chick-lit · romance

Sunny Days & Sea Breezes – Carole Matthews ★★★★★

Blurb; Jodie Jackson is all at sea, in every sense.

On a ferry bound for the Isle of Wight, she’s leaving her London life, her career, and her husband behind. She’d like a chance to turn back the clocks, but she’ll settle for some peace and quiet on her brother Bill’s beautifully renovated houseboat, Sunny DaysBut from the moment Jodie steps aboard her new home, it’s clear she’ll struggle to keep herself to herself.

Jodie soon delights in her newfound freedom. But out of mind isn’t out of sight, and when her old life comes knocking Jodie is forced to face reality. Will she answer the call or choose a life filled with Sunny Days and Sea Breezes?

My Review; I’ve always been a fan of Carole Matthews books and when I saw this one released and on sale for £7 I couldn’t say no especially with the heatwave we were having at the time. No holiday or beach this year? Bring the holiday and beach to you with this beautiful story. It was just what I needed some escapism.

The setting is perfection. I fell in love. Jodie needs a break from her life so off she goes to her brothers boat in the Isle of White. She never expected to fall in love with it, the town and the people. Will she stay? Will she go back home? I literally devoured this book! Raced through it. A little holiday away for my mind. Beautifully written. Cannot recommend this enough.

A well deserved five stars from me. It has also gone into my top twenty of year reads. Perfection. Don’t have a bad word to say about it other than it had to end.

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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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fantasy · romance

*BLOG TOUR* Nightborn – Jessica Thorne ★★★★

Blurb; Like deep dark water, it pulls them down. The faint fire of magic within them flickers and dies. Their eyes turn black as night. They are nightborn now.

Grace Marchant has been many things: streetwise orphan, rebellious servant, and now beloved companion of Prince Bastien, heir to the throne of Larelwynn. But their sunlit happiness is not destined to last. The golden magic which brought them together in purest passion is threatened by strange and ancient forces. Innocent people are becoming nightborn – cruel, deadly, unrecognisable to their loved ones – and these two young lovers are the only ones with power enough to stop it.

In times of peace, striking a deal with their closest enemy would be unthinkable, but now their only hope is to ally with the neighbouring Valenti royal family: manipulative, cunning, and always with an eye on the Larelwynn throne. The partnership comes at a devastating price… if Grace wants to defeat the nightborn, she must watch Bastien marry a Valenti princess.

Grace knows she must make this heart-wrenching sacrifice for the good of the whole kingdom – but she also fears the magic in her veins, usually so warm and bright, is turning cold as deepest midnight. A beguiling darkness whispers to her from within. Is Grace herself becoming nightborn?

Time is running out. With Bastien promised to another, and a stony distance growing between them, will Grace find the source of the nightborn curse before every last soul is consumed by the darkness?

My Review; Nightborn is book two in The Hollow King series/trilogy. Best read in order. Oh wow. Readers are in for a rollercoaster of a ride with this one. Up down up. Plenty of magic. Plenty of evil and there’s some good too. Some romance. Some enemies. This books got it all. Very fast paced. There’s always something to keep you reading on. Brilliantly written. Was great to be back with these familiar characters. Some chapters were a little long for my personal liking but nevertheless it didn’t put me off. Beautiful cover too.

What a cliffhanger that was… I’m praying & begging to see what happens next. I’m unsure if this is a series or trilogy but either way I’m waiting & don’t want it to end. Brilliant. Perfect for fantasy lovers. I loved it. Enjoyed it. A well deserved four stars from me. Highly recommend. I need more Grace & Bastian in my life.

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