chick-lit · contemporary · romance

The Summer Seaside Kitchen – Jenny Colgan. ★★★★★

Blurb:
Flora is definitely, absolutely sure that escaping from the quiet Scottish island where she grew up to the noise and hustle of the big city was the right choice. What was there for her on Mure? It’s a place where everyone has known her all her life, and no one will let her forget the past. In the city, she can be anonymous, ambitious and indulge herself in her hopeless crush on her gorgeous boss, Joel.

When a new client demands Flora’s presence back on Mure, she’s suddenly swept back into life with her brothers (all strapping, loud and seemingly incapable of basic housework) and her father. As Flora indulges her new-found love of cooking and breathes life into the dusty little pink-fronted shop on the harbour, she’s also going to have to come to terms with past mistakes – and work out exactly where her future lies…

My Review: 
I have found a new favourite author! WOW!
I awarded five stars as this story just took me away (well to the beautiful island of Mure to be exact). What a beautiful story. I love the cover. I love the full story and I loved that ending. I am seriously impressed. This story is written well, easy to read and fast paced. I am already missing Mure and the wonderful characters there. I would highly recommend this story to you all. This felt like a holiday away even though I never left my couch! The perfect chick-lit read for me. I am now on the hunt for ALL Jenny’s other books, as if they’re anything like this one I will fall in love all over again. A beautifully written story about life, love, work, family and returning home.

Amazon Link (UK):
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Summer-Seaside-Kitchen-Jenny-Colgan-ebook/dp/B01J1WM86G/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1492197203&sr=1-1&keywords=the+summer+seaside+kitchen

 

 

Bestsellers · chick-lit · contemporary · Emotional · Non-Fiction

Happy Mum, Happy Baby: My Adventures in Motherhood – Giovanna Fletcher ✶✶✶✶✶

Blurb:
Being a mum is an incredible journey, a remarkable experience that changes how we look, how we feel, who we are. As mothers we are strong, protective, proud. We feel a love like no other.

But being a parent can be hard too. It challenges us physically, mentally, emotionally. There are the days where just managing to fit a shower in amidst the endless feeding, entertaining young children and surviving on a lack of sleep feels like an achievement. With so many people ready to offer ‘advice’ on the best way to parent, it can feel like you are getting it all wrong.

Since Giovanna and her husband Tom Fletcher have had their sons Buzz and Buddy, they have been sharing glimpses of their family life. With an infectiously positive outlook and happy take on all things mum-related, Giovanna has developed a following of fellow parents and mums-to-be.

This is not a book about how to have the perfect family experience – Gi would be the first to admit she is winging it just as much as the rest of us – instead it is an honest, upbeat and incredibly personal account of her own experience of having a family. In Happy Mum, Happy Baby Giovanna shares her own journey through parenthood and in doing so, she looks at what it is to be a mother today, encourages you to be confident in yourself as a parent and celebrates how putting a focus on being a happy and confident mum can really make for a happy baby.

My Review:
Now, I love Giovanna and follow her over on FB, I also have all her other fiction books which I haven’t got around to reading YET! I found myself in a bit of a reading slump (not being able to read anything). So I picked this up and just devoured it within a day!! It is brilliant. I personally do not read a lot of non-fiction but this was a must have especially as being a mother myself! Throughout I could relate to EVERYTHING, having been there and done that myself. It made me laugh, it made my cry it is such a beautiful book. It made me feel like I wasn’t alone and no matter how much I doubted myself and my parenting skills Giovanna made me feel much better about myself and highlighted that it is normal (THANK YOU!). A well deserved five stars and I will highly recommend this book to you all, especially all those mothers (and fathers) out there. Brilliant. I even sent a little message to Giovanna after to thank her as I am sure many of her other readers would have done. Enjoy!

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