Blog Tour: It Was Only Ever You by Kate Kerrigan

It Was Only Ever You

It Was Only Ever You by Kate Kerrigan
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Published: 13th July 2017
Format: Paperback & Ebook
Pages: 448
ISBN13: 9781784082420
ASIN: B01AATYCBS

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Amazon UK

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Head of Zeus Link

Description
Set in late 1950s Ireland and New York, the story of three women and the charismatic man with whom their lives are interwoven.
Set, like Maeve Binchy’s early bestsellers, in late 1950s Ireland and New York, this is the story of three women and the charismatic man with whom their lives are interwoven.
Patrick Murphy has charm to burn and a singing voice to die for. Many people will recognise his talent. Many women will love him. Rose, the sweetheart he leaves behind in Ireland, can never forget him and will move heaven and earth to find him again, long after he has married another woman. Ava, the heiress with no self-confidence except on the dance floor, falls under his spell. And tough Sheila Klein, orphaned by the Holocaust and hungry for success as a music manager, she will be ruthless in her determination to unlock his extraordinary star quality.

But in the end, Patrick Murphy’s heart belongs to only one of them. Which one will it be?

My Review

Thank you to the publishers and Kate Kerrigan for the chance to read this book and to be involved in the blog tour.

This book started slow to begin with, and it does jump around a bit between the women and with time, but it all slowly comes together in the end.  The way it is all done works well, there is a lot of path crossing and potentially big what ifs, but it does work.  It did get confusing with how quickly the time did move, and it made me question whether things were all moving at the same pace with all the people when it came to their chapters, or paragraphs.

The one person everyone has in common is Patrick, and it works perfectly.  All the women add something to the book, and all have their own parts to play when it came to him.  Of the 3 women, I felt more of a connection with Ava or Sheila.  I wasn’t really keen on Rose though, whether that was her naivety or her innocence, she just didn’t click with me.  Ava knew exactly what was expected of her, but she still bit the bullet and went for what she truly wanted.  Girl after my own heart.  Sheila had a sense of purpose, maturity, and a feeling of toughness that the other girls lacked.  I would say that Patrick is full of regrets, but does what is right and does what is for the best.  He loves Rose, and he does love Ava.  But his heart will always go to his music first, but he does finally realise who is love is.

Kate Kerrigan has a unique writing style, I enjoyed it, I felt for the characters and their love, their heartache, their losses.  This book was beautifully written, but it took me a long time to get into it.  While I enjoyed it, and did feel for the characters, I felt it was a little rushed and was missing something to make it spectacular.  I can’t pinpoint what I thought it was lacking though.  The ending was a sudden thing, I would have loved to have known if everyone was happy with their choices, and if it worked out well for them. It leftbtoo many what ifs and do they/don’t they for me, I would have liked things to be wrapped up neatly.

I give this book 3/5.  I liked the majority of characters, I liked the romance, loved the setting (who doesn’t love a New York story?!), the music references, it was written beautifully, but as I said, I felt it was missing a spark.  Something to make it so much better and mind-blowing. 

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Blog Tour: Summer’s Lease by Carrie Elks

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Summer’s Lease by Carrie Elks.
Publisher: Piatkus
Published: 13th July 2017
Format: Paperback
Pages: 368
ISBN13: 9780349415505

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Synopsis
Cesca Shakespeare has hit rock bottom. Six years after the play she wrote bombed at the box office, she’s unable to hold down a job, keep an apartment, and worst of all her family have no idea how far she’s fallen. So when her fairy Godfather offers her the use of his friend’s Italian villa for the summer, she grudgingly agrees to try writing a new play. That’s before she finds out the house belongs to her arch-nemesis, Sam Carlton.

When Hollywood heart-throb Sam Carlton sees his name splashed across a gossip rag, all he wants to do is hide. That’s how he finds himself traveling to Italy, deciding to spend the summer in his family’s empty villa on Lake Como. Except when he arrives it isn’t as empty as he’d hoped.

Over the course of the hot Italian summer, Cesca and Sam have to come to terms with their pasts. What begins as a tentative friendship quickly grows into an intense attraction – and then a scorching fling. But they can’t hide from reality forever . . . as their different worlds collide, Sam and Cesca face a choice: is this just a summer romance, or could their love weather even the coldest winds?

My Review

A delight to read on a horrible wet, windy, typical British summer day.  Thank you to the publishers for the chance to read and review this spectacular book.  Any book set in Italy will always have me in its grips within pages, especially one written by Carrie Elks.  I have only read one  other book by her, but I loved this one just as much as that.  Her writing is wonderful, her characters bounce from the pages and read spectacularly.

Cesca was an amazing leading lady, going from her downward spiral unconfident ways to a confident, young woman who goes for what she wants.  She comes across as a bit of a stray to begin with, forever trying to find her place in the world.  She thought she had her place once, but then it all fell apart.  Since then, Cesca has always blamed one person: Sam Carlton.  I’ll get to him in a minute.  I loved Cesca’s story, her backstory, everything.  Her sense of loyalty to her family is wonderful, especially the bond she shares with her 3 sisters.

Sam, your typical Hollywood actor. Handsome, “chiseled”, charming, what else can you ask for?  Except, with the beginning of the story from Cesca’s view, he only ever thinks of himself.  But he doesn’t, and Cesca realises that.  I loved Sam.  He hides from his mistake, yes to protect himself, but also to limit the damage done to his family.  He cares about what will happens to his mother, and his sisters.  Not so much his father though.  Sam is caring, he comes across as a sensual man, a sexy man.  He definitely knows what he wants.

Chemistry flows from the page the first time they come into contact with each other, and it just gets more intense as the book goes on. With a few hot and steamy parts further on in the book, I was expecting it to be quite cheesy and a bit cringey but I was wrong. It was done in a non-cringe way and didn’t leave anything to the imagination.  They work well together, whether they are arguing, having a normal conversation or having sex.  They work perfectly.

I’m glad things work out well in the end, I don’t think I could have handled it if it didn’t.  I will happily read anything else to do with Cesca.  I wonder if we’ll be getting one for each sister? I’m very intrigued by them.  I would love to know each of their stories.

I happily give this book a huge 5/5.  In fact, I would happily give it 10/10!!!!

About the author

Carrie Elks lives near London, England and writes contemporary romance with a dash of intrigue. She loves to travel and meet new people, and has lived in the USA and Switzerland as well as the UK. An avid social networker, she tries to limit her Facebook and Twitter time to stolen moments between writing chapters. When she isn’t reading or writing, she can usually be found baking, drinking wine or working out how to combine the two.

 

Book Tag: Mid-Year Freak Out 2016

I saw this tag on Keeper of Pages and Jill’s Book Cafe and really enjoyed reading their posts so I thought I would do my own!! Why don’t you head over to their posts and read about their mid-year favourites??

Best book you’ve read yet in 2016

I’m going to have to pick my top 4 of the year so far.  I’m stuck between these 4:
Letters to the Lost   One Hot Summer: A laugh-out-loud love story   Last Dance in Havana   We Are All Made of Stars

These books have all made me laugh, feel happy, gripped me and made me lose sleep.
Letters to the Lost
One Hot Summer
Last Dance in Havana
We Are All Made of Stars

Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2016

Again, I can’t choose.  This time it’s 2 books.  I always tend to start a series and rarely finish it, but these are the sequels I’ve made sure I’ve read.  Neither are newly published books, but I don’t think anyone really cares do they?
The Invasion of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling, #2)   Siege and Storm (The Grisha, #2)
The Invasion of The Tearling
Siege and Storm

Siege and Storm introduced one of the best characters of the series, and The Invasion of The Tearling has left me with even more questions than I started with!!

New release you haven’t read yet but want to

This one is easy, as it was published a few days after I finished the first book, An Ember In The Ashes. The sequel, A Torch Against The Night, has been on my wishlist ever since!!
A Torch Against the Night (An Ember in the Ashes, Book 2) by [Tahir, Sabaa]
A Torch Against The Night

Most anticipated release for the second half of the year

I’ve got this on my Kindle reading for reading and reviewing and I have loved every other single book by her.
Small Great Things by [Picoult, Jodi]
Small Great Things

But, saying that, Victoria Hislop has a new book being published as well so maybe I’ll add that:
Cartes Postales from Greece by [Hislop, Victoria]
Cartes Postales from Greece

Biggest disappointment

I’ve been disappointed by so many books this year!! There’s been loads that people have raved on and on about, building the hype and they’ve just fallen flat on their face for me. The 4 I can think of straight away are:
The Girl on the Train   All the Light We Cannot See   The Bookshop on Rosemary Lane: The funny, feel-good read of the summer  The Cosy Teashop in the Castle by Caroline   Roberts

The Girl on The Train
All The Light We Cannot See
The Bookshop on Rosemary Lane
The Cosy Teashop in the Castle

Biggest surprise

Hands down, it has to be Escape to the Riviera by Jules Wake.  Anyone who read my review will remember that I tried starting this book god knows how many times and failing to get into it. I was determined and stuck with it and ended up giving it 5/5.  I loved this book and still highly recommend it!!!
Escape to the Riviera
Escape to the Riviera

Favourite new author

This one is Kat French.  The 2 books I’ve read this year have been fun, funny, romantic, and her men are real men who I have falling madly and deeply in love with (I’m still looking of my order form for my own Robinson).  I laugh, cry, fall in love, fall out of love, and feel every other emotion when reading her books!! I’ve added another of her books to my bookcase in the last few weeks as well.
Her books published so far are:
Undertaking Love   The Piano Man Project   One Hot Summer: A laugh-out-loud love story
Kat French Amazon Page

Newest fictional crush

This book is on a roll on this post!! This will be the third time it’s popped up! It’s Robinson from One Hot Summer by Kat French. Complete knee weaking, swoon-worthy hunk of an American cowboy… Gosh….  I can imagine Scott Eastwood **Fans myself from hot-flushes!!** playing him if it ever gets made into a film.
One Hot Summer: A laugh-out-loud love story

Newest favourite character

I have two, both from the same book.
An Ember in the Ashes (An Ember in the Ashes, #1)
Laia and Elias from An Ember in The Ashes.  They worked perfectly together, had a great chemistry and were written beautifully.  It was great to read his story as well as hers, we always just get the girls!

Books that made you cry

This one is easy, there have been a few this year.  It’s been an emotional year for me, and I do love to have a good weep from time to time!!
We Are All Made of Stars   Letters to the Lost   The Last Letter from Your Lover

Book That Made You Happy

What book doesn’t make me happy?!  But I’ll say this one as it’s the first one I thought about:
Late Summer in the Vineyard
Late Summer in the Vineyard

Favourite book to film adaptation

Hmm.. This is a tough one.  I don’t think many of the books I’ve read have been turned into films recently so I’ll say:
Me Before You (Me Before You, #1)
Me Before You
Me Before You has to be my book of 2015.  I’d been putting off reading it for months and months, probably even years but then I thought to myself “It’s Time”.   So I read it, I cried.. A lot.. And the more I thought about the book afterwards, the more I cried.  I watched the film when it was released earlier this year and guess what, yep, I cried. A lot.  they portrayed the book perfectly I thought, and although I originally couldn’t see the people cast in the roles, it worked out wonderfully.

Favourite post you’ve done this year.

Probably this one. I’ve only got one Blog Tour under my belt, with another on the way.  I’ve yet to do any author Q&A’s or giveaways.  Plus, this one has made me really think about what I’ve read this year.

What books do you need to read by the end of the year

Just a select few from my shelves (or should I say the ones I remember???):

Glass Sword (Red Queen, #2)   Christmas at the Little Village Bakery  Holding                               You And Me, Always   The Thousandth Floor

 

Book Review: The Shadow Queen by C.J Redwine

The Shadow Queen by C. J Redwine
The Shadow Queen (Ravenspire, #1)
Published: February 2016
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Format: Paperback
Pages: 390
ISBN: 1407170600 (ISBN13: 9781407170602)

Synopsis:
Lorelai Diederich, crown princess and fugitive at large, has one mission: kill the wicked queen who took both the Ravenspire throne and the life of her father. To do that, Lorelai needs to use the one weapon she and Queen Irina have in common—magic. She’ll have to be stronger, faster, and more powerful than Irina, the most dangerous sorceress Ravenspire has ever seen.
In the neighboring kingdom of Eldr, when Prince Kol’s father and older brother are killed by an invading army of magic-wielding ogres, the second-born prince is suddenly given the responsibility of saving his kingdom. To do that, Kol needs magic—and the only way to get it is to make a deal with the queen of Ravenspire, promise to become her personal huntsman…and bring her Lorelai’s heart.
But Lorelai is nothing like Kol expected—beautiful, fierce, and unstoppable—and despite dark magic, Lorelai is drawn in by the passionate and troubled king. Fighting to stay one step ahead of the dragon huntsman—who she likes far more than she should—Lorelai does everything in her power to ruin the wicked queen. But Irina isn’t going down without a fight, and her final move may cost the princess the one thing she still has left to lose.

My Thoughts:

I’m going to be honest straight away, my rating for this book is somewhere in between 3 and 5 stars.  I really, really do not know what to rate it.

My reasoning for not knowing is for many reasons.  To start with, making me want to rate it highly is that I loved the fast-paced action, even the romance, which wasn’t a great deal, added to the book.  I liked the writing style, and I liked the characters – shame a good one died though, and I enjoyed the setting, which was described perfectly and has left me wanting to know more about both Kingdoms.
Lorelai is a great heroine, along with the help of Kol and the rest it makes a great story.  I even really enjoyed the fact that it’s a retelling, or extremely similar, to Snow White.  Lorelai is a great Snow White, with Irina as the Evil Queen and Kol makes an even better Huntsman.  Also, the fact that apples have a huge role within the book as well! The were a few parts that actually made me chuckle to myself as well!

My reasons for wanting to give it a low rating.  How many stories are there now about a girl who is trying to reclaim her throne from the evil hands of a relative are there now? I get the genre is for Teenagers/Young Adults but for once I’d like a late 20 something fighting for her place!! (Sorry I’m going off track here)
Anyway – I didn’t like the fact that one of the best characters gets killed off, just devastating!!  I think that they would have made the book that little bit more enjoyable if they were in it all the way through.
There were parts that dragged, a lot.  The ‘conversations’ between Lorelai and Kol were a tad awkward in places and I skimmed over them.

So, I’m in a bit of a predicament.  I honestly don’t know where I should put the rating.  It’s 3-5/5.

I will add, I understand why it’s been giving a lot of terrible reviews.  If I didn’t actually enjoy it as much as I did, it would have gotten a worse review from me.  And I know I’ve sort of contradicted myself by saying about the romance between Lorelai and Kol was great, and then the next I’m saying it’s awkward.  I just feel that there could have been some better interaction between them in places.  I loved the fact that he was there right at the end, as a surprise.  It did surprise me, and I really, really want to read about them again!!

Book Review: Three Amazing Things About You by Jill Mansell

Three Amazing Things About You

Three Amazing Things About You by Jill Mansell

Published: June 2015
Publisher: Headline Review
Format: Paperback
Pages: 400
ISBN: 1472208862 (ISBN13: 9781472208866)

Synopsis:

Hallie has a secret. She’s in love. He’s perfect for her in every way, but he’s seriously out of bounds. And her friends aren’t going to help her because what they do know is that Hallie doesn’t have long to live. Time is running out…
Flo has a dilemma. She really likes Zander. But his scary sister won’t be even faintly amused if she thinks Zander and Flo are becoming friends – let alone anything more.
Tasha has a problem. Her new boyfriend is the adventurous type. And she’s afraid one of his adventures will go badly wrong.
THREE AMAZING THINGS ABOUT YOU begins as Hallie goes on a journey. A donor has been found and she’s about to be given new lungs. But whose?

My Thoughts:
Another exceptional book from Jill Mansell. I loved this book, and loved the ending even more! I enjoyed trying to predict who unfortunately wouldn’t make the ending of the book, and didn’t guess who it would be, although I wasn’t really disappointed who it was.

I loved the characters, and the way their individual storylines come together eventually, and the occasional crossover on the way.
There was rushed romances, but that’s the way it works in life sometimes.  All of the women were relatable, realistic and wonderful!  There was one character, Lena, who was just aiming for a slap round the face if she was real!! The men within the story were charming, romantic, and just pure gents.

The storyline was fantastic, and just a little bit of perfection.  It was just wonderful, and what every female needs to read every now and again!

My Rating: 4/5

Library Return Trip

So, after finishing all (apart from 1) the books from My Most Excellent Idea last week, I took all the books back today and got some more out.  Another 6.  I must admit though, this is saving me a fortune!  They’ve actually been getting newer and newer books in so I’ve been able to get some that have found their way on to my  Amazon wishlists. Yes, I have more than one wishlist.  I’m going to have to take my time with some of these as I’ve still got 2 for reviewing from Bookbridgr.

So, my 6 books for this week are:

The Cosy Tea Shop in The Castle by Caroline Roberts
The Cosy Teashop in the CastleWhen Ellie Hall lands her dream job running the little teashop in the beautiful but crumbling Claverham Castle, it’s the perfect escape from her humdrum job in the city. Life is definitely on the rise as Ellie replaces spreadsheets for scones, and continues her Nanna’s brilliant baking legacy.When Lord Henry, the stick-in-the-mud owner, threatens to burst her baking bubble with his old-fashioned ways, Ellie wonders if she might have bitten off more than she can chew. But cupcake by cupcake she wins the locals over, including teashop stalwart, Doris, and Ellie’s showstopping bakes look set to go down in castle history!
Now all that’s missing in Ellie’s life is a slice of romance – can Joe, the brooding estate manager, be the one to put the cherry on the top of Ellie’s dream?

The Time of the Clockmaker by Anna Caltabiano
The Time of the Clockmaker
Her mentor shockingly killed in front of her, Rebecca Hatfield must flee the place and time she knows. She has lost her family, her dearest love and her ability to live a normal life. All she has left is the gift – or curse – of her immortality, and the bizarre clock that allows her to travel in time.
But when she too is attacked by the mysterious black-clad figure, Rebecca finds herself stranded in Tudor England. The clock has been stolen and without it, she can never leave the past. Alone, without friends or resources, she must risk the danger of Henry VIII’s court and hunt down her attacker.
But someone else is waiting for her…

Three Amazing Things About You by Jill Mansell
Three Amazing Things About You
Hallie has a secret. She’s in love. He’s perfect for her in every way, but he’s seriously out of bounds. And her friends aren’t going to help her because what they do know is that Hallie doesn’t have long to live. Time is running out…
Flo has a dilemma. She really likes Zander. But his scary sister won’t be even faintly amused if she thinks Zander and Flo are becoming friends – let alone anything more.
Tasha has a problem. Her new boyfriend is the adventurous type. And she’s afraid one of his adventures will go badly wrong.
THREE AMAZING THINGS ABOUT YOU begins as Hallie goes on a journey. A donor has been found and she’s about to be given new lungs. But whose?

Reawakened by Colleen Houck
Reawakened (Reawakened, #1)
When seventeen-year-old Lilliana Young enters the Metropolitan Museum of Art one morning during spring break, the last thing she expects to find is a live Egyptian prince with godlike powers, who has been reawakened after a thousand years of mummification.
And she really can’t imagine being chosen to aid him in an epic quest that will lead them across the globe to find his brothers and complete a grand ceremony that will save mankind.
But fate has taken hold of Lily, and she, along with her sun prince, Amon, must travel to the Valley of the Kings, raise his brothers, and stop an evil, shape-shifting god named Seth from taking over the world.

The City’s Son by Tom Pollock
The City's Son (The Skyscraper Throne, #1)
Expelled from school, betrayed by her best friend and virtually ignored by her dad, who’s never recovered from the death of her mum, Beth Bradley retreats to the sanctuary of the streets, looking for a new home. What she finds is Filius Viae, the ragged and cocky crown prince of London, who opens her eyes to the place she’s never truly seen.
But the hidden London is on the brink of destruction. Reach, the King of the Cranes, is a malign god of demolition, and he wants Filius dead. In the absence of the Lady of the Streets, Filius’ goddess mother, Beth rouses Filius to raise an alleyway army, to reclaim London’s skyscraper throne for the mother he’s never known. Beth has almost forgotten her old life – until her best friend and her father come searching for her, and she must choose between the streets and the life she left behind.

Match Me If You Can by Michele Gorman
Match Me If you Can
Meet best friends Catherine, Rachel and Sarah. Yet to find Mr Right, they’ve been settling for Mr Right Now. But when Catherine, London’s finest matchmaker, gets the girls to join her dating site where they can recycle their ex-boyfriends, they soon realise that anything could happen.
Rachel’s office romance James was a big fat mistake and she’s more than happy to upcycle him… Or is she? Homebody Sarah hasn’t had a date in years but when her transformation finds men falling at her newly-pedicured feet, will her popularity be worth the sacrifices she’s making? And Catherine falls asleep more often on her desk than on a man, so when she builds the perfect partner who ticks all her boxes, surely it’s a recipe for love . . . not disaster?
There’s someone for everyone, right? These best friends are about to find out for themselves . .

There’s the 6 for my next bulk read.  I’ve only just realised that one of them is the second in a series but I’m hoping it can be read as a stand-alone book as well, if not I’m going to be having to hunt it down to read the first one!!
I did end up buying books yesterday, the Man-Child is going to go mental when he realises!!!
The recent, sneaky purchases:
The Shadow Queen by C.J Redwine
The Shadow Queen (Ravenspire, #1)

The Food of Love Cookery School by Nicky Pellegrino
The Food Of Love Cookery School
The First Last Kiss by Ali Harris
The First Last Kiss
The Cake Shop in the Garden by Carole Matthews
The Cake Shop In The Garden
The Three by Sarah Lotz
The Three

I must be going through a bit of chic-lit/romance/girly thing at the moment. I’m a sucker for the whole selection of genres.  I’m trying to mix things up a bit with some fantasy/crime/thriller/suspense but I keep going back to the grand old story of Love! Must be something in the air at the moment.

What’s everyone reading at the moment?  Have you read anything that you want to shout about from the  rooftops? Any great recommendations that you can’t shut up about? I look to hearing from you!!

Mini-Book Reviews **SPOILERS**

The Invasion of The Tearling by Erika Johansen.
With each passing day, Kelsea Glynn is growing into her new responsibilities as Queen of the Tearling. By stopping the shipments of slaves to the neighboring kingdom of Mortmesne, she crossed the Red Queen, a brutal ruler whose power derives from dark magic, who is sending her fearsome army into the Tearling to take what is hers. And nothing can stop the invasion.
But as the Mort army draws ever closer, Kelsea develops a mysterious connection to a time before the Crossing, and she finds herself relying on a strange and possibly dangerous ally: a woman named Lily, fighting for her life in a world where being female can feel like a crime. The fate of the Tearling —and that of Kelsea’s own soul—may rest with Lily and her story, but Kelsea may not have enough time to find out

I enjoyed this book, but I didn’t enjoy it as much as I thought I was going to.  I didn’t like the whole Lily side-story, I just didn’t like the woman.  She irritated me, along with her husband who was a bit of a d**k.  I get that it was all “acceptable” at the timing of the book etc., but it just didn’t sit well with me.  I sort of skimmed over the sections including Lily, but read enough to get the meaning of it all.
I called the “romance” between Kelsea and Pen, and all I’m saying is poor Pen. I can’t really see it ended so well. I like Pen, I can imagine someone like the ever so gorgeous Theo James playing him.  Gosh, that would work very well me.  (For the official record, I’m a fan) I feel that the Fetch should be playing a bigger role somewhere, but that may or may not be happening in book 3. Who knows?
Anyway, back to the book not my imaginary casting!! The writing style was fantastic – again, and I enjoyed the quick pace and the story overall.  It’s got more good than bad points.
My Rating: 5/5

Prey by James Carol.
HAS JEFFERSON WINTER FINALLY MET HIS MATCH?
Six years ago a young married couple were found brutally stabbed to death in their home in Upstate New York. Local police arrested a suspect who later committed suicide. But what if the police got it wrong?
Ex-FBI profiler Jefferson Winter is drawn into a deadly cat-and-mouse game with a mysterious female psychopath as she sets him a challenge: find out what really happened six years ago.
The clock is ticking, and as Winter is about to find out, the endgame is everything…

Book 3 from the Jefferson Winter series, and another fantastic one at that!! I loved this book.  Being a bit different from the first 2, it still went a fast pace, with lots of twists and turns.
This book is written well, fast-paced as I said before and just a gem of a book. Can’t wait if there is more of them!!! The characters always work well with each other, no complications or what not.
I know this isn’t much of a review but I can’t really explain why I liked it.  I can explain why I like them as a series but not just one.They just work, they’re gripping to read and just great!!
My Rating: 5/5

The Saffron Trail by Rosanna Ley
Once, there was a girl who loved saffron. She loved its secrets, its mystery, and best of all, she loved its hint of magic.
After the death of her beloved mother, Nell travels from rural Cornwall to the colour and chaos of Marrakech. Her marriage may be on the rocks, but exploring the heady delights of Moroccan cuisine could help her fulfil her dream of opening her own restaurant.
It’s there she meets Amy – a young photographer trying to unravel the story behind her family’s involvement in the Vietnam War. The two women develop a close friendship and discover a surprising connection between their own pasts.
This connection will take Nell and Amy on a journey to find their own ‘saffron trail’ – from the labyrinthine medina and bustle of Moroccan bazaars all the way back home to Cornwall and to the heart of their families’ origins.

I enjoyed this book, but it was a tad predictable. I guessed that Glenn was Nell’s father, and that she would have found him without realising it at the time.  It was just obvious to me.  Obviously, not to everyone though.
This is the first book by Rosanna Ley I’ve ever read, and it definitely will not be the last.  While I found it predictable, I also really enjoyed it at the same time. The way she described Morocco, and the places visited in the book it has made me really interested in the place.  She described it beautifully.  The women in the book were great characters as well, both written perfectly for me.  They were strong, independent characters who didn’t need each other for the story to flow.
My Rating: 4/5

Fix You by Carrie Elks.
You’ve found the one, but what if life has other plans?
London, 31st December 1999
At a party to toast the new millennium, Hanna meets Richard. He is a gorgeous, wealthy New Yorker. She is a self-assured, beautiful Londoner with no interest in clean-cut American men. They are from different worlds and have nothing in common… except for their instant – and mutual – attraction to one another.
As the clocks chime midnight it is a new year and the beginning of a wonderful romance.
New York, 12th May 2012
Hanna, the girl who broke Richard’s heart, walks into his Wall Street office – and back into his life – to reveal an explosive secret.
He was sure they were meant to be together forever, but she broke his heart so completely the last time, can he find a way to let her mend the pieces?

I Loved this book – yes, Love with a book L. I loved the layout of it, skipping to vital parts of the characters lives and within history.  I loved the little references to music, films, products, and places.  I loved the characters, and loved the difference to the love story.
This book reminded me so much of One Day by David Nichols, and I adored that book just as much.
The characters played well off each other, and the romance was easily related to.  The friendships within the book were great, realistic and just… ARGH!! I’m going to say I Loved this book! I cannot get it out there enough on how much. And with such a happy ending as well!!!
This is definitely a contender for book of the year so far!!
My Rating: 5/5