chick-lit · romance

*BLOG TOUR* The Borrow a Bookshop Holiday – Kiley Dunbar ★★★★★

Blurb; The Borrow-a-Bookshop Bookshop Café invites literature lovers to run their very own bookshop … for a fortnight.

Spend your days talking books with customers in your own charming bookshop and serving up delicious cream teas in the cosy café.

Bookworms, what are you waiting for? Your holiday is going to be LIT(erary).

Apply to: The Borrow-a-Bookshop Bookshop Café, Down-a-long, Clove Lore, Devon.

Jude Crawley should be on top of the world. She’s just graduated as a mature student, so can finally go public about her relationship with Philosophy professor, Mack.

Until she sees Mack kissing another girl, and her dreams crumble. And worse, their dream holiday – running a tiny bookshop in the harbour village of Clove Lore for two weeks – is non-refundable.

Throwing caution to the winds, Jude heads down to Devon, eager to immerse herself in literature and heal her broken heart.

But there’s one problem – six foot tall, brooding (but gorgeous) Elliot, who’s also reserved the bookshop holiday for two weeks…

As Jude and Elliot put their differences aside to run the bookshop, it seems that Jude might be falling in love with more than just words. Until she discovers what Elliot is running from – and why he’s hiding out in Clove Lore.

Can Jude find her own happy ending in a tiny, tumbledown bookshop? Or is she about to find out that her bookish holiday might have an unexpected twist in the tale…

My Review; OMG! I loved everything about this book! This was perfection from the first page to the last. Made me a little jealous of Jude. I’d love to experience everything in this book. What more could I want? A little get away, a bookshop, a hot man, cute village, family, a bestfriend and a dog. Perfect.

I fell in love with it all. The setting, the sea, the characters and the dog ofcourse. This is such a feel good, uplifting and happy read for me. Couldn’t stop smiling reading it. I honestly enjoyed it all. Devoured it. I did wonder about this mysterious stranger Elliot. But the love story that emerged was brilliant! The ending utterly gorgeous. I felt at home reading this. Such a cosy, welcoming read. Not a bad word to say about this other than it ended. Highly recommend. A well deserved five stars from me. Also did I mention a dog 🐕.

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Graphic Novels · romance · Young adult

Heartstopper: Volume 4 – Alice Oseman ★★★★★

Blurb; Charlie didn’t think Nick could ever like him back, but now they’re officially boyfriends. Charlie’s beginning to feel ready to say those three little words: I love you.

Nick’s been feeling the same, but he’s got a lot on his mind – not least coming out to his dad, and the fact that Charlie might have an eating disorder.

As summer turns to autumn and a new school year begins, Charlie and Nick are about to learn a lot about what love means.

Heartstopper is about love, friendship, loyalty and mental illness. It encompasses all the small stories of Nick and Charlie’s lives that together make up something larger, which speaks to all of us.

This is the fourth volume of Heartstopper, which has now been optioned for television by See-Saw Films.

My Review; With thanks to Melanie’s Reads for getting me my copy. I will keep this one short & sweet. I have been with Charlie & Nick since the beginning and I just love them both so much! How good was this volume? I got it. I loved it. I finished it in an hour. Typical. Now the wait for volume five. Sigh. This does contain mental health issues and eating disorders. But what a beautiful installment into the lives of Charlie & Nick. I don’t think I will ever got bored of these two. Gorgeous graphic novel. Perfection! Beautiful. Adored. Highly recommend. A well deserved five stars from me.

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crime · suspense · Young adult

The Boy Who Steals Houses – C.G. Drews ★★★★

Blurb; Can two broken boys find their perfect home?

Sam is only fifteen but he and his autistic older brother, Avery, have been abandoned by every relative he’s ever known. Now Sam’s trying to build a new life for them. He survives by breaking into empty houses when their owners are away, until one day he’s caught out when a family returns home. To his amazement this large, chaotic family takes him under their wing – each teenager assuming Sam is a friend of another sibling. Sam finds himself inextricably caught up in their life, and falling for the beautiful Moxie.

But Sam has a secret, and his past is about to catch up with him.

My Review; Oh wow. Another heartbreak of a read for me. Just two brothers one with autism who were let down by their family and the system, left to fend for themselves. The title says it all… They just wanted a home and family. They’re not proud of how they have had to survive but they did it to survive.

The bond between these two brothers is absolutely amazing but they still had their ups and downs. Sam one day enters a house that is far from deserted and find himself dragged into the big, different family. He was accepted and he liked that. But will they discover just how he really came into their lives by borrowing their house? Will they turn on him? He soon finds himself very friendly with one of the girls Moxie and he doesn’t want to loose any of it.

A story of hope, acceptance and love. But also a story full of abuse, fights, crime and abandonment. The story flicks between the boys present and past, the difference between the two is huge. Upsetting. I actually fell in love with both the brothers. Poor boys. The ending is a bit of a cliffhanger and I would love to know what happened to Sam. Really enjoyed this one. Loved it. Highly recommend. A well deserved four stars from me.

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