chick-lit · Comedy · romance

*BLOG TOUR* The Serial Dater’s Shopping List – Morgen Bailey ★★★★

Blurb; 31 dates in 31 days – what could possibly go wrong?

Isobel MacFarlane is a recently-turned-40 journalist who usually writes a technology column for a newspaper based in Northampton, England, but her somewhat-intimidating boss, William, has set her the task of meeting 31 men, via a local internet dating site, all within a month.

Having an active, though fruitless, social life with her friend and ‘Health & Beauty’ colleague Donna, she knows what she wants in a man, so creates a shopping list of dos and don’ts, and starts ticking them off as she meets Mr Could Be Right Except For, Mr Not Bad, Mr Oh My Goodness and Mr Oh So Very Wrong.

Follow the ups (there are a few) and downs (there are many) of the dating process and intertwined with her experiences, get to know her colleague and family, including her niece Lola who, apart from being an amazing storyteller, can eat ambidextrously whilst wearing a Princess glove puppet on her right hand, and Baby, William’s non-too-healthy African Grey parrot.

My Review; This book is laugh out loud funny in parts. I enjoyed reading this one. So basically Isobel (Izzy) writes a column in a newspaper and has been challenged to set a profile up online and attend a date each night with someone different and write about it. What could go wrong eh?

Each and every date is very different! Just as you think the dates could not get any worse or funnier… THEY DO. Poor Izzy… At least she enjoys herself and gets free drinks. This story is brilliantly written and contains a wide range of men throughout I think Izzy covered them all.

Online profiles and dating has imerged into this popular, must do thing these days and everyone seems to be doing it… We all have our type, do’s and don’ts.. (Don’t lie, we all do). Which is why I loved Izzys shopping list approach to the perfect man! Brilliant.

I also loved Izzys and Donnas relationship, best friends and work colleagues. These two especially feel like your own crazy friends you’ve always known. This was a real page turner for me which just got better and better. An easy, light hearted, hilarious read. I loved it. I awarded a well deserved four stars and would highly recommend.

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chick-lit · Comedy · contemporary · Young adult

*BLOG BLITZ* My Virtual Life – Sharon Dempsey ★★★★★

Blurb; Glamorous lone parent, Stella wants nothing more than to impress her teenage daughter. She has spent her life shielding Tara from her religious upbringing and has never told Tara about her father. But when they move back to Belfast, hiding the past becomes tricky.

When Stella lands her dream job as fashion editor at a teen magazine, Tara thinks she will die of shame. Soon after, Tara starts a blog to pour out her teenage angst and begins working at a home for rescued animals run by the enigmatic Nora.

When Tara’s blog takes off, a rival magazine offers to publish it as a column, putting her in a difficult situation.

Will Tara risk hurting her mother in order to achieve her dream of being a writer?

Can three generations of one family, who struggle to understand each other, ever develop real bonds?

My Review; This book is brilliant! It made me laugh out loud. I loved it. An easy, light-hearted, hilarious read. I loved both Tara and Stella, mother and daughter and they couldn’t be more different… Or are they? Thos story starts to turn part way through and I was backing Tara the whole time. In parts I did think Stella wasn’t a great mother… But she just showed her love in different ways with the best intentions.

This book is perfect for young adult, chick-lit lovers. It highlights how we currently live as most of us these days do have the whole Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. That’s your online life. It’s not a long story but one I throughally enjoyed.

I loved how a food diary was included, blog posts and lists. Makes the story different, fresher. A well deserved five stars. Highly recommend. Cheered me right up.

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Historical fiction · romance

*BLOG BLITZ* Keep You by my Side – Callie Langridge ★★★★

Blurb; Are family secrets the ties that bind or the lies that divide?

The secrets of one family live in the walls of a cottage perched high on a Dorset cliff. But secrets can only be kept for so long.

Follow three generations of a family from war-torn London, to the permissive 60s and liberated 80s. Gertie, Rose and Abi live through joy, tragedy and heartache as they navigate complicated mother-daughter relationships and learn the importance of friends and finding love. When circumstances force them under the same roof, secrets begin to unravel and promises made in love threaten to tear them apart.

How far would you go to protect the people you love?

My Review; Awwh my heart. One beautiful story, one family, one house and three women. The story is told through Abi, Gertie and Rose from the 1940s to the 1990s. All strong women facing their own challenges and problems. All hiding secrets! However, this story is so full of love. It takes the reader back in time to family life in that era.

I felt the whole range of emotions while reading this story, it is a perfect story that I enjoyed throughout! Beautifully written. Uplifting. My first story I have read by Callie and it won’t be my last. I actually loved it and fell in love with all the ladies, the story makes you feel part of the family too. A well deserved four stars from me. Highly recommend! Just what I needed!

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