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18th May 2014 – Book Review – Thirteen Weddings by Paige Toon

Hello to my lovely blog readers, I am reviewing a very special book today, after a gap of nearly two weeks.

I know I have been a little inactive on my blog, but its been a manic two weeks for me due to busy times at work and in my personal life.

That said, lets get to the important business of reviewing an amazing book….

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There are books that make you laugh, there are books that make you cry and then there are books that make you do both and make you think’ This has happened to me….I can relate to this’. Paige Toon’s Thirteen Wedding is such a book. While reading this, I was so engrossed in the story that I felt one with the characters, rooting for them, feeling with them and ultimately wanting that perfect happy ending for them that are usually a feature of all good chick lit novels. Let me say at this point that I love Paige Toon’s novels, her stories have a perfect combination of love, longing and angst combined with feisty heroines and swoon-worthy heroes.

Thirteen Weddings is Aussie picture editor and part time wedding photographer Bronte’s and her new but all too familiar colleague Alex’s story. Bronte meets and has a one night stand with Alex at her close friend Polly’s hen night when Alex is on a break from his long term relationship with girlfriend of 10 years, Zara. Although both Alex and Bronte feel a special connection that night, they part ways and then meet again, out of the blue at their place of work.

What ensues is a tale of unrequited love, yearning, life lessons, sacrifice and making difficult decisions, all set amongst the thirteen weddings for which Bronte is assistant photographer. Enter Lachie, a handsome, fellow twenty something Aussie wedding singer, who instantly takes a shine to Bronte and you have love triangle that could give the Jen/Brad/Ang one (in its heyday) a run for its money. We also find that our heroine, despite being multi-talented and confident individual, has a very dysfunctional family who have some skeletons in their closet. This novel is a perfect summer read and although it is light-hearted at places, Bronte and Alex’s dilemma is described with an intensity and passion that you would not normally find in chick lit novels.

I thoroughly enjoyed this well-written, meaty read and I must say, in a couple of places, I was so drawn into the novel that I was actually cross with the heroine for making certain rash decisions and behaving in the way that she did. But for this very reason, this is a good novel, because the story has been concluded very realistically and it does have a few unexpected twists, especially in the end which the reader does not expect. I also loved the well-described hugely entertaining thirteen weddings that Paige photographed, a few memorable ones featured reluctant spouses, a runaway bride, bratty children playing pageboys as well as Bronte’s friend Marie and Russ’s small but beautiful wedding in the sun. The most poignant and heartbreaking moment in the novel is when Bronte has to photograph that one wedding that she never thought she would or could. Serious issues such as her childhood friend Polly’s battle with alcohol are also tackled and Bronte’s other friendships with Marie, Rachel and Bridgette give a warm feel to this novel. Also, watch out for cameos of characters from Paige’s previous novels, ‘Pictures of Lily’, ‘Lucy in the Sky’ and ‘One Perfect Summer’.

For me, both the heroes of the novel, are intriguing in their own way. Alex is the distant, sometimes closed and unattainable but immensely attractive man that stole Bronte’s heart and Lachie is the charming, handsome, larger than life lover and friend to Bronte who is there for her during happy and sad times. You feel for both Bronte and Alex when they struggle to fight their burgeoning attraction for each other and you can’t help but fall a little in love with Lachie, so full of warmth and charm and obvious adoration for Bronte.

This lovely novel deserves all of its five stars and is published by Simon & Shuster UK, out on the 22nd of May 2014. Pre-order yours now!

 

 

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19th April 2013 – Five Books of Summer that I am looking forward to!

As spring gives way into summer, we can look forward to some amazing chick lit novels. In truth, summer is the season of chick lit as many of us hit the beach, get out that deck chair, slap on some sun block, sit back, relax and out comes our lovely, irresistible chick lit novel and hours of reading fun!

To this end, I  have compiled a list of chick lit novels out his summer which I cannot wait to read, hopefully on a nice summer holiday to somewhere hot (we can all dream, can’t we!)

Written in the Stars by Ali Harris

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Book Description on Amazon:

One decision + two different paths = how many happy endings? Have you ever wondered ‘What if…?’ What if you’d taken that other job, gone on a date with that sweet guy, moved to a different city? Would an alternative life path have led to a happier ending? Now imagine if you could have taken both paths… When Bea Bishop slips while walking down the aisle on her wedding day, she is momentarily knocked unconscious. And in a flash, her world splits and two separate parallel lives take her on two very different journeys. In one, Bea flees back down the aisle and out of the church. In the other, she glides blissfully towards Adam, her intended. Each path will take her on a very different journey. And each will see her life change for better and for worse. But which story will lead to her happy-ever-after?

Out 5th June 2014

The Country Escape by Fiona Walker

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Book Description on Amazon

Hidden amid lush parkland, Eardisford is the ultimate English country retreat and it’s just been sold for the first time in its history. Romantic daredevil Kat Mason has been bequeathed the estate’s lakeside sanctuary, Lake Farm, until she dies or marries. But the new owners want her out now . . .

In rides charming playboy Dougie Everett, the man hired to sweep Kat off her feet and off the property. Dougie loves nothing more than the thrill of the chase, but does he risk losing his heart along the way?

Out 5th June 2014

What a Girl Wants by Lindsay Kelk

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 Book Description on Amazon

Tess Brookes was the girl with a plan.

Now she’s the girl with a choice.

Should she stay in London and start her own advertising agency with her best friend and potential boyfriend Charlie? Or should she head to exciting Milan to pursue both a new career as a photographer and a new man, the enigmatic and elusive (and highly irritating) Nick?

For the first time, Tess has to choose between the life she always dreamed of and a future she never imagined possible. With her heart and her head pulling her in different directions, Tess has to make a life-changing decision about What a Girl Wants.

Out 17th July 2014

It had to be you by Jo Carnegie

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Book Description on Amazon

The worst break-up ever . . .

 Lizzy Spellman has been dumped. On her birthday. In front of all her friends. By the man she thought was the one. Someone even filmed it, so now she’s a YouTube hit too.

. . Could be the best thing that has ever happened to her

 When she thinks things can’t get any worse, she meets the rudest and most cynical man in the world, and finds a new reason for living. To prove him wrong.

Love does exist, and she’s going to find it . . .

 Out 28th August 2014

One Night in Italy by Lucy Diamond

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 Book Description on Amazon

Is Italian really the language of love? A new class of students hopes to find out.

Anna’s recently been told the father she’s never met is Italian. Now she’s baking focaccia, whipping up tiramisu and swotting up on her vocabulary, determined to make it to Italy so she can find him in person.

Catherine’s husband has walked out on her, and she’s trying to pick up the pieces of her life. But she’ll need courage as well as friends when she discovers his deception runs even deeper than infidelity.

Sophie’s the teacher of the class, who’d much rather be back in sunny Sorrento. She can’t wait to escape the tensions at home and go travelling again. But sometimes life – and love – can surprise you when you least expect it.

As the evening class gets underway, friendships form and secrets from Italy begin to emerge. With love affairs blossoming in the most unlikely places, and hard decisions to face, it’s going to be a year that Anna, Catherine and Sophie will never forget.

Out 5th June 2014

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