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Library Book Review – Spring At Blueberry Bay by Holly Martin – #romcom #chicklit

📖PLOT SUMMARY FROM GOODREADS📖

Welcome to beautiful Hope Island where the sea sparkles, the daffodils are blooming and a blossoming romance is just around the corner… 

Bella has always had a sunny outlook and caring nature, despite recently falling on hard times. When she finds a handsome homeless man on her doorstep, her kind heart tells her she must help him. So, she invites Isaac into her cottage and into her life in ways she could never have imagined… 

But Isaac is not what he seems. He’s keeping a huge secret from Bella, yet he never expected to fall for this open, generous and charming woman. 

Bella can’t ignore the chemistry between her and Isaac, but she’s had her trust badly broken in her past. Will she run when she learns the truth about Isaac, or will he be the one man who can help Bella believe in love again? 

💭THOUGHTS💭  

I wanted a book with a Spring feel to it and when I saw this on my Library App I knew I had to get it! It was longer than I expected, but I enjoyed reading it nonetheless.

The writing was light and full of feeling. Messages of love, hope and trust shone through and made it a lovely read. It was quite an emotional rollercoaster, but I was pleased with the ending! It felt like it took quite a long time to get to the end of the book, even though it was full of things happening, which is why I have rated it a 4 instead of 5. I felt that the story could have been wrapped up sooner. 

I enjoyed seeing the story from both of the main characters’ points of view as it gave you the full picture and a more reliable story. I liked seeing what the characters thought and then seeing how they acted.

The chapters were long and were sometimes split into the different points of view. I enjoyed getting a good chunk of the story from both sides before moving on. I really felt like I was on the journey with both characters and liked the mix of reading the characters thoughts as well as their conversation. 

The characters themselves were likable and I loved the relationship between Bella and her family and the growing relationship between Issac and Bella. As I said before it was quite an emotional rollercoaster of a journey that I feel could have been wrapped up sooner. There was quite a lot of will they/won’t they. 

Lastly the settings. I loved the beautiful setting of the bay and the contrast when the characters were in London. The description and detailing in the book was excellent and produced a beautiful backdrop for the characters’ love story. There were patches of description inbetween the conversations of the characters which nicely enhanced the story. 

Overall an enjoyable book, perfect for Spring!

⭐Rated 4/5⭐

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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:

Book Review – The Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha ChristieMYSTERY

Book Description From Goodreads:

“Murder at the Vicarage marks the debut of Agatha Christie’s unflappable and much beloved female detective, Miss Jane Marple. With her gift for sniffing out the malevolent side of human nature, Miss Marple is led on her first case to a crime scene at the local vicarage. Colonel Protheroe, the magistrate whom everyone in town hates, has been shot through the head. No one heard the shot. There are no leads. Yet, everyone surrounding the vicarage seems to have a reason to want the Colonel dead. It is a race against the clock as Miss Marple sets out on the twisted trail of the mysterious killer without so much as a bit of help from the local police.”

Fast Forward To Today:

Finlay Donovan Is Killing It by Elle Cosimano (click for link to Goodreads)

Book Description From Goodreads

“Finlay Donovan is killing it…except, she’s really not. A stressed-out single mom of two and struggling novelist, Finlay’s life is in chaos: The new book she promised her literary agent isn’t written; her ex-husband fired the nanny without telling her; and this morning she had to send her four-year-old to school with hair duct-taped to her head after an incident with scissors.

When Finlay is overheard discussing the plot of her new suspense novel with her agent over lunch, she’s mistaken for a contract killer and inadvertently accepts an offer to dispose of a problem husband in order to make ends meet. She soon discovers that crime in real life is a lot more difficult than its fictional counterpart, as she becomes tangled in a real-life murder investigation.”

Spring At Blueberry Bay by Holly Martin (click for link to Goodreads)

Welcome to beautiful Hope Island where the sea sparkles, the daffodils are blooming and a blossoming romance is just around the corner…

Bella has always had a sunny outlook and caring nature, despite recently falling on hard times. When she finds a handsome homeless man on her doorstep, her kind heart tells her she must help him. So, she invites Isaac into her cottage and into her life in ways she could never have imagined…

But Isaac is not what he seems. He’s keeping a huge secret from Bella, yet he never expected to fall for this open, generous and charming woman.

Bella can’t ignore the chemistry between her and Isaac, but she’s had her trust badly broken in her past. Will she run when she learns the truth about Isaac, or will he be the one man who can help Bella believe in love again?”

Twelve Days In May by Niamh Hagan (click for link to Goodreads)

Book Description From Goodreads:

They haven’t spoken for 12 years.

Can they fall in love in 12 days?

Lizzy Munro is working at the Cannes Film Festival, in a job that involves a lot more admin than red-carpet glamour.

There, Ciaran Flynn is the man everyone is talking about: heartthrob of the moment and director of the most romantic movie of the year.

What nobody knows is that twelve years ago, they were best friends . . . and they haven’t spoken since.

But when Ciaran’s film runs into trouble, there’s only one person he can turn to.

Is twelve days enough to save not only Ciaran’s film, but also the spark he and Lizzy once shared?”

The Attic Child by Lola Jaye (click for link to Goodreads)

Book Description From Goodreads:

A hauntingly powerful and emotionally charged novel about family secrets, love and loss, identity and belonging.

Two children trapped in the same attic, almost a century apart, bound by a shared secret.

Early 1900s London: Taken from his homeland, twelve-year-old Celestine spends most of the time locked away in the attic of a large house by the sea. The only time Celestine isn’t bound by confines of the small space is when he is acting as an unpaid servant to English explorer Sir Richard Babbington, As the years pass, he desperately clings on to memories of his family in Africa, even as he struggles to remember his mother’s face, and sometimes his real name . . .

1974: Lowra, a young orphan girl born into wealth and privilege whose fortunes have now changed, finds herself trapped in the same attic. Searching for a ray of light in the darkness of the attic, Lowra finds under the floorboards an old-fashioned pen, a porcelain doll, a beaded necklace, and a message carved on the wall, written in an unidentifiable language. Providing comfort for her when all hope is lost, these clues will lead her to uncover the secrets of the attic.”

A few differences here, mainly in the number of books I am reading. I have a couple of Blog Tours coming up so I need to read multiple books! I am still reading a mystery amongst my pile of books although I have moved away from classics this year!

What were you reading this time last year or the year before (or the year before!)?

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Saturday Night Reading

So that’s it for another month! I can’t believe how quickly that went! As seems to be this week’s theme, I haven’t had as long as I would like to read this evening, but I have managed to read a chapter of Finlay Donovan Is Killing It by Elle Cosimano and a chapter of Spring in Blueberry Bay by Holly Martin. I finished off the rest of the evening reading Behind the Olive Trees by Francesca Catlow. I am getting more into it. The description for the settings is lovely and there is suspicious activity going on which is keeping my interest. We shall see how the rest of the book pans out!

I haven’t done a weekend reading post because I have done a lot of ‘end of the month’ stuff today, so decided to leave it for this week. In a nutshell though my plans are to read something of Finlay Donovan Is Killing It and Spring in Blueberry Bay, but to mainly focus on Behind the Olive Trees. I want to get Behind the Olive Trees done in the next few days so that I can move on to my next Blog Tour book, Twelve Days of May. I am hopeful of achieving this, but we shall see what life throws at me!

Have a great weekend!

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Reading Recommendations – April 2022 Reading List

It Happened One Summer by Tessa Bailey ⭐ Rated 5/5⭐ ROMANCE

The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley ⭐Rated 4.5/5⭐MYSTERY

Shadow Flicker by Gregory Bastianelli ⭐Rated 5/5⭐ MYSTERY/THRILLER

Welcome to your Life by Bethany Rutter ⭐Rated 5/5⭐ CHICK LIT/ROMANCE

Date with Betrayal by Julia Chapman ⭐Rated 5/5⭐ MYSTERY

The Spanish Love Deception by Elena Armas ⭐ Rated 5/5⭐ ROMANCE

The Great Eggscape by Jory John ⭐ Rated 4/5⭐CHILDREN’S BOOK

The Clutch of Eggs by Debbie Young ⭐ Rated 4/5⭐SHORT STORY

The Rabbit Factor by Antti Tuomainen ⭐ Rated 4.5/5⭐MYSTERY/THRILLER

Meet the Grubblers by Sarah Louise ⭐ Rated 4/5⭐CHILDREN’S BOOK/FANTASY

Hook, Line and Sinker by Tessa Bailey ⭐Rated 5/5⭐ ROMANCE

Another great reading month with no book getting less than a 4 star rating. I am obviously very good at choosing books!

I hope that you have had a great reading month too! Here’s to May!

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Book Review – Four Aunties And A Wedding by Jesse Sutanto – #bookreview #romcom

📖PLOT SUMMARY FROM GOODREADS📖

Meddy Chan has been to countless weddings, but she never imagined how her own would turn out. Now the day has arrived, and she can’t wait to marry her college sweetheart, Nathan. Instead of having Ma and the aunts cater to her wedding, Meddy wants them to enjoy the day as guests. As a compromise, they find the perfect wedding vendors: a Chinese-Indonesian family-run company just like theirs. Meddy is hesitant at first, but she hits it off right away with the wedding photographer, Staphanie, who reminds Meddy of herself, down to the unfortunately misspelled name.

Meddy realizes that is where their similarities end, however, when she overhears Staphanie talking about taking out a target. Horrified, Meddy can’t believe Staphanie and her family aren’t just like her own, they are The Family–actual mafia, and they’re using Meddy’s wedding as a chance to conduct shady business. Her aunties and mother won’t let Meddy’s wedding ceremony become a murder scene–over their dead bodies–and will do whatever it takes to save her special day, even if it means taking on the mafia.

The aunties are back, fiercer than ever and ready to handle any catastrophe–even the mafia–in this delightful and hilarious sequel by Jesse Q. Sutanto, author of Dial A for Aunties.

💭THOUGHTS💭  

I have been waiting for this book to come out ever since I knew that it was being written. I absolutely loved the first book, Dial A For Aunties, and recommend it to people all the time. There was a tiny amount of doubt in my mind as to whether this second one would be able to live up to its predecessor. I am thrilled to say that it did live up to it and I will now be recommending the both of them! 

The writing was just fantastic. It was light, entertaining and absolutely hilarious. It had me laughing out loud numerous times. It takes a lot for a book to make me even laugh, let alone out loud. I love the way that the Aunts speak and the way that they are generally portrayed. There is such a strong message of family love and support the whole way through which is lovely to read about. 

The book was split into three parts with each part being given an amusing quote. The chapters were generally long, but they didn’t feel like a chore to get through. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it from beginning to end. There was a good flow to the story and you just never knew what was going to happen next. I enjoyed the twist at the end that I never saw coming! 

The Aunts are just brilliant characters and to have another family brought in to mirror the Aunts was excellent. The Aunts in particular though brought so much sparkle and life to the whole story. Their family dynamic is great to read about and lends itself naturally to everything that happens. Nothing felt forced and even though it bordered on the ridiculous at times, you kind of just accepted it as the norm for these characters! 

Lastly the settings. Whilst the book is largely character focussed (as it should be with these brilliant characters) there were some lovely descriptions of the wedding venue which has made me want to investigate Oxford more.  

Overall I absolutely loved this book, definitely worth more than 5 stars! I highly recommend reading both books!

⭐Rated 5/5⭐

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The Friday 56 – Spring at Blueberry Bay by Holly Martin – #romance #chicklit #spring

Welcome to Friday 56! Hosted by Freda’s Voice, you turn to page 56 or 56% in any book or reading device and pick a sentence that grabs you.

My book of the week is Spring in Blueberry Bay by Holly Martin (click for link to Goodreads):

“…I say that because I literally had no idea that between her and her husband they had been embezzling thousands of pounds of the charity’s money over the last five years.”

This was quite a crucial part in the story and I am glad that I found it on page 56! It is an excellent book so far and I am glad that I chose it!

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Friday Musings – Inspired by Top 10 Tuesday – Top 10 places mentioned in books that I’d like to visit

Welcome to my 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).

This week I have chosen:

Top Ten Tuesday hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl

On 25 February 2019 the prompt was places mentioned in books that I’d like to visit. Here are my Top 5 (click titles for my review):

Copenhagen

Book Review – The Little Cafe in Copenhagen by Julie Caplin

Cornwall

Book Review – Pippa’s Cornish Dream by Debbie Johnson

Edinburgh

Book Review – The Christmas Bookshop by Jenny Colgan

Ashford, Connecticut

Book Review – The Bookshop on the Corner by Rebecca Raisin

Hawaii

Book Review – Aloha Alibi by Jasmine Webb

Where would you like to visit?

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Thursday Quotables – Spring at Blueberry Bay by Holly Martin – #chicklit #romance

Hosted by Bookshelf Fantasies, this is where you share a favorite quote, line, or passage from your reading each week!

Each week I chose a Book of the Week to take part in this (and other) book memes. This week my chosen book is Spring at Blueberry Bay by Holly Martin:

“Just then the front door burst open and there stood Bella, dressed in a floor-length neon green dress that might have been a bridesmaid dress at one point or a really bad eighties ball gown.”

There were so many quotes that I could have chosen, but I decided to go with this one because it highlighted the main character’s determination to get to a job interview come what may, even in a disastrous outfit as a result of spending the night at the hospital and not having time to change out of her dirty clothes.

I am 30% through and really enjoying it!

Book Description From Goodreads:

Welcome to beautiful Hope Island where the sea sparkles, the daffodils are blooming and a blossoming romance is just around the corner…

Bella has always had a sunny outlook and caring nature, despite recently falling on hard times. When she finds a handsome homeless man on her doorstep, her kind heart tells her she must help him. So, she invites Isaac into her cottage and into her life in ways she could never have imagined…

But Isaac is not what he seems. He’s keeping a huge secret from Bella, yet he never expected to fall for this open, generous and charming woman.

Bella can’t ignore the chemistry between her and Isaac, but she’s had her trust badly broken in her past. Will she run when she learns the truth about Isaac, or will he be the one man who can help Bella believe in love again?

A gorgeously romantic and heartwarming story to completely lose yourself in. Perfect for fans of Sarah Morgan, Jane Costello and Miranda Dickinson.

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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:

Book Review – Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte (click for my book review) – CLASSIC

Book Description From Goodreads:

“Drawing heavily from personal experience, Anne Brontë wrote Agnes Grey in an effort to represent the many 19th Century women who worked as governesses and suffered daily abuse as a result of their position.

Having lost the family savings on risky investments, Richard Grey removes himself from family life and suffers a bout of depression. Feeling helpless and frustrated, his youngest daughter, Agnes, applies for a job as a governess to the children of a wealthy, upper-class, English family.

Ecstatic at the thought that she has finally gained control and freedom over her own life, Agnes arrives at the Bloomfield mansion armed with confidence and purpose. The cruelty with which the family treat her however, slowly but surely strips the heroine of all dignity and belief in humanity.

A tale of female bravery in the face of isolation and subjugation, Agnes Grey is a masterpiece claimed by Irish writer, George Moore, to be possessed of all the qualities and style of a Jane Austen title. Its simple prosaic style propels the narrative forward in a gentle yet rhythmic manner which continuously leaves the listener wanting to know more.

Anne Brontë, the somewhat lesser known sister, was in fact the first to finish and publish Agnes Grey under the pseudonym of Acton Bell. Charlotte and Emily followed shortly after with Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights.

As Anne passed away from what is now known to be pulmonary tuberculosis at the age of just 29, she only published one further title; The Tenant of Wildfell Hall. As feminist in nature as Agnes Grey, Anne’s brave voice resonates and permeates during one of the most prejudiced and patriarchal times of English history.”

Fast Forward To Today:

Finlay Donovan Is Killing It by Elle Cosimano (click for link to Goodreads)

Four Aunties and a Wedding by Jesse Sutanto (click for link to Goodreads)

Spring at Blueberry Bay by Holly Martin (click for link to Goodreads)

Behind the Olive Trees by Francesca Catlow (click for link to Goodreads)

Some very different genres here. Back in 2021 I was going through a regency/classic phase. At the moment I am in a chick lit phase with some Blog Tour books thrown in to vary my reading!

What were you reading this time last year or the year before (or the year before!)?

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Wednesday Night Reading #mystery #romcom #chicklit #family

It has been another short night for reading, but I have managed to read a bit of all 4 of my books so that is something. I feel like I have achieved the most in Four Aunties and a Wedding by Jesse Sutanto. I set a timer then decided to finish the chapter that I was on, then got sucked in and read a bit more. I am absolutely loving it!

I then decided to read Spring in Blueberry Bay as I am also really enjoying the lightness and the banter between the two main characters. Again I set a timer, then finished the chapter that I was on.

After this I managed to read another chapter of Finlay Donovan Is Killing It and felt like I should really read more as it is a good book and deserves more of my time.

I finished off the evening reading a chapter of my Blog Tour book, Behind the Olive Trees. I am not as into it as I would like to be, but there is still time. The description is beautiful, so we shall see how it progresses.

I hope that you have had a great evening. Tomorrow I am on the Blog Tour for The Rabbit Factor by Antti Tuomainen and there are a couple of books being published, so it will be a busy blog day tomorrow!

See you there!

Night

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