Sunday, 26 October 2014

#SundayChallenge - Week 5 19th-26th October!



#SundayChallenge - Week 5 19th-26th October!
Read ONE book in a genre thatisn't your usual pick (any length, any format)

So this week, I thought I would delve in at the deep end and read a collection of Essays on NYC, never really read non fiction for fun before, and I am OBSESSED with anything to do with New York City. So 'Never Can Say Goodbye' by Sari Botton seemed the perfect fit for this weeks challenge.

Sadly I never considered the logistics of this book, I could never read more than maybe two essays in one go. I get like this with Short Story anthologies so I should have seen it coming, by Thursday night I had given in and vowed to start a new book on Friday. I will definitely continue to read this as I do enjoy it and actually read about 60% of it, but will take my time over it rather than try to marathon read it and struggle.

So I chose a YA book, 'Between the Lives' by Jessica Shirvington. Friday night came and went and I managed a pathetic 2 pages, and then on Saturday I managed to get 13% of the way through, thankfully Sunday morning really focused me and I managed to complete the rest with about 1 hour to go *Phew*. It was quite easy as it really grabbed me, I was compelled to know what was going to happen, and it didn't turn out how I expected at all!

This weeks #SundayChallenge is to read 1 book that is either an author's debut book, or 1 book that is from an author you haven't read before. 2 Participants will win "The School Gate Survival Guide" by 



What is #SundayChallenge?
#SundayChallenge is a challenge among a group of readers on twitter, previous examples of challenges range from "Read 3 paperback/hardback books" to "Read 1 book that is released in September/October 2014". It starts every Sunday at 1pm and you have one week to complete the challenge, so ends at 1pm the following Sunday. It is hosted by the lovely Ana from ThisChickReads.com, check out her blog it's awesome, and also make sure to follow her on twitter @ThisChickReads! Ana has even started sorting out prizes for participants, so thank you Ana, you're doing some amazing work! If you want to participate, once the challenge is announced on ThisChickReads twitter, just reply to Ana's tweet saying you'd like to join, simple!

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Baby It's Cold Outside by Kerry Barrett


Synopsis
For better or much, much worse...

Esme and Jamie have finally got their perfect wedding day planned. Beautiful snowy landscape – check. Amazing venue – check. Stunning dress – check.

But when an avalanche seals off their gorgeous mountain hometown from the outside world, their dream day starts to look more like a nightmare. Especially when Jamie’s ex turns up on their doorstep with a surprise neither of them expected!

Esme’s magical powers can solve a lot of problems, but it looks like their big day is doomed! Is Esme and Jamie’s wedding simply not meant to be, or can they still make it down the aisle, against all the odds?

Review
The cover of this book is absolutely fabulous, it instantly grabbed my attention. When I requested this book on Netgalley, I wasn’t aware this was part of the series that Kerry has wrote. This wasn’t a problem however, everything that needs to be explained is, and while I think it would add more depth to understanding the characters and what led to this moment, it doesn’t stop the enjoyment of this book.

This book is possibly one of the most wintery books that I have ever read. Even though winter is known as a cold season, especially in the book with all of the snow. Just thinking of the snow, and how picturesque it is I felt a warm glow, imagining being all snuggly under a blanket in front of a fire, or being out in the cold, but wrapped up in my winter coat, wooly hat and mittens. It makes me smile and the description of the setting of this book gets me totally in that frame of mind.

With no prior connection to Esme in the opening chapter or so I thought that she came across quite selfish when it came to her mother’s relationship with Douglas. I understand it may have been a shock, and hard to get used to but she didn’t even seem to try, she was quite rude to him outwardly and acted in a very teenager way, not like someone who is in their 20s. No one is perfect though, and this skepticism over Esme was soon dissipated when she was confronted with her Fiancée’s ex girlfriend, Tansy and Jamie’s five year old son, who neither Esme or Jamie knew about. Esme handled this so calmly, I don’t think I would have handled this situation so well. This warmed me to Esme. Overall she seemed lovely once you get to know her, and had the patience of a saint for most of it, especially in the face of wedding crisis, again I don’t think this would have coped with that as well as Esme seemed to either!

Harry and Louise were absolutely lovely, they were so close to Esme and a great support in her hour of need. I also really liked Tansy, other than a few mistakes (hey, who doesn’t make a few bad decisions?!) she seemed genuinely nice, it was hard not to like her, quite the opposite to the usual ex girlfriends you normally read about.

Parker, where do I start with Parker? I loved him. His quirky interests made for some great big smiles and he was incredibly smart for someone who was 5. The relationship between Esme and Parker developed really nicely and was quite touching at times. 

This book was simply lovely and full of warmth , I cannot wait to read the rest of the series.


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Published by: Carina

Gratefully received from the Publisher for review.


Want to wind down after a long week/day with a good book and a glass of wine?
I will talk about a nice wine I drank which I think suits the mood of this book
.

It’s getting colder, both in real life and in this book so it’s time to crack out the red wine. I chose to drink this Valpolicella Ripasso from Morrisons. It is from the Veneto region in Italy.
It is full-bodied, with notes of smoky warmth and tastes of delicious cherry and dried fruits with chocolate. Absolutely delicious and perfect for this book with it’s delightfully wintery setting.

Sunday, 19 October 2014

#SundayChallenge - Week 4 12th-19th October!


What is #SundayChallenge?
#SundayChallenge is a challenge among a group of readers on twitter, previous examples of challenges range from "Read 3 paperback/hardback books" to "Read 1 book that is released in September/October 2014". It starts every Sunday at 1pm and you have one week to complete the challenge, so ends at 1pm the following Sunday. It is hosted by the lovely Ana from ThisChickReads.com, check out her blog it's awesome, and also make sure to follow her on twitter @ThisChickReads! Ana has even started sorting out prizes for participants, so thank you Ana, you're doing some amazing work! If you want to participate, once the challenge is announced on ThisChickReads twitter, just reply to Ana's tweet saying you'd like to join, simple!

#SundayChallenge - Week 4 12th-19th October!
Read ONE Christmas themed book (any length, any format)

Well this week I was really looking forward too, I LOVE Christmas, so in my mind I was running around in circles with excitement. Before the challenge was announced I was just starting to read Baby it's cold outisde by Kerry Barrett, which was actually a lovely book, set in winter, it features an incredibly snowy town in Scotland, so wintery it was really good, check out my review coming soon!

Sadly it is not Christmas related, so I had to pick another book. I had a few in mind incase I managed to read more than one. 

My first choice was 'The Christmas Party' by Carole Matthews. I've mentioned before I love Carole's books, especially the chrstmas ones I have read of hers, so it was an obvious choice to be the first Christmas book of the season. Sadly Sunday-Wednesday flew by, and after finishing 'Baby it's cold outside' on Monday, by Thursday morning I had managed a not so spectacular one chapter!

By the time Friday evening was upon me, I had crawled my way up to 25%, but had lost all hope in my mind of completing this weeks challenge. However by some luck my Saturday plans changed and I was able to complete the book. Once I sat down properly, I absolutely flew through this book. This book is just fabulous, I can't recommend it enough!

I am so happy that I managed to complete this challenge, after thinking on friday that there was no hope for me.

This weeks #SundayChallenge is to read 1 book that is from a genre you wouldn't usually read, 2 Participants will win "The Art of Floating" by , so if you're up for the challenge, let Ana at ThisChickReads know.

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

I am Ella, Buy Me by Joan Ellis

Synopsis
Based on Joan's own experiences in top London advertising agencies, this funny, fast-paced tale is set against a backdrop of Thatcher's Britain where money trumped morals and lust was a must. 'I am a ginger tom. I am a boy racer. I am a housewife. I am a pain in the arse.' 

Working in Soho's mad, bad Adland in the sexist 80s, Ella David is a rare beast - a woman in a man's world. When her lothario boss, Peter Richards, bored with his ball-clicker, demands something or someone new to play with, Ella finds herself battling more than just fat thighs. Faced with losing her job or sleeping with him, Ella turns to her friend, Adam Hart the one constant bright spot in her life. Can love help her go from a girl in the firing line to a woman calling the shots?

Review
Ever since studying Graphic Design at university, I have been really interested in the world of advertising, so I was incredibly interested in this book from the get go.

This book was very easy to read with humour injected on every page. Set in the 80’s, this is something I kept forgetting, but there are moments that remind you, whether it’s the pop culture/political references or the fact that in the book someone paid for a pint of beer and a glass of wine with £5 and got some change! This doesn’t date the book though, you can still relate to Ella and the story.

Ella was a really interesting character. She works in a very male orientated industry, so she has developed a very confident, sure of who she is personality, and it was great to read someone like this. Though her relationship with Tom showed that she also has a vulnerable side.

I never really liked Tom from the get go. On the outside looking in on their relation, as always, I could see all of his flaws, that you are blind to if you’re in the relationship itself. He was selfish beyond belief, had an over-inflated ego, and showed to show Ella no care or attention unless it suited him. It all seemed like an act when he did something nice.

I loved Ella’s friendship with Adam. Their scenes no doubt would involve a delicious sounding cake or pastry, thank goodness you can’t gain weight from just imagining food! Ella and Adam’s dynamic was really fun to read, and seeing them both at Adam’s house like naughty school children when put with a bunch of more serious people Adam’s girlfriend knows was really funny to read.
Wally was another of Ella’s friends I really warmed to, he was such a sweet character and provided a lot of touching moments throughout the book.

Wally and Adam aside, most of the other male characters were incredibly easy to dislike. David was sulky, and Peter…put simply, Peter was absolutely despicable, not one redeeming quality about him.
I really liked Jill, who turned out to be completely different to how we were first introduced to her from inside Ella’s mind. I am so glad Ella adjusted her attitude towards Jill so we got to know the real person and not just the ‘Peter’s secretary’ side. She ended up a really bright and fun character, possibly my favourite in the book!

This book was smart, funny and warm and I really enjoyed reading this glimpse into the world of copywriting and advertising.



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Gratefully received from the Author for review (view her website here).
Thank you also to Girls love to Read for organising this Blog tour!


Want to wind down after a long week/day at work with a good book and a glass of wine?
I will talk about a nice wine I drank which I think suits the mood of this book
.

Instead of choosing a wine, I am taking a leaf out of this book and opting to suggest a Champagne Cocktail that Ella regularly drinks in this book, Kir Royale.
Kir Royale is a shot of Crème de cassis (blackcurrant liqueur) and then topped up with Champagne. You still get the lovely biscuitty flavours of Champagne but the cassis adds a slight sweet fruitiness, it's absolutely delicious. I used Lanson Black Label Champagne, but if you're on a budget I think a nice Cava will work just as well.

Blog Tour Guest Post: "Five ads I wish I’d done and a few I’m glad I did." by Joan Ellis


When I was invited onto this blog tour and read they synopsis of this book it really interested me, as I studied Graphic Design at university and copywriting was one skill I never got to grips with. I constantly see adverts that I think 'I wish I thought of that' and asked Joan to give me her top 5 ads she wish she had thought up and campaigns she was proud to have worked on herself.


Five ads I wish I’d done and a few I’m glad I did.

If an ad’s not memorable, forget it. It’s not always the slogan that sticks in your mind - think Cadbury’s gorilla. Here are just some of the ads I wish I’d done.

 1. The one with the kittens piling out of a pack of biscuits. If you like cats, you’ll love it. If you prefer dogs, there’s one with puppies. Congrats to the creative team for coming up with the idea and good on McVitie’s for buying it. Have no clue what the slogan is or even if they have one but thanks to ridiculously cute cats, the brand is on my shopping list. Job done.

 2. The late, great David Abbott wrote one of the best campaigns ever for The Economist. Big, red, in-your-face posters with beautifully crafted lines, each one a master-class in copywriting.

 “I never read The Economist.” Management trainee. Aged 42

 The lines were smart. You had to work at them. Not hard but when you got them, you gave yourself a pat on the back, convinced you were suddenly bright enough to be an Economist reader. Clever stuff.

 3. Beanz Meanz Heinz. Cheesy but easy-peasy to remember with product and brand name inextricably linked in three words. Written almost fifty years ago in 1967 by adman Maurice Drake, slogans don’t come much better.

 4. I wonder how many men have forgotten the ‘Hello Boys’ poster. Not many, I bet. In 1997 the line, accompanied by a close-up of Eva Herzigova wearing a big grin and a black Wonderbra adorned poster sites across the UK. Developed by Trevor Beattie, it was iconic, groundbreaking and most importantly, it got talked about. And we all know there’s no better advertising than word of mouth.

 5. ‘Should’ve gone to Specsavers’ slips off the tongue so easily it’s passed into everyday language. Whenever I hear it, I picture that poor collie, sheared in error, by a short-sighted shepherd. The expression of shame and embarrassment on that dog’s face would put a Botoxed actress to shame. And, if you’ve never seen it, you know where to go.

 I’ve been lucky enough to work on brands with long-established slogans like ‘All Because the Lady Loves Milk Tray’, and ‘The Milky Bars Are On Me!’ But what I loved was the opportunity to initiate something new. 

 Here are a few of my favourites:

 First one without words. If you’re familiar with Absolut vodka you’ll know the bottle has no label instead the name is printed directly onto the glass. There’s an old saying in Adland: Less is more. I hit on the idea of simply printing the bottle on acetate to demonstrate the purity the product is famed for. The resulting ad: ‘Absolut x-ray’ was shown by British Design and Art Direction during the 1995 Festival of Excellence Exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery. You can see it at www.joan-ellis.com.

 Talking cats are all over the internet. But back in 1990 no-one had taught them to speak. My art-director and I changed all that with an award-winning campaign for Spiller’s Purrfect cat food, casting a couple of moggies as John-Cat-Wayne and Humphrey-Cat-Bogart. It was long before lip-syncing but thanks to the linguistic talents of actor, Enn Rietel the cats were word perfect. Discover what cats really want to say to their owners on my blog: www.joan-ellis.com

 Usually ads are designed to attract mass audiences. Not this one. It was written to one person, the Chancellor of the Exchequer in the mid 90s, Gordon Brown. The Budget was looming and Greenpeace wanted him to put money aside for a green fuel fund. The next day a full-page ad appeared in his paper of choice the Guardian. He couldn’t miss it. Above a shot of his face was a halo, above that the line:
Think of the mileage you’ll get from a Green Fuel Fund, Mr Brown.
He never did get back to me but the ad was nominated for a Campaign Press Award.


Thank you for this Guest post Joan, I hope you all check out my review which will be available later today :)


About the Author

Advertising copywriter, comedy writer, performer, lecturer - Joan Ellis has been them all. With a full-time job in a top London advertising agency and a new baby, she did what any right-minded woman would've done and set up a comedy club. She even appeared on the same bill as Jo Brand. Once.

A career highlight was casting a black and white moggie as Humphrey Bogart for her award-winning cat food commercial. Other great performers who brought her words to life include Penelope Keith and Harry Enfield.

As a lecturer, Joan taught comedian Noel Fielding all he knows about advertising before encouraging him to showcase his creative talents on a wider stage.

Working for The Press Association, she tutored Wordsworth's great-grandson in the art of copywriting: Buy a host of golden daffodils and get a blue one, free!

Suffering from swine flu and sweating like a pig, she moved from London to the Isle of Wight where she lives on cream teas with her beloved husband, daughter and two cats.

Joan's website: www.joan-ellis.com
Order her book on Amazon: UK | US


About the Book - ‘I am Ella. Buy me.’ Written by Joan Ellis


Based on Joan's own experiences in top London advertising agencies, this funny, fast-paced tale is set against a backdrop of Thatcher's Britain where money trumped morals and lust was a must. 'I am a ginger tom. I am a boy racer. I am a housewife. I am a pain in the arse.' Working in Soho's mad, bad Adland in the sexist 80s, Ella David is a rare beast - a woman in a man's world. When her lothario boss, Peter Richards, bored with his ball-clicker, demands something or someone new to play with, Ella finds herself battling more than just fat thighs. Faced with losing her job or sleeping with him, Ella turns to her friend, Adam Hart the one constant bright spot in her life. Can love help her go from a girl in the firing line to a woman calling the shots?





Thank you to Girls Love to Read for organising and letting me take part in this blog tour.




Monday, 13 October 2014

Bad Bridesmaid by Portia Macintosh

Synopsis
‘My wedding is ruined and my marriage is going to fail. And it’s all your fault!'

LA romcom writer Mia Valentina has it all; money, success, a tanned and toned body, golden blonde hair and a string of sexy lovers. She’s almost forgotten her previous self: plain old Mia Harrison. Until a wedding invitation arrives requesting (demanding!) her presence as chief bridesmaid at her younger sister Belle’s upcoming nuptials.


Mia’s barely been back in England before she’s accidentally injured the groom, unintentionally ‘cursed’ the wedding and been caught in a compromising position with her sister’s soon to be brother-in-law!


With the wedding of the year going dangerously off the rails, Mia has no time to waste – especially with sexy fireman and best man Leo on hand to help… Will she use all of her expert romance knowledge to save the day or will she just walk away? No one ever said a bad girl had to turn good…


Review
The cover of this book I thought was instantly attractive, couple that with a plot that sounds both funny and dramatic and that’s a recipe for success, right!

I found this book as funny as I thought it would be. Mix the humour with the antics that Mia gets up to this creates a book a really fun read and I found it tough to put down, this was a good thing as I was on a race against time to finish the #sundaychallenge I take part in on twitter (check out This Chick Reads on twitter to find out more!).

From the first few chapters we get to know Mia as a seemingly cold hearted cow, for want of a better phrase. I wasn’t sure I would like her, but that changed almost immediately when she met her sister, Belle. From that point on I felt she was very unfairly treated by pretty much everyone bar Chris and Leo. I think most of it was a set of unfortunate circumstances, though I have to say some of the incidents I really wish Mia had stopped a bit and thought about things the pulp fiction issue is an example of what I mean. However for a lot of it, it was bad luck. Mia never really purposefully went out to upset Belle, who is perhaps the most typical example of ‘Bridezilla’ you can imagine, over reacting about every single thing and blaming Mia. Deep down I think Mia does care about her family, hence why she came in the first place, yet everyone was too busy blaming and moaning at her.

Most of the other characters weren’t massively likeable as they were mostly being mean to Mia, half the time for no valid reason. While this would normally put me off a book, because this was the point of the book it made for some fun reading. You just want to slap them all for being so petty. Though there were some occasions I thought they were right to moan, so it balanced the book nicely.  However, Leo was as lovely as you’d expect and I really liked how he saw how badly she was being treated and was Mia’s ally, sticking up for her.

Overall this book did not disappoint in the slightest and I cannot wait to read more from Portia!


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Published by: Carina

Gratefully received from the Publisher for review.
Thank you also to Chicks That Read for organising this Blog hop!


Want to wind down after a long week/day at work with a good book and a glass of wine?
I will talk about a nice wine I drank which I think suits the mood of this book
.

The wine I have chosen for this book is the French classic, Chablis. I drank Morrison's 'M Signature Chablis' which can be bought online here.
I think this wine is perfect for this book. Mia seemed partial to white wine in this book. This wine is crisp, acidic, slight apple notes and more steely/minerally flavoured than a lot of white wine out there, this is due to the soil that the vines are grown in.  This mixes well with the story because I think Mia wants you to think of her as having a heart of stone, but this seems to be a protective instinct from the teasing she suffered when she was a teenager, when you look into it she has quite a kind personality.  Made from 100% Chardonnay grapes, I am a big fan!

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Breaking Nova by Jessica Sorensen


Synopsis
Nova Reed used to have dreams of becoming a famous drummer, of marrying her true love. But all of that was taken away in an instant. Now she's getting by as best she can, though sometimes that means doing things the old Nova would never do. Things that are slowly eating away at her spirit. Every day blends into the next, until she meets Quinton Carter. 

Quinton once got a second chance at life, but he doesn't want it. The tattoos on his chest are a constant reminder of what he's done, what he's lost. He's sworn to never allow happiness into his life, but then beautiful, sweet Nova makes him smile. He knows he's too damaged to get close to her, yet she's the only one who can make him feel alive again. Quinton will have to decide: does he deserve to start over? Or should he pay for his past forever? 


Review
 I was absolutely ecstatic to receive this in the post, as mentioned before I want to try more New Adult books and I’ve had my eye on starting ‘the secret’ series by Jessica Sorenson for a while, so to receive the first book in a new series by Jessica Sorenson for a while, so to receive the first book in a new series  made me jump around excitedly, much to the displeasure of my neighbours in the flat below me I imagine.

The synopsis sounded beautifully tragic if that makes sense, and the book certainly makes you feel it as well. Both Nova and Quentin have experienced such tragedy in their lives. The writing really captured their grief, the book is quite poetic in that sense I think. Of course it’s not all gloomy, there are glimpses of brightness especially when Nova and Quinton are together, you feel their understanding of each other and can see that they make each other smile, in ways no one else can.

I really liked Nova, she was so fragile, and it was sad to read her trying to cope with as best she could. I just wanted to take away her pain the whole time, she seemed genuinely sweet. Her romance with Quinton was beautiful to read.
I really thought Quinton had a raw deal, his father treats him terribly in the opening of this book and it’s no wonder he feels as guilty as he does when everyone seems to outwardly blame him, aswell as the demons inside. He goes off the rails, more so than Nova, but his inner soul is so like Nova it is uncanny. I was willing them to get together the instant they met.

The book involves lots of drugs predominantly weed. I think this is handled as will as it can be, it never glamourises drug use. You read the inner voices of the characters despising themselves for doing it but needing to feel that high to ignore all the issues that’s going on inside their mind.

I didn’t particularly like Delilah, I thought she was naïve for going back to her cheating ex-boyfriend Dylan, I have no idea why she did, he never seemed interested, and had a really aggressive attitude, he didn’t seem to show her one ounce of respect.  I also thought she was a bad influence on Nova. I know no one forced Nova to start smoking weed, but, knowing Nova had no real other friends, she dragged her along to Dylan’s house to hang out with people she didn’t know, just so she could make out with her boyfriend. That’s really inconsiderate and selfish in my opinion. I do see there is a novella based on Delilah, so I really want to read that and hope that explains more, I feel like I need to understand more about her to see why she is the way she is.


Overall I LOVE LOVE LOVE this book,  it would be so easy to devour this in one day! It hits on more serious notes than other new adult books I have read, but still has that same feeling you get from them. I cannot wait until the rest of the series is out, I need to read them all NOW!!


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Published by: Sphere

Gratefully received from the Publisher for review.

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Third Time Lucky by Pippa Croft

Synopsis
'Captain Hunt has been involved a serious incident.'

This call changes everything for Lauren Cusack. Her relationship with impossibly handsome aristocrat Alexander Hunt has been turbulent, passionate, and addictive, and now she rushes to his side knowing she will inevitably be sucked back into his world.

And sure enough, Alexander remains an intoxicating cocktail Lauren cannot resist and despite everything she finds herself happier than ever. 

As Lauren's final term at Wyckham College races by, she is offered the perfect job back in Washington. With Alexander tied to his Estate, the fragility of their romance hits home.


Review
**Warning this review may contain spoilers for the first two books**

I have absolutely loved the previous two books in the ‘Oxford Blue’ series (see my reviews of book 1 and book 2). ‘Second time I met you’ ended on a massive cliff-hanger and I was eagerly anticipating the release of this book, happily the time has come and I couldn’t wait to dive right in.

You join right where book 2 left off, Lauren is rushing to Alexander’s side after learning about his accident. I really felt for Lauren, you could see she was shaken and felt her worry. Even though Alexander and Lauren had fallen out, Lauren still cared for him deeply, and I can only imagine what she would be going through.

All the characters from the previous books come back, though some of them, like Immy play a smaller role, as quite a bit of the book is before term starts, looking after Alexander. Professor Rafe plays a smaller role as well, which I can only be pleased about as he is incredibly creepy, though the other two ‘baddies’ play a more pronounced role, and while I don’t like the character’s personalities as they are even more despicable than before, what they bought to the book I thought was really good. It was nice to see a change in Alexander too. He seemed more sympathetic to Lauren. In the past he seems to brush over Valentina’s antics, whether he hadn't realised the games she was playing and thought Lauren was being paranoid, or he gave her more leeway than other people because of their family history, I don’t know. It was nice to see Alexander change in that way, as he can often be quite stubborn.

The visit from Lauren’s parents was great as we got to know them more and it led nicely into thinking about what Lauren would do after the term ends, especially what would happen between Lauren and Alexander. I wasn’t sure which way this would end, and it veered off in a slightly different way of the two options I had in mind, which was good!

Overall the book was a great finish to Lauren’s year at Oxford, and I would still love to read more adventures of what Lauren gets up to in the future.



Released as eBook on 9th October 2014
Released as paperback on 4th December 2014

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Published by: Penguin UK

Gratefully received from the Publisher for review.


Want to wind down after a long week/day at work with a good book and a glass of wine?
I will talk about a nice wine I drank which I think suits the mood of this book
.

For 'Third Time Lucky' I chose a Sauvignon Blanc from Touraine, in the Loire Valley, France.
I always think of French wines as being very traditional. This was really delicious, dry with a lot of crisp acidity, slight gooseberry flavours and smells which is perfect when reading this book which is quintessentially English.



Friday, 3 October 2014

Mistletoe Mansion Cover Reveal!!

I am honoured to take part in the cover reveal of Samantha Tonge's fab sounding new book, and OH MY isn't it so delightful and festive! I love Chrisatmas and this will be on my list this year for certain!




Synopsis
Kimmy Jones has three loves: cupcakes, gossip magazines and dreaming of getting fit just by owning celeb workouts.

When Kimmy’s Sensible Boyfriend told her he didn't approve of her longing for the high life or her dream of starting a cupcake company Kimmy thought she could compromise – after all, she did return those five-inch Paris Hilton heels! But asking her to trade in cake-making for a job sorting potatoes is a step too far.

So, newly single - and newly homeless – Kimmy needs a dusting of Christmas luck. And, masquerading as a professional house sitter, her new temporary home is the stunning Mistletoe Mansion. Soon she’s best buds with glamorous next door golf WAG Melissa, and orders are pouring in for her fabulous Merry Berry cupcakes! The only thorn in her side is handsome handyman Luke, a distraction she definitely doesn’t need. And talking of distractions, something very odd is going on at night…
  
Kimmy is finally living the life she’s always wanted. But will her glimpse into the glittering lifestyle of the rich and famous be as glamorous as she’s always imagined…?

 Released 10th November 2014



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