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Random Things Tours – Book Review – Lucie Yi Is Not A Romantic by Lauren Ho

“That Saturday, Lucie Yi headed to the pastel world of So Bebe, fully intending to purchase just a pair of lightweight summer booties and maybe a matching bobble hat for each of her best friend Weina Ling’s newly minted triplets.”

Genre: Rom Com

Number of Pages: 416

Date of Publication: 23 June 2022

Publisher: HarperCollins

Rated: 5/5

My Review Summary: An excellent read, full of ups and downs – an emotional rollercoaster!

📖PLOT SUMMARY📖

An ambitious career woman signs up for a co-parenting website only to find a match she never expected, in this unflinchingly funny and honest novel from the author of Last Tang Standing.

Management consultant Lucie Yi is done waiting for Mr. Right. After a harrowing breakup foiled her plans for children—and drove her to a meltdown in a Tribeca baby store—she’s ready to take matters into her own hands. She signs up for an elective co-parenting website to find a suitable partner with whom to procreate—as platonic as family planning can be.

Collin Read checks all of Lucie’s boxes; he shares a similar cultural background, he’s honest, and most important, he’s ready to become a father. When they match, it doesn’t take long for Lucie to take a leap of faith for her future. So what if her conservative family might not approve? When Lucie becomes pregnant, the pair return to Singapore and, sure enough, her parents refuse to look on the bright side. Even more complicated, Lucie’s ex-fiancé reappears, sparking unresolved feelings and compounding work pressures and the baffling ways her body is changing. Suddenly her straightforward arrangement is falling apart before her very eyes, and Lucie will have to decide how to juggle the demands of the people she loves while pursuing the life she really wants.

💭THOUGHTS💭

As you know I have been getting more into the romance genre and when I saw this book come up I had to go for it! I am so glad that I did. I was hooked from beginning to end!

The writing was light and humorous, with a dash of serious and emotional. It was well balanced and made for a compelling read. It was a very emotional journey and it wasn’t until the end that the final decision was made. I was content with how the story ended. Some of these types of stories can drag out, but I didn’t feel that at all with this book. It had just the right amount of will they/won’t they that made me feel invested and therefore I wanted to keep reading to see it through to the end. 

The chapters were a good mix of lengths and as a result gave just the right pace for this story. Nothing lingered, yet there was still the will they/ won’t they, but done in a way that kept the story moving forward. 

I loved the characters and the relationships that they had. The love and support of the main character’s friends balanced nicely with the negative relationship she had with her family and her co parent balanced her ex fiancé well. I also enjoyed the texts between the characters. It was a nice way to break the story up a bit as well as giving it a real life feel. 

Lastly the settings. They were secondary to what was going on with the characters. Whilst they were based in Singapore, they could have been anywhere really. It didn’t matter to me where they were as their storylines were far too interesting! 

Overall I loved this book and couldn’t give it any less than 5 stars. It was an emotional journey, but the characters got there in the end and I wasn’t disappointed. 

⭐Rated 5/5⭐

📖THE AUTHOR📖

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Six For Sunday – Stories which fill you with hope

It’s Six For Sunday! Hosted by A Little But A Lot this week’s theme is stories which fill you with hope. A couple of them are Christmas books, but those are the sorts of books that give you hope:

Book Review – The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

Random Things Blog Tour – Book Review – Welcome To Your Life by Bethany Rutter

Random Things Blog Tour – Book Review – A Moment on the Lips by J Taylor

Book Review – Rise and Thrive by Lisa Blackshaw

Book Review – Christmas at the Comfort Food Cafe by Debbie Johnson

Book Review – Comfort and Joy by Cathy Bramley

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Sunday Salon

Welcome to my Sunday Salon post! Hosted by Readerbuzz this post is a chance to have a weekly bookish and non-bookish catch up with other bloggers.

Books that I have been reading this week:

You Had Me At Halloumi by Ginger Jones (click for my book review)

Just For Today by Nell Hudson (click for my book review)

Fish Swimming In Dappled Sunlight (click for link to Goodreads)

The 13th Assassin by Frank Malley

My Book Of The Week That Took Part In This Week’s Memes Was:

You Had Me At Halloumi by Ginger Jones (click for my book review)

Memes I Took Part In This Week:

Goodreads Monday – Hosted by me Budget Tales Book Blog

Top Ten Tuesday – Hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl

First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros – Hosted by Socrates Book Reviews

WWW Wednesday – Hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words

Goodreads Top 5 Wednesday – Hosted by Goodreads T5W group

Book Blogger Hop – Hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer

The Friday 56 – Hosted by Freda’s Voice

All over Instagram – Hosted by me Budget Tales Blog

Stacking the Shelves – Hosted by Reading Reality

Sunday Post – Hosted by Caffeinated Reviewer

What else has been happening this week:

We started off the week going to the Children’s Centre with my mum. We then went to the library on Tuesday and then didn’t do anything exciting until Friday when we went to The Romney Rythe and Dymchurch Railway. The weekend has been quiet as I haven’t been well again. Luckily it isn’t Covid so that’s something!

Hope you have all had a great week. Here’s to next week!

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Library Book Review – You Had Me At Halloumi by Ginger Jones

GENRE: ROMANCE

NO OF PAGES: 390

📖PLOT SUMMARY FROM GOODREADS📖

When it comes to love, its feta late than never . . .

Freya Butterly has always dreamed of being a Head Chef but despite running every service at the Mediterranean restaurant, she still doesn’t get the recognition she deserves. Craving adventure and a real taste of the Mediterranean, Freya takes matters into her own hands, ditching both her job and unsupportive boyfriend, she packs her bags for sunny Cyprus in pursuit of the prestigious Golden Spoon culinary award.

As one of the seven competitors, Freya is determined to clinch the trophy and rediscover her passion for food, but what she doesn’t expect to discover is Xanthos. As gorgeous as he is charming – he’s quite the dish. Freya is instantly attracted to him, but this trip was about Cypriot cuisine, not cypriot sausage (ahem, romance) and she knows she must not let Xanthos distract her from the competition.

But if she walks away, will Freya spend the rest of her life wondering What If?

💭THOUGHTS💭   

I saw this on the shelf at the library and together with the bold cover and title, I was forced in to borrowing it! 

The writing was excellent. It was so descriptive and chatty. You really felt like you were there with the main character, Freya. It was also quite an emotional read and there were lots of different layers to it. As the tag line suggests it’s ‘not just a cheesy holiday romance’. 

There was a good balance of storytelling and conversation. It was all from the main character’s point of view, but I didn’t mind that. The storytelling aspect was excellent in that it allowed you to get a well rounded picture of what was going on, not only by reading the main character’s thoughts but by the description of things such as the food’s taste and smells. I love it when a book describes the smell of something and with this story being based on a cookery competition I was in my element!

The chapters weren’t too long and gave the story a good pace. Some chapters were split to make them longer. I loved the little picture of the plate of food indicating the split in the chapter. I also enjoyed the chapter headings and the food illustrations surrounding them. The chapter headings gave little hints as to what to expect from the chapter, however there were a lot of curve balls that kept my interest. Sometimes a romance can be predicable and samey, but not this one. I loved the storyline and the emotion that went with some of the deeper issues explored. 

The characters were excellent. I loved the main character Freya and how you really rooted for her after everything she had been through. I also loved the other competitors in the competition. They certainly added something to the tale! 

Lastly the settings. They were brilliantly described and really enhanced the storyline. It definitely gave me holiday vibes. 

Overall I loved this book. It covered deep issues, had plenty of drama and had a satisfactory ending. I highly recommend reading it and look forward to reading the next book by this author! 

⭐Rated 5/5⭐

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Books that I have been seeing all over Instagram this week

Welcome to my All Over Instagram post! I am always interested in seeing what other people are reading, so each week I will highlight the book/s/ author/s that have been catching my attention on Instagram.

There wasn’t a main overall popular book, however there were still a few Emily Henry books around, specifically Book Lovers and Beach Read.

Book Lovers by Emily Henry (click for my review)

Book Description:

One summer. Two rivals. A plot twist they didn’t see coming….

Nora Stephens’ life is books—she’s read them all—and she is not that type of heroine. Not the plucky one, not the laidback dream girl, and especially not the sweetheart. In fact, the only people Nora is a heroine for are her clients, for whom she lands enormous deals as a cutthroat literary agent, and her beloved little sister Libby.

Which is why she agrees to go to Sunshine Falls, North Carolina for the month of August when Libby begs her for a sisters’ trip away—with visions of a small-town transformation for Nora, who she’s convinced needs to become the heroine in her own story. But instead of picnics in meadows, or run-ins with a handsome country doctor or bulging-forearmed bartender, Nora keeps bumping into Charlie Lastra, a bookish brooding editor from back in the city. It would be a meet-cute if not for the fact that they’ve met many times and it’s never been cute.

If Nora knows she’s not an ideal heroine, Charlie knows he’s nobody’s hero, but as they are thrown together again and again—in a series of coincidences no editor worth their salt would allow—what they discover might just unravel the carefully crafted stories they’ve written about themselves.”

Beach Read by Emily Henry (click for link to Goodreads)

Book Description:

A romance writer who no longer believes in love and a literary writer stuck in a rut engage in a summer-long challenge that may just upend everything they believe about happily ever afters.

Augustus Everett is an acclaimed author of literary fiction. January Andrews writes bestselling romance. When she pens a happily ever after, he kills off his entire cast.

They’re polar opposites.

In fact, the only thing they have in common is that for the next three months, they’re living in neighboring beach houses, broke, and bogged down with writer’s block.

Until, one hazy evening, one thing leads to another and they strike a deal designed to force them out of their creative ruts: Augustus will spend the summer writing something happy, and January will pen the next Great American Novel. She’ll take him on field trips worthy of any rom-com montage, and he’ll take her to interview surviving members of a backwoods death cult (obviously). Everyone will finish a book and no one will fall in love. Really.”

What books/authors have caught your attention this week?

Add your links in the comments!

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Friday Musings – Inspired by Friday Favourites – Books That Should be a Film/TV Show By Now

Welcome to my first Friday Musings Post! This is where every week I will scour the Blogosphere and find past meme questions and incorporate them into a current post (linking back to the blog who set the meme).

Today I have chosen Geeky Galaxy Friday Favourites. On 19 March 2021 the prompt was Books That Should be a Film/TV Show By Now.

I have read so many books that deserve to be made into a film. Here are just 5:

Book Review – Chasing the Darkness by Cassie Sanchez

Book Review – The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman

Book Review – The Maid by Nita Prose

Book Review – The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell

Book Review – Before Again by Claire S Duffy

What books would be on your list?

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Time Travel Thursday

It’s Time Travel Thursday! This is where I take a look back at what I was reading this time last year (or the year before or the year before that…) and compare it to what I am reading now.

This day in 2021 I was reading:

Bridget Jones’s Diary (and other writing) by Helen Fielding (click for my review)

Book Description From Goodreads:

“Bridget Jones’s Diary turns 25 this year. Winner of the 1997 British Book of the Year, and named by the Guardian as one of the ten books which best defines the 20th Century, the book has gone on to become a multi-million copy selling international phenomenon, spawning three blockbuster movies, a whole new literary genre, a lexicon of ‘smug marrieds’, ‘singletons’, ‘emotional f***wittage’ and ‘mummy pants’, and the familiar cry of ‘I am Bridget Jones’.

This special bumper anniversary compendium also features an introduction and commentary from Helen Fielding, and over 100 pages of rare material taken from 25 years of her writing, including:

* Extracts from Helen’s early journalism
* A selection of the original Independent newspaper columns.
* Bridget Jones interviews Colin Firth
* Later columns on #MeToo, Brexit, and Bridget’s lockdown life
* A selection of hilarious restaurant reviews featuring the real life inspirations for Jude, Shazzer, Auntie Una, Mum and Daniel Cleaver”

Fast Forward To Today:

You Had Me At Halloumi by Ginger Jones (click for link to Goodreads)

Book Description From Goodreads:

When it comes to love, its feta late than never . . .

Freya Butterly has always dreamed of being a Head Chef but despite running every service at the Mediterranean restaurant, she still doesn’t get the recognition she deserves. Craving adventure and a real taste of the Mediterranean, Freya takes matters into her own hands, ditching both her job and unsupportive boyfriend, she packs her bags for sunny Cyprus in pursuit of the prestigious Golden Spoon culinary award.

As one of the seven competitors, Freya is determined to clinch the trophy and rediscover her passion for food, but what she doesn’t expect to discover is Xanthos. As gorgeous as he is charming – he’s quite the dish. Freya is instantly attracted to him, but this trip was about Cypriot cuisine, not cypriot sausage (ahem, romance) and she knows she must not let Xanthos distract her from the competition.

But if she walks away, will Freya spend the rest of her life wondering What If?

This is my current library book. I am making slow progress, but only because of my Blog Tour Books having to be read first. I am still enjoying it and look forward to picking it up each evening.

The 13th Assassin by Frank Malley

Book Description Taken From The Author’s Website https://www.fantasticfiction.com/m/frank-malley/13th-assassin.htm

“Emily Stearn is young, headstrong, logical – and believes that someone has murdered her Uncle Sebastian.

Whilst going through his belongings, after his sudden death, Emily discovers an encrypted journal. With the help of Al Andrews, a maths graduate she befriends after meeting in the local cafe, she deciphers the material.

It reveals that Sebastian, a Cambridge history professor, was a spy. Code name WHISPER.

His one mission came in 1981 when British Intelligence believed that he was the only agent capable of getting close to Colonel Igor Kalenkov. A disciple of the 13th Directorate – the Soviet killing and kidnapping department – Kalenkov was closely-guarded, and was planning an attack on the British Royal Family at the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana to sow division in the West.

Sebastian did not wish to assassinate Kalenkov himself, but he arranged to lure the Russian into a trap for a sniper to take him out at Moscow’s international history convention.

But not all goes according to plan.

As the journal surrenders its chilling secrets 40 years on, Emily believes that the Russians must have assassinated her uncle.
.
But does a grainy CCTV image point to a murderer closer to home?

Emily is determined to uncover the truth, no matter what the cost.”

I have just started this author’s request book and am excited to see what happens.

Fish Swimming In Dappled Sunlight by Riku Onda (click for link to Goodreads)

Book Description From Goodreads:

“Set in a Tokyo flat over the course of one night, Aki and Hiro spend one last night together before going their separate ways. Each believes the other to be a murderer and is determined to extract a confession before the night is over. Who has been killed and why? Which one is the killer? In an intense battle of wills over the course of a night, the true nature of the pair’s relationship and the chain of events leading up to this night are gradually revealed in this gripping psychological thriller that keeps the reader in suspense to the very end.

The thriller–buried in a literary whodunit–explores the mysteries of romantic love, memory and attaining self-knowledge. Like the best Japanese crime writing, it is an unflinching foray into the darker recesses of the soul, quietly suspenseful and elegantly constructed.”

I am on the Blog Tour for this book on 29 June so keep your eyes peeled for my review on here, Amazon, Goodreads, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter!

As you can see it is quite a difference. I enjoyed reading Bridget Jones a while ago and when I saw this with extra bits I decided to re-read it and see what the new bits were like. I do still have a rom com on the go this time, but I am also reading a couple of Thrillers.

What were you reading this time last year or the year before (or the year before!)? Add your links in the comments below!

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Random Things Tours – Book Review – Just For Today by Nell Hudson

“Ever since we began our tradition of swapping notebooks, I’ve written with you in my mind.” 

Genre: Literary Fiction

Number of Pages: 304

Date of Publication: 9 June 2022

Publisher: Tinder Press

Rated: 4.5/5

My Review Summary: A compelling read about the party lifestyle.

📖PLOT SUMMARY FROM GOODREADS📖

The party has to end sometime

It all starts on New Year’s Eve. A night that has to be a success, whatever the cost. For Joni and her friends, it’ll be a party that promises all the high stakes and glamour of any other, but by sunrise they’ll be dealing with something darker than the usual post-party comedown. 

Not that they let this stand in their way. For this is their year to revel in all that the playground of London has to offer: sneaking into places they shouldn’t, breaking every rule, falling in love with the wrong people. All the while avoiding one undeniable truth: it’s not if the party ends, it’s how.

JUST FOR TODAY is a bittersweet evocation of the end of innocence, and an exhilarating celebration of having nothing to lose – until suddenly, you do.

💭THOUGHTS💭  

I saw this come up on Random Things Tours and it intrigued me. It wasn’t something that I would usually read about, but it sounded interesting so I put my name down for it. I am glad that I did. It was an enjoyable book that just had something about it.

The writing was gripping in an interesting way. By that I mean that once I put it down it wasn’t an immediate ‘I must pick it back up again’, but once I did I was sucked in and I could just keep going. 

The chapters were fairly long, but very descriptive and full of narration punctuated with chunks of conversation. It struck the right balance between narration and conversation, and I really felt like I was there with the characters. There was nothing that made you sit on the edge of your seat, however there was an undercurrent of something bad happening. The prologue at the beginning, plus a couple of phrases dotted around made you think that something was going to happen at some point near the end of the book. 

The pace throughout was good and nothing seemed to drag. You were effortlessly taken through the life of the main character and her friends. It was all from the one main character’s point of view. I liked the main character’s reminiscing every so often as it added depth to the story. 

It was an emotional rollercoaster and the main character experienced a lot of lows. I wondered how she managed to pick herself up, but she seemed to manage it. From that point of view you were constantly wondering what was going to happen next, but it came naturally and in an unsurprising manner.

The characters were excellent. It was nice to see the main character with her friends. She had a wonderful relationship with them that was a joy to read. The party life is a lifestyle that I know very little about so to see it written in this story was interesting. All the characters had their own lives, but they all met up on a regular basis. They had their professional lives and then their party lives. 

Lastly the settings. I loved all the details about the characters and what they were doing. There were some lovely settings, Cornwall and the high end of London for example, but there was also the other side of London. The settings were lightly described which added depth to the characters conversations and actions.

Overall I really enjoyed this book and recommend that you give it a try if you want to read something a bit different. 

⭐Rated 4.5/5⭐

📖THE AUTHOR📖

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Goodreads Top 5 Wednesday – Books Worth The Hype

Welcome to Top 5 Wednesday! Hosted by Goodreads T5W group this week it is Books Worth The Hype. Here is a list of 5 books that lived up to their popularity (in my opinion!):

Harry Potter series by J K Rowling

This is such a popular series that it has exploded and diversified into films, merchandise, a Studio Tour, Theme Parks and games (plus everything else I have forgotten to mention!). I personally absolutely love this series and used to get the next book out as a late birthday present from book 4 onwards!

Book Review – The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood

I wasn’t really a fan of romances, but I decided to give them a chance and when I saw that this book was (and still is to some extent!) all over Instagram I decided to give it a go. I loved it and have read many more romance novels since!

Book Review – The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

I had seen this a while ago, but with mixed reviews I wasn’t sure if I would enjoy it. I am glad that I took the plunge as I absolutely loved it!

Book Review – The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman

I like Richard Osman and was curious as to see what his writing would be like. I was not disappointed. I loved this book and the second one. I have already pre-ordered the third one!

Book Review – A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas

I got this book for my friend for her birthday. She really enjoyed it and lent it to me to read. I really enjoyed it then didn’t think any more about it. It wasn’t until many months later that I saw that there were more books in the series and that people were absolutely loving them. I decided to jump on the band wagon and am so glad that I did. My favourite book of the series is the second one, A Court of Mist and Fury.

What books would be on your list?

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WWW Wednesday – Currently Reading, Finished Reading, Reading Next

It’s W W W Wednesday! Hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words, here are my 3 Ws (Currently Reading, Just Finished Reading and Future Reading):

What I Am Currently Reading:

You Had Me At Halloumi by Ginger Jones (click for link to Goodreads)

Book Description From Goodreads:

When it comes to love, its feta late than never . . .

Freya Butterly has always dreamed of being a Head Chef but despite running every service at the Mediterranean restaurant, she still doesn’t get the recognition she deserves. Craving adventure and a real taste of the Mediterranean, Freya takes matters into her own hands, ditching both her job and unsupportive boyfriend, she packs her bags for sunny Cyprus in pursuit of the prestigious Golden Spoon culinary award.

As one of the seven competitors, Freya is determined to clinch the trophy and rediscover her passion for food, but what she doesn’t expect to discover is Xanthos. As gorgeous as he is charming – he’s quite the dish. Freya is instantly attracted to him, but this trip was about Cypriot cuisine, not cypriot sausage (ahem, romance) and she knows she must not let Xanthos distract her from the competition.

But if she walks away, will Freya spend the rest of her life wondering What If?

This is my current library book. I am enjoying it so far!

The 13th Assassin by Frank Malley

Book Description Taken From The Author’s Website https://www.fantasticfiction.com/m/frank-malley/13th-assassin.htm

“Emily Stearn is young, headstrong, logical – and believes that someone has murdered her Uncle Sebastian.

Whilst going through his belongings, after his sudden death, Emily discovers an encrypted journal. With the help of Al Andrews, a maths graduate she befriends after meeting in the local cafe, she deciphers the material.

It reveals that Sebastian, a Cambridge history professor, was a spy. Code name WHISPER.

His one mission came in 1981 when British Intelligence believed that he was the only agent capable of getting close to Colonel Igor Kalenkov. A disciple of the 13th Directorate – the Soviet killing and kidnapping department – Kalenkov was closely-guarded, and was planning an attack on the British Royal Family at the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana to sow division in the West.

Sebastian did not wish to assassinate Kalenkov himself, but he arranged to lure the Russian into a trap for a sniper to take him out at Moscow’s international history convention.

But not all goes according to plan.

As the journal surrenders its chilling secrets 40 years on, Emily believes that the Russians must have assassinated her uncle.
.
But does a grainy CCTV image point to a murderer closer to home?

Emily is determined to uncover the truth, no matter what the cost.”

This is an author’s request book. I started it the other day and am looking forward to seeing how it progresses.

Fish Swimming In Dappled Sunlight by Riku Onda (click for link to Goodreads)

Book Description From Goodreads:

“Set in a Tokyo flat over the course of one night, Aki and Hiro spend one last night together before going their separate ways. Each believes the other to be a murderer and is determined to extract a confession before the night is over. Who has been killed and why? Which one is the killer? In an intense battle of wills over the course of a night, the true nature of the pair’s relationship and the chain of events leading up to this night are gradually revealed in this gripping psychological thriller that keeps the reader in suspense to the very end.

The thriller–buried in a literary whodunit–explores the mysteries of romantic love, memory and attaining self-knowledge. Like the best Japanese crime writing, it is an unflinching foray into the darker recesses of the soul, quietly suspenseful and elegantly constructed.”

I am on the Blog Tour for this book on 29 June. Keep your eyes peeled for my review on here, Amazon, Goodreads, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!

What I Have Finished Reading:

Book Review – The Book Of Cold Cases – click for my review

I am on the Blog Tour for this book on 23 June. Keep your eyes peeled for my review on here, Amazon, Goodreads, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!

What I Am Reading Next:

This week I have a couple of options:

American Royals by Katharine McGee – click for link to Goodreads

Book Description From Goodreads:

What if America had a royal family?

When America won the Revolutionary War, its people offered General George Washington a crown. Two and a half centuries later, the House of Washington still sits on the throne.

As Princess Beatrice gets closer to becoming America’s first queen regnant, the duty she has embraced her entire life suddenly feels stifling.

Nobody cares about the spare except when she’s breaking the rules, so Princess Samantha doesn’t care much about anything, either . . . except the one boy who is distinctly off-limits to her.

And then there’s Samantha’s twin, Prince Jefferson. If he’d been born a generation earlier, he would have stood first in line for the throne, but the new laws of succession make him third. Most of America adores their devastatingly handsome prince . . . but two very different girls are vying to capture his heart.”

Retreat to the Spanish Sun by Jo Thomas – click for link to Goodreads

Book Description From Goodreads:

Eliza has a full house! When her three children grew up and moved out, she downsized to a smaller property… but now they’re all back. Every room in the house is taken and Eliza finds herself sharing her bed with her eldest daughter and her daughter’s pug. Combined with the online course she’s trying to finish, plus her job to fit in, there just isn’t the peace and quiet that Eliza needs.

So when an ad pops up on her laptop saying ‘house-sitters wanted’, Eliza can’t resist the chance to escape. She ends up moving to a rural finca in southern Spain, looking after the owner’s Iberico pigs, learning about secret gastronomic societies… and finding a new zest for life and love along the way.

I am on the Blog Tour for this book on 5 July so keep your eyes peeled for my review on here, Amazon, Goodreads, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!

A new library book that catches my attention!

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