Holiday reads: Part 2

Here it is, part two of my holiday recommendations! I will be nearing the end of my holiday now, but these are some more books that you can escape into wherever you are! Happy reading!

What a girl wantsTess 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.

You can read my review here and my interview with Lindsey here.

 

 

 

22463759When Evie Stone’s grandparents enlist her help to save their home in Cupid’s Way, Evie is happy to oblige. On the cusp of her thirties, and still disappointingly single, Evie’s so-called dream job with a firm of architects has been driving her crazy for months. What she needs, even more than a new man, is a challenge.

But saving Cupid’s Way won’t be easy. A perfectly preserved Victorian terrace, surrounded by modern estates and retail parks, the street is a proud oasis of quirky characters, cobbled pathways and communal gardens. Unfortunately, it also sits on prime development land worth millions.

Dynamite Construction have the deal in the bag, and soon the residents of Cupid’s Way will be forced to sell up and ship out – CEO Michael Andrews, charismatic and super-successful, has certainly never let sentimentality get in the way of business. At least, he hadn’t until he met Evie Stone.

You can read my review here and my interview with Joanne here.

 

 

 

18280725Last 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. But as the two get closer, and the wedding day looms, it is clear that Alex and Bronte have unfinished business…

You can read my review here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

21065817The third book in the delightful series set in Carrington’s Department Store.

Georgie Hart and Carrington’s Department Store have got the world at their feet. Since a reality TV series put them both on the map, life has been amazing! Carrington’s profits are in the pink, Georgie has carved herself a place in the nation’s heart and her romance with Tom, the store’s boss, has finally blossomed.

Now summertime has come to Mulberry-on -Sea and Georgie is in great demand. The town is holding a big summer festival and she and her mates from Carrington’s are planning on making sure that Mulberry puts on the show of its life!

But Georgie is about to get the offer of a lifetime – one that is just too good to turn down and something that will test her loyalties to their limits… Will Georgie be able to pull off it off once again, or has her luck finally run out?

You can read my review here.

 

 

18657684Holly has learnt that life isn’t about seizing the moment. She might have harboured dreams about travelling the world as a teenager, but she let go of those – just as she let go of Alex.

But what if the feelings never really went away?

Alex wants to make every moment of his new job count. It’s a fresh start in a new city, and he knows that moving to London has nothing to do with Holly. Well, probably.

How do you know if it was meant to be. or never meant to happen at all?

A brilliantly funny, feel-good story of first love, second chances and everything inbetween, perfect for fans of romantic comedies like Love Actually, Notting Hill and Bridget Jones.

You can read my review here.

The Best Thing That Never Happened to Me

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Holly has learnt that life isn’t about seizing the moment. She might have harboured dreams about travelling the world as a teenager, but she let go of those – just as she let go of Alex.

But what if the feelings never really went away?

Alex wants to make every moment of his new job count. It’s a fresh start in a new city, and he knows that moving to London has nothing to do with Holly. Well, probably.

How do you know if it was meant to be. or never meant to happen at all?

A brilliantly funny, feel-good story of first love, second chances and everything inbetween, perfect for fans of romantic comedies like Love Actually, Notting Hill and Bridget Jones.

My opinion: As soon as I saw the cover of this book I knew I had to read it. I know, I know, my pretty book shallowness has hit again. But it’s brought me to some great books recently, and this one is no exception.

Holly and Alex were best friends as teenagers in the nineties.They had told each other everything, apart from the fac that they had feelings for one another. They manage to fall out just before going to uni and never see each other again. Spring forward to 2010, in their late twenties Holly and Alex’s paths cross once again. Only this time Alex has followed his dream to London to teach in a London Borough and Holly is a PA with a boyfriend she adores and sees a future with.

The book not only tells the story at two different points in time, but also from two different points of view. Laura Tait writes Holly’s story and Jimmy Rice writes about Alex. This is such a clever concept and I was really looking forward to see how this would work. I was very pleased that it worked as well as it does and it felt pretty seamless to read. I think the best thing about this approach was getting the male characters thoughts from a male point of view, whilst still keeping a clear female feel for Holly.

I immediately liked both Alex and Holly and was rooting for them both. Although at times it was shaky, I felt emotinally attached to both of them. I felt that the book was well paced and although I had an inkling how it would end up, I didn’t know how it would get there. I really enjoyed reading about Holly and Alex getting to know each other again and becoming best friends once more. I could relate to a lot of the book as my best friend through high school was male – although we were never in love with each other as far as I know! It made me reminisce about all of the good times we had before he met his now wife and was no longer allowed to speak to me (deep breaths, don’t get me started!!).

I’d definitely recommend this book and really enjoyed reading it. I hope that Laura and Jimmy write together again as it worked so well with this book and I think it’s a great concept. I will certainly be keeping an eye out for more from them!

My rating: Four stars

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review