Bestsellers · chick-lit · Comedy

Queenie – Candice Carty-Williams ★★★★

Blurb; Bridget Jones’s Diary meets Americanah in this disarmingly honest, boldly political, and truly inclusive novel that will speak to anyone who has gone looking for love and found something very different in its place.

Queenie Jenkins is a 25-year-old Jamaican British woman living in London, straddling two cultures and slotting neatly into neither. She works at a national newspaper, where she’s constantly forced to compare herself to her white middle class peers. After a messy break up from her long-term white boyfriend, Queenie seeks comfort in all the wrong places…including several hazardous men who do a good job of occupying brain space and a bad job of affirming self-worth.

As Queenie careens from one questionable decision to another, she finds herself wondering, “What are you doing? Why are you doing it? Who do you want to be?”—all of the questions today’s woman must face in a world trying to answer them for her.

My Review; I’ve seen this book around a lot especially with all the riots currently going on. A wonderful, eye-opening, hilarious and inspiring story that I would suggest we all read in these times. The story focuses on queenie and how she gets treated as a ‘black’ girl within the UK (her words not mine). It’s powerful. Emotional. Heart breaking at times. I loved this book! Devoured it in a day. I don’t really know what to say… It’s about Queenies life. Fictional but probably based on someones real life.

Queenies on a break from her boyfriend and soon finds herself living back at her grandparents at 26. With a investigation making her take leave of work too she decides to reach out for help and turn her life around with the help of her family and friends.

A must read. Powerful. Brutally honest. Highly recommend. A well deserved four stars from me.

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Bestsellers · chick-lit · romance

The Switch – Beth O’Leary ★★★★★

Blurb; Eileen is sick of being 79.
Leena’s tired of life in her twenties.
Maybe it’s time they swapped places…

When overachiever Leena Cotton is ordered to take a two-month sabbatical after blowing a big presentation at work, she escapes to her grandmother Eileen’s house for some overdue rest. Eileen is newly single and about to turn eighty. She’d like a second chance at love, but her tiny Yorkshire village doesn’t offer many eligible gentlemen.

Once Leena learns of Eileen’s romantic predicament, she proposes a solution: a two-month swap. Eileen can live in London and look for love. Meanwhile Leena will look after everything in rural Yorkshire. But with gossiping neighbours and difficult family dynamics to navigate up north, and trendy London flatmates and online dating to contend with in the city, stepping into one another’s shoes proves more difficult than either of them expected.

Leena learns that a long-distance relationship isn’t as romantic as she hoped it would be, and then there is the annoyingly perfect – and distractingly handsome – school teacher, who keeps showing up to outdo her efforts to impress the local villagers. Back in London, Eileen is a huge hit with her new neighbours, but is her perfect match nearer home than she first thought?

My Review; Another absolutely beauty and belter of a book. Another huge five stars. Again this will be going into my top twenty reads of the year. It’s amazing. Another must read. The wonderful Vikki bought me this as I enjoyed The Flatshate so much and I devoured this in less than 24 hours. Oops. Seriously impressive and good. A new favourite author for me.

Again it has the similar layout to The Flatshare where the story is told through both the characters, Eileen (grandmother) and Leena (granddaughter). It’s as the title says they switch houses and lives. An uplifting story, a story of new beginnings a story of change and hope. Both beautiful characters. Eileen is hilarious wish she was my nan, she made me chuckle. Another brilliant story I devoured and won’t be able to forget. Beautiful.

A small, cute town VS the London life. Complete opposites. How will they cope with their new lives? New friends? And new freedom? Cannot recommend her books enough. Now I’ve got a long wait till next year. Sigh.

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Bestsellers · chick-lit · Comedy · romance

The Flatshare – Beth O’Leary ★★★★★

Blurb; Tiffy and Leon share a flat
Tiffy and Leon share a bed
Tiffy and Leon have never met…

Tiffy Moore needs a cheap flat, and fast. Leon Twomey works nights and needs cash. Their friends think they’re crazy, but it’s the perfect solution: Leon occupies the one-bed flat while Tiffy’s at work in the day, and she has the run of the place the rest of the time.

But with obsessive ex-boyfriends, demanding clients at work, wrongly imprisoned brothers and, of course, the fact that they still haven’t met yet, they’re about to discover that if you want the perfect home you need to throw the rulebook out the window…

My Review; This is utterly brilliant. A must read for you all. I urge you. You will not be disappointed. This was just what I needed after struggling with my concentration again recently. I didn’t want to put it down. Everything about this book is perfection… The setting, brilliantly written, the beautiful cover and the characters (except Tiffys crazy ex ofcourse).

A real page turner that will have you laughing out loud, feeling warm, fuzzy and beaming. An uplifting story. A romance with a twist. We get to see the beauty of the relationship between Tiffy and Leon grow. I really loved both their characters so much especially Tiffy she could be my best mate she is so funny and Leon is cute too and very charming. However, Tiffys ex is a big no no and whenever he came into the story he made me mad and angry. He sure knows how to time his appearances.

There’s been a lot of hype about this book recently and I get it. I’m part of the hype now. If you’ve not already read it you must. I loved it so much it’s getting five stars from me and going into my top 20 of the year. I cannot believe this is a debut at all. It’s bloody marvelous. I’ve found a new favourite author here. Absolutely brilliant. Outstanding. One I don’t think I will ever forget.

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