chick-lit · romance

Coffee Shop Girl – Katie Cross ★★★★

Blurb; Bethany:

This coffee shop is going to kill me.

Sure, it’s my dad’s dream. If he hadn’t died eight months ago, I wouldn’t be here, a college drop out, trying not to drown in debt.

Nor would I be staring into the muddy eyes of a viking-sized man that’s telling me everything I’m doing wrong-as if he knows so much about business in a small mountain town.

Except he does.

And when the biggest, most unexpected surprise of all falls in my lap, I’ll have no choice but to ask for his help.

Time for some power lipstick.


Maverick:

This girl is drowning.

She might have eyes like glacier pools and hair so black it’s glossy, but that doesn’t mean she knows how to run a coffee shop. She’s drowning in more than debt, interest, and credit card payments.

She’ll never make it.

But I kind of want her to.

Because underneath that bright lipstick and those sun dresses is a woman that I have an uncomfortable feeling is about to rock. my. world.

My Review; This was recommended to me by a friend, book one in a series all available free on Kindle Unlimited so I gave it a try. I really enjoyed it. Loved the setting, coffee shop in the middle of nowhere, fishing hot spot. The story is told through the two main characters Bethany who owns the Coffee shop and recently lost her father and Maverick the tall, handsome stranger who saves her. Very romantic.

Bethany is still grieving over the loss of her father and is trying to make ends meet at what was his coffee shop. With debts piling up and her two half sisters who turn up on her doorstep how will she cope? Cue Maverick he’s going to flip the place from disaster to perfection while helping her clear her debts, re do the place and take care of her sisters all with a little romance ofcourse. I absolutely loved it. A quick, easy and light read. A great start to the series. Uplifting. A well deserved four stars from me. A happy ending for all. I cannot wait to see what lies ahead for Beth, Mav and the girls. Highly recommend.

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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 · 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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