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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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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Review: Jane Costello – All The Single Ladies

This book was read in Kindle format over many quick lunch breaks at work, usually during the 20 minutes it takes me to eat my lunch before I’m back at work again. As you can probably tell from the title, it’s typical chick-lit, but I can’t seem to help myself. Samantha Brook’s boyfriend Jamie has just decided that he’s booked a one way flight to South America, leaving their relationship behind because he needs some...

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Review: Helen Warner – RSVP

This book was a bit of an impulse buy; I knew I wanted to buy Drive, but it was three books for a fiver, so I had to make a pretty quick decision about which other two to pick. So, I’m not ashamed to say that I reverted to my old tactic of picking the books with the nicest covers, and I loved the pale blue colour on this one. As the cover says: Four women, One Wedding, Who will say yes? Which turns out to be a good question. There’s...

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Review: Sophie Kinsella – I’ve Got Your Number

I’ve always been a fan of Sophie Kinsella, her ‘shopaholic’ series was fantastic, and I’ve read a couple of other books from her (and her alter-ego Madeleine Wickham) which kept me very entertained. I found the storyline of this book quite far-fetched. I know chick-lit is supposed to be escapist and a little bit fantastical, but the idea that you could find someone’s phone in a bin, and then they would agree to let...

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Review: Nicola May – Better Together

I was quite disappointed with this book. I couldn’t relate to the main character, she seemed very flighty and changed her mind way too many times for my liking. Everything in the book seemed too ‘convenient’; Jess would change her mind, and everything would instantly fall into place to make everything perfect for her. I also found the dialogue quite stilted, I don’t know if it was just because I was reading a kindle copy...

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Review: Olivia Goldsmith – Uptown Girl

This is another kindle book, read on my phone whenever I’ve had a spare few minutes. It takes quite a while to read books this way, but it’s better than the crap I would be reading if I was just checking Facebook in those spare few minutes (sorry if any of you are my Facebook friends – I don’t mean you). This book was definitely a typical chick-lit book, although the storyline didn’t go in quite the direction I...

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Review: Jane Green – The Love Verb

Well I’ve now realised why it’s a bad idea to use the back of the book to decide which book to read, as the major ‘surprise’ plot point was given away on the back of the book, even though I read almost 200 pages before it was revealed in the book. It kind of spoilt it because I spent 200 pages waiting for it to happen. I’m going to give away spoilers now though, so if you don’t want me to spoilt the book for...

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Review: Nicholas Sparks – The Best of Me

I usually look forward to Nicholas Sparks books, but this one left me feeling a bit disappointed. The book was about 300 pages long, but I didn’t actually start to enjoy the story until more than 150 pages through. I would have stopped reading but I hate stopping a book half way through, instead it just took me a long time to read it. I’m not sure why I didn’t get along with it like I usually do, maybe it was because the two...

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Review: Kate Harrison – The Secret Shopper’s Revenge

Well this book was pretty much what I expected from the title. 50% shopping and 50% trashy chick-lit. Saying that though, it was well written and the plot was quite unlike anything I’ve read before. The book has three main characters, Emily, Sandie and Grazia, although we are introduced to Emily first so it seems like the story revolves around her. She’s been dumped by her husband and left jobless and holding the baby. She’s...

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