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.
“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.”
The Start for Something Wonderful was a great journey and experience for me because it was one of a few audiobooks that I ever listen to. I spent nine hours listening to a pleasant narrator’s voice and enjoyed the story. This past period was very busy and confusing for me so it helped that the book was audio format so I did whole domestic work while I listen and went at work safe and sound.
The story is about Emily forty years old stewardess who decides to give resignation to have more time with her boyfriend. They live together and she has everything which one woman could wish for a pilot man beside her, she travels to every exotic place on Earth and wears designer’s wardrobe. Has she?
Right after he broke up with her she quits her job and she becomes jobless and homeless. Emily is desperate and desperate times call desperate measures. She chooses to follow her dream to become an actress. Subsequent to that the story gets better and better.
I am grateful because I have a chance to read this book in such a busy period for me. I easily related to Emily cause I am in my early forty as her, also I give resignation and find another job and have to learn everything from the beginning as Emily. The other thing that keeps me listening till the end is the captivating and funny story. Sometimes I hope that my life is funny as Emily’s and I could laugh to my defeats as I did on Emily’s.
Emily is funny and caring but a very insistent person, I like how she deals with the situation and how persistent she is. In those acting classes, her thoughts seem so important and loud in my mind.
The writing style gives the right way to this story especially Emily’s path through her new career really gives the sense of chick lit story.
The Start of Something Wonderful
It’s never too late to follow your dreams….
Forty-year-old air stewardess Emily Forsyth thought she had everything a woman could wish for: a
glamorous, jet-set lifestyle, a designer wardrobe and a dishy pilot boyfriend. Until he breaks up with
Catapulted into a midlife crisis she wishes she’d had earlier, she decides to turn her life upside down,
quitting her job and instead beginning to chase her long-held dreams of becoming an actress!
Leaving the skies behind her, Emily heads for the bright lights of London’s West End – but is it too
late to reach for the stars?
UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Start-of-Something-Wonderful/dp/B07FGWSDBJ
US – https://www.amazon.com/The-Start-of-Something-Wonderful/dp/B07DY8SDPW
Jane taught English in Vienna then traveled the world as cabin crew, before making the
life-changing decision to become an actor and voiceover artist in her mid-thirties. She has appeared
in “Calendar Girls”, “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time”, “Deathtrap”, and most
recently “True West” in London’s West End. She has recorded audiobooks for BBC AudioGo, Isis
Publishing and HarperCollins. She is currently adapting “The Start of Something Wonderful” into a 6-part comedy drama for TV.
Books are my Life participates in a blog tour with this triple review. YEY! It is the first time and I must say the reason for that is all three novelettes are part of the series.
Let’s Dance (#1) is the first novelette by Amanda Paull that I ever read and I’ve thoroughly enjoy reading it. The story begins with Shona and Laura, two best friends going to dance lessons. It’s Shona’s idea. Laura doesn’t want to go but her best friend’s desire and enthusiasm are as huge as a mountain and she doesn’t have a choice.
Shona has a “vision board”:
made a vision board.’ Shona drew a large square in the air with her hands. ‘It
has a picture of my perfect man pinned to it – fantastic body. And that posh
hotel we like in Ibiza, the one with the huge pool and swim-up bar.’ ‘Won’t the
image of a particular man prevent the Universe from sending the one it has
picked out for you?’ ‘I cut off his head.’
LOL. I couldn’t stop laugh imagining the whole scene. There are lots of laughing out loud moments like that. I like when the book makes me laugh and delighted me.
I like the way Laura
met Ben and her thoughts about him “the man with the flexible shoes”, also their
dancing and their teacher Portia.
The narration is very entertaining and charming and I recommend this short book to everyone who wants a quick and enjoyable short story.
Spoiler alert: If you don’t read the first novelette
please don’t read the review below.
A Christmas Day Kerfuffle (#2)
The story continues where it ends in the first installment Laura has a new boyfriend and that is Ben. They are together in love. It’s Christmas time and Ben should meet Laura’s family for the second time. Laura wants their first Christmas as a couple to be perfect but is it possible with her crazy family?
Despite Laura’s first impression about Ben and all those dance classes, she loves him.
“She loved his
velvety dark brown hair, with just enough wave to give it a sexy, tousled look.
Her whole body tingled as she imagined running her own hands through it.”
Is love enough to
endure the mess? The end gave me the answer to this question and I adore it.
Fenella’s Fabulous Fountain Fondue (#3)
Laura and Ben’s relationship survived after two meetings with Laura’s family but now it is the turn to Ben’s family. They want to surprise Ben’s mother Fenella for her eighty-fifth birthday. The two families are meeting for the first time. Laura is so nervous and how she couldn’t be, knowing her family. They are absolute havoc.
I couldn’t stop laughing at the moment when Maureen trying to buy a new dress and wants to purchase a bigger size.
“If we stuck a white
hat on her she’d look like a Smurf,’ cackled Laura.”
I think that the reader should read all three novelettes and get known better all members from the Scott Family. They are hilarious people who sometimes do ridiculous things messing around. Although they are chaotic they are also sympathetic.
I recommend this series because are fast page turners and entertaining.
Let’s Dance (Scott Family Short Stories, Book 1)
She’s helping out a friend. His dad’s hip’s gone. Could a farcical mix-up lead to love?
Ballroom dancing is the last thing Laura wants to try. But her best friend is desperate to meet a hip-swinging Adonis, so before she knows it, Laura is cha cha cha-ing in the back of the Dog and Duck with nerdy Ben. At least no one else need ever find out. No such luck. Her mother is armed with a social media page and dangerous. The shenanigans begin. What a pity Ben’s now looking rather dapper. Will he scarper? Or is Ben made of sterner stuff? If you like innocent, laugh-out-loud family mayhem, you’ll love Let’s Dance, the first Scott Family.
A Christmas Day Kerfuffle (Scott Family Short Stories, Book 2)
A blooming romance. A trapped poodle. Can their relationship survive the madness?
After a shaky start, Laura and Ben are now getting along great. So much so that Laura dares to invite him for a Christmas Day brunch with her family. As the good tidings commence, a horrifying discovery is made. Freddie, the family poodle, is trapped. Will the ensuing biblical scale mayhem sound the death knell for Laura and Ben’s budding romance? Or is he just a glutton for punishment?
If you enjoyed Let’s Dance, you’ll love A Christmas Day Kerfuffle, the second Scott Family Short Story, by Amanda Paull. Download it today to discover whether love prevails, and Freddie cooks.
Fenella’s Fabulous Fountain Fondue (Scott Family Short Stories, Book 3)
It’s the day of the party. Laura and Ben are in love. But could a posh marshmallow put the kibosh on their relationship?
They’ve survived Scott Family mayhem twice so far, and now Laura and Ben’s relationship is rock solid. They are having a wonderful time at the Grand Hotel, relaxing in the spa and putting the final touches to Ben’s mother’s 85th birthday party preparations. It’s all going to plan.
Fenella loves her party. The two families get along fabulously. It’s a marvellous do. What could possibly go wrong?
Download the third Scott Family Short Story today to discover whether the Scotts have a cheeky little surprise of their own for long-suffering Ben and Laura.
Author Bio – Amanda Paull is a writer of humorous romantic fiction. She lives in the North East of England with her husband and works in the public sector. The inspiration for her stories comes from real life, which she tries to show the funnier side of by embellishing to the hilt.
Holly drops the life she knows, leaves her well-paid job and moves in a small town leaving New York. She is tired of editing, shopping and having lunch at the finest restaurants in New York. The biggest decision in her lifetime is to run off all those things that made her acts “robotic”. Holly feels alive when she did it.
Inglenook Falls is a small place surrounded by nature idyllic and impressive where everything is different than New York from the size of buildings to the people’s behavior.
Holly expects not much from her unsecured future but photographing and being free away from the big city life. However, she didn’t imagine that she will meet Mitch, a big hairy “wild”man living in a log cabin in the wood.
“He scooped her up in
his arms. She weighed less than any of the logs he’d had to haul up from the
fields earlier and he carried her carefully back down the path.”
Christmas Miracle in a Log Cabin is sweet holiday book. The story was interesting for me because I was used to reading the story with a heroine who rises up to the stars building her career and big city life. This is quite opposite the heroine goes away fromthe big city, drops her career and comfort life.
“She signed the forms,
collected the keys, programmed the satnav and stowed her belongings in the trunk
before setting off down…”
The book shows Christmas magical atmosphere and the feeling is bigger because I was reading it before the holiday.
Christmas Miracles at the Little Log Cabin
Do you believe in Christmas Miracles?
Holly is looking for a change and even though not everyone agrees with her career choices, she’s determined there’s more to this life than the long hours she works as an editor in New York City. What she doesn’t expect is to meet Mitch, a recluse who’s hiding more than she realises.
Mitch does all he can to avoid human contact, spending his days in the little log cabin out in the woods behind Inglenook Falls where he owns a Christmas tree farm, so when Holly falls into his life, he’s not sure how to react. All he knows is that something needs to change if he ever wants to get his life back on track.
Along with friends Cleo and Darcy, Holly is determined to bring joy back to Mitch’s life, but will he appreciate their interference? And when a business proposition throws everything up in the air, will it do more harm than good and ruin lives forever?
Both Holly and Mitch must learn that on the surface people aren’t always what they seem…but if you dig a little deeper, they can take you by surprise.
Curl up this Christmas for plenty of snowflakes, roaring log fires, a marriage proposal, unlikely friendships and second chances as we return to the much-loved characters in the New York Ever After series.
Author Bio – Helen J Rolfe writes contemporary women’s fiction and enjoys weaving stories about family, friendship, secrets, and community. Characters often face challenges and must fight to overcome them, but above all, Helen’s stories always have a happy ending.
Location is a big part of the adventure in Helen’s books and she enjoys setting stories in different cities and countries around the world. So far, locations have included Melbourne, Sydney, New York, Connecticut, Bath and the Cotswolds.
I was sitting behind the window when suddenly my phone pinged, a message snapped my thoughts. It was Tanja asking me would I like to receive a complimentary copy of her book. I was delighted.
Thank you Tanja for entering in my life virtually but so real. I hope, and I know that we will meet.
The book is the first Macedonian epigram book fulfilled with wisdom and sensation. I am so proud of it. I can’t describe it well so I translate some of the epigrams and you could get the real feeling. Reading those epigrams you would sense my feelings happiness, sensation, joy even when Tanja speaks about pain.
Tanja’s epigrams breath life and exhilaration when I read them. They are like alive ecstatic energy showing positivity with every single word.
Epigrams from the book:
I never give up!
Bravo to me! I am impossible!
I didn’t come to this world to be defeated, doesn’t circulate failure in my veins.
None of those trails could bring me back to the beginning.
The problem doesn’t mean the end but the beginning.
I am not leaving but sometimes I’m not here.
I recommend this book to everyone who knows Macedonian, I hope it will be translated soon so everyone could enjoy reading this wisdom.
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.”
“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:
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.
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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.
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.
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 MindBodyGreen, OC87 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
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.
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.
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
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)
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.”