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Whiteout by Adriana Anders – review(ARC)

42366204My review:

When I start reading Whiteout I thought with what this book will keep my attention with the ice, cold Antarctic. But my curiosity was stronger and I have no regrets that I read the book till the end.

The story is about Angel Smith, a chef in the research station in the South Pol. Her summer shift is over and she  suppose to leave. The night before Angel and the summer crew was leaving she wanted to remmember that night. She ask Ford Cooper to dance, but the “ice man” said no. The next day she stay trapped in the ice with Ford Cooper and evil men who want to kill them.

I like the author writing style because it makes me read and imagine those vast place covered with ice.

“Nothing lived here. No birds, no insects, not a solitary penguin on this most remote part of the East Antarctic Ice Sheet. Just three hundred and sixty degrees of sky and ice—blue and white—fighting for dominance. Not to mention a sun that played its strange game of hopscotch, bouncing along the rim of the sky but never quite setting. Almost sunset, sunrise, almost sunset, sunrise.”

Characters are believable and still keep them on my mind real and vivid.

I like Angel her tenaciousness and surviving instincts.

I would like to read more about this man, Eric Ford’ s brother:

“Retired Navy SEAL Eric Cooper wasn’t the type of man to ask for permission before acting. Nor was he the type to ask for forgiveness. He just did what needed to be done. It had been his job, once. Now it was his personal mission.”

Some quotes:

“Oh hell,” she said this time, because being dependent on anyone rankled. But liking him rankled even more. And then, because it felt stupidly good to just say it aloud, she whispered it on repeat over and over again until the words lost their meaning.”

The best quote:

“You’re my home. And I want to be yours. Will you let me be that? Can I be the place you come home to?”

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It’s Not PMS, It’s You by Rich Amooi – review

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Title: It’sNot PMS, It’s You

Author: Rich Amooi

Genre: Fiction, Chick Lit

Pages: 378

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com.au/Its-Not-PMS-You-ebook/dp/B07YQ7WZTJ

 

My review:

The story is based on the main character’s life Ruth. On one business trip she almost died and that makes her to think about her life and what she has. When no one waiting her arrival on the airport she want to change that, she doesn’t want to die alone. Ruth decides to make a business plan how to find her soulmate . But her best friend and coworker Dee has different plan – online date profile. 

I adore this author. He writes interesting, funny Chick- lit books. His latest creation is this book.

Ruth is workaholic, she has great career and she makes a lot of cash. She is strong heroine who doesn’t stop in front of anything, sometimes she is hilarious.

“I told people- and myself multiple times every day – that I was trying to watch my carbs, but breakfast didn’t count. Neither did lunch or dinner,for that matter.” ( Ruth)

“Accountable: I wanted a man who would admit when he was wrong, because everyone knew that he would be the one who was wrong 99.999999999 percent of the time. If he could get that through his thick, preferably non- bald head, we could have a bright future together.” (Ruth’s plan to find a man)

And there is a hero who is little bit discreet and extremely sexy.

Quotes:

“Having a brush with death can change your perspective on a lot of things”

” …there are certain things that women ask men that are problematic and have to be dealt with properly and delicately. Some are legitimate questions. Some are tricks. To this day, most men haven’t figured out which is which. It’ like playing game Russian Roulette when answering,only there is a bullet in every chamber. No matter how you answer the question, you lost. “

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One Christmas Star by Mandy Baggot- review

44105905._SY475_.jpgEmily is a teacher of ten years olds, her sex grade is everithing to her. Her flatemate was move out and she is alone. Emily is in charge of the school Christmas show, but she has no musical talent at all or her mother put that thought in her head.

Ray, a celebrity musician, is in every magazine or news but they say bad news about him. His alcohol addiction put an oil on the fire and makes the others to think that everything is true.

Somehow he is ended up in the school shed and meets Emily and her pupils snapping pictures of him drunk and lost. That is not how he supose to deal with his problem.

Emily is a modest woman, I imagined her like a teacher as she is. She is put in charge of the show but she couldn’t believe that.

“At the forefront. What did that mean? Emily needed quick clarification.”

The story is heart warming, funny and romantic.

‘No one got a photo of that. Which is a shame, because that’s the sort of good news story you need. I mean, imagine you on Loose Women then, photos of you cradling Sonic playing on a loop to some sentimental music.”

There wasn’t anything romantic at all but I was melting, it was their first conversation alone.And the allegory with a surfer is so good:

“I don’t believe you,’ Emily said. ‘You and all the British press,’ Ray commented with a sigh. He followed it up with a smile. ‘But I’ve learnt to ride that choppy ocean like the very best surfer. So , put me in the cupboard again, Emily.’

She is proud to be the teacher, she remains me of my teaching carieer and how I miss my classes:

“…just want to say… how proud I am to be the teacher of this year’s Year Six class.’ She drew in a breath. ‘Your children come into my class every day full of enthusiasm and bursting at the seams with excitement for the world. And I know, for us as adults, it’s sometimes…”

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Concerto by Hannah Fielding – review

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Title: Concerto

Author: Hannah Fielding

Genre: Romance, Fiction

Pages:528

Author’s page: http://www.hannahfielding.net

 

My review:

I can’t explain how I felt while reading this book, the book gave me a feeling of comfort like I was in the story being told. “Concerto” is a masterpiece made by Hannah Fielding one of my personal favorite authors.

I was expecting this book to be great, a romantic story between the famous piano player and an ordinary 19-year-old girl named Katerina.

One night Katerina’s life took a turn, that she did not expect, but thankfully it was a good thing. She is young, beautiful and she is a rebel that is working hard on her singing career to one day be an opera singer. the connection and love between them lead to a whole night of love. Umberto is a really famous and successful piano player, he got once in a lifetime chance to gain more popularity. After ten years Katerina and Umberto meet again, but in different situations and more secrets. Will they get back together or continue what they were doing these last 10 years?

There are very interesting facts and legends in this book which I love reading.

“Yes, I remember reading somewhere that remote villa on Lake Como was Rossini’s inspiration for his opera Tancredi. Do you he took only six days to write it? It’s funny but I can almost feel how the place, with all its romance and sadness, influenced his music.”

I also enjoy reading about Lake Como and all those villas around its shore Hannah describes them very well and I have the impression that I have already visited them.

Best quotes:

“There’s nothing like hard work to heal the soul. Often it’s the best therapy.”

“…wine is like rain. When it falls on the dirt or mud, it makes it fouler but when it hits the good soil, it rouses it to beauty and to bloom.”

“His jaw clenched. ‘You are my therapy, don’t you get it? You’ve given sun to my dark days.”

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Four Christmases and Secret by Zara Stoneley -review

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Title: Four Christmases and Secret

Author: Zara Stoneley

Genre: Romantic comedy, Fiction

Blog Tour: Rachel Random Resources

 

 

 

My review:

Christmas season is starting earlier this year at least with reading. I am glad that I read this book because even if the life strikes I not give him to beat me.

The book is about Daisy and her Christmas parties at Uncle Terence’s home. She is eighteen and all she can hardly wait to go to university, and not be embarrassed by her parents in front of Ollie, a young boy who she likes.

“I love my parents to bits, I sometimes even like them, but I cannot wait to go to university. My own place, nobody watching my every move and I will be able to snog who I like, when I like, where I like. I will be able to leave crumbs in my bed, read until 4 a.m., spend the weekend in my pyjamas.”

I would like that too!

After three years Daisy goes to university but still she is back with her friend and flatmate Frankie and she still competing against Ollie.

“Anyway, unfortunately, I am not exactly an overachiever on the career front (unlike Ollie Cartwright…) do not yet own “property” (unlike Ollie), and I am total disappointment on the getting hitched and producing offspring sine (Ollie hasn’t done that either) so Mom struggles, over exaggerates or makes things up.”

At the Christmas party Daisy arrives with Frankie and her dog without boyfriend. Ollie is there too, super successful.

This book is hilarious and interesting. I was intrigued how Daisy and Ollie will act apart from all those things that her mother said. It was funny.

I like Daisy a lot especially how she is dealing with her mother’s jokes about her been in love with Ollie. Sometimes I felt sorry for her, but still I enjoy reading about her.

I love reading books that are Christmas related and warmly recommend it for this part of the year.

 

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The Christmas Calendar Girls by Samantha Tonge – cover reveal

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The Christmas Calendar Girls

This Christmas fall in love with the town of Chesterwood…

Christmas is meant to be a time of giving, so with Chesterwood food bank under risk of closure Fern knows just what to do to save it. She’s going to get the town to create a living advent calendar.

Fern, and her best friends, call for help from the local community to bring this calendar to life. When Kit, the new man in town, offers his assistance Fern’s heart can’t help but skip a beat (or two).

As they grow ever closer, Fern must admit that Kit’s breaking down the barriers she built after the death of her husband. But his past is holding him back and Fern doesn’t know how to reach him. No matter how hard she tries.

In this town, Kit’s not the only one with secrets. Domestic goddess Cara is behaving oddly, burning meals in the oven and clothes whilst ironing, and Davina’s perfect children are causing trouble at school leaving her son, Jasper, desperately unhappy.

Can the Christmas Calendar Girls find a way to bring the community together in time to save the food bank, while still supporting their families and each other? Can Fern find love again with Kit?

This is a story about kindness and letting go of the past. It’s about looking out for your neighbours and about making every day feel like Christmas.

Pre-order Links – 

Amazon: https://amzn.to/2YAAmUI  

Google Play: https://bit.ly/2YBNoBH 

Kobo: https://bit.ly/2SUjoPS 

iBooks: https://apple.co/2YwUjfd 

 

Publication Date: 3rd October 2019

Author Bio 

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Samantha Tonge lives in Manchester UK with her husband and children. She studied German and French at university and has worked abroad, including a stint at Disneyland Paris. She has travelled widely.
When not writing she passes her days cycling, baking and drinking coffee. Samantha has sold many dozens of short stories to women’s magazines. 
She is represented by the Darley Anderson literary agency. In 2013, she landed a publishing deal for romantic comedy fiction with HQDigital at HarperCollins and in 2014, her bestselling debut, Doubting Abbey, was shortlisted for the Festival of Romantic Fiction best Ebook award. In 2015 her summer novel, Game of Scones, hit #5 in the UK Kindle chart and won the Love Stories Awards Best Romantic Ebook category. In 2018 Forgive Me Not, heralded a new direction into darker women’s fiction with publisher Canelo. In 2019 she was shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists’ Association romantic comedy award. 

Social Media Links – 

http://samanthatonge.co.uk/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/SamTongeWriter
Instagram: @samanthatongeauthor 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SamanthaTongeAuthor

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I Will Follow Him by Holly Tierney- Bedford – review + book tour

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Title: I will Follow Him

Author: Holly Tierney- Bedford

Genre: Romantic comedy, Fiction

Pages: 141

 

 

 

My review:

I accepted this novella because of the genre first of all, than I love this gorgeous cover and this part of the year is perfect for that kind of books. This book is small but entertaining and easy to read. I will follow him is part of the series a novellas written by different authors.

The book is settled on a cruise ship. I enjoyed reading about a private investigator Francie how is on her mission to spy Evan. Danielle Evan’s fiancee is hired her to spy him on his bachelor party. So, she is trying to do her job but something gets on her way, maybe love is happening.

I like Francie she is kind, likable and sweet. She is one memorable character.

I recommend this novella for this summer period especially to be read on the beach.

 

 

 

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Dying to Meet You by Rich Amoi – review blog tour

Elizabeth is in her fifties, single woman who has two divorces. From family members she has only her brother Josh. She over thinking for everything, but one day she got lottery.

OMG I laughed a lot at first sentence:”Google told me I was forty-five times more likely to die from flesh-eating bacteria than win the lottery… ”

Dolly the Liz’s neighbor made laugh: “You have spiders in that bush. Did you know that? I’m allergic to spider bites, for goodness sake. If I die, it’ll be on your conscience.” LOL when she spy Liz and that was her excuse.

I enjoy in every single word with laughter, joy, I cry and feel compassion.

Liz is an hilarious, a compassionate and good person she wins a lottery but life is kind with her after that. I like her a lot she is seams very similar to me. I totally understand her humor and her punic “attacks” about everything . Besides she is control freak as me even her food must be researched: “I couldn’t believe I had to ask. I had always researched food and knew ahead of time all the ingredients, so I knew what I was getting myself into.”

Rich Amoi one more time shows that is one of my favorite authors. I enjoy reading this book filled with laughter, lots of love, compassion and pure joy in reading even in the sad moments.

 

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A Little Hotel in Cornwall by Laura Briggs- review, blog tour

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Title: A Little Hotel in Cornwall

Author: Laura Briggs

Genre: Chick Lit

Pages: 117 (I read Kindle edition)

 

 

 

My review:

Maisie quits her job as a waitress in one Mexican restaurant to be part of an exclusive writer’s mentorship program. She wants to be a published writer. The program seems to the right thing for the aspiring writer like Maisie, but she is not one of the chosen participants. Now what? What she can do her dreams are broken and she is jobless? The restaurant is full, an owner doesn’t need staff and she can’t go back there.

I totally related to Maisie, because I am trying to find a publisher for my second novel and it is bloody hard. The author well describes the aspiring writer’s dream after writing and finding the publisher.

“You’re very talented,” he said.

“With work, you can become a good writer, I have no doubt. You’re just a bit … unusual.”

 “In what way?”

 “In ideas. In writing style … too many elements to define, really,” said Scott, waving aside his attempt at this point. “Of everyone in the class, you were the one who was … well, ‘all over the place’ in terms of the story you were telling. Are you a dramatist? A romanticist? A historical writer?”

I love Maisie and her ability to endure trying to find a way to catch her dream. She is affectionate and ambitious which I like the most. Her will to help everyone is great but the situations hilarious.

“Forgive me, miss, but are you part of the hotel staff?” A little elderly woman who looked as frail as an eggshell was at my elbow, plucking it with trembling fingers. “I am,” I said, putting on my nicest smile. “Do you need something?” “Yes. Yes indeed. You see, my pills — I only have two left. The chemist’s shop in the village has my new bottle. It’s such a terrible inconvenience to ask the hotel, I know … but I really can’t go …” “Of course not,” I said. “The hotel is always happy to run an errand for a guest.”

A Little Hotel in Cornwall

Struggling American waitress and aspiring novelist Maisie Clark dreams of becoming a full-time writer — even though in real life she’s just lost her chance at an exclusive writer’s mentorship program that would give her novel its big break. Desperate, she decides to take a chance and ask her favourite writer, a celebrated but reclusive English novelist, to help her find a second chance.

When she receives the author’s reply in an envelope with a Cornish postmark, Maisie decides not to take the writer’s half-hearted ‘no’ for an answer. With nothing to lose, she takes off for the author’s last known location, a beautiful hotel on Cornwall’s western coast. But when the hotel mistakes her for the latest applicant for a maid’s position, Maisie finds herself given an opportunity too good to lose … and a chance for a summer adventure far bigger than she ever imagined.

Surrounded by breathtaking Cornwall and working in an elegant hotel, Maisie’s world becomes one of secret identities, quirky friends, and unintentional mishaps — and despite reminders of past relationship disasters, a certain handsome, charming local resident Sidney Daniels has her conflicted about her heart’s desires, too.

Will Maisie find the chance she’s been waiting for — and a possible new romance — in her perfect Cornish summer?

Purchase Link: http://smarturl.it/alittlehotelbook1

Author Bio –

Laura Briggs is the author of several chick lit and romance stories, including the Top 100 Amazon UK seller ‘A Wedding in Cornwall’. She has a fondness for vintage style dresses (especially ones with polka dots), and reads everything from Jane Austen to modern day mysteries. When she’s not writing, she enjoys spending time with family, caring for her pets, going to movies and plays, and trying new restaurants.

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/PaperDollWrites

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