If I could turn back Time – Nicola Doherty

If I Could Turn Back Time
Nicola Doherty

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What if you had a Second chance with your First Love?

The bit on the back
What if you found The One, then lost him again?

Or not so much lost him as became the neurotic, needy girlfriend from hell. The girl who tried to make him choose between her and his job, and got seriously paranoid about his relationship with his best female friend…

Zoe knows she doesn’t deserve another chance with David. But if there’s the tiniest possibility of making things right, she’ll snatch it. Even if it means breaking the laws of physics to do so…

My Review:
Thank you for Bookbridgr and Headline for allowing me to review this book.

What would you do if you woke up one day and you realised you have stepped back in time. Would you rectify all the mistakes you made to keep a man?

I loved the concept of this book – I could definitely see it being made into a film.
It is a true Chic lit! I loved it. I took this book on holiday to read from my sunlounger and I am so glad I did. It is a perfect holiday read.
I loved the main character, Zoe. She was well written with depth and feeling. Her previous heartbreak changed her life and now she has the opportunity to change things it was lovely to follow the ups and downs that followed.
And oh that Jenny, I did hate her. She is the David’s ( the man Zoe is trying to keep) best friend. More like stalker to be honest. The way Jenny tried to put Zoe down in every which way she could truly made me angry, and made me want Zoe to get one up on her. However going back in time is not all plain sailing. Consequences at the pub quiz nearly rumbled Zoe as well as applying for the “dream” job.

I’ll be honest I had not heard of Nicola before. I’m so glad I have been introduced to another Chic lit author that is up with the best!. I’ll be looking out for Nicola’s next book.

The Wrong Knickers – Bryony Gordon

The Wrong Knickers
A decade of chaos
Bryony Gordon

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First of all the title of this book…. Love it!

On the back…
He dashes around his room letting out huffs, as if taking me back to his flat and shagging me has actually turned out to be a bit of an inconvenience.
And then he flings a pair of pink, silk knickers at me, which land on my lap, Agent Provocateur label side up, and he remarks at me, very casually, that those are pretty knickers. And it occurs to be that this is the only compliment he has paid me since he woke up, and what’s worse, it isn’t even valid; it doesn’t even belong to me. Because they are pretty, undoubtably so, these silky size 8 knickers of sex. But while they are all of these things, they are definitely not mine.

My review:

Where do I start!!!
This books is Bryony’s story of her 20’s.
When she was young she dreamt of the amazing life she is going to have in her 20’s. The dream job with a dream salary, the perfect boyfriend and a gorgeous flat to call her own. Reality is different. Very different.
This single girl in London has many stories to tell; from heartbreak, debt and STI clinics, Bryony tells all.

I wish I could write a book like this! Bryony doesn’t hold back. She tells her reality with such wit and intelligence it’s a compulsive read. I honestly couldn’t put this book down.
There are some hilarious moments in this book, but whilst I was laughing out out (by a pool in Spain) I was wincing as I felt I was there going through what she went through.
The pain of falling in love with someone who didn’t love you back, combined with drugs and alcohol, I was wondering how Bryony actually got through her 20’s!
There is one part of the book which I will not go into detail about as I don’t want to spoil the end of the book. But I just want to mention how beautifully written the final stage of the book is. From a personal point of view it made me cry. Bryony you were spot on!

For those who want an utterly brilliant, well written book that makes you laugh, think and cry, buy this book.

Thank you much to Headline for letting me review this book.

Reviews and posts coming soon

The woes of a blogger. Having a full time job!
I have reads lots of books recently but just haven’t had time to publish my reviews on my blog. It’s so annoying!
There have been so any good books I have read recently I will be posting reviews ASAP! I have much to tell you all, I don’t want to write a quick boring review that does not give the book justice!
Apologies for the delay.
Thank you
Frances

The Piano Player’s Son – Lindsay Stanberry – Flynn

The Piano Player’s Son
Lindsay Stanberry – Flynn
Cinnamon Press

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I am delighted to be part of the blog tour for this book.

I took this book on holiday with me and I am so glad I did.
This is Lyndsay’s second novel, after her debut novel – Unravelling.

This story is about a family,dealing with the consequences of bereavement. After the death of their father the mother shares a secret with her daughter Isabel, but this secret is hard to keep. The secret creates problems as the story unfolds.
The story takes place in 4 different locations which could be confusing, however the author manages the story with ease, allowing the reader to easily follow the story without taking anything away from the plot itself.
The characters of the were full of life. Complex, but simple enough for the reader to understand their thoughts and feelings. George was my favourite character, he is the quieter of the siblings. Rick was the character is disliked the most. He was written so well as he is a complex character driven by his past.
I don’t want to talk about the plot too much as I don’t want to give too much away. There are twists that I had to re read as I didn’t see them coming at all (and normally I am pretty good and predicting what would happen next in a novel).
I am going to recommend this book to my book club as I think the characters in the book would make a great discussion.
A great second novel and I would recommend as a must read!

Thank you to Silverwood Books for send me a copy to read and review.