Mini Review Collection

 
This book was really funny, it had emotion and a great story, but the humour really stood out. The main character is loveable but also annoying at times as she becomes a bit self centred during her pregnancy, as one disaster after another kept happening to her. Her ex boyfriend Ned was infuriatingly annoying. Overall it was a really cute read, and definitely one to pick up when you need a good old rom-com book in your life.
 
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mynotsoperfectlifeMy Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella
 
This book was amazing! I always love Sophie Kinsella books, and the fact that half the book was set really close to me made it all the better. I really liked Kate’s narrative, and I also loved how annoying Demeter was to work for. I loved the scene with Demeter practicing a yoga type of exercise in the mud. It completely didn’t end up how I thought it would, I thought the ending would be much more straight forward, so the surprise made it all the more great.
 
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The_Rosie_ProjectThe Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
 
I listened to it on audiobook, and the narrator did a fantastic job. The book itself was as good as I had heard. I adored Don, his outlook was certainly unique, somehow he reminded me of my partner, Simon. His habits could be infuriating at times, but I know that Rosie definitely bought the best out in him, though was far from perfect, showing she also had to learn something too.
 
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wishyouwerehereWish You Were Here by Catherine Alliot
 
Oh this book. On one hand I enjoyed it, though the middle dragged a bit for me and the main character really annoyed me for a lot of the book. It seemed that she thought everything was about her. Not liking a character doesn’t usually break a book for me, but Flora did put a downer on the whole book for me. 
 
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thegirlbeforeThe Girl Before by J P Delaney
 
I got completely absorbed into this book. I read it in pretty much one day, I couldn’t put it down. It seemed dark and disturbing. The house sounded fantastic aesthetically, but I don’t think I could live by the rules. No books for starters, could I have a kindle? Both characters surprised me, my opinions on them changed several times, and I loved it.
 
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My Sweet Revenge by Jane Fallon

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I want to make my husband fall back in love with me.
 
Let me explain. This isn’t an exercise in 1950s wifeydom. I haven’t been reading articles in old women’s magazines. ‘Twenty ways to keep your man’. That couldn’t be further from the truth.
 
I want him to fall back in love with me so that when I tell him to get the hell out of my life he’ll care. He won’t just think, ‘Oh good’.
 
I want it to hurt.
 
Paula has had Robert’s back since they got together as drama students. She gave up her dreams so he could make it. Now he’s one of the nation’s most popular actors. And Paula’s just discovered he’s having an affair.
 
She’s going to remind Robert just what he’s sacrificing. And then she’s going to break his heart like he broke hers. It will be her greatest acting role ever.
 
Revenge is sweet. Isn’t it?

Review

I have read all of Jane Fallon’s previous novels and moe of them have been about adultery. What is great about them that it’s not always the person being cheated on. Sometimes it’s the mistress, sometimes it’s a character thats not directly related to the relationship where someone is cheating but gets caught up in the inevitable mess. The unique viewpoints mean that while they cover similar topics, they are all unique and fascinating. This one is no different and may just have excelled to become my favourite book of Jane’s, a feat I didn’t think possible since ‘Getting Rid Of Matthew’ is absolutely fantastic and a tough one to beat.
 
The writing is smart and the whole book keeps at a steady pace where I was dying to know what was going to happen next. I loved watching Paula execute her plan. We can all imagine how horrible it must be to find your partner is cheating on you and equally feel some less at getting your revenge. The opening chapter was absolutely fantastic and I instantly warmed to Paula, and I could see how deeply she cared for their daughters and it was easy to see how she felt a little bit resentful toward’s Robert and his career when she didn’t have their opportunity despite their agreement. I also find it a bit sad that she never bought it up. I guess once Robert found a steady role it was a difficult situation to be in, but it seemed like options for Paula working as well was never fully explored so I wish they had done this, and this would have stopped some of the resentment, but when you’re in these situations it’s always more difficult than being an outsider looking in.
 
Robert was the perfect character to dislike, making it even easier to will Paula on during her plan to get revenge. He was incredibly vain and arrogant and while the character caused a few laughs, it was mainly laughing in disbelief at how ridiculous he was acting.
 
The rest of the cast of characters were fantastic, as Paula befriends Saskia, you get to know the mistress better, and Saskia’s husband sounds pretty handsome and kind. The side stories with Paula and Robert’s daughter, Georgia and her trouble with university, and also Alice, Robert’s sister were really interesting and a great distraction so it wasn’t all revenge revenge revenge, which might have got a bit tiring.
 
This book throws a few twists at you and I never wanted to put it down. It’s a lot of fun and definitely pulled me out of my slump! Another great book from Jane Fallon.
 
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Published by: Michael Joseph – Penguin
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Sunday Catchup – 20th June – 3rd July

Once again I have had a poor couple of weeks of reading, so I have wrapped the two weeks into one. I really hope I can find my groove again, if only to at least reach my goodreads goal, which was only to equal last years total!!

Read This Week:

 
After witnessing the fallout of her parent’s divorce, love has never been a priority for garden designer Frankie Cole. The only man in her life is her friend Matt–but that’s strictly platonic. If only she found it easier to ignore the way he makes her heart race…
 
Matt Walker has loved Frankie for years but, has always played it cool. Until he uncovers new depths to the girl he’s known forever, and doesn’t want to wait a moment longer.
 
Matt knows Frankie has secrets and has buried them deep, but can he persuade her to kiss him under the Manhattan sunset?
 
I liked this book, however it was a surprise how much I disliked Eadlyn, and while this didn’t ruin the book for me as I still enjoyed it, I was somewhat shocked as I loved her mother America in the first three books.

Always With Love by Giovanna Fletcher

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Sophie’s got used to being the girlfriend of Billy Buskin, the biggest movie star in the world. Sort of.
 
But when she and Billy take a trip to visit his family in Los Angeles, she quickly discovers she’s totally unprepared for the chaos of Hollywood, the paparazzi and Billy’s controlling mother.
 
And when Billy extends his stay in LA, leaving Sophie to fly home to Rosefont Hill alone, it seems there’s more than just miles between them. 
 
Now Sophie must decide if they can overcome their differences for good. Because not every love story lasts the distance…

Review

I have read the first two of Giovanna’s novels (and have her third novel ‘Dream a little Dream’ on my shelf) and I really enjoyed them, especially Billy and Me, so when I realised that was getting a full length sequel, I was over the moon.
 
Giovanna’s writing is so easy to read, it invites you in and you know you’re in good hands as the story flows. It starts off in LA where Sophie has flown to spend a couple of weeks over the new year period to spend time in Billy and his family in their plush pad in LA.
When introduced to the family, they are friendly, funny wand warm, everything you can dream your in-laws would be on first meeting. However as soon as a party was mentioned to ‘Welcome Billy Home’ my intuition kicked in and I found myself wondering Billy’s mum, Julie’s intentions.
 
Billy is obviously well off, and shares his wealth by buying his family a house and employing staff to their every whim. This is all well and good but the family (except 2 of Billy’s siblings) seem to be happy living the dream lifestyle while doing nothing. Great you don’t have to work adult 9-5, but they could volunteer for charity, try something to better themselves. But no, they seems to be happy being socialites in the case of the twins, or in Julie’s case being the hostess with the mostest. This is all well and good but at one point Julie decides to behave incredibly childish in my opinion, and rather than be grateful, she almost throws it back in Billy’s face unhappy he’s not acting (earning money) after all, they did support him by moving all the way to LA. Poor Lamb. That scene was completely infuriating, I had to put my kindle down and leave it for a day, I was that angry with Julie, and it’s very unusual for me to get angry at a fictional character.
 
Once I got over my frustration at Julie, I carried on and got captured into the story. I was hoping for a fair chunk of the book to be set in LA but we were soon back to Rosefont Hill in no time, where Sophie continues in her tea shop and making good headway into her relatively new business, especially employing her first employee, the lovely Rachel, who was a really bright addition to the book.
 
During the time when Sophie is back in Rosefont Hill, the book takes a slower pace, which has its moments when it’s beautiful, the letters were fantastic to read and really started to show the characters I fell in love with from ‘Billy and Me’ shine through. However at times not much seemed to happen, outside of Sophie pondering the meaning of her life and where it’s going, especially regarding her relationship with Billy. It’s understandable that she is unsure, especially given the distance between them. It’s another situation in a book that would be clarified by just talking about the future, though I realise they didn’t have much time between the time differences and careers, so I know it wasn’t easy. The more I think about it, the slow pace kind of suited the book, and the funk it kind of put Sophie in. It was still incredibly readable!
 
The time at Rosefont hill wasn’t all as doom and gloom as I appeared to have painted it, Sophie is busy, not only with her business but helping with her mum’s wedding, causing some great scenes like trying on the wedding dress and some heart to hearts regarding the house. Sophie and her mum’s relationship was almost as key to this book as Sophie and Billy’s and that was really warming to read about.
 
I enjoyed this book, it was funny and heartwarming. It drew out a mixture of feelings which was unexpected, I expected it to be quite a light read, which it is for the most part, I just never expected the infuriation or the worry I felt for Sophie at times, and where her life was going.
 
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Published by: Penguin
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