Deirdre Riordan Hall – Sugar

I don’t really know what drew me to choose this book from Amazon – I know that it was free to read, but I think as usual it was probably the cover. ‘Don’t judge a book by it’s cover’ sounds like an admirable thing to say, but when there’s hundreds of thousands of books to choose from on Amazon, it’s kind of impossible not to. I binged this book in one sitting, it was compulsive reading and...

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Kate Eberlen – Miss You

If you love romantic books with a bit of a twist, this book is definitely for you. At times, it felt a bit familiar to other books in the same vein, for example One Day by David Nichols, but the author did a great job of making it unique enough to keep it interesting. It says something that I read this entire book in one day, as I’ve been really struggling to get through any books recently. Tess and Gus first ‘meet’ in...

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Milly Johnson – The Queen of Wishful Thinking

Oh Milly Johnson, how I love you. I went to get this book signed at Waterstones in Leeds, and Milly was as lovely as always, a proper Yorkshire lass! The young ladies in front of me were very clear that they were getting the book for their mums, I was like ‘Nope, this is all for me!!!’. As always, the thing I loved most about this book was the relate-able characters who I fell in love with immediately, especially Bonnie. You can tell...

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Giovanna Fletcher – You’re the One That I Want

I’m in two minds about how to review this book. On the plus side, I thought the writing was great and I was hooked by the style. I especially loved the chapters switching between characters and telling you the ages instead of the years (less thinking on my part)! And to start with, I loved the characters, three childhood friends who are inseparable from the moment they meet. But as the love triangle began, I became more and more annoyed...

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Veronica Henry – How to Find Love in a Bookshop

It’s my ultimate dream, to run my own bookshop. So when Emilia’s father dies and she returns home to the Cotswolds to take over the running of his little bookshop, and she can’t decide whether she should keep it running or not, I was screaming at the book for her to make the right decision! I adored Emilia, as soon as I started reading I felt like she could be one of my best friends, she’s going through such a tough time...

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Denise Grover Swank - The Substitute

Denise Grover Swank – The Substitute

I have very mixed feelings about this book. I decided to read it on a whim while I was stuck in traffic on a bus and I’d forgotten to bring my paperback with me, so I quickly loaded up the top free books list on the Kindle app, and the cover for this one jumped out at me as I’m currently preparing for my wedding next year. In many ways, this was the perfect romantic story. But the cynical part of me just couldn’t help scoffing...

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Milly Johnson – The Wedding Dress

I decided to read this as it combines my favourite author with my current occupation – weddings! Unfortunately, I kind of wish I hadn’t read the set of three short stories. It carries on from White Wedding, and although I wanted to know more about the characters when I finished reading that, I think this book was a little bit of a disappointment. Not in writing, Milly Johnson doesn’t disappoint like that, just that the three...

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Jojo Moyes – After You

I had built this book up so much after how much I loved Me Before You, but sadly, I have to say it disappointed me. It’s taken me almost a month to read it, which is unusual and a sign of how I wasn’t completely absorbed. I just couldn’t get into the first half of the book at all, it seemed very slow and I didn’t feel the same connection to Louisa as I felt when reading Me Before You. The second half of the book did...

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Milly Johnson – The Barn on Half Moon Hill

The Barn on Half Moon Hill is a 99p e-book that Milly wrote to raise money for Claire Throssell, a woman whose children tragically died in a fire started by their dad. There’s a fundraising page if you want to read more. I went into the book knowing it was only short (85 pages), and that I was probably going to finish up yearning for more (as always with a Milly book), and I wasn’t wrong. When I got to the last page, I was dying for...

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Milly Johnson – Sunshine Over Wildflower Cottage

I’ve been looking forward to this book for ages, and it finally came out last Thursday. And for the first time, I went to meet Milly Johnson to get my copy signed! I was the second person in the queue and so excited to meet her, and she was just as lovely as I thought she would be! We start the book with Viv, driving into a lovely (albeit extremely foggy) village called Ironmist, looking for her new job at Wildflower Cottage, an animal...

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Giovanna Fletcher - Always with Love

Giovanna Fletcher – Always with Love

After reading Billy and Me while I was in hospital, I was so glad that I’d already purchased the sequel so that I could read it straight away. I loved Sophie and Billy’s story and was desperate to know what happened next for their relationship. After deciding at the end of Billy and Me that they’re going to spend some time living in Rosefont Hill away from the press intrusion and the distractions of Billy’s celebrity...

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Giovanna Fletcher - Billy and Me

Giovanna Fletcher – Billy and Me

I’ve been following Giovanna Fletcher on Twitter and Instagram for quite some time, but never got around to reading her books. But as I was still in hospital when I finished reading Me Before You, I decided to buy this on Kindle to keep me occupied. And a good decision it turned out to be! I worried a little at the start as the writing style seemed a bit simplistic, but this improved throughout the book and I soon didn’t notice the...

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JoJo Moyes – Me Before You

So I did something that I said I’d never do, I spent £5 on a kindle book, when I could have probably bought the paperback for less at the supermarket! But in my defence, I had been stuck in hospital for 2 weeks and I was bored out of my mind, as I refused to pay £8 a day to watch TV! I loved this book so much that I read it in one day, I stayed up til half past midnight to finish it, even though I knew I’d be woken up at half five...

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Carole Matthews – The Chocolate Lovers’ Christmas

Silly me didn’t realise when I bought this book that it was book 3 in a series, I was just at the supermarket and wanted to get some Christmassy books to get me in the festive spirit. So my review should probably be taken with a pinch of salt as I don’t know any of the back-story to the lives of the women in the book, and I would have probably felt a closer relationship to them if I’d already spent 2 books getting to know...

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Andy Jones – The Two of Us

After slogging through the last book over a painful two weeks of forcing myself to pick up the book and continue, it was nice to read something so compulsive that I just couldn’t put it down. I initially dismissed the book as the usual chick-lit style book, but I was wrong to judge the book by its cover. The book went so much deeper than a light romance, it was full of raw emotion, sometimes painful, sometimes delightful, but always...

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Milly Johnson – Afternoon Tea at the Sunflower Cafe

First up, I need to say that Milly Johnson is my favourite Chick-Lit author. And I don’t mean Chick-Lit in a disparaging way as it is sometimes used, there’s nothing wrong with getting lost in a fantasy for an afternoon, and you’re not exactly going to get that with a thriller. This book was originally supposed to be called ‘The Woman Who Gave Up Chocolate’, but the publishers thought that was too negative and it...

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Jane Austen – Persuasion

I’ve read this book once before a fair few years ago, but since my re-read of Pride and Prejudice, I couldnt resist moving straight on to this. I loved it the first time round (how can you not like Austen?), but since the audio version was free on Kindle, I thought it would make a great commuting book. I won’t get too much into the plot of the book since I’ve already reviewed this before, but I do love Anne Elliot. The strength...

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Jane Austen – Pride and Prejudice

I think it’s no secret that I love love love this book, and as I’ve read it many times before, I won’t be reviewing the actual book. It’s a work of genius and we all know it, I’ve read it so many times that I find myself anticipating the words that are coming. Rather than reading it again this time, I have been listening to the audio version in my car on the way to and from work. I didn’t know how I’d...

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Jo Baker – Longbourn

After my last disastrous foray into alternative Pride and Prejudice interpretations, I swore I wouldn’t try another one for a long while! However, when I was trying to decide what to read, I saw this one sitting on my shelf since I bought it probably over a year ago, and the cover just drew me back in and I couldn’t resist. And whereas the last one left me wishing I hadn’t even bothered, this one was quite the opposite...

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Regina Jeffers – Darcy’s Temptation

Okay, so I’m not really sure where to start with this book. I absolutely *love* Pride and Prejudice, it’s probably one of my favourite books, I could re-read it until the cows come home. But no-one can write Darcy like Austen, and it seems like anyone who tries just ends up falling about a mile short. This book was set after the end of Pride and Prejudice; Darcy and Elizabeth are newly married and are in wedded bliss. But then...

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Marni Bates – Decked with Holly

This book was one of the top Christmas themed books within Kindle Unlimited, so although it seemed to be a book aimed at teenagers, I thought I might as well give it a try. But it was most definitely aimed for teenagers, and I found the main character quite immature and annoying. The fact that we’re supposed to believe that someone who likes a band with only 3 members wouldn’t recognise one of the members when she stumbled into his...

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