chick-lit · Children's

The Accidental Diary of B.U.G: Basically Famous – Jen Carney ★★★★

Blurb; School just got INTERESTING. Not only is Billie’s class learning how to P.E.E. in the classroom (don’t ask), they now have some very important contacts in the TV world.

So as long as Janey McVey doesn’t keep doing the splits for attention, and Billie’s mums don’t keep distracting her with a huge secret thing they seem to be planning… well watch out, because it’s time for B.U.G. to make it BIG!

My review; This is book two in a series but I read this as a Standalone. It does catch you up from the previous book at the beginning but also urges the reader to read book one first.

This has very similar vibes to Jacqueline Wilson. It is written in a diary format, plenty of doodles and illustrations throughout in black and white. Easy reading. Parts had me laughing out loud. Perfect for middle age and younger readers. B.U.G is her nickname and fam gets to her head. She’s a character alright. I loved it. Took me back to my teenage years. Around 300 pages long. Highly recommend. A well deserved four stars from me.

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Adventure · chick-lit

*Promo* Lil’s Bus Trip – Judy Leigh.

Blurb; It’s always a good time for a road trip… 

When 82-year-old Lil decides to book herself, her 65-year-old daughter, Cassie, and her friend Maggie on a bus trip across Europe, she hopes for a little adventure to counteract the monotony of life. 

Along with three members of the Salterley Tennis Club and the Jolly Weaver football team, whose ideas of a good time are rather different to Lil’s and strikingly at odds with each other’s, the merry band of travellers set out on their great adventure. 

From moving moments on the beaches of Normandy, outrageous adventures in Amsterdam, to the beauty of Bruges and gastronomic delights of France, the holiday is just the tonic Lil, Maggie and Cassie needed.  

And as the time approaches for them to head home, Lil makes an unexpected discovery – even in her advancing years, men are like buses – there isn’t one for ages then two come along at once. Is Lil ready to share her golden years, and can the ladies embrace the fresh starts that the trip has given them. Or is it just too late to change…  

Author bio; Judy Leigh is the bestselling author of A Grand Old Time and The Age of Misadventure and the doyenne of the ‘it’s never too late’ genre of women’s fiction. She has lived all over the UK from Liverpool to Cornwall, but currently resides in Somerset.

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Adventure · chick-lit · romance

*Spotlight* Just for the Summer – Fay Keenan.

Blurb; When Kate Harris accepts the job of redecorating her brother Aidan’s house in the picturesque town of Willowbury, she knows it’s just a stop gap before she has to decide what to do with the rest of her life. While her three sons spend the summer holiday with their father, Kate has an opportunity to prove to herself that there is a new life, after her divorce.

Harry Sinclair is the owner of Vale Volumes book shop on Willowbury High Street. Content, if a little bored with his lot, his shop, as well as his life, could do with freshening up. When Kate offers to spruce up Vale Volumes ready for the visit of a famous author, they find they have a lot more in common than colour schemes.

But both have secrets and responsibilities, and when the trials of family life threaten their burgeoning friendship, can they overcome the experiences of their pasts? Will Somerset’s most magical town cast its spell on them? Or will Kate and Harry have to concede that their friendship really is just for the summer?

About the author; Fay is a bestselling author of commercial fiction. Her debut novel, ‘The Second Chance Tea Shop’, was published by Head of Zeus in 2017, and two further novels make up the Little Somerby series, both also published by HoZ. She loves to base her books in the wonderful county of Somerset, and readers will notice many real locations in her stories, alongside brooding heroes, self-possessed heroines and more than a few flavours of the county. A lover of all things Somerset, her aim is to show what a heart-thumpingly passionate county it really is! Fay’s latest novel, ‘A Place to Call Home’, published by Boldwood Books, moves slightly further into Somerset and many readers will recognise locations in and around the iconic and spiritually diverse town of Glastonbury. It is the story of what happens when opposites attract but principles collide, and unfolds in both Somerset and Westminster. Her fifth novel, ‘Snowflakes Over Bay Tree Terrace’, is also due for release by Boldwood Books later this year, and explores the lives of a school teacher and an air ambulance pilot who just happen to live next door to each other. When she is not writing fiction, Fay is a secondary school English teacher, a wife, a mother of two daughters and the keeper of a large, demanding Weimaraner dog called Bertie. She can often be found on the Strawberry Line, being dragged from pillar to post by either dog or children, and is only now coming to terms with the fact that some of her students, current and former, occasionally read her novels. Sign up to Fay’s newsletter to find out the latest about her novels, her inspiration and her day to day ramblings with Bertie: http://bit.ly/FayKeenanNewsletter

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