chick-lit · Comedy · romance

*BLOG TOUR* Has Anyone Seen my Sex Life? – Kristen Bailey ★★★★

Blurb; It’s normal for your washing machine to get more action than you, right?

I wake up, bleary-eyed.

It’s been two years, six months and three hours since I last shaved my legs, and the llama-patterned knickers I’m wearing have seen better days.

We have seven minutes before the kids wake up, and my husband shuffles closer. ‘Ouch,’ he says, a piece of Lego sticking into his back.

Then, a light comes on in the landing. Small footsteps creep down the stairs. A little voice screams, ‘IS SOMEONE COMING TO MAKE BREAKFAST?!’

All hopes of having some ‘alone time’ is replaced with wondering if we’ve run out of Cheerios, thinking about the overflowing laundry, and remembering that I forgot to take out the recycling. Again.

Just a typical Monday morning for the Morton family…

Except today, when I go downstairs in my dressing gown, I find something. Something belonging to my husband. Something that definitely wasn’t mentioned in the wedding vows. And it’s either going to make us… or break us.

My Review; This is hilarious. It will have you laughing out loud from beginning to end! Brilliant. It’s a mood boosting book for sure. You can’t help but smile as you read along… I am 100% sure every mother can at least relate to one part of this story. The way it is written makes you feel like you personally know this family and are friends.

The only downside was long chapters as I prefer short chapters but I raced through this so it didn’t matter much. It is brilliantly written. Loved the setting and characters. Can’t say a bad word about it. It sure is a book that will stick in your mind, especially certain parts! Ha.

I’m still smiling about this book now even writing this review. A well deserved four stars from me. Highly recommend. If you need a laugh and cheering up then this is a book for you.

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The 24 Hour Cafe – Libby Page ★★★★★

Blurb; Welcome to the café that never sleeps. Day and night Stella’s Café opens its doors for the lonely and the lost, the morning people and the night owls. It is many things to many people but most of all it is a place where life can wait at the door. A place of small kindnesses. A place where anyone can be whoever they want, where everyone is always welcome.

Meet Hannah and Mona: best friends, waitresses, dreamers. They work at Stella’s but they dream of more, of leaving the café behind and making their own way in life.

Come inside and spend twenty-four hours at Stella’s Café; a day when Hannah and Mona’s friendship will be tested, when the community will come together and when lives will be changed…

My Review; After loving The Lido last year and it making my top twenty reads of last year I could not wait to get my hands on this one, I knew I was in for a treat. I was not disappointed. Another brilliant read from Libby.

For me this is a long book at just under 400 pages but I flew through it in a weekend. I loved it. I enjoyed it. One I won’t forget for a long time. Within the story is a powerful message which the author talks about at the end of her book which is the importance of female friendships and how powerful and needed those relationships are.

This book has the perfect setting a 24 hour cafe! A place where hundreds of people pass every day and night. Many entering the cafe for different reasons. Each customer has their own story to tell. I loved the way the book was told over a 24 hour period and how we got to see more than just the two main characters lives Hannah and Mona, we got a glimpse and look in to the customers lives too. The way it is written makes you feel like you know each and every person personally.

Mona and Hannah have the perfect friendship one they both really needed to survive the London life and their dreams for the future. But after a huge argument will they rekindle that friendship? A beautiful story. A beautiful setting. Made me think about how I’ve never seen a 24 hour cafe before either. A well deserved five stars. Highly recommend. It may just end up in my top twenty reads of 2020. Libby never disappoints me. Brilliant.

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chick-lit · mystery · romance

*BLOG TOUR* The Little Village Library – Helen Rolfe ★★★★

Blurb; It takes a village…

Cloverdale is known for its winding roads, undulating hills and colourful cottages, and more recently, its Library of Shared Things. Need a ladder, a hedge trimmer or a waffle-maker? You can borrow it from the Library of Shared Things.

Single dad Adam is doing a good job of raising his daughter, Zoe, whilst burying his past and moving forwards. When he agrees to run a mending workshop at the Library, new friendships start to blossom.

Jennifer is a volunteer at the Library. When her younger sister Isla moves back to Cloverdale after their mother dies, Jennifer finds herself wondering whether Isla is hiding something.

And when Adam’s daughter Zoe makes a startling discovery, it’s time for the people at the Library of Shared Things to pull together and help one family with its biggest challenge of all.

My Review; Happy Publication Day! Cloverdale is a cute little village, full of friendly neighbours and friends. When Adam and his two children arrive in the town they settle in nicely, make friends and feel at home… BUT… There’s a secret Adam brings with him that could change everything and where is the childrens mother? Hmmmm.

I enjoyed reading this one. The way it is written and told so you’re assuming the worse when actually towards the end it makes you feel bad. Ooops. Well it did for me. I got it totally wrong. Poor Adam. What a lovely man. Seems to perfect bless him. The end gets a bit emotional and teary but a brilliant, uplifting and inspiring story after all.

A well deserved four stars from me. Loved the town and characters. Highly recommend. When you live in a small town nothing stays secret for long. I’d love to live in Cloverdale and loved the idea of the shared library. Brilliant.

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