chick-lit · Emotional · Young adult

The Sky is Mine – Amy Beashel ★★★★

Blurb; No one has ever asked Izzy what she wants. She’s about to change all that…

In a house adept at sweeping problems under the carpet, seventeen-year-old Izzy feels silenced. As her safety grows uncertain, Izzy know three things for sure. She knows not to tell her mother that Jacob Mansfield has been threatening to spread those kinds of photos around college. She knows to quiet the grief that she’s been abandoned by her best friend Grace. And, seeing her mother conceal the truth of her stepdad’s control, Izzy also knows not to mention how her heart splinters and her stomach churns whenever he enters a room.

When the flimsy fabric of their life starts to unravel, Izzy and her mum must find their way out of the silence and use the power in their voices to rediscover their worth.

My Review; This was one off my library pile, I don’t know how I came upon it to be honest. It was shortlisted for an award last year and I really do believe this book deserved it. It is a hard hitting book. Tough book. Heavy book. I will warn you now it is YA but it does contain rape & domestic violence. But within the story there is more than that. There’s hope, strength, determination, speaking up for yourself and standing your ground.

The story focuses on a mother and daughter duo. Both having to experience the above but in different ways. They are both such beautiful characters strong. It may take Izzy a while to notice that for herself but she gets there. Its about your friendship group. Reaching out and getting support. A new beginning. A happy ish ending.

I do believe every young girl should read this story is has a powerful message. It is a powerful, eye opening read. It even have all support sites and numbers and the back. We girls need to unite together. Stand up strong. I wouldn’t say I enjoyed it as such but I devoured it. I felt for both of there characters throughout. A well deserved four stars from me. Yes. I would recommend.

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chick-lit · Christmas · romance

*BLOG TOUR* The Boardwalk by the Sea: Winter Whimsy – Georgina Troy ★★★★

Blurb;

Zip up your puffer coat, winter has arrived!

When Lexi Davies discovers that her father has sold the fishermen’s cottages she runs as holiday lets and where she also lives, she is heartbroken. Then Oliver Whimsy arrives at the boardwalk and announces that he is the new owner and Lexi realises that the future she was looking forward to enjoying at her cottages is over. Oliver might be handsome, wealthy and very sexy, but he’s new to the island and has already made a terrible impression on the locals. When the Scottish entrepreneur offers Lexi a job, she’s unsure whether she should accept. Unfortunately, she has little alternative if she wants to keep a roof over her head for the winter.

As Lexi gets to know him better, she discovers there’s far more to Oliver Whimsy than she or anyone else had imagined. Just what is the heartache Oliver’s trying so desperately to hide? And why was he so determined to buy the cottages? Lexi wants to find out, but in order to do so she’s going to have to spend rather a lot of time with him…

My Review; This is book three in the boardwalk by the sea series, so I came in very late to this series but it read perfectly as a standalone for myself and gives me the option to go back to the previous two books. Woo hoo. I absolutely loved it.

This story focuses on Lexi who owns and rents out some lovely cottages in this beautiful small town on an island. The description of this place sounds amazing. Friendly town, friendly community, beautiful settings and views. Add a dash of snow and winter. Bingo. One to cosy up with.

Lexi soon finds herself in a situation however which introduces us to Oliver. Phew. What a man. Let’s see what happens now eh? He’s certainly one to watch! Not like a lot of blokes. He was a lovely, charming and open character from the start for me. Throughout this story you really get the whole community coming together all helping each other which is lovely.

A beautiful ending. A cosy, warm, uplifting read. A well deserved four stars from me.

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chick-lit · contemporary · romance

*BLOG TOUR* One Summer in Monte Carlo – ★★★★

Blurb; Monte Carlo means different things to different people; for some it’s a billionaires playground, overflowing with glitz and glamour but for others it’s where dangerous secrets lay hidden.
For Nanette Weston, and her then fiancé, F1 racing driver Zac Ewart, their dream life came to an abrupt halt 3 years ago following a car accident which Zac walked away from, but left Nanette being airlifted back to the UK, never to return and never to see her fiancé again.
Monte Carlo was a place she wanted to forget, not revisit. But when her friend and employer, Vanessa asks Nanette to look after her children in the Principality for a few months, Nanette knew she had no choice but to return.
As the F1 circus once again comes to town, with Zac in pole position, mistakes of the past, leave legacies for the future…

My Review; Another author who I have come to love. A bit of escape from the UK and these lockdowns eh. Absolute perfection it was.

Ofcourse it has a little bit of Romantic history reappearing and a little bit of crime, but other than that it was a beautiful story with a happy ending. I loved the main character Nanette she got everything she deserved in the end. The setting was just gorgeous. The story also focuses a lot on formula 1 (F1) as a race is currently in Monte Carlo. Now believe it or not I actually know alot about F1 already thanks to my grandma but it gave the story some action and an event to look forward too.

Loved how we also got a slice of the amazon and the rainforest via the twins mother being there so it flicks between them. Felt like I went around the world in this book. Pure escapism. Brilliantly written. Beautiful settings. Friendly and handsome characters. Whats not to love? Highly recommend. A well deserved four stars from me.

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