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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Jill Mansell – The One You Really Want

Well after a lot of heavy fantasy books, I decided to give my brain a bit of a break and catch up on some of the books I’ve got downloaded on my Kindle. I’m not one to dismiss chick-lit as useless or mind-numbing, and I definitely don’t use chick-lit as a derogatory word. When it’s well written, I find it more like a warm, comforting, relaxing experience, more like watching a lovely film. And this one was quite lovely...

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Milly Johnson – White Wedding

Well it’s been a long time since I started reading this book, over six weeks in fact. But I’ll blame that on Game of Thrones since this book was abandoned in my bedside drawer while I went on a fantasy epic. But after finishing Game of Thrones, and realising that I was going to a wedding last weekend, what a perfect time to pick this up again. Except not really, since I was hoping for a beautiful wedding to get me in the mood and...

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Milly Johnson – The Teashop on the Corner

I’ve loved Milly Johnson ever since I first read The Yorkshire Pudding Club in a random set of books ordered from The Book People, and I can’t see that love diminishing any time soon, quite the opposite in fact! I could honestly read Milly’s books all day every day, although my poor to-read shelf wouldn’t be very happy about it if I did! I read a lot of tweets in the build up to the book launch, which ramped up my...

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Rachel Schurig – In Search of a Love Story

I read a few of Rachel Schurig’s books earlier this year and really enjoyed them. It’s typical predictable chick-lit, but that’s not always a bad thing. If you want to get lost in something easy to work where you can become completely absorbed with the characters, there’s nothing better than a good chick-lit book. I found it very easy to get lost in this book, Em was a very likeable main character, not stuck up or...

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Milly Johnson – Here Come The Boys

Oh how I wish this book had been longer. It was released a couple of weeks ago as a short story ebook in the run up to Milly’s new book which is released very soon. I don’t think I’ve ever read a bad book by Milly Johnson, and this one was no exception. I love her style of writing, I love the fact that she’s a Yorkshire lass and brings Yorkshire into her books, and I love the characters that she creates. This book was...

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Nicholas Sparks – Nights in Rodanthe

Well I think this is a first; a Nicholas Sparks book that I didn’t enjoy. Usually I love his books and get lost in the romance, but I just wasn’t feeling it with this one! I just couldn’t form any kind of connection to the main characters, I think in part because they were much older than I am, although this doesn’t usually cause a problem, so I think that probably wasn’t the main reason I didn’t get on with...

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Rachel Schurig – Three Girls and a Leading Man

I have to say, this was definitely the most disappointing book of the series. Having read Three Girls and a Baby from Ginny’s perspective and Three Girls and a Wedding from Jen’s, I was right about Three Girls and a Leading Man being all about Annie. But for some reason, I just couldn’t click with Annie. She seemed to be constantly whiny and wrapped up in herself, and she just wasn’t a pleasant character to read. I found...

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Rachel Schurig – Three Girls and a Wedding

Since I was left with mixed feelings after reading Three Girls and a Baby, I wasn’t sure what to expect from Three Girls and a Wedding. As Ginny got engaged at the end of the last book, I expected that the book would revolve around her upcoming nuptials. So I was surprised when it turned out that the main character was actually Ginny’s housemate/best friend Jen. Jen works in event planning, usually involved in the smaller scale...

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Rachel Schurig – Three Girls and a Baby

Well after reading crime books back to back for a few weeks, I figured it was time to revert back to my old favourites for a while, so up rolled Three Girls and a Baby by Rachel Schurig. I bought this on Amazon quite a while ago, part of a set of three by the same author which were pretty cheap and looked kind of promising. When it finished, I was left with mixed thoughts. I had really enjoyed the book and found myself completely attached to the...

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Nicola May – Star Fish

I’ve read a few other Nicola May books before and I’ve had a bit of a mixed bag really, loving a couple of them, and not really getting along with the others. This is the last one that I had left to read on my Kindle, so I was curious to see which camp this one fell in. My first impression was that the characters were rather stereotypical, a rather plain looking woman who doesn’t rate herself very highly, with a gorgeous gay...

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Shannon Hale – Austenland

I guess that first I should admit that I started this book with very low expectations. After the last Austen-adaptation that I read (Death comes to Pemberley), I was expecting this one to be just as terrible. But actually, it was rather good. The story revolves around a woman called Jane, living in New York, who has been hopelessly obsessed with Mr Darcy (as played by Colin Firth in the BBC adaptation) for as long as she can remember. Every...

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