Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Always You by Erin Kaye

Back in 1992 Cahal and Sarah were young lovers, deeply in love and had wanted to spend the rest of their lives together.

Fast-forward to the present day and twenty years later, and things have not gone to plan. Both married different people and both are now divorced, with young children. 

When a chance meeting puts them back in touch and they both find that they still have feelings for each other can their future be together? Or will their past tear them apart?

I really enjoyed this love story of two people who really should be together but are kept apart by secrets and lies and just because they are from completely different backgrounds.  With all the odds against them and for all the lost time, I found myself really willing them to find a way to be together. This is a beautifully written book by Erin Kaye.

Monday, 16 December 2013

Christmas Yves by Nicola May

Christmas was not looking good for Evie, finding herself without a job and single on Christmas Eve, until she meets Greg who invites her to help out at a homeless shelter he managers on Christmas day.

Evie finds she enjoys her time helping out at the shelter and when she meets a homeless man called Yves and spends a couple of days with him, he learns her about life and he is a huge inspiration to her. But who exactly is this mysterious stranger who has come into her life?

I really loved this book. It is a wonderful read. You are straight into the story, with the fast, lively pace this book is written and it can easily be read in one sitting. A truly great story from beginning to end that is just perfect for this time of year.

Sunday, 15 December 2013

So You Think You’re A Celebrity … Chef by Caroline James

Hilary Hargreaves runs a successful agency and looks after celebrity chefs such as Zelda Martin who had just landed a new job presenting a brand new cooking show on prime time television and a book deal.

When Hilary goes to Ireland to look into opening a cookery school with Lenny Crispin, Lenny is really keen to be involved with Hilary and to get the project under way by finding sponsors. Hilary finds herself meeting face to face with her ex Mickey Lloyd her one and only true love. She has a chance to get back together with him, but when she meets ageing rock star Long Tom Hendry who is a little lost and battling his demons, she feels drawn to him and they have a connection.

Zelda is about to begin filming on her new show. This could be her big chance to get back in the limelight, but with an overbearing mother and a fiancé who constantly criticises her weight can she ever make her personal life go as good as her professional one?

What is it with Lenny’s eagerness? Is he looking for much more than fame?

This book is full of lots of colourful characters. I loved escaping into Hilary’s world.  There are so many wonderful characters in this book. My favourite was Zelda. This book has good humour and some great lines in it. There is also a touch of crime and surprising scenes.  I found this to be a lively and entertaining read, with never a dull moment.

Friday, 6 December 2013

Next Christmas will be Different by Pauline Barclay

This is a delightful simple Christmas short story which is perfect for this time of year. The story is all about a couple Mary and Joe as they welcome their large family home for Christmas. This is a great little read that can be read in one sitting and I really enjoyed it. It reminded me of my own family Christmas gatherings with my own extended family, which stirred some happy memories.

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

The Naughty Girls’ Book Club by Sophie Hart

Estelle is a single mum, who runs a café, when business is slow and she sees the local book shop close due to a lack of custom, she comes up with an idea to run a book club from her café that will hopefully save her business from the same fate. The book club is a success after the group decide to ditch the classics and opt for a more erotic genre.  Exploring erotic fiction spices up their book club discussions and spices up their lives.

I knew from page one that I was going to really enjoy reading this book!  I will say this it is not what you expect it to be at all, it is even better!  Here we have a group of down to earth, ordinary characters who by chance decide in the group that they are going to have raunchy reads at their book club. Not the usual type of people you would expect to do this at all. I liked all the characters in the book club, and I liked how in the book we got to know each one of the characters in the group.  A really, really good read. This book makes it into my top ten reads.