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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Adventure · mystery · Short Stories

Trash – Andy Mulligan ★★★★★

Blurb; In an unnamed Third World country, in the not-so-distant future, three “dumpsite boys” make a living picking through the mountains of garbage on the outskirts of a large city.

One unlucky-lucky day, Raphael finds something very special and very mysterious. So mysterious that he decides to keep it, even when the city police offer a handsome reward for its return. That decision brings with it terrifying consequences, and soon the dumpsite boys must use all of their cunning and courage to stay ahead of their pursuers. It’s up to Raphael, Gardo, and Rat—boys who have no education, no parents, no homes, and no money—to solve the mystery and right a terrible wrong.

My Review; This is a must read. Brilliant, outstanding, powerful, uplifting and amazing. Worth all the stars. I cannot recommend this book to you all enough. It’s a short read at 211 pages long but well worth it! One that will stick in your heart for a long time with similar ties to slumdog millionairre you’re in for a treat.

I fell in love with the three boys Raphael, Gardo and Rat. After discovering an item among the rubbish piles they hunt through daily, they never realised how much it would change their lives and others. The police are determined to find the item too. Then we embark on the journey with the boys…

I must give it to them what a team they were together. Strong, determined and clever. Always one step ahead of the police… Well most of the time. They’ve faced the unimaginable and were rewarded greatly. A beautiful ending and outcome. A powerful story. It got me thinking that although this is a fictional story parts are based on what still happens in the world today with kids routing through rubbish piles, being poor and the wealthy greedy. Highly recommend it. I cant stop thinking about it, so glad it popped up on my Amazon recommendations now.

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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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