chick-lit · romance

*BLOG TOUR* Silver Blooms Flower Shop – K.T. Dady ★★★★

Blurb; Welcome to Pepper Bay, where you’ll find love drama, and a happily ever after.

Snuggle down with this cosy, feel-good, comfort read that whisks you away to a beautiful bay on the Isle of Wight – Perfect for fans of Christie Barlow, Phillipa Ashley, and Holly Martin.

The Pepper Bay books are standalone stories that intertwine with recurring characters. Best enjoyed when read in order,

Silver Blooms Flower Shop: Lexi and Bryce have never been friends. She views him as her childhood bully. So, she finds a way to stick it to the fancy-schmancy businessman by using his name as her pen name for the erotic romance books that she writes. That way, when potential clients try to check him out online, all they will see is fishnet stockings, sexy CEOs, and steamy sneak previews. But, when Not-Nice-Bryce comes back home to confront her, their past comes flooding back, and maybe it wasn’t as bad as she remembers.

My Review; Meet Lexi and Bryce. This is book seven in the Pepper Bay series but read perfectly fine as a standalone for me. I’d class this as an enemies to lovers. The story flicks between the present and their past together at school to bring us this beautiful story. I loved Lexi, a woman not to be messed with. She’s funny. A shortish, quick, and uplifting read, which made me smile. I enjoyed this one. A little spice included. Highly recommend. A series I need to go back and enjoy from the beginning. A well-deserved four stars from me.

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chick-lit · Non-Fiction

Tired & Tested: The Wild Ride into Parenthood – Sophie McCartney ★★★★

Blurb; What happens when you realise adult life isn’t all it’s cracked up to be?

When you’ve grown up thinking your twenties are all about working hard, playing hard and definitely trying to not get pregnant, life comes at you fast when you go from hump to bump…

Comedian, mum and vlogger, Sophie McCartney, shares her journey through the hurty-thirties – when you thought you’d have a high-flying career, three holidays a year and a designer handbag, but have ended up with two kids, a deep fear of what lies at the bottom of the ball-pit in soft play, and a post-breastfeeding gap in your cleavage the size of a Christmas ham.

With laugh out loud humour and honesty, Sophie shows how whether you’ve had a day full of whining or a night full of wine, there’s joy to be had in the perfectly imperfect lives we lead.

My Review; This was brilliant. I follow this lady on Facebook & Instagram and I didn’t know she was bringing a book out. I actually saw this book in the library while I was going to register my 3rd child so it must have been a sign. It’s a book that any mother/parent/woman can relate to, at least 90% relate to and if you say you can’t relate you’re lying. It was hilarious and laugh out loud funny in parts. This book made me realise while reading it at 3am feeding my own baby that I was seen, heard and not quite so alone. It’s raw, honest and she has not censored any of the journey into parenthood or having older children. Highly recommend. A well deserved four stars from me.

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Adventure · chick-lit · romance

*BLOG TOUR* Elodie’s Library of Second Chances – Rebecca Raisin ★★★★★

Blurb: An uplifting story about fresh starts, new beginnings and the power of stories, from the bestselling author of Rosie’s Travelling Tea Shop!
When Elodie applies for the job of librarian in peaceful Willow Grove, she’s looking forward to a new start. As the daughter of a media empire, her every move has been watched for years, and she longs to work with the thing she loves most: books.

It’s a chance to make a real difference too, because she soon realises that there are other people in Willow Grove who might need a fresh start – like the homeless man everyone walks past without seeing, or the divorcée who can’t seem to escape her former husband’s misdeeds.

Together with local journalist Finn, Elodie decides these people have stories that need sharing. What if instead of borrowing books readers could ‘borrow’ a person, and hear the life stories of those they’ve overlooked?

But Elodie isn’t quite sharing her whole story either. As the story of the library’s new success grows, will her own secret be revealed?

My Review: I have been a huge fan of Rebecca’s books for a while and knew I was in for a treat with this one. I wasn’t disappointed I devoured half of this book in just one night. Such a beautiful, heart warming and uplifting story. One all bookworms will enjoy as the story focuses on saving a library with the people as books storyline which is a relatively new idea across libraries. The main character is a book obsessed lady who just wants a cosy but simple life full of love and literature. A beautiful read. I enjoyed every page until the end. Loved all the characters and cosy little town. A perfect read. A well deserved five stars from me. Highly recommend. Going into my top reads of 2022.

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