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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chick-lit · contemporary · romance · Young adult

The Library of Lost Things – Laura Taylor Namey ★★★★

Blurb; From the moment she first learned to read, literary genius Darcy Wells has spent most of her time living in the worlds of her books. There, she can avoid the crushing reality of her mother’s hoarding and pretend her life is simply ordinary. But when a new property manager becomes more active in the upkeep of their apartment complex, the only home Darcy has ever known outside of her books suddenly hangs in the balance.

While Darcy is struggling to survive beneath the weight of her mother’s compulsive shopping, Asher Fleet, a former teen pilot with an unexpectedly shattered future, walks into the bookstore where she works…and straight into her heart. For the first time in her life, Darcy can’t seem to find the right words. Fairy tales are one thing, but real love makes her want to hide inside her carefully constructed ink-and-paper bomb shelter.

Still, after spending her whole life keeping people out, something about Asher makes Darcy want to open up. But securing her own happily-ever-after will mean she’ll need to stop hiding and start living her own truth—even if it’s messy.

My Review; This was one my lovely partner bought me for Christmas and just from the title and cover I knew I would love it and I wasn’t wrong. What an amazing final read to finish 2020 on. A beautiful read. One about finding your inner self, your true self.

I can relate to Darcy in many ways. Loses herself into books? Check. Hoards books? Check. Total bookworm? Check. She even works in a book shop. But behind her front door at home is the biggest secret she is keeping from everyone… One that rules her life.

Cue hot Asher entering the scene… Phoaww. Loved him. He is the perfect gentleman in many ways and he reads! I don’t want to give anything away but the ending is perfection. Everything turns out okay and the secret is out of the bag and love is in the air. Darcy finds her own love instead of love in books. Beautiful read. Loved it all.

I loved how at the start of each chapter there’s a book quote or relevant quote. Highly recommend. A well deserved four stars from me.

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contemporary · romance

Such A Fun Age – Kiley Reid ★★★★

Blurb; In the midst of a family crisis one late evening, white blogger Alix Chamberlain calls her African American babysitter, Emira, asking her to take toddler Briar to the local market for distraction. There, the security guard accuses Emira of kidnapping Briar, and Alix’s efforts to right the situation turn out to be good intentions selfishly mismanaged.

My Review; I picked this one up from the library after author Mark Edwards put it into his top reads of the year. It sounded interesting and I wanted to see what the hype was about. It’s a brilliant read. Well worth the hype. Deserves to be praised. It is the authors debut and brilliantly written. A powerful message within. A storyline that still happens daily in America unfortunately. We need to open our eyes and learn. Approach carefully.

An amazing outcome for Emira! I praise her character. Plenty of drama, lies, history and bravery. I loved little Briars character among all this. She has a beautiful relationship with her babysitter, I’d say a better one than with her own mother. Highly recommend. Powerful. Contains the issue of race. A well deserved four stars from me. A must read. Eye opening.

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