ARC Review: All She Ever Wished For by Claudia Carroll


All She Ever Wished For by Claudia Carroll
Published: 6th October 2016
Publisher: Avon
Format: EBook
Pages: 496
ISBN13: 9780008174750
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Synopsis

A gorgeous story of chance meetings and unexpected friendships . . . because sometimes what you’ve always wished for isn’t necessarily what life has in store . . .
Marriage. It’s a dream come true. Isn’t it?
One wet winter night, two women meet on a bridge. One is Tess Taylor, a personal trainer on the way to meet her boyfriend for date night. The other is Kate King, a celebrity married to a handsome billionaire who just happens to make her cry. In the cold dark evening, there is nothing to link them together but the bridge they shiver on. Little do they know they’ll both hold the key to each other’s future marriage…
All She Ever Wished For tells the story of what happens when your dream is about to come true. And what happens when that dream turns into a bit of a nightmare…

My Thoughts

Firstly, thank you to Netgalley and the publishers, Avon, for my copy in exchange for my honest review.

I’ve had to sit and think about this book, and how I feel about it.  This is the second Claudia Carroll book I’ve read this year, and while I thoroughly enjoyed the other, I’m not sure where I sit with this one.  It wasn’t what I was exactly expecting, but then it wasn’t like I knew what to expect anyway.  The description for this book gave literally nothing away about it. It doesn’t say you’re going to be sat in a courtroom with Tess and Kate, it doesn’t say that you’re going to be in Kate’s last 15 years or in Tess’s daily struggle with wedding plans – or whether he’e the one for her.

Tess is a likeable character, she starts off being your very typical stressed bride-to-be, planning all the last minute touches.  Then she’s summoned for jury service, and everything changes.  She begins to doubt whether her fiance, Bernard, is the right man.  Her family have their own opinions on her, and so does his family about her.  Tess is oblivious to everything they are saying and has to find her own way to the same conclusions.  I found myself relating to things that Tess was thinking, and how she felt about things.

Kate again is another likeable character, although she is going through a rough time, she remains strong, able to beat an addiction, and comes out the other side of it.  Although she is supposed to be this perfect billionaires wife, she comes across as independent, strong, determined and just, well, down to earth.

Other characters that are pivotal in the book are great people.  I don’t want to obviously say much but in a way, I’m glad the whole thing ended the way it did.  We got a happy ending, and a great romantic line throughout the book.  The court case wasn’t what I imagined would happen in the book, but looking back it was a great setting for the majority of the story.  It was a wonderful change from the normal settings you get in books even remotely similar to this.

As I said, I still don’t how I feel about this book.  It was good to read about it all happening in a different setting, compared to seaside villages, beaches or something like that.  It was also a great story, with a sort of dramatic courtroom twist.  But.. On the other hand, it felt a little strained in places.  I felt there was no chemistry between some characters, there was no spark between others.  I didn’t particularly like either Tess’s family, or Bernard’s, and some characters didn’t add anything at all.

Overall, I did like this book.  But I didn’t love it like I was sort of expecting. I’m admitting I’m a little disappointed but I really don’t mind.  It was a good story, and it was a wonderful ending.  Will Tess and Will be a happy every after or will they not? Who knows? Will Kate finally find her place, or will she carry on where she is?

My Rating: This is where I am struggling.  Is it a 4 star? Or 4.5? Or even just a 3? I’m not sure… I’m going to give it a 4, for now.  It may change but I highly doubt it.

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September Wrap Up!

So, September is over and done with.. That went too quick for my liking.  We had a good holiday, if not a little blustery – but what do you get for going to Wales, by the seaside, at the end of September?? We loved it though, the child (and the man-child) were very well behaved, no tantrums, not many tears, it was fab!! I got some decent reading done, with 4 books under the “Read” pile. My Goodreads reading challenge now stands at 124/150.

This month, I’m doing things differently.  Instead of saying what I’ve purchased, I’m going to concentrate on the actual read side of things. On that note, here is what I snuggled up with this month!!

1:  Passenger by Alexandra Bracken. Rated: 4/5
2: Christmas at the Little Village Bakery by Tilly Tennant. Rated: 4/5
3: Christmas Under a Cranberry Sky by Holly Martin. Rated: 5/5
4: Christmas Under a Starlit Sky by Holly Martin.  Rated: 4/5
5: All She Ever Wished For by Claudia Carroll. Rated: 4/5
6: Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard. Rated: 4/5
7: Unexpectedly Wilde by Rose Chen. Rated: 2/5
8: The Plumberry School of Comfort Food by Cathy Bramley. Rated: 5/5
9: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. Rated: 5/5
10: The Paris Secret by Karen Swan. Rated: 4/5
11: Letters from Lighthouse Cottage by Ali McNamara. Rated: 5/5

Worse Read:
Without a doubt, Unexpectedly Wilde. Oh my god, I don’t even know where to begin with it.  Firstly, let me say that I do not normally go for stories with lots of sex, or verging on the “erotica” label. But with this one… The description given on Netgalley was what made me think it wasn’t like that. I was wrong. Now, I’m not a wimp or a prude or anything when it comes to sex, I just don’t really get the whole erotica thing.  Anyway, that wasn’t the only reason why I didn’t like this book.  On one page, the ex-wife’s name was one thing, and then a few pages later it was a completely different name!!!!!! Then another example that I can think of was a friend was on their honeymoon in one place, and then towards the end of the book it was a different one!!! Surely if you’re writing a book you keep track of details, right?? Just makes sense that it all matches up throughout the book.
This book to me, had a huge amount of potential, but it just fell flat on it’s over sexual face.  It was poor.

Best Read:
Well, with the amount of 5/5 I’ve given, I cannot pick. It’s unusual for me to give 4 of them in one month!!!! Each of them had their own fantastic elements to it.
Six of Crows was fantastic to read, I loved the world – having read The Grisha Trilogy earlier this year.  I loved the characters, I loved the ending, I loved everything about it.
Christmas Under a Cranberry Sky was a brilliant start to what is hopefully and ongoing series.  The characters were fantastic, the island was such a beautiful setting (I need to visit), it’s a great read to get you in a festive mood.  The writing was wonderful, and I cannot wait to see if there will be anymore of them after Christmas Under a Starlit Sky.
The Plumberry School of Comfort Food was such a comfort read.  It set me up for my little reading marathon on holiday, it was just perfect.  I sort of wish I could visit the cooking school, maybe have a little one-on-one with Tom?? Just a wonderfully perfect, comforting book.
Letters from Lighthouse Cottage was great.  It was wonderful to read the backstory of Grace, and how she got to her perfect life.  it was done differently, and I loved every moment of it.  The characters in this book were great, we see how they grew, developed from awkward teenagers into adults, parents, spouses.  I loved the idea of Remy, it certainly made the book have a completely different feel to it.

Biggest Surprise:
This is definitely Christmas at the Little Village Bakery.  While I enjoyed the first one, I didn’t actually have high hopes for this one.  The description, in my own opinion, does not match the book at all. Something about Milly’s cousin being too flirty with Dylan, it just didn’t happen in the book. In fact, cousin Darcie was a shy girl, not what I pictured when I read the description.  Anyway, good points.  I loved the fact that the story didn’t actually centre around Milly and Dylan.  It was nice to read about Spencer and Tori, and their worries about getting married, where to live, their completely different parents.  It was nice to read about other characters, I didn’t particularly connect well with Milly in the first book.  Anyway, I think this book is slightly better than the first, but I cannot see if it can be added to with another one – if there is one, I will read it.  The only way I can see it being added to is with Darcie.  I would enjoy reading about her story, where she came from, where she goes.

Any Disappointments:
Not really, which isn’t a surprise.
I did struggle to get into Glass Sword, but I got there eventually. I’m excited for the 3rd book in the trilogy, and very intrigued with where it is going.  As I said, I struggled to actually get into it. I can’t really pinpoint why though, I loved Red Queen, I was very excited to pick this up but it just didn’t start with the Oomph I was expecting.

October Plans:
This is where I struggle. I’ve got to plan an international giveaway for a author (any tips will be gratefully received!), and read and review both her books (watch this space!!).
I’ve also got extra copies of a book to giveaway as well so look out for that as well.
Other than that, no special Blogging Plans. I’m going to be aiming for 2 reviews a week, fingers crossed I can do it! I’m hoping to get one up by the end of the week this week, and then 2 next and every week from then but we shall see.
This month is busy with homelife as well.  We have a 3rd birthday with the child, with another week away visiting Mum.  Our poor feline-baby, Percy, must think we keep abandoning him!

ARC Review: Christmas at the Little Village Bakery by Tilly Tennant

Christmas at the Little Village Bakery
Christmas at the Little Village Bakery by Tilly Tennant
Published: 16th September 2016
Publisher: Bookouture
Format: Ebook
Pages: 273
ASIN: B01HRKTA9M
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Synopsis
It’s time to get toasty by the fire with a glass of mulled wine and a slice of chocolate yule log sprinkled with a little romance. Welcome to Christmas at the Little Village Bakery.
Snow is falling in Honeybourne and Spencer is bringing home his American fiancée Tori for a traditional English Christmas with all the trimmings. But when his hippie mum and dad meet her high-maintenance parents, sparks of the wrong sort start to fly. Then Spencer bumps into his first love Jasmine and unexpected feelings come flooding back.
Millie is run off her feet with Christmas orders at the Little Village Bakery and new baby Oscar. Thank goodness her cousin Darcie is here to help her. Although she does seem to be rather flirty with Millie’s boyfriend Dylan.
Will Darcie ever find true love of her own? And is marrying Tori a terrible mistake for Spencer if his heart is with someone else?

My Thoughts

Firstly, thank you to Netgalley and Bookouture for my copy in exchange of my honest review.

I enjoyed this book more than the first, I can’t really pinpoint why though.  It’s not written differently, doesn’t have many different characters, the setting is the same.  But I felt it was a lot better.  Maybe it’s because I knew the characters, and this built up on that? Or maybe it was because it was mainly following a different character’s story?  Either way, it was a fun light-hearted christmas feeling book.

I sort of feel cheated with the synopsis slightly, it makes out that there is a problem with Millie’s cousin being all flirty… I didn’t see that so I must have missed it? Unless someone wants to point it out to me? I liked Darcie, she was reserved and there’s been plenty of room left for her to grow.  I’m secretly hoping the next book will maybe be based around her?  I can’t really see many more options for the other characters.

Spencer’s storyline was eventful, dramatic and heart-warming.  His parents were fantastic characters, and Tori’s weren’t.  I didn’t particularly like her either to be honest, she cared too much about her parents feelings than her actual relationship.  You could say the same about Spencer as well, but I liked him in the first book so couldn’t really see past that for me.;

Set in the same quaint little village of Honeybourne, it felt familiar, homely and about everything else you would associate with it.  I was glad it was set in the same place, just for the fact it made me it feel welcoming.

Written well, with the same quick, quirky, thoughtful tone as the first book.

I can’t really find the right words to explain what else I liked about this book without giving much detail away from the actual plot itself.  It was a happy ending though, so that’s extra brownie points.  A little bit of a cliffhanger as well, which means that I want to find out which way they all go with their lives, and if it’s happy endings all round.

My Rating: With the same likeable characters, the same homey setting, the wonderful writing style, I happily give this book 4/5.

August ’16 Wrap Up!!

Oh my goodness, what an awful but brilliant month.  Sadly, we lost my Grandad this month. He was 85 years old, married to my Nan for 60 of them, so he had a full happy life.  He will be missed massively within our family.

But, on a happier note!!! The Man-Child FINALLY proposed to me on my birthday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! EEEEEKK!!!! Sounds like I’m overreacting right? We’ve been together 10 years this New Years, I moved nearly 300 miles away from my family for us to have a chance, and we have a child. Not overacting, trust me!!!

So, the books.  That’s what we’re all about, isn’t it?
Reading wise, the beginning of the month started fab, I read a huge amount.  I also had to change the number for my Goodreads challenge, again. This time I upped it to 150. And then well, it went downhill.  I couldn’t find my mojo, I think I must have left it with my sanity somewhere.  God knows where that’s been hiding.  Then we went to visit my Mum and I surprisingly read 3 within 3 days. Boom, mojo has been found!! On that note, if you see my sanity then please guide it gently this way!

Before listing books – I shall be skipping my review copies this month, and whatnot, I feel like I need to state something about the amount of books I purchase.  For Ebooks, I very very rarely pay full price.  I always wait months for them to drop down to anywhere between 99p and £1.99.  Even better when I pick up a glorious freebie!! I get a lot of Freebies.  It takes time looking for them but it’s worth it.
With the physical books I pick up, again they are never full price.  I never buy books from Waterstones or other big booksellers.  I tend to do The Works (3 for £5), or occasionally Asda’s 2 for £7.  I always buy a lot of secondhand books from sellers on Ebay or other places.  I never tend to use charity shops for my books as they are always ridiculously expensive in my area. I always find my best bargains online.

As for review copies, I do read them and review them all.  I may not put a post on here but I will review it on Goodreads, Amazon and Netgalley.  If I do a blog post, I always add it to Bookbridgr.  Always.

The only reason I’m clarifying all this is because I was asked recently about the amount of books and how I can afford so many.  I always had 100s before starting this blog so it’s not like I’m never going to stop buying them!

Books Purchased:

1: The Trouble with Henry and Zoe by Andy Jones
2: Iris and Ruby by Rosie Thomas
3: The Chocolate Lovers Club by Carole Matthews
4: The Lonely Hearts Travel Club By Katy Colin’s
5: The Rose Girls by Victoria Connelly
6: Four Weddings and a Fiasco by Catherine Ferguson
7: High Tide by Veronica Henry
8: Letters from Lighthouse Cottage by Ali McNamara
9: Undertaking Love by Kat French
10: Milkshakes and Heartbreak at The Starlight Diner by Helen Cox
11: Royal by Winter Renshaw
12: The Christmas Promise by Sue Moorcroft Pre-Order
13: Lizzie’s Christmas Escape by Christie Barlow Pre-Order
14: Ellie Jordan, Ghost Trapper by JL Bryan
15: Prosecco and Paparazzi by Celia Kennedy
16: Secrets and Fries at the Starlight Diner by Helen Cox Pre-Order
17: Friends like Us by Sian O’Gorman
18: The Soul’s Mark: FOUND by Ashley Stoyanoff
19: Skin Deep by Catherine Barry
20: Rosie by Alan Titchmarsh
21: The Garden of Secrets by Jane Petken
22: All The Way to Heaven by Becky Doughty
23: Coast to Coast by Kate Dowling
24: Finding Home by Lauren Westwood
25: The One We Fell in Love With by Paige Toon
26: Second Chance Summer by Jill Shalvis
27: A Week in Paris by Rachel Hore
28: Those Faraday Girls by Monica McInerey
29: A Cornish Stranger by Liz Fenwick
30: I Let You Go by Claire Mackintosh

I’m not putting in my review copies, if you would like to know what they are, have a look on the Books Reviewed menu at the top (Look Up!). Hopefully I Can list them all! I’ve been on bit of a binge recently, that and there have been some amazing books released on Netgalley this month.  I’ve got my Christmas books lined up for review in September.  It’s early I know, but who needs Christmas just once a year???

Books Read:

1: The Little Village Bakery by Tilly Remnant
2: Late Summer at The Vineyard by Jo Thomas
3: City in Embers by Stacey Marie Brown
4: Royal by Winter Renshaw
5: The Sunshine and Biscotti Club by Jenny Oliver
6: The Piano Man Project by Kat French
7: The Oyster Catcher by Jo Thomas
8: The Substitute by Denise Grover Swank
9: Backpack and a Red Dress by Madrid Jane
10: The Genius and The Muse by Elizabeth Hunter
11: The Bookshop on Rosemary Lane by Ellen Berry
12: The Genius and The Muse by Elizabeth Hunter
13: Milkshakes and Heartbreak at the Starlight Diner by Helen Cox
14: Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder
15: Dying Fall by Elly Griffiths
16: Return to the Little French Guesthouse by Helen Pollard
17: The Rejected Writers Book Club by Suzanne Kelman
18: Recreated by Colleen Houck
19: Wildflower Bay by Rachael Lucas
20: Saving Sara by Nicola Marsh
21: Currently Reading: Voyager by Diana Gabaldon

Best Book of August:

Tough choice!! For a light hearted read, I’ll have to choose The Piano Man Project by Kat French.  She writes such brilliantly, funny, gorgeous men.  She knows her stuff!!
For everything else, I’ll choose either Posion Study by Maria V. Snyder.  It kept me gripped until the last page, didn’t lose me along the way, and it wasn’t completely outrageous or too soppy for the book of it’s style.

Worst Book of August:

I’m going to sound harsh and say I have 2 this month.  First one, The Rejected Writers Book Club just didn’t really do it for me.  Yes, it made me chuckle, it made smile, but it just dragged a hell of a lot for me.  It didn’t seem to move anywhere quickly or make me want to pick it up.  Honestly, the only reason I finished it was because I was in the car with nothing else to do.
The second one is The Bookshop on Rosemary Lane.  Please do not hate me, and hear me out.  It dragged.  I gave it a 3 because it was a a fantastic idea.  It was a brilliant idea.  But did it really have to drag me on for nearly a damn week?? I finally got into it, then it ended.  Just like that.  Bookshop up and running, year later, the end.  Also, the way it done random parts from someone else’s view.  Like at the university? What was the point?  I know this book is highly popular at the moment but I sort of regret reading it, no not regret but put off reading it while other reviews came in on it.

Book looking forward to in September:

Out of all the review copies I’ve received this month, it’s very difficult to choose one I’m looking forward to.  Obviously I’m looking forward to them all, but the one that stands out which I’ve not read yet? Hmm… Chasing Embers by James Bennett is up there, and so is Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige. They are both looking good.

Events for September:

I have a place on the Chasing Embers blog tour, starting the 26th September so I’m looking forward to reading and reviewing that.  I’m also possibly going to do a UK giveaway for 2 people to receive a copy each of a book.  I’m also looking at planning an international giveaway with another author, but watch this space for that.

 So, that’s August wrapped up, and September in full plan mode.  Fingers crossed my mojo loves me enough this month not to abandon me!!!!!!!

 

ARC Review: Backpack and a Red Dress by Maddie Jane

Backpack and a Red Dress
Backpack and a Red Dress by Maddie Jane
Published: August 15th 2016
Publisher: Escape Publishing
Format: EBook

ISBN: 9781489217370
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Synopsis:
A fresh contemporary romance about a lonely girl looking for love, family and the perfect dress.
Managing a flailing second-hand clothes shop in an English village is not part of Cally Kirkwood’s life plan. But she’s travelled across the world to meet her birth father and she won’t leave until he acknowledges her.
But life happens when you’re busy making plans, and Cally soon finds herself completely invested in converting the grungy shop into a beautiful vintage clothing store, despite the opposition of her new employer’s son, Sam Hunter.
Sam is instantly attracted to Cally but can’t figure her out. There’s something she isn’t telling him and he doesn’t know whether to trust her—yet he can’t stay away.
An unexpected discovery means Cally must decide whether her true loyalty lies with her father or Sam. She thought she’d do anything to find love; but choosing between her past and her future may leave her with no love at all.

My Thoughts:
Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for my copy in exchange for my honest review.

While I enjoyed this book, I felt it was missing something. I can’t quite put my finger on what though it is exactly though.  While the characters are good, they lacked a little depth.  While the storyline was good, it lacked a little flow and oomph.  While the chemistry was there between Cally and Sam, it was nothing spectacular.  If anything, it was a little predictable.  Although it was predictable, it was very easy to get in to and find what was good about it.

Cally was a likeable lady, she came across as strong, independent, and very determined.  Yet at the same time, she’s soft, fragile and maybe a little bit naive thinking that she would sort of slot right into her estranged fathers life.
Sam came across as the stereotypical moody, hunk.  He ended up being soft, just as fragile as Cally, and even more of a gentleman than he was at the beginning of the book.  He becomes less of a workaholic, and moves past any troubles he had.
Other characters in the book, for example Emma and Jackie, would have been great characters to expand on.  They added humor, sensible words, and witty comments.  There is one ot two characters that could have been left out.  One of them being Tabitha Eldridge.  She added nothing at all, her “threat” seemed to have been said and then completely forgotten about (however stupid it was), and she then just completely disappears from the story.  Or will there be a second book to carry on where it left off??

I’ve never read anything by Maddie Jane before, and this book is a perfect starting ground to discover her others.  It was a nice, easy read, with the predictability that I was sort of expecting from the first couple of pages.  While the story didn’t flow as well as I was hoping, it did keep me entertained and of course had me wanting the obvious happy ending.

My Rating: While predictable, and lacking certain things, I still enjoyed this book.  With easy reading, likeable characters, and the happy ending, I give this book 3/5.

Blog Tour: Don’t You Forget About Me

I’m thrilled to be kicking off the Blog Tour for this book, it’s been a great opportunity to get out there and flaunt my blog on social media, to other bloggers, other passionate readers and most importantly to read such a heart-warming, funny book.

This is Liz Tipping’s second book, and the first – Five Go Glamping – is now definitely on my To Be Read pile. Hopefully I’ll enjoy it as much as this one!!

Here’s the other blogs involved:

 

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Don’t You Forget About Me by Liz Tipping
Published: June 2016
Publisher: Carina
Format: Ebook
ASIN:  B01D4WO2MC
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Synopsis:

An athlete, a princess, a brain, a criminal, a basket case…

Cara Dunham is definitely one of them. But stuck in her small hometown, with no prospects of escape, she’s struggling to find her thing. Her life is more book club than Breakfast Club and there is no Judd Nelson in sight!

So when Cara is invited to a school reunion she knows this is her chance to channel her inner Molly Ringwald and grab her John Hughes moment, once and for all. Because her teenage love, Daniel Rose will be there, the coolest boy at school and the one that got away.

But transforming into an 80’s icon isn’t easy and Cara enlists the help of her oldest friend, Stubbs, to teach her all she needs to know about being cool and quirky – a la Ringwald.

Except Stubbs thinks she’s perfect, just as she is and takes it upon himself to show Cara that her life might not be ‘movie perfect’, but there is always another take to get things right. And maybe the hero she’s dreamed of has been under her nose the whole time…

My Thoughts:

Firstly, thank you to Netgalley and Carina for the chance to read and review this book. I really enjoyed it and found myself rooting for Cara to get the right man in the end!!

Cara was a likeable character, she was a bit stuck in the past, but she had a certain charm that I liked. Stubbs was a great character, I liked him a lot.  I could imagine him being one of my friends.  The additions of Divvy – sorry, Dave – and April weren’t really anything special for me though.  I understand that April plays a big part in Cara’s life, especially in the past, but she wasn’t anything special.  I would never have guessed that she was helping Stubbs in the way she was so that was a surprise.

I liked the references to numerous 80’s and 90’s references, being a child in the 90’s I understood it all – which was a delight! I can’t say I’ve watched all of the films mentioned but I’m planning on it!! I can remember watching The Breakfast Club but not for a very long time. The bands mentioned I know off, and am a fan so that’s always a big bonus!!!! I was able to picture some of the places mentioned, being a regular visitor to the area.

The writing style was easy to read, and matched the book perfectly.  There wasn’t any ridiculous long paragraphs, or chapters, that would have put anyone looking for an easy read off from picking this up. It’s definitely a mini walk down memory lane for people who grew up in the 1980s.

My Rating: With likeable characters, a storyline that flowed well with a light-hearted theme.  Superb for people who grew up in the 80’s.  I’m giving this big a very strong 4/5.

ARC Review: Escape to the Riviera by Jules Wake


Escape To The Riviera by Jules Wake
Published: 30 June 2016
Publisher: HarperCollins UK, Avon
Format: EBook:
Pages: 400
ISBN: 9780008185305
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Available to Purchase:
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Synopsis:

Carrie Hayes has a job she enjoys and a perfectly nice boyfriend. She’s sorted. Isn’t she?

But Carrie’s life wasn’t always like this. As a young, wild drama student, she married fellow actor, Richard Maddox, after a whirlwind romance. Life back then was full of possibilities, but when Hollywood beckoned Richard, Carrie was left behind.
Now an A-list superstar, Richard’s life couldn’t be more different to Carrie’s, so when their paths cross in glamorous St Tropez, she can’t help but wonder what might have been.
But with lovely, sensible Alan in tow, Carrie knows she needs to do the right thing. The only problem is, Carrie and Richard never quite got round to getting a divorce…
Lose yourself this summer on the French Riviera, the perfect read for fans of Lucy Diamond and Jane Costello.

My Thoughts:
Firstly, Thank You to Netgalley and the publisher for my copy in exchange for my review!!
How stunning are the colours on that cover?? That’s the main reason why I requested this book! I’m not afraid to admit it, it was all about the cover!! I barely paid attention to the description, and too be honest I’m sort of glad I didn’t.

I will be honest, it took me quite a few attempts to get into this book, but I did eventually! Once I got going, it was impossible to detract the kindle from my hands! I’m only a little bit ashamed to say that I nearly, very nearly, forgot to feed my child…. Is that bad??? It’s rare that I really struggle to get into a book and continue to read it, but I’m absolutely delighted, no ecstatic, that I stuck with this and finished it.

This book is one of the books that I will recommend to everyone and anyone – who will listen to me rattle on about it anyway!!  The whole storyline was fantastic, I loved the fact it wasn’t following normal rules of the first falling in love storyline, it was about falling in love all over again.  It was about finding who you are, and taking life by the horns and going for what you actually want.  I’m glad the whole storyline didn’t revolve around the movie star status, that would have been a bit tedious.  Instead it was more about who he was before, the man he was before.  The memories of Carrie and Richard made me smile, laugh (discreetly), and make me root for them even more!!

The 3 leading ladies were brilliant, they worked well off each other and I could have read about them for a very long time! Carrie is a superb leading lady, she’s funny, witty, determined.  Jade is a typical teenager – celebrity obsessed, technology addict – and Angela is the voice of reason behind everything. Richard…. Richard…. What can I say about I can say about Richard? He comes across as smooth, romantic, charming, gorgeous, and just…. Swoon-Worthy? The chemistry between Carrie and Richard is electric, and you can feel the love between them.

The setting of the Riviera was fantastic, and is perfect for a summer read. I love books set on mainland Europe, and this didn’t budge that feeing at all.  I rarely read books set in France but this has changed that.  I shall be on the lookout for more similar books!  It was written brilliantly, with witty moments, intense moments, and near happy tear moments.

My Rating: I loved this book. I loved the characters, the setting, storyline, everything.  it will stay with me for a lone time, and as I said, I will recommend it to be many people! On that note, I give it a huge 5/5.