BOOK POST DREAM A LITTLE DREAM BY GIOVANNA FLETCHER

The new gorgeously romantic novel from bestselling author of Billy and Me and You’re the One That I Want, Giovanna Fletcher.

Sarah is doing just fine. Sure she’s been single for the last five years, and has to spend an uncomfortable amount of time around her ex-boyfriend, his perfect new girlfriend and all their mutual friends. And yes, her job as a PA to one of the most disgusting men in London is mind-numbingly tedious and her career is a constant disappointment to her mother. But it’s really okay. She’s happy (ish).

So it’s not surprising that when Sarah starts dreaming about a handsome stranger, she begins to look forward to falling asleep every night. Reality isn’t nearly as exciting. That is until her dream-stranger makes an unexpected real-life appearance, leaving Sarah questioning everything she thought she wanted.

Because no one ever really finds the person of their dreams… do they?

 Just finished this as I couldn’t put it down.

This book is Giovanna’s 3rd book and in my opinion her best ,it is fantastic and you will feel every emotion reading it.

Its romantic ,funny….very funny! sad and magical .

I have always had vivid dreams and a strong sixth sense so it was amazing to see the dreams element .

It had Welling in it which is where I live as a child so that’ was a great bonus .

A brilliant summer read that will leave you feeling happy and remembering the beauty of words .

Great characters and I loved Sarah and strength she grew in the book .

Really recommend this book that is sure to lift your spirits and make you smile .Also swoon 🙂

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BOOK REVIEW YOU ,ME AND OTHER PEOPLE BY FIONNUALA KEARNEY

The stunning debut novel from Fionnuala Kearney – already a Top Ten Irish Times bestseller

THEY SAY EVERY FAMILY HAS SKELETONS IN THEIR CLOSET . . .

But what happens when you open the door and they won’t stop tumbling out?

For Adam and Beth the first secret wasn’t the last, it was just the beginning.

You think you can imagine the worst thing that could happen to your family, but there are some secrets that change everything.

I was really eager to read this debut novel ass had heard great things from fellow bloggers and the cover looked so intriguing .

Firstly I cant believe this is a debut ! It is spectacular and the writing is brilliant and captivating .

There are parts that will stay with me and when that happens you know you have read something special .

Its a very refreshing concept to read from not only the wife’s point of view but also the husbands .

Cleverly written and powerful.

Through pain and heartache they each go on a journey of self discovery .

I really look forward to reading more from this author .

And then the question is, how can you piece together a future when your past is being rewritten?

For fans of Liane Moriarty, Jojo Moyes and David Nicholls.

BOOK REVIEW THE HEAVENLY ITALIAN ICE CREAM SHOP BY ABBY CLEMENTS

Full of mouth-watering flavours, sunshine and escapist adventure, The Heavenly Italian Ice Cream Shop will delight readers with a taste for sweet treats and romance.

Anna and her husband Matteo are ready to embark a delicious Italian adventure. After a year and a half running their ice cream shop on Brighton beach and raising their baby Isabella, Matteo is starting to miss Italy. A shared passion for ices means it’s easy to settle on a new business idea – they’ll open a shop in the town’s cobbled square, a short walk from the sparkling blue sea. For a while, life is sweet; but then Matteo’s overbearing family get involved…

Anna’s younger sister Imogen feels like things are finally coming together – she’s living with boyfriend Finn in a beach house in Brighton, and her photography is taking off. Then her career stalls, and the lure of Capri – and a man from her past – prove difficult to resist.

Join Anna and Imogen and share a summer on the Amalfi Coast that you’ll never forget.

Firstly thanks to Hayley at Simon & Schuster .I was so excited and happy to be sent this as I loved her other books especially the prequel to this one Vivian’s heavenly ice cream shop .

This is the perfect 2015 summer read it ticks every box  for me .

I whizzed through it and was whisked away into the world of tasty ice creams and Italian shores .

The characters are all brilliant and bring their own flavour to the book .

We can all relate to how the dilemmas of family portrayed in this book .

There’s secrets ,lies friendships but mostly the strength of sisterhood even when oceans apart .

Really enjoyed it and would recommend for a summery fun read .

Published 2nd july and I wish Abby every success with it .

BOOK REVIEW MY MOTHERS SECRET BY SHEILA O’FLANAGAN

When Steffie helps her two siblings organize a surprise wedding anniversary party for their parents her only worry is whether they’ll be pleased. What she doesn’t know is this is the day that her whole world will be turned upside down.

Jenny wants to be able to celebrate her ruby anniversary with the man she loves, but for forty years she has kept a secret. A secret that she can’t bear to hide any longer. But is it ever the right time to hurt the people closest to you?

As the entire family gather to toast the happy couple, they’re expecting a day to remember. The trouble is, it’s not going to be for the reasons they imagined…

Firstly a big thank you to Frances at Headline for sending me an advance copy to review .

Despite its size I read this quite quick as the storyline is easy to get  drawn into .

There are a lot of charactars but once into the book its not difficult to keep up with all their individual storylines .

Anyone can relate to this book ,family dramas…everyone has them …?  Even more so when secrets are revealed and people feel the fallout from it .

How does it go from being a special family celebration to arguments tears and shocks .

A enjoyable book that’s genuine .It shows the importance of family and also how dynamics affect it .

My favourite character was Steffie and we go on a rollercoaster of a journey with her .

Published 2nd july

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BOOK REVIEW LIFE WITH A SPRINKLE OF GLITTER BY LOUISE PENTLAND

THIS IS MY FIRST EVER OFFICIAL BOOK!

Aloha Sprinklerinos!

Imagine you are in one of those glorious vintage shops where every surface is laden with treasure.

Cut glass, pill boxes, old cameras, pendants, chests of drawers and stacks and stacks of books. This book is like that. Each chapter is one of those gem encrusted tins that you can open, peep inside and enjoy. You can either methodically wander the entire shop, looking at each individual item in order, or, you can dance around with wild abandon, opening and closing whatever you like , whenever you like.

You can take in tiny bits of it at a time or you can devour it all in one go. I don’t mind. I don’t mind how you go about it; all that matters to me is that you take something from it.

Divided into four sections: Glitz, Create, Need to Knows and All About Love , you’ll find all my little tips and tricks, stories and insights and nuggets of advice. I want you to walk away from this book feeling uplifted. I want you to feel as though you are equipped to deal with something in your life and deal with it in the best possible, positive way. I want to show you how I find so much joy and enrichment in my life and how you can do it too, with just a Sprinkle of Glitter…Toodlepip! Xxx

I was so pleased ,shocked but most of all honoured to have been chosen to be  part of  Louises book club and receive a copy of her debut book. When I applied I did not expect to be picked because im quite a small fish in a big pond of book bloggers . Thank you!!!

Louise is one of my favourite youtubers as she is very genuine ,funny and also a mum .So I was looking forward to reading her book .

When it arrived ….signed and all glittery…could we expect any less !  Estelle my 13 year old who was so impressed and jealous that I had been given this oppornity snatched it from me and read it first. We are both bookworms and I love nothing more than seeing her hooked on a book .

She loved it and passed it back to me …its rightful owner 😉

I whizzed through it and adored it .Firstly let me say the design of the book is beautiful. So much thought and personal touches of Louise’s has gone into this book on each page .Each page is a delight to look at and read .The size of the book is really compact so It feels like a journal to stay with you . This is a book you can not only read in one go which I did but also read parts of as and when you need to.

It is funny with real life stories which shows how genuine Louise is .She doesn’t pretend to be anyone she isn’t .

It is a positive book but not patronising and even my daughter picked up on that who is going through some struggles at present. 

   I loved the quotes and colours used as it is eye catching and mood lifting . Louise Is nearly always smiling and we all need someone like that at times .

The book is broken down into sections each as great as the next with great advice ,tips and thoughts .

Louise doesn’t make out she has all the answers but that’s what makes her so likeable .Its great shes become such a success as shes a inspirational woman who wears her heart on her sleeve .  I love that she embraces who she is inside and out and I wish her every success with this book and future plans.

I must also add I have really enjoyed her vlogs in the past especially  of her and her daughter .Darcy is so cute and as a mum I feel I can relate to Louise .

There are a lot of youtubers releasing books this year ,this and Carrie fletcher’s were the only two  I was interested in as they both come across as very sincere genuine women.

I recommend this to adults and young people as there’s something for both in this book . So let the glitter on the front cover entice you to read more .

Published 2nd july

BOOK REVIEW LOVE ANTHONY BY LISA GENOVA

Olivia Donatelli’s dream of a ‘normal’ life was shattered when her son, Anthony, was diagnosed with autism at the age of three. He didn’t speak. He hated to be touched. He almost never made eye contact. And just as Olivia was starting to realise that happiness and autism could coexist, Anthony died. Now she’s alone in a cottage on Nantucket, separated from her husband, desperate to understand the meaning of her son’s short life, when a chance encounter with another woman facing her own loss brings Anthony alive again for Olivia in a most unexpected way. In a piercing story about motherhood, love and female friendship, Lisa Genova offers us two unforgettable women on the verge of change who discover the small but exuberant voice that helps them both find the answers they need.

I picked this book up at the library by sheer chance and im so glad I did .

I couldn’t put it down and read it in one day between meetings cooking and looking after the kids .

When I finished I couldn’t stop crying.This book will leave a place in my heart forever and I want to thank Lisa for capturing so much with her words.

My son has autism so I could relate so much to the mum and also feel connected to the boy.

Beautifully and sensitively written and this would make a fantastic film that would bring a lot of awareness to the autism mind and how it impacts people .

I have read left neglected by the same author which was another amazing powerful read .

This isn’t just about autism though ,there’s marriage ,friendship ,love ,lies and the power of writing .

I will be recommending this to so many people .

COVER REVEAL ….. RETURN TO BLUEBELL HILL BY REBECCA PUGH

I am so excited and lucky to be able to share the long awaited cover reveal of the gorgeous Rebecca’s debut novel .This is Rebecca Pugh or as us fellow bookworm and book bloggers know her as Beccas books .

I have been reviewing books for 18 months and she is one of the nicest friendliest supportive bloggers out there and she is gorgeous.If that wasn’t enough she is a pretty dam good writer .I had the pleasure of reading some of her work prior to her getting a book deal and wanted more .

When I found out she had been given a book deal I was so happy and proud of her and for her and what a fantastic future she is going to have .

It couldn’t be happening to a more worthy lady 🙂

Her cover is beautiful ,purple is my favourite colour .I cant wait to read it and I wish her every success with her career as a writer .

So without further ado here all the exciting information you need .

Author Biography

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Rebecca Pugh grew up in the green county of Shropshire, with a mind full of fairy-tales and happy endings. Enchanted by true love and Disney Princesses, she decided that no matter what life threw her way, she’d continue to see the world through a child’s eyes. Through the pages of countless books, her adoration of reading blossomed, and it didn’t take long for her to fall under the spell of hundreds of authors’ words.

Now, Rebecca’s own story has taken a fairy-tale like turn, and at 22, her dream has come true. With her faithful companions: Bonnie the dog, her partner, and her gigantic family by her side, Rebecca is ready to share her stories with readers who enjoy falling in love and losing themselves within beautiful, fictional worlds.

Rebecca Pugh is the author of women’s fiction and romance, her all-time favourite genres. After all, who doesn’t enjoy a good swoon?

Her debut novel, Return to Bluebell Hill, is due to be published June 18th 2015 by Carina UK.

Return to Bluebell Hill

Blurb

As sweet and satisfying as strawberries and cream! This British summertime, get out in the garden with Rebecca Pugh’s sparkling debut novel. Home is where the heart is… Jessica McAdams has never belonged anywhere; never truly felt at home. Of course, what did she expect from parents who never made her feel welcome in her own house? Leaving her life in London to return home to the charming country village of Bluebell Hill is harder than she thought. Especially as she never considered she’d be returning under such heart wrenching circumstances…

Clearing out the stunning and imposing Bluebell House after her parents’ death is difficult for Jessica—they never had the best relationship and now it’s too late. Yet spending time in the house that was never a home, having afternoon tea with dear old friend Esme—and sharing hot, sizzling kisses with delectable gardener Rueben!—opens Jessica’s eyes to the potential of Bluebell House… Could this big old, beautiful manor really be her forever home? Is Bluebell Hill where her heart is, has always been? Jessica soon dares to dream of her very own home with delicious Rueben by her side. But when a deep, dark secret of Bluebell House is unearthed, Jessica’s world is turned upside down… Will Jessica ever find where her heart truly lies? An emotional tale of self-discovery, taking chances and romance! Rebecca’s unique British voice feels like coming home again and again.

 

Links

Goodreads | Amazon UK | Amazon US

BOOK REVIEW SUMMER AT SHELL COTTAGE BY LUCY DIAMOND

Summer at Shell Cottage is another delightful summer read from Lucy Diamond, author of the bestselling The Beach Café.

A seaside holiday at Shell Cottage in Devon has always been the perfect escape for the Tarrant family. Beach fun, barbecues and warm summer evenings with a cocktail or two – who could ask for more?

But this year, everything has changed. Following her husband’s recent death, Olivia is struggling to pick up the pieces. Then she makes a shocking discovery that turns her world upside down.

As a busy mum and GP, Freya’s used to having her hands full, but a bad day at work has put her career in jeopardy and now she’s really feeling the pressure.

Harriet’s looking forward to a break with her lovely husband Robert and teenage daughter Molly. But unknown to Harriet, Robert is hiding a secret – and so, for that matter, is Molly . . .

I adore Lucys books and fans of hers are being treated this year as this is her second release in 6months .

I always know when I start one of her books that im in for a treat and a lovely bout of escapism .

The cover is beautiful and I guarantee you will be swept away with the story.

The characters are great and all with their own battles and issues going on and this is the story of what happens when the family are brought together at summer .

I could not put this down  and really enjoyed it .It made me laugh and could definitely relate to the harassed mums !

There’s something and someone for everyone .

Perfect for your holiday read .

BLOG TOUR AND REVIEW THE ISLAND ESCAPE BY KERRY FISHER

Can one woman’s marriage survive her best friend’s divorce? Fans of Veronica Henry and Erica James, this is the next book to add to your reading list.

It’s time to get back to where it all began…

Octavia Sheldon thought she’d have a different life. One where she travelled the world with an exotic husband and free-spirited children in tow. But things didn’t turn out quite like that.

Married to safe, reliable Jonathan, her life now consists of packed lunches, school runs and more loads of dirty washing than she ever thought possible. She’s not unhappy It’s just that she can barely recognise herself any longer.

So as Octavia watches her best friend’s marriage break  up, it starts her thinking. What if life could be different? What if she could escape and get back to the person she used to be? Escape back to the island where she spent her summers? And what if the man she used to love was there waiting for her?

Today is my turn on the blog tour of this beautiful book ,thank you Kerry and Avon for having me .

Not only am I sharing my review but also a short extract from the book .

I met Kerry last year and she is as lovely in person as she is online . Her debut novel The school gate survival guide is a great read ,I laughed and cried and it got me hooked on Kerry’s writing and The island escape is every bit as good .

I couldn’t put this book down carrying it round while cooking the Sunday roast ,Kerry has got the ability to write characters we will love to a perfection .I felt like i was reading about my own friends adventures and mishaps.

Her writing Is effortlessly funny and real , these are real families that could be anyone of us .

With this storyline there are possibilities as to how it will end but I was shocked and surprised as the story unravelled .

This will make a perfect beach read ,even the title and cover scream SUMMER.

As well as the loveable characters there are a few unsavoury ones and the main one being Scott who reminded me of my ex so was cheering for his wife Roberta to find her strength .

This is a story of families ,friendship love and new beginnings.

A excellent book that I wish Kerry all the best with and will be recommending to everyone .

Now for a sneak peek

My God. I was actually going to need a solicitor. Lord. That meant rights and tapes and statements. I started shaking. I wanted to throw myself around the policeman’s legs and beg him to get me out of here. I dug deep. And strangely enough, thought of my father and his favourite mantra. ‘You can get anywhere with a bit of backbone, Roberta, it’s what defines the Deauville family.’ I don’t think my father ever expected me to grow a backbone to use against him, but I was grateful for it now.

I swallowed and concentrated on breathing. ‘Could you organise a solicitor for

me, please?’ My voice contained only the slightest tremor. ‘And I think I’d better phone someone.’

He nodded. ‘I’ll let them know at the desk.’ He put his hand on my shoulder. ‘Stop shaking. You’ll be OK. Who do you want to phone?’

I dithered. Who would have the Get out of jail free card? Scott? Beg him to come down and tell them it was all a stupid joke? That obviously wasn’t part of his plan. My mother? No, she could transform serving up a Sunday roast into a national emergency – ‘Oh my God, I’ve forgotten the horseradish. Just a minute, get started, it will all go cold, nothing worse than cold food, come on, get eating.’

Me, my bra and the police cell would probably put her on Prozac for good.

My father? I wasn’t sure whether he’d rush to my rescue or say, ‘Serve you right’.

The policeman looked down at me, waiting for an answer. I trusted him. Even his name – Joe Miller, according to his name badge – was solid. GI Joe. He looked like the sort of chap who knew how to fix a dripping tap, who could change a tyre without swearing, who could accept there might be an opinion in the world that was different from his.

‘I’d like to call my best friend, Octavia Shelton.’

He ushered me out of the cell to a side room and I told him the number to dial. I knew she’d be in bed. I imagined her spooned up to Jonathan, all fleecy nightshirt and woolly socks. I was always teasing her about her utilitarian choice of bedwear. Scott would never have put up with it. She seemed to take forever to answer. GI Joe announced himself as calling from Surrey Police, quickly saying there was nothing to worry about – though that, of course, depended on your perspective. He handed the phone to me.

Relief coursed through me. Octavia would get it sorted.

She always did.