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October Halloween Challenge 2022 – Hosted by Tourmaline

Hosted by Tourmaline, there is a word set for each day that you can write a post about. As this is a book blog I will be posting about books that I have read that best fits the theme of the day.

Today’s theme is Leaves.

I have chosen Autumn Leaves – A Chick Lit Anthology (click for my review). Whilst this isn’t Halloweeny, it is certainly Autumn and I admit that at the time I chose it for it’s title and cover!

Book Description From Goodreads:

“Sometimes the end is just the beginning… What if leaving one life behind meant the best was yet to come?

Six of Australia’s leading chick lit authors present a moving and hilarious collection of autumnal stories that show the seasons may change, but true love is perennial. 

Deluge by Sandy Vaile 

Carly left Elliot more than a decade ago, and the pain still runs deep. Now an act of God will force them together – but can it reconcile their hearts? 

Leaving Princess Kate by Samantha Bond

Mark and Kate were the perfect couple, living the perfect life in their fairytale cottage, until it all went terribly wrong. Now Mark is certain Kate is going to leave him – but not if he leaves her first…

Stolen Kisses by Carla Caruso

Shy journalist Misty wasn’t happy about leaving the bright lights of the city to follow an ageing rock band on tour. Then she met handsome photographer Jesse, and now leaving him is the last thing on her mind…

Run to You by Laura Greaves

Melissa signed up for the New York City Marathon in an effort to run away from her troubled past. Can she leave her broken heart behind when new romance beckons?

Rebound by Georgina Penney

Samantha left Peaceful Bay without a backwards glance – but now she’s back in town, broke, unemployed and living with her OCD mother. Even worse, her childhood nemesis, Craig, is enjoying every minute of her downfall…

Just Friends by Katie Spain

Nathan is the man of her dreams, but even on their wedding night she knows she should leave him. Is their love enough to make it work?”

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Book Review – American Royals by Katharine McGee

My own copy but is available at the library

Genre: Chick Lit/Romance

Number of Pages: 441

📖PLOT SUMMARY 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.”

💭THOUGHTS💭

I have wanted to read this book since last year and eventually got it as a present for Christmas. I have now finally got round to reading it and I loved it! It was proper chick lit and definitely the light read that I needed the last week or so.

The writing was light, entertaining, and despite the different characters stories merging to make the one story, it wasn’t difficult to process or follow. I enjoyed each character’s story and the way that they overlapped each other. The story had an excellent natural flow to it which I enjoyed. 

The chapters were based on the views of a single character and were fairly short. They were very cleverly done and even though you weren’t sure whose point of view you were going to read next, each character had such a great storyline that no chapter let the story as a whole down. The shortness of the chapters gave the story a good pace and always left you wanting more! 

The characters were excellent. I loved them all. It was interesting to see what it was like to be a royal American and what it was like for a commoner to enter their world. I got quite emotionally invested in them! I loved the morally grey side to a couple of the characters too. 

Lastly the settings. These were secondary to the story as it was very much character based, but I loved the descriptions of the parties and royal rooms. I don’t often read books about royalty so I was interested in this take on it.   

Overall a great book and I can’t wait to read the next book in the series! 

⭐Rated 5/5⭐

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My Book Of The Week – American Royals by Katharine McGee

Welcome to my Book Of The Week post! Each week I will highlight one of the books that I am currently reading and use that book to participate in blog memes such as First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros, Thursday Quotables and Friday 56. Feel free to read along with me!

This week I have chosen American Royals by Katharine McGee published 3 September 2019.

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.”

I got this book for Christmas and I have been wanting to start it since then! I have finally got round to doing so!

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If you like this then you will like this book…

*I am currently away on holiday so will reply to any comments on my return*

There are many different ways of choosing your next book to read. I personally use a range of techniques from being dragged in by the cover, reading an enticing blurb, it is free on Kindle or it has been popular on social media. This post aims to help even further by using key words that I would use to describe the book.

If you like a mix of Chick Lit, Friendship and Mystery then you will like

Book Review – Finlay Donovan Is Killing It by Elle Cosimano

If you like Japanese, Mystery Literature then you will like

Random Things Tours – Book Review – Fish Swimming In Dappled Sunlight by Riku Onda

If you like Finnish, Crime/Mystery Literature then you will like

Random Things Blog Tour – Book Review – The Rabbit Factor by Antti Tuomainen

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Happy 4th July!

For those who celebrate it, here are 4 feel good books in honour of 4th July:

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

Book Review – Royal Valentine by Jenn McKinlay – ROMANCE

Book Review – Finlay Donovan Is Killing It by Elle Cosimano – MYSTERY

Book Review – Four Aunties And A Wedding by Jesse Sutanto – HUMOUR

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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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