chick-lit · Young adult

Toffee – Sarah Crossan ★★★★

Blurb; I am not who I say I am,
and Marla isn’t who she thinks she is.

I am a girl trying to forget.
She is a woman trying to remember.

Allison has run away from home, and with nowhere to live, finds herself hiding out in the shed of what she thinks is an abandoned house. But the house isn’t empty. An elderly woman named Marla, with dementia, lives there – and she mistakes Allison for an old friend from her past called Toffee.

Allison is used to hiding who she really is, and trying to be what other people want her to be. And so, Toffee is who she becomes. After all, it means she has a place to stay. There are worse places she could be.

But as their bond grows, and Allison discovers how much Marla needs a real friend, she begins to ask herself – where is home? What is a family? And most importantly, who am I, really?

My Review; I picked this one up in the library purely for it’s cover. It’s a young adult story but I am so glad I picked it up. Sarah has a unique writing skill in the way the story is told. It is very easy to read and could easily be read in one sitting. Different. But I absolutely loved how it was set out and told, it worked for me but wouldn’t work for everyone I guess. Had me flicking through the pages for fun.

A little breakdown of the story… Alison leaves home, finds a house to stay in but there’s a woman living there Marla with dementia and they spark the most beautiful relationship together even through the dementia. Sometimes are tricky, others beautiful. I personally felt that in the end they both needed each other and the company, that fate brought them together especially towards the end of the book.

Absolutely loved it. I enjoyed it that much I’ve ordered all the other stories the author has written to binge. A well deserved four stars. Highly recommend.

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chick-lit · Christmas · romance · Short Stories

*BLOG TOUR* Sea Holly & Mistletoe Kisses – Laura Briggs ★★★★

Blurb; Christmas is coming to Port Hewer and the hotel Penmarrow, where Maisie is suffering a case of the holiday blues far from home this year — until Gavin, a young American businessman staying at the hotel through Christmas, talks her into joining him as his partner in the hotel’s ice sculpting competition in a mutual pact to enjoy the holidays to the fullest.

Meanwhile, Maisie experiences the village Christmas season vicariously through Sidney, and continues writing her Poe-inspired story with only Sidney aware of her secret novel. She soon learns, however, that criticism and praise go hand in hand when he takes issue with her latest chapters, which puts pressure on their friendship, too.

But is that what’s really the issue between them? Because handsome Gavin has more than ice sculpting in mind when it comes to Maisie’s time, which comes as a surprise to no one who’s seen them together. As Maisie faces this sudden romantic dilemma, she realizes what she wants most in her life … and faces a question of what her heart wants most, too.

My Review; It appears this is book three in A Little Hotel in Cornwall series, which I didn’t know. However, it read perfectly fine as a standalone. It is a short read at just under 200 pages. Set in a hotel in Cornwall. You get a good background of the main character Maisie so I don’t have a clue what happened in book one or two, I will have to go back and read these.

A beautiful setting for the story and a brilliant time of year AKA Christmas! Could romance be on the books for Maisie this year? It sure is possible. Brilliantly written however, there is no chapters at all in this book, just one long story which is hard to find places to stop. I also learnt a lot from this book about Ice sculpturing. Different.

An easy, different festive read for 2019! A well deserved four stars from me.

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chick-lit · romance · Short Stories

*BLOG TOUR* Saving Grace – Jess B. Moore ★★★★

Blurb; Brandt Grace is trouble no matter what he says or does, always getting in his own way, and trying to prove he can do better and be better only to fall on his face. Saving Grace follows Brandt’s unintentional fall for Lola Donovan, the previously friendly girl turned quiet ghost of a girl. They connect at rock bottom, finding an unexpected source of strength in each other. Can they find a way to leave the past behind and build a future together?

My Review; What a beautiful cover. A shortish read too. The story is told through the two main characters Lola and Brandt… Good girl. Bad guy. Or is it??? Saving Grace is an easy, fast paced read set in a small town where everyone knows each other…

Bless Lola she’s holding on to the past and isn’t letting go which is affecting her present. Brandt is a bad boy who’s claiming he has changed but has he? These two totally different characters end up together in a way they never expected. It’s a beautiful story with some challenges along the way and an ending that was perfect!

A well deserved four stars from me. Highly recommend. I really enjoyed reading this one. Brilliantly written. Short chapters.

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