre: Women’s Fiction, Chick lit, Fiction

Pages: 327 (I’ve read Kindle edition)

 

 

 

 

My review:

Phoebe works in the senior living house. There are living few senior women all of them have charm and power to spin around the reader who only could feel compassion reading about them and their community.

This book warms my heart, all those incredible women, and handsome Nick, and there is also the owner, the good Max.

The book starts with an unpleasant event, but the author cheering voice made me cross it easily.

Phoebe is that kind of character that can’t don’t like it. I like her sense of humor and her ability to be adorable and kind.

“When I got to Mum’s room the next morning, all I saw was a lump in her bed with a sheet pulled over it. Exactly like they did in films when the paramedics had done all they could to save the patient.

She was dead! ‘Mum!’

“What!’ snapped the voice under the bedding.

“What are you doing?”

Mum appeared with an angry yank of the sheet. She had her phone to her ear.”

 

“My unprofessionalism was boundless from day one.”

I feel the same and I also suffer from the thoughts that I am not good enough for the job I do because of some of my colleagues.

“Plus look at him, I’d thought.

You know those adverts where the tanned, shirtless guy tantalizingly licks the yogurt pot lid and makes you want to eat Bifidus activertium…”

This description is very clever and funny. LOL, I spit out the milk which I was drinking reading this paragraph.

Phoebe looks at Nick as a god, I must admit I was in love with him too:

They love Nick, though. Who wouldn’t? He’s fifty per cent Greek and one hundred per cent Greek god. He is well over six feet tall and built like a swimmer, and somehow his features combine into the most beautiful face I’ve ever seen in real life.”

 

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Go on, Girl by Hilary Grossman- review

40807170Title: Go on, Girl

Author: Hillary Grossman

Genre: Woman’s fiction, Fiction

Pages: 240

buy it: Amazon

publication day: September 10th 2018

 

My review:

Sidney is a wife and mother of the first grader, Amanda.  She thought that only managing between her work and free time for her family is only concern that she gets until she does an ultimatum “be part of Forest River PTA or your daughter will be banned from the social top ten girls”.  While Sydney considering how to deal with the new situation in the town with the mothers she gets a call from the most “important” mother, Jackie.

I was captured from the first sentence of this book:

“Whoever had the idiotic idea to invent text messages? If I could, I’d strangle them. Back in the day, when people had to rely on the telephone, they were forced to hold back their insecurity and issue, even if only a bit. But now, with the ease of a few keystrokes, everyone was able to share their thoughts and opinions at breakneck speed, without any consideration for their reputations. Not to mention how it made other people feel.”

I agree who was that who invented those things I hate typing especially when the check spelling is on and can control it on my phone, so when I get a text message I call the sender immediately. I keep reading even if I think what could be so interesting with Sydney, she is married, has a child, good job, but I was surprised. I couldn’t put the Kindle down till the end.

Sydney is an assiduous worker, dedicated mother, and careful wife.

“I kissed the top of Amanda’s head; she was growing so fast. She was such a confident little girl. I prayed she’d remain that way forever.”

She is that kind of character that felt so real; with her husband, they look so compatible so cute together that is hard not to think of them as real people. They built their homemaking effort to be cozy and special to raise their only daughter and at the moment they were proud of how it looked.

“It was impossible to take my eyes off the two women who were huddled together, conspiring. Neither was making a move to leave my front yard. I was probably paranoid, but it looked like they were concocting a plan to take over the world, well, at least my world.”

I felt irritation and hate while I read about Jackie. She was controlling and such a drama queen, everything should be just how she said.

I like very much Sydney’s sister Bethany particularly the description of her as a believer in this quote:

“She was a big believer that everything happened for a reason and the universe gave us hints about what was coming up next.”

This was one of the most genuine, family fiction I ever read, so I recommend it to everyone who likes to read a warm and PTA drama, family story.

About Hilary Grossman:

By day, Hilary Grossman works in the booze biz. By night she hangs out with her “characters.” She has an unhealthy addiction to denim and high heel shoes. She’s been known to walk into walls and fall up stairs. She only eats spicy foods and is obsessed with her cat, Lucy. She loves to find humor in everyday life. She likens life to a game of dodge ball – she tries to keep many balls in the air before they smack her in the face. She lives on Long Island.

To find out more of what Hilary is up to check out her Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/HilaryGrossmanAuthor or find her on Twitter https://twitter.com/feelingbeachie

 

 

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Dating Down by Diane Louise – review

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Title: Dating Down

Author: Diane Louise

Genre: Romantic Comedy, Fiction

Pages: 222

Published: 30th September

 

 

My review:

Life sucks sometimes. Alexis’ life is a mess she was wealthy and happy, but she isn’t anymore.  Everything is twisted, she is poor and single but she is intent on to be rich again. Although that decision is easy to make but is tough to do, Alexis will do anything to get to what she wants.

Alexis never considers that taxi drivers are humans neither that they could be attractive young men then she meets Bob. But he is a poor taxi driver, what he could do for her?

I feel joy and happiness reading this book. It’s easy and entertaining page-turner filled with humor and witty remarks.

LOL, this so funny:

“Oh, Alexis you are the epitome of female power; look at you.” She holds me at arm’s length, her strong fingers digging deep into my shoulder like a witch testing my nutritional value.”

Alexis is very funny, mannerly and snobby woman, despite her downsides I like it so much and enjoy reading her ventures, either she is doing it or jump in it.

Candy Alexis’ sister, she is far away from the meaning of her name.  She is Alexis’ opposite sassy, anti-elitist and messy woman.

“Having the thing from the spot where it has stood for years, I dive towards Candy but am too late. Like something from a Stephen King book, she hurls up a gallon of liquid that splatters all over my bare feet.”

Yes, what is wrong? I totally agree with the quote:

“What is wrong with a bath and a good book? That’s what any normal thirty-three years old woman would do.”

From the scenes that I like and could describe as sizzling and sensuous, I would emphasize this one:

“His hair is disheveled again from the cute habit he has of running his hands through it. His bow tie, long since undone, is hanging loosely around his neck and I still have drool on the back of my hand from wiping it away when he flicked open a couple of buttons on his dress shirt.”

I recommend this book to everyone, who likes short, easy turning page romantic comedy.

 

 

Dating Down

Suddenly single and unexpectedly poor, it’s definitely safe to say that Alexis Harland is not living the life of her dreams.

Although she’s determined that nothing, not one little thing, will stop her return from poverty. Well, almost nothing. Her pride might get in the way a little. And possibly her family. And maybe the fact that she hasn’t got a clue where to start.

Many years ago, Alexis was swept away from life on a caravan park and introduced to a world of riches and glamour. All thanks to a wealthy man who married her, reinvented her… and then dumped her for a younger model at the first sign of cellulite.

Now Alexis is stranded, struggling to keep her head above water and her history a secret from her highbrow friends.

As if that isn’t enough for a woman to deal with, one night she comes home to find a sexy man has landed, quite literally, on her doorstep. A man hell-bent on testing everything Alexis thinks she knows about true happiness.

Caught between the life she knows and her blossoming love, can Alexis afford to let go of her unwavering pride, kiss her social status goodbye and accept that stepping back to square one is sometimes a huge leap forward?

Publication Date 30th August

Author Bio –

Diane Louise is a dairy farmer’s wife from the UK who doesn’t know a Holstein from a Hereford.

But what she does know is how to write a funny story. Three years ago she tried to write steamy romance and sucked at it. Honestly, her stiff upper lip made her heroes more wet blankets than wet dreams. With a steely determination to avoid milking the cows, she turned her hand to Romantic Comedy and a star was born. Well, in her mind at least.

Fancy getting to know the woman behind the words?

She hangs around Facebook daily, desperately avoiding housework, and loves nothing more than chatting to fellow lovers of Romantic Comedy over at Di’s Romantic Comedy Club. Or, if you don’t do Facebook, that’s cool, because she also sends a monthly email to her readers, making sure they never miss a new release and sharing behind the scene info about her books. You can join The Monthly Club here.

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