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*BLOG TOUR* Wife Support System – Kathleen Whyman ★★★★

Blurb; We’ve got the balance all wrong. Instead of living with our partners, struggling to do everything by ourselves and only seeing each other now and then, we should do it the other way round. We should live together and see them now and then.

Erica knows her suggestion sounds extreme, but when her nanny leaves without notice, she’s extremely desperate. Polly and Louise aren’t convinced, but when circumstances force them to move into Polly’s enormous but run-down house, they have to admit that life’s much easier when the childcare and workload is shared.

At first, communal living seems like the answer to all their prayers – childcare on tap, rotas for cleaning, and someone always available to cook dinner (no more last-minute pizza delivery!). But over time, resentment starts to grow as they judge each other’s parenting styles and bicker over cleaning, cooking and whose turn it is to buy toilet rolls.

And as one woman has her head turned by a handsome colleague, one resorts to spying on her husband and another fights to keep a dark secret, they need each other more than ever. But can Polly, Louise and Erica keep their friendship and relationships strong? Or will their perfect mumtopia fall apart?

Essential reading for anyone fed up with never-ending housework/homeschooling/preparing healthy meals that their kids reject … Will have you shrieking with laughter! Fans of Why Mummy Drinks, Has Anyone Seen My Sex Life? and Beth O’Leary won’t want to miss this one!

My Review; This was something different I haven’t come accross before. The story focuses on three women Erica, Polly & Louise. All mothers. All have problems with men, work and money.

Erica is career driven. That’s her number one.

Polly lost her partner and is in hiding with her kids, feeling alone. Polly is the one who takes over all the childcare and house chores. Unemployed.

Louise is also career driven but not as much as Erica.

This story has it all affairs, break ups, divorce, lies, secrets, jealousy, love, happiness and puppies. There is always something going on to keep the reader emerged between these womans three lives. It all started with a friends and kids retreat. They end up all moving in together and it is far from plain sailing. Many rows and disagreements emerge when the aim was they all helped each other out. However, they all come together at the end which was beautiful. It’s a hectic book which relates to motherhood perfectly. Parts are hilarious. It’s a perfect chick-lit read.

A well deserved four stars from me. Highly recommend. If your feeling down this book will cheer you up. It did for me.

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*BLOG TOUR* Cynthia Smart’s Midwife Crisis – Liz Davies ★★★★

Blurb; Midlife crisis? What midlife crisis?

At forty-four, Cynthia Smart is exactly where she wants to be. Almost.

In a couple of years, she’ll be the CEO of the company she’s spent most of her adult life working in. For now, though, she’s still busy shimmying up the greasy pole of corporate business. She’s single, carefree, and independent, and nothing can stop her getting what she wants and deserves.

Until she discovers she’s pregnant.

Determined to have her cake and eat it, she’s convinced that having a baby will make little difference to her life, and that she will be one of those women who can hold down an incredibly demanding job and also be a perfect mother.

But as her pregnancy progresses and her life slowly falls apart, she has the sneaking suspicion that Max Oakland, the new guy on the block, is out to steal her dream job. That she’s terribly attracted to him doesn’t help, nor does the fact that he’s devilishly handsome, appears to be a really nice fella, and is good in a crisis.

When she gradually comes to realise that something has got to give, what she doesn’t want it to be is her heart.

My Review; This book had me laughing out loud in parts, light hearted. Feel good. Heart warming. Uplifting. Beautiful.

This is a romance with a twist. Main character Cynthia is dealing with an unexpected pregnancy, she never thought she would have a child. She thought she was past her time. She is/was a very career driven woman aiming to climb up the career ladder. She has plenty of decisions to make. She’s torn between going it alone and not.

Cue Max entering her story as a work colleague. Dun dun dun… He is about to turn her world upside down. But surely she can’t when she’s pregnant with someone elses child… WELL. Lets just say this book raised my expectations of men way too high! Not possible.

The whole story is beautiful and the happy ending made this book for me. Perfection. I really enjoyed reading it. A lovely light hearted read. A well deserved four stars. Highly recommend.

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*BLOG TOUR* Wedding Bells in Merriment Bay – Emily Harvale ★★★★

Blurb; Change is in the air as wedding bells ring out in Merriment Bay.
Cat’s determined to propose to Amias. Well, it is a leap year so it’s fine for women to do the asking, and besides, it took him eighteen years to tell her how he felt. She’s not going to wait for him to pop the question. All she needs to do is find the perfect time and place.
Kyra’s fallen for Francis Raine, who seems happy to flirt and exchange banter but hasn’t actually asked her out. Does he reciprocate her feelings, or is he this way with every girl he meets? There’s only one way to find out. She’ll ask him on a date … as soon as he returns to Merriment Bay.
Mary’s leaving Devon Villa after a lifetime spent in the house. She’s never lived alone so it’s both an exciting and a terrifying prospect. But change is good, isn’t it? Perhaps it’s time she tried a few other new things too.
The Devon women want to move on to the next chapters in their lives. And as Viola Devon used to say before she died, “The only one who can write your own life story as you want it, is you.” Although Viola’s didn’t work out too well. Will Cat, Kyra, and Mary have better luck with theirs?

My Review; I’ve read a lot by Emily Harvale and I love them. They’re shortish stories that you can just lose yourself into. Cute little towns with great communities full of stories. This was no different. This is book three in the Merriment Bay series but reads well as a standalone.

This book is full of romance, proposals, marriages and babies. All of it! We get several happy endings in this story instead of one. There may be a lot going on in Merriment Bay but they’re not all trying to beat each other or battle it out. They’re all supporting each other and just want their happy endings. I’ve fallen in love with Merriment Bay. Full of happy stories, friendship, family and love.

A well deserved four stars from me. Highly recommend. They’re all stories that make you smile and feel like your part of the town and the characters are your friends. Beautiful.

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