chick-lit · Children's · Comedy · Young adult

The Catastrophic Friendship Fails of Lottie Brooks – Katie Kirby ★★★★

Blurb; The hilarious new sequel to The Extremely Embarrassing Life of Lottie Brooks by the bestselling creator of Hurrah for Gin.

Lottie Brooks is back for spring term at secondary school and ready to face anything. No more trying to impress mean girl Amber. And absolutely no more being nicknamed Cucumber Girl.

A lead role in the spring musical gives Lottie a chance to dazzle her mega-crush Daniel with her talent as a singing crab but it’s not all singing and dancing at Kingswood High. Lottie’s friendship with Molly and Jess seems to be falling apart no matter how hard she tries to keep her BFFs together.

Is Lottie on track for another epic friendship fail?

My Review; Yes this is a children’s/YA book but one that reminds me of similar books I use to read myself as a child. It is set in diary format with plenty of drawings and doodles throughout. This is book two and I didn’t read book one but it still read fine as a Standalone. Parts had me laughing out loud. In this story we meet Lottie through her diary and everything is included. I mean everything.

Her new baby. Family. Friends. High school. Crushes. Her pets. Her school play. Fall outs. Jealousy. Parties. Chocolate. Periods. Its a coming of age story with all the ups and downs included. An easy read but a long one at 450 pages long. I enjoyed it took me back to books I read when I was younger and experiencing everything she did. She’s a very likeable character. Highly recommend. A well deserved four stars from me.

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chick-lit · romance

One Hundred Proposals – Holly Martin ★★★★

Blurb; ‘Is there really such a thing as a perfect proposal?
Over the next hundred days I intend to find out. I will find one hundred ways to propose to our Chief Proposer Suzie McKenzie and post the results here for your enjoyment. One thing’s for sure, not one of my proposals will be on top of the Eiffel Tower with a dozen red roses.’

Best friends Suzie and Harry are partners in romance. That is, they run the.PerfectProposal.com, coming to the aid of would-be grooms to create the ultimate marriage proposal.

But when Harry decides to catapult the business into the big leagues with a PR stunt all Suzie can see is a hundred days of heartbreak stretching ahead of her. But however exotic the location, or breath-takingly romantic the setting, Suzie has to keep remembering that ‘Marry Me?’ is the one question she can’t say yes to.

This business proposal should come with one hundred broken heart warnings…

One hundred proposals, one hundred chances to say yes.

My Review; This was a buddy read with Mel from Melanie’s Read an author she loves and I must be honest one I haven’t read much of myself. This book is basically what the title says… One hundred proposals. Imagine that. All over the world. All different scenarios, settings and very imaginative. Some of them were pure perfect but the one thing is why won’t she say yes? That’s because she believes they aren’t true proposals and that they’re just research and ideas to broaden their shared business.

However this man is not giving up on her and he is determined to get that yes! The ending is beautiful and there was a certain parts in this story that actually made me tear up learning all about this incredible man. A beautiful story. A romantic story. Highly recommend. Really enjoyed it. A well deserved four stars from me and I cannot wait to read more Holly Martin in the future.

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chick-lit · Short Stories

Summer at 23 the Strand – Linda Mitchelmore ★★★★

Blurb: Escape to the seaside this summer!
After actress Martha’s painful break-up hits the headlines, the warm golden sands and sparkling seas of Elberry Cove are the perfect escape from the paparazzi!

Nestled amongst a gorgeous line of brightly-coloured beach chalets, Number 23 The Strand is a home from home, a secret paradise where she can slowly begin to piece her heart back together.

When it’s finally time to leave, Martha decides to leave a special gift for the next guest. It’s a small act of kindness that starts a magical tradition all summer long…

A delightfully uplifting holiday read, perfect for fans of Lilly Bartlett, Tilly Tennant and Eve Devon.

My Review; Another light, easy and escapism of a read. Again another buddy read with Mel from Melanie’s Reads. A perfect summer read, escape to the seaside. This story is a little different though as it’s lots of little stories all in one story. The same setting being the seaside cabin at 23 the Strand but with different holiday makers spending a total of two weeks each time there. As the reader you will see a whole range of different people spending time here, their stories, their families and their pasts. Each story is beautiful and unique though. I loved it all.

The ending wraps ups all the individual stories perfectly giving the reader closure on some of the stories. There’s also a cute little tradition that goes on within 23 the Strand where the previous tenants/holidayers leave a gift for the next person which I loved. A beautiful collection of short stories. A new author to myself, very impressed. A well deserved four stars from me, would recommend. A holiday for the mind.

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