An Englishwoman In New York – Anne Marie Casey

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An Englishwoman In New York

Anne – Marie Casey

Anne – Marie’s debut book An Englishwoman in New York is a fast paced tale combining 4 women and how their lives intertwine.

The story begins with Lucy, who was forced to move to New York from London. No friends and homesick, a tragedy forces Lucy to re-evaluate her life. Whilst Lucy is the main character to the book, the author cleverly introduces 3 other characters, all very different to the mix. This is done effortlessly. Making it easy for the reader to understand the 4 distinctive characters, yet continues the storyline nicely. Christy, starts to question her life ( and marriage to a very wealthy man!). Julia, a “work -a-holic” meets her next door neighbour’s dog and her life changes. Then there is Robyn who thinks life is passing her by and wants what everyone else has and goes about it in the wrong way!

The book is enjoyable and easy to read. Definitely for those who are “Chic Lit” lovers. Someone looking for a complicated plot may want to stay away. The story doesn’t need much imagination thanks to popular American TV shows, plus there might be a bit of jealously thanks to the Nannies and houses in the Hamptons. But don’t let this take you away from the book as it was well written for a debut novel.

For me, the books was good, and I would recommend it to lover “Chic Lit” readers.

Thank you to #weekendreads for sending me this book to review

 

 

 

 

The Shadow Year – Hannah Richell

The Shadow Year
Hannah Richell
Orion fiction

WOW! What a book!! I will be honest I am your typical “chic lit” reader but I am so glad I read this book!

The Shadow Year begins in the 1980s. Five friends find themselves settling into an abandoned cottage. The idea of living a simple life in the middle of the countryside, living from the land, seems idyllic. But as time goes on it doesn’t go according to plan. Skipping into the future, Lila arrives at the cottage with her own burdens of life and past.
Hannah Richell cleverly combines the two stories into one. I couldn’t put it down. The well written tension combined with the emotions of both stories draw the reader right into the middle.
All I wanted to do was keep reading (which drove my poor husband mad!) I honestly couldn’t put it down as I wanted to know how the stories were connected. I constantly asked the question why as I got deeper and deeper into the book. I won’t give the ending away but the story was concluded answering all my questions.
For someone who normally reads books with a romantic twinge it was so refreshing to read a new genre of book that is so well written. It has encouraged me try new books I wouldn’t normally pick off the shelf.
I am a member of a book club and I have made this book our next months read as I loved it much.
Congratulations Hannah! What a great book! Everyone read this book!!
Big thanks to Weekend Reads and Orion for letting me review this book.

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New House, New Bookshelf

I have not had much time for reading recently as I have just bought my very first house. Moving in all our stuff has been crazy but well worth the back ache.
I have a new bookshelf!! You know what they say; new house new …… Bookshelf.
The Husband has said I am only allowed to have the one bookshelf and once it is full I am only allowed to buy more books if I get rid of the old ones. The local charity shops are going to love me!
I have lots of book reviews in the pipe line and lots of books to read. Plus I have to choose our book club’s next book for discussion and given how my last choice when down with the group, anything I choose will be ok!
Keep posted for more reviews coming soon.
Frances

Keep Calm and Carry on Dating – Jane Austin

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Keep calm and carry on dating
Jane Austin

With Internet dating becoming more and more popular, cJane Austin reveals the real life stories of those who have secured a date in this way.
Jane tells the stories of those who have sampled the world of Online dating and every story is different! I definitely enjoyed this book. Whether the story was comical or sad, Jane retells the story, warts and all.
This is a great quick read. It’s for those who do not want to read a long book and who don’t want to be tied down to one long story. I particularly enjoyed the book for this reason when I am going through a lot at work. It’s also gives great advice for those who are thinking about sampling a bit of online dating! Congratulations on a great book Jane.

Kindle vs. Book debate

I was talking with some friends recently and we entered into a the debate of kindle vs. books.
The great debate of the reader’s world!!
I was determined not to buy a kindle. I’m an old fashioned girl who loves to smell a new book. The feel of picking a new book from a shelf in a book shop was a joy for me as a child. I was the kid who read 3 books at the same time. Hiding under the duvet with a torch. Also as I have grown up my book shelf is full of memories, from Famous Five to Marian Keynes to my Law text books from university. The book shelf is like a painting on the wall in your house. It’s shows what you love to enjoy.
Then I started going to a book club and I was shown a kindle. I first said no I didn’t want one, but after a quick demonstration I was hooked. That Christmas my lovely husband bought me my kindle (and promptly said about 2 weeks later he wished he hadn’t!) and I was addicted!
But recently it was made me think. Have I contributed to the small book shops closing down in favour of downloading e books? I would love to open a book shop but with the ease of downloading a book from your tablet on the sofa with a cup of tea, it just doesn’t make economical sense these days. It is such a shame. Then there are the libraries! One of my best friends is a very talented librarian and will the day come when we don’t need libraries anymore due to e books? The government is already cutting funds to such a great service, will the future of e books take away our libraries? It’s worrying for local services and jobs.
It’s a great debate. Do we look to the future with e books, or try to hold onto tradition with a good paperback?
What do you think?

Wedding belles and book barns

My adventure this weekend was full of weddings and books!
My family took a road trip to attend my not so little cousin’s wedding this weekend. It was a fantastic wedding full of happy times. On the way home my husband and I stumble across a book lovers dream!
We found a barn full of books called Bookbarn International. Thousands and thousands of used books under one roof. I could have moved in and be happy there for the rest of my life. All the books are just £1. Every kind of books imaginable was there. The best part of the barn for me was the unsorted selves.
If you at ever in the Bristol area please go and visit. You will not want to leave.
Bookbarn International
Unit 1 Hallatrow business park
White Cross
Wells Road
Hallatrow
Bristol
BS9 6EX

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The Prodigal Son – Anna Belfrage

The Prodigal Son

Anna Belfrage

Published by Matador
The Prodigal Son is a great story even if you haven’t read the first two books in the series. I thought starting a story in the middle of a series would be difficult to follow, but I was pleasantly surprised.
The story continues to follow time traveller Alex but does not back track enough to occupy the book and distract the reader. Now based in the seventeenth century, her marriage to Matthew is complicated but not enough to make the story farfetched and unbelievable. The author deliberately introduces each character carefully without too much detail that it would not put off a reader who has enjoyed the previous books, but also allows the first time reader to understand the past. The storyline does refer to a situation which you would find in the present day which is what made me want to know more.
The characters were very well written and the story was fast paced, making it a quick easy read. The historical nature of the book will attract those who like a historical novel but will not deter those who do not want a “fact packed” novel. Congratulations to Anna on a great read!

Many thanks to Matador Publishing for allowing me to review this book.

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The Bookstore – Deborah Meyler

The Bookstore

Deborah Meyler

Gallery Books. Published August 2013.

An adorable, romantic story of a young woman’s life takes her by surprise. As a result she ends up working in a bookstore which changes her life completely. The Bookstore is a well written and witty story. With added romance and sadness offering the reader the mixed emotions of Esme, an English girl studying in New York. The strength of Esme’s character shines through making the reader understand her every thought and feeling, either with wit or tenderness. It is a softly written book making it an easy read that I would definitely recommend.

Many thanks to Gallery Books for allowing me to review this book.

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Holiday readings

Hi everyone,
I’m (finally) back from my summer holiday! I managed to read two and a half books during my week in sunny Mallorca. They were not my usual holiday reads so I am excited to share my reviews with you!
Once I have completed the reviews I shall post them on my blog for you all to see!
Bye for now
Frances
P.s my husband “who doesn’t do books” actually read a book whilst we were away! What have I done to him!!!