Friday 20 June 2014

Book News: Shopaholic to the Stars by Sophie Kinsella

Becky is back! The Shopaholic books were the first chick-lit books I read and I am always happy to return and enjoy the series. I think Becky is fab and I can't wait to find out what she'll get up to in LA!

Shopaholic to the Stars is out 25th September and is available to pre-order from Amazon UK now.

Becky Brandon (née Bloomwood) has stars in her eyes. She and her daughter, Minnie, have joined husband Luke in LA—city of herbal smoothies, multimillion-dollar yoga retreats, and the lure of celebrity. Luke is there to help manage the career of famous actress Sage Seymour—and Becky is convinced she is destined to be Sage’s personal stylist, and go from there to every A-list celebrity in Hollywood! But things become complicated when Becky joins the team of Sage’s archrival. How will charming and supportive Luke deal with this conflict? Is it possible that what Becky wants most will end up hurting those she loves most? Shopaholic fans old and new will devour Sophie Kinsella’s newest adventure!

Monday 26 May 2014

Book News: Power Games by Victoria Fox

The fabulous new bonkbuster from Victoria Fox is out this year and looks to be the most scandalous yet! This storyline is packed with infamous celebrities, a revenge plan, a downed plane and much much more.

Power Games is out 4th July and is available to pre-order from Amazon UK now.


The most exclusive invitation of the year has been issued; the supermodel, the thief, the senator, the heiress, the paparazzo, the pop prince and the playboy board a private jet. Destination: paradise.


Someone is watching. Someone who knows the dark secrets and the wicked reputations lurking beneath their glamorous facades. When it comes to revenge, knowledge is power. Vanity, pride, lust, greed - whatever their crime…


No one sees the plane go down, but everyone knows who was on board. Seven notorious passengers, on an island that does not welcome visitors. The challenge is to survive.

Let the power games begin.

Are you brave enough to play?

Wednesday 21 May 2014

Review: If I Could Turn Back Time

Author: Nicola Doherty
Publisher: Headline Review
Release Date: 10th April 2014
Pages: 368
Genre: Chick-Lit, Romantic Comedy
Source: Book Bridgr

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...

Zoe is devastated when her boyfriend David breaks up with her. She knows she hasn't been the model girlfriend but is convinced he is the one for her. When Zoe wakes up one morning a few months before she went to sleep, she's ecstatic! None of the mistakes she made with David have happened yet and she's able to do a re-write. How will Zoe edit her life and what will she learn about herself in the process?

I must admit I have a soft spot for romantic comedies. I love the combination of love and laughter. If I Could Turn Back Time had me laughing throughout, Zoe got herself into some right situations. This book was a breath of fresh air which I really enjoyed  reading.

Zoe is a brilliant main character. She is very easy to relate to, I think most women can think of events in their life that they would love to re-write! It is really interesting to see the effect Zoe has on other people as she changes events in her past. You get the feeling very quickly that not everything will go to plan. Zoe does make mistakes, but I was rooting for her to figure things out.

I really love Zoe's best friend Rachel and flatmate Max. Rachel is ambitious but also a brilliant friend to Zoe and Max may not be the perfect room-mate but is a good friend of Zoe's all the same. Even the enemy Jenny is fun to read about. She plays the first class bitch to perfection!

It was brilliant to read about Zoe's job in fashion. I loved hearing about all the latest trends, as well as the ins and outs of working in a department store. It appears that a lot of work goes into predicting next season's trends and it looks like Zoe has a knack for nailing the up-and-coming fashions much to the amazement of her colleagues.

If I Could Turn Back Time was an absolutely fabulous read, one which will stick with me for a long time. Nicola Doherty has ultimately shown that everything happens for a reason and changing our past may not actually make us happy.

5/5 Stars

My Song Choice: 5 Years Time by Noah and the Whale

Friday 16 May 2014

Review: Unleashing Mr Darcy

Author: Teri Wilson
Publisher: Harlequin Mira
Release Date: 4th April 2014
Pages: 361
Genre: Chick-Lit

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single woman teetering on the verge of thirty must be in want of a husband.

Not true for Manhattanite Elizabeth Scott. Instead of planning a walk down the aisle, she's crossing the pond with the only companion she needs; her darling dog, Bliss. Caring for a pack of show dogs in England seems the perfect distraction from the scandal that ruined her teaching career, and her reputation, in New York. What she doesn't count on is an unstoppable attraction to billionaire dog breeder Donovan Darcy. The London tycoon's a little bit arrogant, a whole lot sexy, and the chemistry between them is disarming. When passion is finally unleashed, might Elizabeth hope to take home more than a blue ribbon?

Elizabeth Scott jumps at the opportunity to seek refuge in England with her dog Bliss when her teaching career in New York is engulfed in disgrace. England is the retreat she is looking for whilst the scandal in New York dies down. Looking after a group of show dogs and competing in England's finest dog shows is an added bonus. What Elizabeth doesn't expect is to be blown away by the smug and gorgeous dog show judge Donovan Darcy. How will Elizabeth react to the undeniable chemistry between her and Mr Darcy?

This fun twist on Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice was a new take on the classic novel. Teri Wilson put a chick-lit spin on the original which made this an easy but pleasant read. I loved seeing London from an American's perspective, it definitely put a new and interesting spin on things. I must admit there were a few clichés in there that weren't necessarily true, but I would definitely recommend overlooking these as the story beneath is worth it. 

Donovan Darcy was a brilliant leading man. I would say he represented all those men out there that frustrate you more than anything but in the end you know they're worth it! The insight into Darcy's world was definitely an experience, even though I live in England myself I forget that the high class that Darcy belongs to still exists.

One of my favourite things about the book was the change in narrator - the book was written in both Elizabeth and Darcy's point of view. You can see them develop feelings for each other as the book progressed, even if they couldn't!

I really enjoyed this retelling of Pride and Prejudice by Teri Wilson and will be recommending it to any lovers of updated classics.

4/5 Stars

My Song Choice: Chasing Pavements by Adele 

Wednesday 30 April 2014

Book News: Written in the Stars by Ali Harris

Not long to wait till Ali Harris' newest book Written in the Stars is released! The synopsis of this book has piqued my interest already. This book is chick-lit with a definite twist.

Written in the Stars is due out on 5th June and is available to pre-order from Amazon UK now.

Bea Bishop is horrible at making decisions. Forget big life ones, even everyday choices seem to paralyse her. She's learned to live with this because experience has taught her that it doesn't matter what you do, no one has the power to control destiny. Anyone who believes they can is a fool. 

But as her wedding day approaches, her years of indecision are weighing heavily on her, and she can't help but wonder, 'What if, what if, what if….' 

What if she hadn't upped sticks and moved to London? What if she hadn't grabbed the first job that came along and settled down with the first guy who showed an interest? But all of her questions are silenced when she slips while walking down the aisle and is knocked unconscious. In this split second her life splits into two: in one existence, Bea flees back down the aisle and out of the church. In the other she glides blissfully towards her intended.

But which story will lead to her happily ever after?

Tuesday 29 April 2014

Review: Take A Look At Me Now

Author: Miranda Dickinson
Publisher: Avon
Release Date: 24th October 2013
Pages: 401
Genre: Chick-Lit

How far would you go to make a new start?

When Nell’s on-off boyfriend Aidan calls her into his office, losing her job is the last thing she expects.

Heartbroken and unemployed to boot, she makes a radical decision to blow her redundancy cheque and escape to the untested waters of San Francisco.

But is the glamour of the city too good to be true? And can Nell leave her past behind?

This is my first Miranda Dickinson novel and it certainly will not be my last - what a fabulous read! I am ashamed that I haven't read her books before.

When Nell walks into her office she has no idea it will be for the last time. Nell is left shocked when her on-off boyfriend Aidan tells her she's being made redundant and sends her on her way. Nell takes her broken heart and redundancy pay straight to a travel agency and books herself an 8 week trip to San Francisco. Will living in a brand new city with her cousin Lizzie heal her scars and allow her to plan her future or will her past continue to haunt her?

To be honest I really just want to gush about how amazing this book is! Miranda drew me in from the very beginning and I could not put this book down. Miranda describes San Francisco with such realistic detail - I could see Nell's view of the Golden Gate Bridge, I was there as Nell and Lizzie wandered round the Haight-Ashbury neighbourhood. In fact, I am so enthralled by this book San Francisco has moved to the top of my bucket list!

Nell is such an amazing character. She is strong-willed and brave to visit San Francisco - a place she has never visited before. She meets some fabulous people on her journey, including the tough cookie Annie and the drop-dead gorgeous Max. I was left drooling when reading about the mouth-watering food Annie serves up in her diner. I loved learning about the mysterious Max who appeared to have many secrets - this added extra suspense to the book.

The kids at the school where Nell volunteers were complete sweethearts. Seeing San Francisco through a child's eyes is brilliant. I have a major soft spot for Eva, a little girl with a love of Mary Poppins and a humongous heart.

Miranda has written a heart-warming, romantic, emotionally driven book that will stay with me for a very long time. It is a book that has encouraged me to follow my dreams, to get out there and do something new and to most of all appreciate the help of people around me.

5/5 Stars

My Song Choice: Always Where I Need To Be by The Kooks

Sunday 27 April 2014

Showcase Sunday #21

Showcase Sunday is a weekly meme hosted by Vicky from Books, Biscuits, and Tea. Its' aim is to showcase our newest books or book related swag and to see what everyone else received for review, borrowed from libraries, bought in bookshops and downloaded onto eReaders each week. To join Showcase Sunday or find out more click here.

Hi everyone! I've got some absolutely amazing books to report this week. I have already started reading Unleashing Mr Darcy by Teri Wilson which is a brilliant take on Pride and Prejudice. I am looking forward to getting stuck into the rest of these books.

Call the Midwife by Jennifer Worth (bought)
Shadows of the Workhouse by Jennifer Worth (bought)
Farewell to the East End by Jennifer Worth (bought)
Unlucky 13 by James Patterson (bought)
Fifteen Weekends by Christy Pastore (for review)
How to Get a Love Life by Rosie Blake (bought)

Physical Books
If I Could Turn Back Time by Nicola Doherty (for review)
Unleashing Mr Darcy by Teri Wilson (for review)

What have you received this week?
Beckie xxx

Saturday 26 April 2014

Review: A Cinderella Christmas

Author: Holly Kingston
Publisher: Novelicious
Release Date: 15th November 2013
Pages: 100
Genre: Chick-Lit
Source: From the publisher - thank you!

Lucy Tilley dreams of a career in show business. But this isn't quite what she had in mind...

This year's Cinderella pantomime is the hottest production in town. What's more, Lucy is starring alongside Ryan Aspall: famous TV actor, sex symbol and potential love of her entire life. One teeny problem - Lucy is tripping the light fantastic as... the back end of the comedy cow. Surely nothing kills a flirty moment quite like wearing a massive set of udders?

At least she has the support of glamorous (if potentially flammable) Charmaine; a reality star diva of a Cinderella, who Lucy is completely fascinated by. But behind the fame and beauty, Charmaine is not all she seems.

With more drama off the stage than on it, and everyone wanting to be star of the show, will Lucy find the confidence to make it out of the cow suit and into the spotlight this Christmas?

Personally I love a good pantomime, the drama and laughter is so infectious! Pantomimes really brighten up the Christmas period so when the opportunity to read this novella came along I knew I would enjoy it - and I wasn't disappointed.

Lucy Tilley has always dreamt of treading the boards as the leading lady in a show... being the back end of a cow was not what she had in mind. When the opportunity to star in the Cinderella pantomime comes along, Lucy is ecstatic to be working with reality star Charmaine and heart throb Ryan Aspall. What Lucy soon realises is wearing a cow costume is not the best way to entice a gorgeous superstar. Will Lucy succeed at mixing with the celebrities and capturing the heart of Ryan or is she destined to babysit Charmaine's dog Lenin for the duration of the Christmas period?

There were so many laughs to be had whilst reading this novella, the comedic timing was brilliant! I got to spend some time with the lovely sweet Lucy, who wants to kick her stage fright into touch and become a big star whilst learning to fit in with the likes of Charmaine and Ryan. Lucy was down-to-earth and really loveable, she was working really hard to try and follow her dreams.

Charmaine was the diva of all divas! She has a very peculiar outlook on life and doesn't seem to have any real friends which made me feel sorry for her at first, but then I found out how devious she really was. She was your classic pantomime villain - not a fairytale princess!

Holly Kingston has wrote a really sweet novella that had me completely absorbed from start to end. I must admit I have a soft spot for Charmaine's dog Lenin who stole the show for me! I will be looking out for more books from Holly Kingston in the future.

 4/5 Stars

My Song Choice: Cinderella Shoe by Alesha Dixon

Friday 25 April 2014

Review: Christmas at Carrington's

Author: Alexandra Brown
Publisher: Harper
Release Date: 5th December 2013
Pages: 365
Genre: Chick-Lit

Carrington’s Department store is thrown into a spin when the staff learn that a hot new reality TV show is to be filmed in-store, featuring the formidable retail guru, Kelly Cooper. Georgie Hart, in charge of Luxury Handbags, is reluctant, but quickly realises that the show could give Carrington’s a new lease of life. With Christmas around the corner, she’s also hoping that the season will deliver her the perfect Christmas present, in the form of Tom, the store’s dishy boss.

When the film crew arrive, things start to go wrong. One of Tom’s old flames, Zara, is working on the show and then, to top things off, Tom and Zara are sent off to Paris and New York for a spot of extra filming. When Georgie settles down in front of the box to watch the first show, worse it to come – Georgie is shown in a far from flattering light and she is horrified to learn what Tom has been up to.

Georgie fears this is turning out to be the worst Christmas ever, but Santa might have a got a little surprise in store for her stocking this year – but she’ll just have to wait until Christmas to find out!

Georgie loves her job at Carrington's department store and being in charge of the Luxury Handbags section. It's Christmas time and her and Carrington's boss Tom are continuing to hit it off, what could possibly go wrong? What she's not banking on is TV show ‘Kelly Cooper Comes Instore’ taking over Carrington's and giving it a makeover that Georgie is not comfortable with. To top it all off Tom is romantically linked with Zara, the daughter of Kelly Cooper. Will Georgie get the perfect Christmas she's dreamed of or will Santa have something else in store for her this year?

I am delighted to be back with Georgie Hart in the lovely town of Mulberry-on-Sea. Carrington's department store always sounds so amazing, I'd love to take a trip there myself. Georgie is back with her best friend Sam and the hilarious Eddie, both who fill this book with charm and lots of laughter. 

I love how Alexandra Brown has thrown a whole host of new characters into the mix. Kelly and Zara really ruffle some feathers in Carrington's and it's fab to see how everyone reacts. Christmas is such a magical time, especially in a department store, I think Alexandra captured the magic beautifully.

There is a big sense of community in Carrington's, the employees tend to stick together and support each other no matter what. It is interesting to see how attitudes change as the employees learn to except the TV show as part of their daily lives albeit dramas still ensue!

Alexandra has written an absolutely fabulous sequel to Cupcakes at Carrington's. I believe that Christmas at Carrington's is a book that can be enjoyed at any time of year. I am also excited for Ice Cream at Carrington's which is due out on 5th June. If you can't wait till then you can catch up with Georgie on twitter right now: @GeorgieHart.

5/5 Stars

My Song Choice: My Favourite Things by Julie Andrews

Thursday 3 April 2014

Blog Tour: How My Life Became Chaos by Victoria J. Brown + Giveaway!

Author: Victoria J. Brown
Publisher: Faris Publishing
Release Date: 16th January 2014
Pages: 318
Genre: Chick-Lit

Kat is pregnant after only being with Max for 6 months. Running her own beauty salon, dealing with her depressed alcoholic father, fighting battles with Max’s mother and facing ex-girlfriends, Kat isn’t sure if having a baby is the right thing to do. Her life feels like one big mess, whatever decision she makes will change her life either way.

When I saw this book advertised, I knew I had to read it. This is a book about raw, unedited life, the kind of life that all of us have to live.

Kat has a lot on her plate in her day to day life without any unexpected surprises. Not only does she run her own beauty salon, which she has built from the ground up with a lot of care and attention, she has an alcoholic father, a sister who still acts like a small child and a new boyfriend complete with his interfering mother. And then she finds out she's pregnant...

I could not put this book down as I was genuinely interested in what Kat was going through. She is a very strong character, always trying to help others before she helps herself. I really empathised with how she was feeling, it didn't matter what was happening she always tried to stay positive. I also enjoyed reading about the other characters in Kat's life - her Dad, her Dad's partner Marianne, her sister Libby, her boyfriend Max and his mother Clare. They all had different influences over Kat's life which had me thinking about what is a 'normal' family dynamic these days. I am definitely led to think that as long as you're happy it doesn't matter!

I loved that this book was set in North Yorkshire! Living there myself lets me appreciate the scenery so much more. Victoria allowed me to see the flowing river, the country roads and the market towns with such clarity. It was beautiful and really added to the story.

I believe the overall message in this book is a message of hope and positive thinking. A lot of events, good and bad, happen to people in their lifetime but there is always a glimmer of hope, that silver lining. I thoroughly enjoyed reading about Kat and her trials and tribulations, so much so that I'm already onto book number three in the Chaos series! 

5/5 Stars

My Song Choice: Crazy by Gnarls Barkley

Victoria has kindly agreed to give 50% of the profits to Hope for Holly, a charity set up to help Holly and others fight Leukaemia. Also, if readers buy a copy of the book and send proof of purchase to the author, they will be sent an ecopy of Daily Inspirational Messages 2014.

About the Author
Victoria J.Brown is a chick-lit author. While studying for her MA in Creative Writing she won a short story competition judged by Adele Parks. Although, Victoria holds a MA, she sees herself as a storyteller not a literary writer.

She is passionate about people following their dreams. She has written Annual Inspirational Books which provide daily motivational messages. Also being a qualified wedding planner and Managing Director of Calm Weddings, she has written 3 weddings books.

The fantastic giveaway on this tour is 1, 2 and 3 of the Chaos series in one signed paperback copy!

Monday 31 March 2014

Book News: What a Girl Wants by Lindsey Kelk

I'm always a big fan of summer but this year I'm even more excited (if that's possible!) as Lindsey Kelk and her newest character Tess are making an appearance in July.

I love the cover of this book. I've spent ages studying it trying to decide which man Tess has chosen and where she's going to go!

What a Girl Wants is the sequel to About a Girl and is due out on 17th July. You can pre-order What a Girl Wants from Amazon UK now.

Tess Brookes was the girl with a plan. Now she's the girl with a choice. Should she stay in London and start her own advertising agency with her best friend and potential boyfriend Charlie? Or should she head to exciting Milan to pursue both a new career as a photographer and a new man, the enigmatic and elusive (and highly irritating) Nick? For the first time, Tess has to choose between the life she always dreamed of and a future she never imagined possible. With her heart and her head pulling her in different directions, Tess has to make a life-changing decision about What a Girl Wants.

Friday 28 March 2014

Review: Truly, Madly, Deeply

Author: Various
Publisher: Mills & Boon
Release Date: 21st February 2014
Pages: 384
Genre: Romance
Source: Thanks to Cara from Harlequin for sending me this book!

From wedding days to special anniversaries, steamy one-night encounters to everlasting loves. Truly, Madly, Deeply takes you on an unforgettable romantic adventure where love is really all you need.

This collection brings together all new specifically selected stories from star authors from the Romantic Novelists' Association including international bestsellers Katie Fforde, Carole Matthews, Adele Parks and Miranda Dickinson, and many, many more and is edited by Sue Moorcroft.

First of all I must take a minute to say what a talented bunch of authors have created this book! No two stories were the same but every single one had me equally enthralled. This anthology was an absolutely pleasure to read.

I'm not usually a big reader of short stories. I often feel like the story has reached a premature end where either the character or the storyline could have been developed. This was certainly not the case with this collection. I didn't feel like I was missing out on anything, each of the stories was perfectly balanced and I felt a warm glow inside when I finished each one. What was most wonderful about this book was that I could pick it up and read a story whenever I felt like it.

Romance was presented in so many ways in this anthology. There were weddings, anniversaries, make ups, break ups, old love, new love and so much more. I think it is apparent from the numerous settings in this book that love can strike at any time, any age or any location. Love can be grand, love can be secret, love can be anything you want it to be but if you look hard enough you will find it somewhere.

My favourite story was A Night To Remember by Nikki Moore. I think what drew me to this story was its resonance with real life. I'm not going to spoil the story but I could feel the emotions spilling out of the page - it was beautiful. 

I highly recommend this short story collection. I believe there is emotional power in every single one of the stories included in this collection and I cannot wait to hear more from the authors that contributed.

5/5 Stars

My Song Choice: Love On Top by Beyonce

Thursday 6 March 2014

Review: Me and Mr Carrington

Author: Alexandra Brown
Publisher: Harper
Release Date: 10th October 2013
Pages: 40
Genre: Chick-Lit

Georgie Hart can’t believe her luck. It looks like Tom, the hunky boss of Carrington’s Department Store, in the picture-postcard town of Mulberry-on-Sea, is as hot for her as she is for him. After a romantic Italian get-together leaves her on Cloud Nine, Georgie is brought back down to earth with a bump when she has to get back behind the counter of the Luxury Handbags section.

But when Georgie is left open-mouthed by a revelation from one of her well-heeled customers, it seems like Tom hasn’t been entirely honest with her. Has Georgie done her usual trick of adding two and two together to make five?

Georgie Hart is a very happy girl. Having bagged herself the hottest man in Mulberry-on-Sea, Mr Tom Carrington, she feels like the luckiest girl in the world. But leaving Tom behind in Italy on business after their romantic rendezvous might be harder than Georgie realises. When her customers come in gossiping about Tom and his Italian adventures, Georgie becomes more than a bit worried. Has Georgie overstepped the mark and presumed too much about her and Tom's relationship? Will all be well when Tom returns home?

Me and Mr Carrington was a welcome treat from Alexandra Brown. It was the perfect way to break up the time between Cupcakes at Carrington's and Christmas at Carrington's. This short story was a fun and easy read with some fantastic returning characters. Georgie is a relatable main character and for that reason this story has extra charm that you don't find in all books. Even though Me and Mr Carrington was a short story I didn't feel like anything was missing. It was a perfectly contained story all by itself.

This book is great for a catch up with Georgie and the gang. Eddie is funny and quick with his remarks and Sam is there to support Georgie whatever happens. I also really loved one of Carrington's customers, the Countess. She was hilarious without even meaning to be! I will definitely be recommending this book to all fans of the Carrington's series.

5/5 Stars

My Song Choice: Summer Boy by Lady GaGa

Wednesday 5 March 2014

Book News: Thirteen Weddings by Paige Toon

The wait is finally over! Yesterday, Paige Toon revealed the cover of her newest book, Thirteen Weddings, on Twitter and I must admit I think it's absolutely gorgeous. The pastel colours are perfect for a spring book release.

Thirteen Weddings follows the story of Bronte, native of Australia, who now finds herself working in London. Bronte works part time as a wedding photographer and when an old flame asks her to do the photography for his wedding she awkwardly agrees. What Bronte really wants to know is if she's destined to spend the rest of her life attending the weddings of others and never her own.

Thirteen Weddings is out 22nd May and is available to pre-order from Amazon UK now.

Last year, Bronte left Sydney for a wedding in England, where she met newly single Alex. After a night of passion they parted ways, and Bronte returned to Australia.

Now working on a picture desk for a magazine in London, Bronte is about to meet her new colleague, who turns out to be all too familiar. Although awkward at first, as Alex is now engaged to the girl he was on a break from when they met, they soon become friends.

In her free time, Bronte is a wedding photographer, so Alex enlists her to do his wedding. Unable to refuse, Bronte is stuck with the job. But as the two get closer, and the wedding day looms, it is clear that Alex and Bronte have unfinished business…

Will Alex leave his bride at the altar, or will Bronte be forced to photograph the wedding of the man she herself should be marrying?

Saturday 1 March 2014

Review: I Heart Christmas

Author: Lindsey Kelk
Publisher: Harper
Release Date: 21st November 2013
Pages: 384
Genre: Chick-Lit
Source: NetGalley

Angela’s planning her very own fairytale of New York…

• Enormous Christmas tree
• Eggnog
• Eccentric British traditions
• Gorgeous man

But Santa’s throwing her a few curveballs – new job (as if it’s not mental enough already), new baby-craze from her best friend Jenny, and Alex determined they should grow up and settle down. Once friends start turning up uninvited on her doorstep (and leading her astray), can Angela really have a merry little Christmas? So much for happy holidays – something’s got to give…

There are two reasons why I was crazily excited for this book. One: Christmas in New York, what could be any better?! Two: Angela is back! I've really missed Angela's madness and I was desperate to know what she was like in the Christmas period.

Angela has planned the perfect Christmas holidays in New York. She's booked time off from her new job, planned some lovely Christmas themed activities for her and husband Alex and she's looking forward to some relaxation time. What Angela didn't factor into her plan were her family and friends. Angela's best friend Jenny has a rather special gift in mind this year - a baby and Angela's family have Christmas plans of there own. With all this to bare in mind Angela isn't sure how her Christmas will work out after all.

This book really was a laugh a minute. One of my favourite lines in the entire book had to be:
"‘And I want a unicorn to fly me to work every day but that’s not going to happen, is it?’
‘Unicorns don’t fly!’ Jenny shouted.
'That’s not the point!’ I shouted back."
I was in stitches! The relationship between Angela and Jenny was as brilliant as ever. Watching them deal with life's dramas added to the hilarity, they have such a unique way of dealing with their problems.

It was definitely interesting to catch up with the gorgeous man in Angela's life: Mr Alex Reid. Alex is ready to settle down and have grown up conversations about future plans which as you can imagine freaks Angela out and provides a whole other host of problems for her. I love that Alex is maturing and thinking about the future, he's a man with the full package: good looking and the perfect man for a long term relationship!

I loved reading about Christmas in New York. The huge Christmas trees, ice skating in Central Park - it all sounded so magical and I could completely appreciate why Angela felt that Christmas was a special time of year. Lindsey Kelk has such a fantastic writing style that kept my immersed in the story and eager to read on to find out what other messes Angela and co. had got themselves into!

Another absolute kicker from Lindsey Kelk, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I'll be eagerly anticipating Angela's next appearance!

5/5 Stars

My Song Choice: Anything Could Happen by Ellie Goulding

Friday 28 February 2014

Book News: You're the One That I Want by Giovanna Fletcher

In only a few months time Giovanna is back with her second novel You're the One That I Want. I absolutely loved her first novel Billy and Me - Giovanna created a beautiful story and I have no doubt that this new release will be just as brilliant.

You're the One That I Want is out 22nd May and is available to pre-order from Amazon UK now.

Maddy, Ben and Rob have been inseparable since they met in the school playground at nine years old. They've always been a threesome and it seems nothing could get in the way of their friendship.

But what Maddy doesn't know is that Ben has always been in love with her. And what Ben doesn't know is that Rob and Maddy have begun to fall in love with each other . . .

As their friendship irrevocably changes Ben keeps his broken heart a secret for the sake of his two friends. But when Rob and Maddy's love turns sour, can Ben continue to say nothing? And will Maddy have to choose between the two best men she knows?

Sunday 9 February 2014

Showcase Sunday #20

Showcase Sunday is a weekly meme hosted by Vicky from Books, Biscuits, and Tea. Its' aim is to showcase our newest books or book related swag and to see what everyone else received for review, borrowed from libraries, bought in bookshops and downloaded onto eReaders each week. To join Showcase Sunday or find out more click here.

Hi everyone! I hope you've all had great weeks. I've been busy stocking up on eBooks this week. Not that I need them - I already have over 500 books on my Kindle! 

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion (bought)
Yours Truly by Kirsty Greenwood (bought)
Eternally Yours by Various (bought)
Cupboard Love: A Food Romance by Laura Lockington (bought)

I've heard The Rosie Project mentioned quite a lot in the last few weeks and as it was at a reduced price on Amazon I knew I had to buy it. I've also been stocking up on a few romance books to keep me occupied in the run up to Valentines day!

What have you received this week?
Beckie xxx

Thursday 6 February 2014

Beckie's Book Mix Music Playlist 2013

As you may have noticed, I match the books I review with a song. There are a few reasons why I choose to match a particular song to a book. Often it is because I have a song in my head whilst I am reading the book. I find that from that point onwards, the book and the song go hand in hand and whenever I hear that song played it reminds me of my time spent reading the book. Another reason I choose to pair up a book and song is that the song reminds me of a character or storyline. The song often describes one of the characters really well or relates to the story in some way. I love that a book and song can fit together so seamlessly - often accidentally.

I have created a Spotify playlist to showcase the songs I have picked throughout 2013. By creating a playlist, I have made it easier for you to listen to the songs all in one place. I hope it helps you to match your own books and songs. Please let me know if you come across any brilliant matches!

Wednesday 5 February 2014

Review: There's More to Life Than Cupcakes

Author: Poppy Dolan
Publisher: Novelicious
Release Date: 10th October 2013
Pages: 295
Genre: Chick-Lit
Source: Received a copy from the publisher - thank you!

Ellie Redford has a husband, a job and a home. According to the rest of the world, it’s baby o’clock already. Shame life doesn’t come with a recipe…

Ellie knows that starting a family with lovely husband Pete would be an amazing adventure. Pete would make a brilliant dad and she’d have an excuse to eat shed loads of Cherry Bakewell. But Ellie’s bestie would rather she was up at 3am with a bottle of Malibu, not formula. And with redundancies looming, Ellie’s boss isn’t exactly going to throw her a shower if she disappears for a year, with pay.

While Ellie juggles her feelings (and everyone else’s) as competently as a drunken clown, she finds herself signing up for a baking class, alongside the young, free and sizzling hot Joe. As they work buns and shape tarts, is there more to their friendship than a shared appreciation of Paul Hollywood?

Ellie’s soufflés may be rising, but her personal life is one big soggy mess. If she doesn't make a decision soon, she may just lose everything that matters to her. Maybe it's time to take off the pinny and face up to the truth: there’s more to life than cupcakes...

Ellie Redford is perfectly happy with her life. She has a husband who adores her, a lovely home to live in and a job that she is happy with. Whilst she is content with her life, it appears everyone else is waiting for the baby news. But is she ready for the next step? When Ellie's friend Lydia asks her to attend a baking class to stake out a hot guy, Ellie decides to play along. There's nothing better than baking some culinary delights to take your mind off life's stresses. But with crazy in-laws, a best friend who is not feeling the baby fever and added pressure from her own parents, will Ellie be able to figure out the baby mess before someone else makes the decision for her?

First of all I must say I really enjoyed this book. The main character Ellie was a delight to read about and how could I not empathise with a girl who loves The Great British Bake Off as much as I do. It was a refreshing change to read about a woman who is happily married to a great guy, Pete was so supportive of Ellie which I loved. Ellie was down-to-earth, thoughtful and so funny - I laughed like a loon whilst reading this book. I loved Ellie's baking family, Hannah and Joe. The baking goodies that these three cooked up had me practically drooling. My advice for this book is to have some sweet treat to hand - you're going to need it!

What I enjoyed most about this book was Ellie was just an average girl trying to figure out the best course of action for her life. Quite frequently in fiction the reader is faced with a main character who they have nothing in common with but Ellie was completely relatable. I highly recommend this book to anyone who needs a sweet escape for a few hours. There may be more to life than cupcakes but I think cupcakes definitely make life that little bit better!

4/5 Stars

My Song Choice:
Army of Two by Olly Murs.

Sunday 2 February 2014

Showcase Sunday #19

Showcase Sunday is a weekly meme hosted by Vicky from Books, Biscuits, and Tea. Its' aim is to showcase our newest books or book related swag and to see what everyone else received for review, borrowed from libraries, bought in bookshops and downloaded onto eReaders each week. To join Showcase Sunday or find out more click here.

Hi everybody! So my resolve has finally crumbled, I have been refraining from buying books for a while to try and catch up on my tbr pile, but now I've made a sizeable indent, its time for some more book buying! I must admit I've quite enjoyed discovering new books this week!

Beyond Grace's Rainbow by Carmel Harrington (bought)
I Heart Christmas by Lindsey Kelk (for review)

Physical Books
This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith (won)
Truly, Madly, Deeply by Various (for review)
Amelia Grey's Fireside Dream by Abby Clements (bought)

What have you received this week?
Beckie xxx
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