Everyone is going on a proper meltdown because Paul Hollywood’s stuck with the show. As if you’re walking away from a pay rise of a good few fucking million pounds. I’m not the biggest fan of the man like, but good on him. Everyone going on like he’s pure joined Isis, come home, gone the shop and bought the fucking Sun newspaper to read at the Kop, then started flogging his normal bread as gluten free!
‘Oh what a traitor!’
‘Cash over Class!’
‘Does he even know what loyalty means?’
Oh, get a-fucking-grip! You’re not saying that when BBC are having you off every year in TV licensing fees are you ay? That and Strictly are the only things you pay to watch on it anyway. Shut the fuck up!
I hate the Internet at times me you know!
My absolute favourite response to Paul staying has to be from @bsgorrie with this sensational tweet
Long time no see hey? Yeah sorry about that I’ve honestly not been well at all. The rest has been good and I am getting stronger every day and starting to get myself together to get back into the swing of things. I’ve missed so much and feel like I’m a newbie again and it’s pretty fucking terrifying. 😂
Alright, so as you know I’m a pretty good moaner, and a lot of you have asked me when am I going to start putting up my little blog posts about my life like I did before on my website until it got hacked. Bastards!
So, I’ve been thinking about it and I’ve decided I’m going to start it again 😳
I’m nervous as shit about it, but I’ll give it a go. It will only be moaning I hope you all know that? I say it’s about my life and the majority of it will be, but you know what I’m like and I’ll just end up moaning about everything and anything.
I thought I’d fill you in on everything and let you all know that I’m still here lurking in the backgrounds. Thank you to everyone who has emailed me, tweeted me, inboxed me, messaged me over the past few months you really don’t know how much I appreciated it.
It’s late, I’m tired, I need morphine and it’s definitely a One Direction VS Little Mix night for me and my headphones. What? I love them. They’re amazing! Both their recent albums, Made in the A.M, and Get Weird are honestly wonderful. So talented. Have a listen, you’ll definitely be surprised.
Anyway, Lots of love to you all, and I’ll see you all soon.
People, I have some absolute cracking deals for you today. The bargains on Amazon right now are so good! Especially the 99p’ers in the Rom-Com, Chick Lit, Romance and Women’s Fiction sections. I mean some seriously fabulous books and some seriously big names too. I’m talking Sarah Morgan, Coleen Hoover, Nora Roberts, Milly Johnson, Jenny Colgan, Mhairi McFarlan, Carole Matthews, Alexandra Brown, Paige Toon big!
I’ve put together a list of 99 kindle books all priced at 99p. I have put in one or two Psychological Thrillers, NA, YA and even a memoir so there should be something for everyone.
You ready to go to ebook bargain heaven?
1) Game of Scones by Samantha Tonge
🔸Blurb: Growing up, Pippa Pattinson’s summers were spent in the idyllic Greek island fishing village of Taxos. There she spent many long hazy days determinedly ignoring thoughts of the life her parents had mapped out for her (a dreary-but-secure accounting job and obligatory sensible husband!) Instead she daydreamed of running her own tea shop – serving the perfect scones – with mocha-eyed childhood friend Niklaus by her side…
Arriving back in Taxos for the first time in years, with suave boyfriend Henrik, Pippa barely recognises the tired little town – but is relieved to catch glimpses of the quaint, charming village she’s always loved. Together Niklaus and Pippa put together a proposal to save Taxos from tourist-tastic ruin, and at the heart of their plan is Pippa’s dream project: The Tastiest Little Tea Shop in Taxos. It’s time for Pippa to leave her London life behind and dust off her scone recipe that’s guaranteed to win over both locals and visitors. And amidst the rolling pins and raisins, it seems romance is blossoming where she’s least expecting it…
🔸Blurb: The ladies of The Chocolate Lovers’ Club should be gearing up for the wedding of the year but life keeps getting in the way . . .
Lucy is worried about her financial situation and it keeps distracting her. Should she accept an offer of help from an untrustworthy source?
Nadia may have a real chance at finding love but other areas of her life aren’t so rosy. Something needs to change – but what?
Autumn can’t wait to meet someone she hasn’t seen in a very long time. She’s full of hope for the future but then things don’t exactly go to plan . . .
Chantal has been through so much and she’s finally starting to feel settled. The last thing she needs is the kind of bad news that could change her life all over again.
And yet, despite all the ups and downs, the Chocolate Lovers’ ladies know they can get through it all as long as they have each other. They’re not going to let anything get in the way of their happy-ever-afters in . . . The Chocolate Lovers’ Wedding.
🔸Blurb: Settling down for a 24-hour flight to Australia, Lucy finds a text message on her phone – from a woman claiming to have slept with her boyfriend James. Trapped on the plane, Lucy questions everything about her relationship, but when she finally calls James he reassures her: it was only his mates playing a silly joke.
So why, at the wedding in Sydney of her best friend Molly, does Lucy have niggling doubts, and find herself attracted to Molly’s brother-in-law Nathan? Nathan is a happy-go-lucky surfer boy, with no prospects, no place to live, an almost-girlfriend in tow.
Soon Lucy is caught between two distant continents – and two very different men …
🔸Blurb: Being married to a celebrity isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, especially when that celebrity has a very public affair with his co-star…
Alice McBride is determined that the one thing she won’t lose in her marriage breakup is Borne Manor, her beloved home, but she gets more than she bargained for when she rents it out for the summer and a sexy cowboy comes to stay.
Country music star Robinson Duff has had his own share of heartbreak and needs somewhere quiet to hide out for the summer. Neither Alice nor Robinson are in any position for romance; the timing is terrible and they’re both rebounding like out of control frisbees.
Can a holiday romance help mend their broken hearts. Or will it just make things even worse when the long hot summer comes to its inevitable end?
5) The Secrets of Orchard Cottage by Alexandra Brown
🔸Blurb: April Wilson is wondering what to do next – her life has been turned upside down after the loss of her husband so she’s hoping to piece herself together again with a visit to her elderly great aunt, Edith. Arriving in the rural idyll of Tindledale, she’s dismayed to find Edith’s cottage and the orchards surrounding it in a sorry state of disrepair. Edith seems to have lost interest completely, instead she’s become desperate to find out what happened to her sister, Winnie, who disappeared during WWII.
April gets to work immediately, discovering that the orchard still delivers a bumper crop each year, and with the help of some of the villagers – including Matt, the enigmatic Farrier – begins to unravel the mystery of the missing Winnie. Slowly,
April can feel things coming to life again – but can Orchard Cottage work its magic on her too?
6) The Girl Who Lied by Sue Fortin
🔸Blurb: The truth hurts… Erin and Roisin were once friends until a fatal accident ruined both their lives. Now, Roisin has discovered a secret—one Erin has kept for over a decade—and she’s determined to make Erin pay for her lies.
Erin wants nothing to do with Roisin. She has a new life in London and no intention of going back home. Yet when her father is mysteriously and critically injured, Erin has no choice but to return and face Roisin—and her past. Erin knows if the secret of what she gave up got out, the consequences could be devastating.
When Roisin suddenly disappears, suspicion soon lands on Erin. She would do anything to protect her family, but just how far is she willing to go when time is running out…?
🔸Blurb: “I did something terrible Grace. I hope you can forgive me …”
Grace hasn’t been the same since the death of her best friend Charlie. She is haunted by Charlie’s last words, and in a bid for answers, opens an old memory box of Charlie’s. It soon becomes clear there was a lot she didn’t know about her best friend.
When Grace starts a campaign to find Charlie’s father, Anna, a girl claiming to be Charlie’s sister steps forward. For Grace, finding Anna is like finding a new family, and soon Anna has made herself very comfortable in Grace and boyfriend Dan’s home.
But something isn’t right. Things disappear, Dan’s acting strangely and Grace is sure that someone is following her. Is it all in Grace’s mind? Or as she gets closer to discovering the truth about both Charlie and Anna, is Grace in terrible danger?
There was nothing she could have done to save Charlie …or was there?
🔸Blurb: The Comfort Food Cafe is perched on a windswept clifftop at what feels like the edge of the world, serving up the most delicious cream teas; beautifully baked breads, and carefully crafted cupcakes. For tourists and locals alike, the ramshackle cafe overlooking the beach is a beacon of laughter, companionship, and security – a place like no other; a place that offers friendship as a daily special, and where a hearty welcome is always on the menu.
For widowed mum-of-two Laura Walker, the decision to uproot her teenaged children and make the trek from Manchester to Dorset for the summer isn’t one she takes lightly, and it’s certainly not winning her any awards from her kids, Nate and Lizzie. Even her own parents think she’s gone mad.
Her new job at the cafe, and the hilarious people she meets there, give Laura the chance she needs to make new friends; to learn to be herself again, and – just possibly – to learn to love again as well.
For her, the Comfort Food Cafe doesn’t just serve food – it serves a second chance to live her life to the full…
9) Sleep Tight by Rachel Abbott
🔸Blurb: hold on to the people you love?
When Olivia Brookes calls the police to report that her husband and children are missing, she believes she will never see them again. She has reason to fear the worst; this isn’t the first tragedy that Olivia has experienced. Now, two years later, Detective Chief Inspector Tom Douglas is called in to investigate this family again, but this time it’s Olivia who has disappeared. All the evidence suggests that she was here, in the family home, that morning.
But her car is in the garage, and her purse is in her handbag – on the kitchen table. The police want to issue an appeal, but for some reason every single picture of this family has been removed from albums, from phones, from computers.
And then they find the blood…
Has the past caught up with Olivia?
Sleep Tight – if you can. You never know who’s watching.
10) A Year of Being Single by Fiona Collins
🔸Blurb: Best friends Imogen, Frankie and Grace decide to test whether the grass really is greener on the single side of the fence…
Imogen is supposed to be on the most romantic weekend of her life and instead she’s quickly realised that her current boyfriend definitely isn’t ‘The One’ and actually One Big Mistake.
Frankie is fed up. Fed up of her good-for-nothing husband and her four, unappreciative children. Well, they hardly notice her anyway, maybe it’s time to shake it up a little…
Grace thought she had the perfect life. Gorgeous little boy and perfect, hardworking husband. Or rather, she did, until she realised her husband was shagging his ‘work’.
It’s time for a change – and to ditch the men who are dragging them down! It’s time for a year of being single. Swearing off men, these single ladies don’t need to put a ring on it…right?
11) Prince With Benefits by Nicola Snow
🔸Blurb: HE BOUGHT A WIFE. I BOUGHT INTO MAKE BELIEVE…
Cinderella had it easy. I’m lying to millions of people, and it’s all Silas’ fault.
Yes, that Silas. Billionaire. Prince. Scandals galore. Downright royal b*stard.
Everything that screams run. If only it weren’t for his rock hard edges and wild tattoos, tempting anything female on all seven continents.
But I don’t care about his looks. Really.
Our deal is simple. He needs a pretty little lie, a wife to cover up his dirty deeds. I need a fortune to buy the treatment that just might save my father’s life.
Match made in hell? Totally, and I’m going to make it work.
No, I’m not stupid. I’m not getting played by this billionaire prince. Forget his banter, his charms, the rumors I’ve heard about his ridiculously over-sized…ego.
What’s that phrase he teases me with – Prince with benefits? Not in a billion years.
Yes, I’ll lie for him. But I swear, my panties are absolutely, positively not melting every time I imagine his kiss…
It’s almost perfect. An engagement with an American girl, desperate as she is beautiful. Anything goes with Erin, except one rule.
Her body’s off limits. She’s joking, right?
Charming any girl I want into my bed doesn’t mean a thing when there’s only one on my mind.
I want Miss Make Believe. My fake, sassy, sexy fiancee. She, who says ‘no,’ and makes me so obsessed I’m about to trade in my designer suit for a straitjacket.
I convinced her to wear my ring, easy. I’ll get her clothes off next. Show her what the world’s most infamous player does when he’s on fire. Then I’ll move on.
No more playing castle. I’ll have my Princess with benefits on her knees, treating me like royalty…
12) Just Haven’t Met You Yet by Cate Woods
🔸Blurb: Percy James has everything a girl could want: a comfy flat, a steady relationship and a truly lovely group of friends. Then she is approached by Eros Tech. Eros is ‘the future of love’ – an agency that brings together soulmates using phone data. Percy has been identified as a match for one of Eros’s super wealthy clients. The only problem is she already has a boyfriend . . . but what if this is *destiny*? Would you – could you – pass up a chance to meet your one true love?
13) The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
🔸Blurb: Lily has grown up believing she accidentally killed her mother when she was four. She not only has her own memory of holding the gun, but her father’s account of the event. Now fourteen, she yearns for her mother, and for forgiveness. Living on a peach farm in South Carolina with her father, she has only one friend: Rosaleen, a black servant whose sharp exterior hides a tender heart. South Carolina in the sixties is a place where segregation is still considered a cause worth fighting for.
When racial tension explodes one summer afternoon, and Rosaleen is arrested and beaten, Lily is compelled to act. Fugitives from justice and from Lily’s harsh and unyielding father, they follow a trail left by the woman who died ten years before. Finding sanctuary in the home of three beekeeping sisters, Lily starts a journey as much about her understanding of the world, as about the mystery surrounding her mother.
14) The Girl in the Ice by Robert Bryndza
🔸Blurb: Her eyes are wide open. Her lips parted as if to speak. Her dead body frozen in the ice…She is not the only one.
When a young boy discovers the body of a woman beneath a thick sheet of ice in a South London park, Detective Erika Foster is called in to lead the murder investigation.
The victim, a beautiful young socialite, appeared to have the perfect life. Yet when Erika begins to dig deeper, she starts to connect the dots between the murder and the killings of three prostitutes, all found strangled, hands bound and dumped in water around London.
What dark secrets is the girl in the ice hiding?
As Erika inches closer to uncovering the truth, the killer is closing in on Erika.
The last investigation Erika led went badly wrong… resulting in the death of her husband. With her career hanging by a thread, Erika must now battle her own personal demons as well as a killer more deadly than any she’s faced before. But will she get to him before he strikes again?
15) The Little Shop of Happy Ever After by Jenny Colgan
🔸Blurb: Given a back-room computer job when the beloved Birmingham library she works in turns into a downsized retail complex, Nina misses her old role terribly – dealing with people, greeting her regulars, making sure everyone gets the right books for their needs. Then a new business nobody else wants catches her eye: owning a tiny little bookshop bus up in the Scottish highlands. No computers. Shortages. Out all hours in the freezing cold; driving with a tiny stock of books… not to mention how the little community is going to take to her, particularly when she stalls the bus on a level crossing…
16) Dead and Buried by Helen H. Durrant
🔸Blurb: Annie Naden and her husband buy a remote country cottage at auction. It’s the home of their own that they always wanted, but as they begin renovations, Annie discovers a satchel in a dusty old hidden cupboard. Inside are the usual schoolbooks, now over 40 years old, and a girl’s diary. Among the record of day-to-day crushes and pop concerts, is a secret whose terrible consequences are still resonating to this day.
Detective Tom Calladine has problems of his own. A notorious villain, Vinny Costello, seems to be back in town, and the bodies soon stack up. With Calladine’s loyal DS Ruth Bayliss on maternity leave, he gets in hot water with one of Costello’s assistants, and must also cope with an abrasive new member of the team as they seek to untangle a complex series of murders.
What happened to that girl forty years ago? And what’s it got to do with the current crime wave?
17) The Marriage Mender by Linda Green
🔸Blurb: The only relationship she can’t save is her own . . .Alison is a marriage counsellor. Her job is to help couples who fear they have reached the end of the line. But the trouble with spending your time sorting out other people’s problems is that you tend to take your eye off your own. Even when her husband’s ex Lydia arrives on the doorstep demanding to see her son, Alison thinks she can handle it. But what Alison doesn’t realise is that Lydia is the one person who has the ability to destroy their perfect family. And sometimes the cracks can run so deep that even a marriage mender can’t repair them . . .
18) The Other Child by Lucy Atkins
🔸Blurb: Sometimes a lie feels kinder than the truth . . . but what happens when that lie becomes an avalanche of deceit? When Tess is sent to photograph Greg, a high-profile paediatric surgeon, she sees something complex in him that she instantly connects with. Their relationship quickly deepens, but then Tess – already a single mother to nine-year-old Joe – finds out she’s pregnant.
Greg, who never wanted to be a father, is then offered the job of a lifetime back in his hometown of Boston, USA. Within just a few months, they have married and moved to the States. But life in an affluent Boston suburb is not as straightforward as Tess had hoped. Strange things keep happening in their rented home – Joe is unsettled, the next-door neighbours are clearly troubled, and Greg’s work is all-consuming. As a fierce Boston winter closes in, and her baby’s birth looms, Tess remains determined to make this new life work. Then she makes a jaw-dropping discovery . . .
19) A Life Without You by Katie Marsh
Blurb: you ever outrun the past?
It’s Zoe’s wedding day. She’s about to marry Jamie, the love of her life. Then a phone call comes out of the blue, with the news that her mum Gina has been arrested. Zoe must make an impossible decision: should she leave her own wedding to help?
Zoe hasn’t seen Gina for years, blaming her for the secret that she’s been running from ever since she was sixteen. Now, Gina is back in her life, but she’s very different to the mum Zoe remembers. Slowly but surely, Gina is losing her memory.
As she struggles to cope with Gina’s illness, can Zoe face up to the terrible events of years ago and find her way back to the people she loves?
A Life Without You is a stirring and poignant novel about the power of the past – and the possibilities of the future.
20) Afternoon Tea at the Sunflower Cafe by Milly Johnson
Blurb: friendship bloom at the Sunflower Café…
When Connie discovers that Jimmy Diamond, her husband of more than twenty years, is planning to leave her for his office junior, her world is turned upside down.
Determined to salvage her pride, she resolves to get her own back. Along with Della, Jimmy’s right-hand woman at his cleaning firm, Diamond Shine, and the cleaners who meet at the Sunflower Café, she’ll make him wish he had never underestimated her.
Then Connie meets the charming Brandon Locke, a master chocolatier, whose kindness starts to melt her soul. Could he be her second chance at happiness?
Can the ladies of the Sunflower Cafe help Connie scrub away the hurt? And can Brandon make her trust again?
21) The Secret by Kathryn Hughes
🔸Blurb: Mary has been nursing a secret. Forty years ago, she made a choice that would change her world for ever, and alter the path of someone she holds dear.
Beth is searching for answers. She has never known the truth about her parentage, but finding out could be the lifeline her sick child so desperately needs. When Beth finds a faded newspaper cutting amongst her mother’s things, she realises the key to her son’s future lies in her own past. She must go back to where it all began to unlock…The Secret.
22) Summer at the Cornish Cafe by Phillipa Ashley
🔸Blurb: expect her summer in Cornwall to hold anything out of the ordinary. As a waitress, working all hours to make ends meet, washing dishes and serving ice creams seems to be as exciting as the holiday season is about to get.
That’s until she meets Cal Penwith. An outsider, like herself, Cal is persuaded to let Demi help him renovate his holiday resort, Kilhallon Park. Set above an idyllic Cornish cove, the once popular destination for tourists has now gone to rack and ruin. During the course of the Cornish summer, Demi makes new friends – and foes – as she helps the dashing and often infuriating Cal in his quest. Working side by side, the pair grow close, but Cal has complications in his past which make Demi wonder if he could ever truly be interested in her.
Demi realises that she has finally found a place she can call home. But as the summer draws to a close, and Demi’s own reputation as an up and coming café owner starts to spread, she is faced with a tough decision . . .
A gorgeous story exploring new beginnings, new love and new opportunities, set against the stunning background of the Cornish coast. Phillipa Ashley has written a feisty, compelling heroine who leaps off the page and encourages you to live your summer to the full.
23) The Sunshine and Biscotti Club by Jenny Oliver
🔸Blurb: The ovens are pre-heating, the Prosecco is chilling…and The Sunshine and Biscotti Club is nearly ready to open its doors.
But the guests have other things on their minds…
Libby: The Blogger
Life is Instagram-perfect for food blogger Libby…until she catches her husband cheating just weeks before her Italian cooking club’s grand opening.
Evie: The Mum
Eve’s marriage isn’t working, but she’s not dared admit it until now. A trip to Italy to help Libby open The Sunshine and Biscotti Club might be the perfect escape…
Jessica: In Love with her Best Friend
Jessica has thrown herself into her work to shut out the memory of the man who never loved her back. The same man who’s just turned up in Tuscany…
Welcome to Tuscany’s newest baking school – where your biscotti is served with a side of love, laughter and ice-cold limoncello!
🔸Blurb: Where happy ever after is only a page away…
Once upon a time in a crumbling London bookshop, Posy Morland spent her life lost in the pages of her favourite romantic novels.
So when Bookend’s eccentric owner, Lavinia, dies and leaves the shop to Posy, she must put down her books and join the real world. Because Posy hasn’t just inherited an ailing business, but also the unwelcome attentions of Lavinia’s grandson, Sebastian, AKA The Rudest Man In London™.
Posy has a cunning plan and six months to transform Bookends into the bookshop of her dreams – if only Sebastian would leave her alone to get on with it. As Posy and her friends fight to save their beloved bookshop, Posy’s drawn into a battle of wills with Sebastian, about whom she’s started to have some rather feverish fantasies…
Like her favourite romantic heroines, will she get her happy ever after too?
25) The Summer We Danced by Fiona Harper
🔸Blurb: Shall we dance?
After a humiliating divorce and watching her former rock star husband leave her for a model live on reality TV, Pippa is determined to disappear. So she returns to the small Kent village where she grew up to make a fresh start. Little did she know that would mean saving her beloved childhood dance school or falling for her old school crush Tom too!
🔸Blurb: The perfect escape to the country…
Recently single and tired of the London rat race Amanda is determined to make her dreams of setting up an idyllic countryside boutique come true, and the picturesque village of West¬field is the perfect place to
make a fresh start.
Local vet Ben is the golden boy of West¬field, especially to resident gossip Agatha Mayweather, who is determined to help Ben get his life back together after his wife left.
When a chance encounter outside the ‘chic boutique’ sets sparks flying between Amanda and Ben, Agatha is itching to set them up. But are Amanda and Ben really ready for romance?
27) Flying by the Seat of my Knickers by Eliza Watson
🔸Blurb: Why run from your troubles when you can fly instead?
When Caity Shaw is fired from her first job that doesn’t require an elf uniform, her older sister, Rachel, an event planner, hires her to work a meeting in Dublin. Caity jumps at the opportunity to travel abroad and escape her pathetic life. However, even four thousand miles from home, there’s no avoiding debt collectors, an overbearing mother, and haunting memories of a controlling ex.
While in Dublin, Caity suffers a series of humiliating mishaps, causing her to lose even more faith in herself. Caity struggles to earn Rachel’s respect–and to keep Declan, her hot Irish coworker, at arm’s length. Declan repeatedly saves Caity’s butt and helps boost her self-confidence, making it difficult to keep her distance from the charming womanizer. When Declan helps her research her Irish grandmother, Caity discovers the mysterious past of the courageous woman she barely knew might hold the answers to her future.
28) A Family Holiday by Bella Osbourne
🔸Blurb: She’ll do whatever it takes to keep this family together…
As the nanny to four quirky but loveable children, Charlie French has learnt that if there was ever a cement shortage Weetabix would be a viable substitute and that YouTube videos can go viral in seconds, much to her horror. But, most importantly, she’s learnt that whatever happens you stick together as a family.
When tragedy strikes, Charlie is forced to decide whether it’s time to move on or fight to keep the children she loves. With the distraction of the children’s gorgeous Uncle Felix and the chance of a holiday in stunning Antigua, she’s left wondering if turquoise seas can wash away their present troubles. Is the pull of white sand beaches too tempting to resist or will paradise fail to keep them all together?
29) The Matchbreaker by Chris Manby
🔸Blurb: When Lindsey Parker’s father announces that he is to remarry, Lindsey does what any good daughter would do: wishes him congratulations, then sets about trying to kill his fiancee.
Fortunately, Lindsey’s botched attempt at bumping Karen off fails, but it does succeed in driving her away. Jubilation turns to guilt when Lindsey realises her father is genuinely broken-hearted. The only way to mend it is to get Karen back.
But Karen already has a new man. In an attempt to break the new couple up, Lindsey turns honey-trapper. The mission: to seduce her ex-future-step-mother’s boyfriend. The problem: she’s falling in love with him . . .
30) Amy & Zach by Sarah Louise Smith
🔸Blurb: Meet Amy & Zach
Amy has moved to the US in order to find her real father, but she hasn’t quite worked up the courage to do so yet.
Then she met Zach, who swept her off her feet. They fell in love, fast. But Zach has a secret with the potential to ruin everything.
As Amy prepares to return to England for her sister Libby’s wedding, Zach drops a bombshell. Amy is furious, so she hides his passport and flies alone. But Zach’s secret isn’t her only worry. She will see Tim again – her sister’s fiancé.
After he finds his passport, Zach heads to the UK to surprise Amy. He wants to apologise and finally meet her family. He knows he has a lot of explaining to do. But just what will he face?
Amy & Zach take it in turns to share their tale with you. They will reveal all, and may surprise you, in the end…
31) The Bookshop on Rosemary Lane by Ellen Berry
🔸Blurb: In the beginning…
Kitty Cartwright has always solved her problems in the kitchen. Her cookbooks are her life, and there isn’t an issue that ‘Cooking with Aspic’ can’t fix. Her only wish is that she had a book entitled ‘Rustling Up Dinner When Your Husband Has Left You’.
Forty years later…
On Rosemary Lane, Della Cartwright plans to open a very special little bookshop. Not knowing what to do with the hundreds of cookbooks her mother left her, she now wants to share their recipes with the world – and no amount of aspic will stand in her way.
But with her family convinced it’s a hare-brained scheme, Della starts to wonder if she’s made a terrible decision. One thing’s for sure: she’s about to find out…
🔸Blurb: Meet married mum of two and successful GP Holly Graham as she relocates her family to join the team at The Practice at Beckerford, hoping to find the peaceful life she craves, despite the chaos that comes with her two year old twins and the troublesome state of her marriage. It will certainly be a challenge to keep her private and professional lives separate in such a tight-knit community.
Her colleagues have their own issues to contend with. The gorgeous Dr Dan Carter is struggling with to focus on work and the last thing he needs is any more stress; having his ambitious ex-girlfriend Dr Julia Channing working alongside him isn’t really helping. Thankfully, the rather delectable Dr Taffy Jones is on hand to distract Holly from the escalating situation at home.
Feisty octogenarian and resident celebrity, Elsie Townsend, is Holly’s favourite patient and saving grace. Elsie’s inspirational Life Lessons come at the perfect moment, as The Practice is suddenly under threat of imminent closure and Holly rediscovers her voice and her priorities just in time …
33) The Cornish Guest House by Emma Burstall
🔸Blurb: new couple have arrived in Tremarnock, but will these glamorous strangers fit into village life? Book two in the Cornish Village series.
Tremarnock is a small fishing village, crowded with holidaymakers in the summer, but a sleepy Cornish backwater at other times of the year.
Here Liz has found refuge with her young daughter, Rosie, after her relationship with Rosie’s father came unstuck. Now happily married to village restaurant owner, Robert Hart, all seems set for a quiet autumn and merry Christmas. But strangers have bought the local guest house and seem to have big plans. Why is he so charming and confident, but she so frightened? Are they who they say they are? And what are they really doing with the guest house?
🔸Blurb: When sisters Sam and Nessie left the city lights to take over The Star and Sixpence pub in Little Monkham, little did they realise they’d be taking on the villagers too…
Thrown in at the deep end with a wedding to organise at the same time as launching their new hotel rooms, the last thing they need is Sam’s past catching up with them.
As the scandal strikes, the only question is will the villagers stick their necks out for two relative newcomers? Or will Franny, the terrifying postmistress, see them gone for good…
35) Goodbye Ruby Tuesday by A.L. Michael
🔸Blurb: Four friends have become three. But that’s only the beginning.
Ruby, Evie, Mollie and Chelsea were the bad girls at school. But Ruby was the baddest. Evie fought her anger, Mollie fought her mother and Chelsea…well, Chelsea just fought. But Ruby set her sights on a bigger stage. And together, they dreamed of a future where Ruby could sing, Evie could make art, Mollie could bake, Chelsea could dance – and all of them could finally feel at home.
A decade later, the girls are reunited for the funeral of Ruby, who took the world – and the charts – by storm, before fading too soon. And Evie doesn’t know whether to laugh or cry when she learns that Ruby has left them a house on Camden Square – the perfect place for them to fulfil their dreams. But does she dare take the plunge, and risk it all for one last shot at the stars?
36) The One with the Engagement Party by Erin Lawless
🔸Blurb: Nora Dervan is ready for her Happy Ever After. With her darling Harry waiting at the altar, and all her family and friends around her. She is certain that her special day will not be forgotten/will be one to remember…
But with her four bridesmaids hiding more secrets, than bottles of champagne. Will her big day be remembered for all the right reasons?
Bea has barely gotten past the fact that her two best friends are dating, and now they’re engaged, whilst cupid’s arrow points in a forbidden direction for Cleo. She is so distracted by her off limits, hot new colleague that she has forgotten Daisy, who has been left dreading the singles table. There’s more romance in the cheesy pick- up lines than Sarah’s own marriage, which hasn’t turned out as she hoped it would be.
37) Appleby Farm: A Blessing in Disguise by Cathy Bramley
🔸Blurb: Freya Moorcroft has wild red hair, mischievous green eyes, a warm smile and a heart of gold. She’s happy working at the café round the corner from Ivy Lane allotments and her romance with her new boyfriend is going well, she thinks, but a part of her still misses the beautiful rolling hills of her Cumbrian childhood home: Appleby Farm.
Then a phone call out of the blue changes everything…
Freya’s beloved Uncle Arthur and Auntie Sue need her help. For the first time in years, Freya is back on the farm feeding the chickens, mucking out the stables, and loving every moment. As her visit comes to an end, she has a difficult decision to make: stay, or go?
Freya has to follow her heart, but just where does her heart lie?
🔸Blurb: Lord Toby Allenby is very fond of women. His brother Harry is not. So, when their great aunt leaves a bizarre caveat in her will Toby assumes the inheritance is his for the taking, providing he can find a suitable wife. But add to the mix a scheming mistress, an ambitious strumpet, and a very accident-prone young lady, and Toby finds his quest not quite as simple as he first supposed.
39) The Accidental Guest by Tilly Tennant
🔸Blurb: Soulmates don’t just fall from the sky… do they?
Hannah Meadows doesn’t believe in fate or destiny, or any of the other things people reach for when they lose control of their lives. That is, until a man arrives on her doorstep on Christmas Day begging for help. Hannah’s not the sort of woman to turn her back on someone in need, but this isn’t what compels her to aid the handsome stranger, nor is it his intense dark eyes, or the inexplicable feelings she quickly develops for him.
Something magical is coming her way, something that will turn her life completely upside down. Hannah Meadows may not believe in fate or destiny, but they seem to have other ideas…
40) The Oddest Little Bookshop by Beth Good
🔸Blurb: Daisy Diamond is a big television star, and she’s finally going home. After ten long years away. Back to the gorgeous seaside resort of Port Pol in sunny Cornwall.
But she’s not home five minutes before she realises the mistake she’s made. Because her childhood sweetheart Nick Old – affectionately known as ‘Devil’ in Port Pol – is still living there, running the local bookshop, and has no intention of letting her forget what they once felt for each other.
Daisy is no longer the dewy-eyed romantic of her school days, though. And she’s not afraid to show Nick how much she’s grown up. Even if it means bending her heart out of shape a little …
41) Firework Kisses and Summertime Wishes by Linda West
🔸Blurb: When beautiful tomboy Elle is broken up with by her longtime boyfriend she thinks her chance for happiness is over. Growing up in the wonderful clean and wholesome mountain town all she had ever dreamed of was having a family of her own. Having lost her parents at a young age, Elle knew true happiness was to be found in the love and connection of family. Now all she had left to find solace in is her horses and helping her Grandpa run the lodge.
When a stranger comes to town and starts hanging around the stables Elle is a bit concerned. Slowly she warms up to the odd young man and encourages him to start working with the horses. As they get to know each other they realize they are very much alike on the inside, even if they have taken extremely different paths in their lives.
When things take a surprisingly different turn, Elle is forced to choose between what she thinks she wants and what her heart says. Everyone wants a hero, but not everyone can recognize a true one when they meet them.
42) The Canal Boat Cafe: All Aboard by Cressida McLaughlin
🔸Blurb: Summer Freeman returns to the waterside village of Willowbeck to help with the Canal Boat Café, which used to belong to her mother. Valerie, a fortune teller, has been running things, but the business is in a pickle. The coffee machine is jammed, the cake offerings are paltry, and not all of the locals want to see the café succeed. And then there’s the handsome wildlife photographer, Mason, from the boat next door, whose Border Terrier steals some bacon right under her nose. Her Bischon Frise, Latte, loves their boating neighbours, but Summer is less sure.
As her old life and the community of Willowbeck begin to entwine, Summer finds herself setting sail on a new adventure but will she find herself navigating choppy waters instead?
43) The Barn on Half Moon Hill by Milly Johnson
🔸Blurb: Cariad Williams has been writing to Franco Mezzaluna since they were kids. But he has never written back. And now he has become a famous film star. What’s more, he is due to visit Winterworld, the Christmas theme park where Cariad works. The only problem is that she has boasted to her friends that he is her boyfriend and now everyone will find out about her lie…
44) The Trouble with Great Aunt Milly by Alice Ross
🔸Blurb: The Pinkerton brothers may look alike but the similarity ends there. While Matt is planning his lavish wedding to his model fiancée, James has vowed to have nothing to do with women ever again. So, when Great Aunt Milly dies and leaves her one-million pound share portfolio to whichever of the boys first marries and has a child, it’s assumed the fortune will go to Matt. But add to the mix a sex-mad German, a gorgeous photographer, a matchmaking mother, and one very pampered pooch, and things don’t run quite as smoothly as Matt would like …
45) A Cottage in the Country by Linn. B Halton
🔸Blurb: when your best friend has an affair with your husband of twenty-five years?
Well, you pack your bags, grab half of the equity in the house you’ve both lovingly restored and run away to an idyllic little cottage in the country.
Only, it’s not quite so idyllic when
1) Rustic charm sounds rather romantic, but the reality is something else …
2) The heavens decide to open on moving day and the rain just keeps on coming
Maddie Brooks grits her teeth and hires the highly recommended ‘man who can’, ex-soldier, Lewis Hart. As he rips out the very shabby, and decidedly not-so-chic kitchen, reality sets in. Not only is he the most abrupt person she’s ever met, but the man is a Neanderthal!
As the flood waters rise, and the village is cut off, everything that could possibly go wrong, does.
Hitting the big five-o is the final straw. No presents, family or friends—just infuriating Lewis, who can’t leave because the flood has now cut off his exit. How on earth is she going to get through this and put her life back together?
Can Maddie Brooks become that ‘fifty-and-fabulous’ woman of her dreams?
46) Sealed with a Kiss by Rachael Lucas
🔸Blurb: Kate is dumped on her best friend’s wedding day by the world’s most boring boyfriend, Ian. She’s mostly cross because he got in first – until she remembers she’s now homeless as well as jobless. Rather than move back home to her ultra-bossy mother, Kate takes a job on the remote Scottish island of Auchenmor as an all-round Girl Friday. Her first day is pretty much a disaster: she falls over, smack bang at the feet of her grouchy new boss, Roddy, Laird of the Island. Unimpressed with her townie ways, he makes it clear she’s got a lot to prove.
Island life has no room for secrets, but prickly Roddy’s keeping something to himself. When his demanding ex girlfriend appears back on the island, Kate’s budding friendship with her new boss comes to an abrupt end. What is Fiona planning – and can she be stopped before it’s too late?
47) The Plumberry School of Comfort Food by Cathy Bramley
🔸Blurb: Verity Bloom hasn’t been interested in cooking anything more complicated than the perfect fish finger sandwich, ever since she lost her best friend and baking companion two years ago.
But an opportunity to help a friend is about to land her right back in the heart of the kitchen! The Plumberry School of Comfort Food is due to open in a few weeks’ time and has rather gone off the boil. It needs the kind of great ideas that only Verity could cook up . . .
But as Verity tries to balance stirring up publicity, keeping their top chef sweet and soothing her aching heart, will her move to Plumberry prove to be a sheer delight . . . or a recipe for disaster?
48) Little Acts of Love: Mishaps in Millrise by Tilly Tennant
🔸Blurb: months have passed since Phoebe and Jack first met in the grotto of a drunken Santa at Hendry’s toy store in Millrise. Since then, Jack and his adorable daughter, Maria, have turned Phoebe’s life around. As she and Jack get closer, Phoebe decides it’s time to put her stagnating career back on track too, which means going for a big promotion at work.
But nothing is ever simple in the strange little world of Hendry’s, and Phoebe is soon wishing she’d stayed on the tills. At home, things aren’t much better as the couple brace themselves to meet their respective in-laws. It’s clear from the start that making friends and influencing people has never been harder. And to make it worse, Phoebe must compete for the affection of Jack’s parents with the perfect partner and mother – who’s been dead for five years…
49) The Oddest Little Beach Shop by Beth Good
🔸Blurb: From the first day of Annie’s arrival in the sleepy Cornish resort of Polzel, next-door neighbour Gabriel seems determined to make her life difficult. Despite his sexy looks and angelic name, Gabriel behaves like an ogre to everyone, and has apparently been like that since losing his wife in a surfing accident. Annie would do far better, her friend Claudia urges her, to focus her attentions on Jamie instead. Jamie is, after all, the hottest lifeguard in the village – and her co-worker in the Polzel beach shop.
Unfortunately, it turns out Annie has a thing for big Cornish ogres. She tries hard to keep her distance, but fate takes a hand, dragging her and Gabriel together for Polzel’s famous annual pie-rolling contest.
50) The Late Blossoming of Frankie Green by Laura Kemp
🔸Blurb: happy ever after is put on hold when her childhood sweetheart husband complains things are boring in bed.
When he asks for some space, she sets out to win him back by getting herself a sex education.
Little does she know that her hilarious, tender and embarrassing journey of enlightenment is going to change everything…
51) From Paris with Love by Samantha Tonge
🔸Blurb: Gemma Goodwin knows she should be revelling in her happy-ever-after. Except when her boyfriend Lord Edward popped the question, after a whirlwind romance, although she didn’t say no….she didn’t exactly say yes either!
A month-long cookery course in Paris could be just the place to make sure her heart and her head are on the same page… And however disenchanted with romance Gemma is feeling, the City of Love has plenty to keep her busy; the champagne is decadently quaffable, the croissants almost too delicious, and shopping is a national past-time! In fact, everything in Paris makes her want to say Je t’aime… Except Edward!
But whilst Paris might offer plenty of distractions from wedding planning – including her new friends, mysterious Joe and hot French rockstar Blade – there’s no reason she couldn’t just try one or two couture dresses is there? Just for fun…
52) You Had Me At Hello by Mhairi McFarlane
🔸Blurb: Rachel and Ben. Ben and Rachel. It was them against the world. Until it all fell apart. It’s been a decade since they last spoke, but when Rachel bumps into Ben one rainy day, the years melt away.
They’d been partners in crime and the best of friends. But life has moved on: Ben is married. Rachel is not. Yet in that split second, Rachel feels the old friendship return. And along with it, the broken heart she’s never been able to mend.
🔸Blurb: summer, a chance meeting, and Joe and Alice, both 18, fall into step as if they have known each other forever. But their idyll is shattered as quickly as it began. Joe leaves without warning; Alice heads off to Cambridge University and slowly picks up the pieces of her broken heart.
Years later, when she catches the attention of gorgeous, gifted, rich boy Lukas, Alice is carried along by his charm, swept up in his ambitious plans for a future together.
news of Joe reaches her once more, but he’s out of reach in a way that Alice could never have imagined. Life has moved on, the divide between them is now so great. Surely it is far too late to relive those perfect summer days of long ago?
54) Her Sisters Shoes by Ashley Farley
🔸Blurb: Sweeney has always been the glue that holds her family together, their go-to girl for love and support. When an ATV accident leaves her teenage son in a wheelchair, she loses her carefully constructed self-control.
In the after-gloom of her dreaded fiftieth birthday and the discovery of her husband’s infidelity, Jackie realizes she must reconnect with her former self to find the happiness she needs to move forward.
Faith lacks the courage to stand up to her abusive husband. She turns to her sisters for help, placing all their lives at risk.
In the midst of their individual challenges, the Sweeney sisters must cope with their mother’s mental decline. Is Lovie in the early stages of Alzheimer’s, or is her odd behavior normal for a woman her age? No one, including Lovie, understands her obsession with a rusty key she wears around her neck.
55) My Husband’s Wives by Faith Hogan
🔸Blurb: One man, three wives, too many secrets. A heart-warming story of love, loss, family and friendship. A compelling debut that fans of Freya North will love.
Paul Starr, Ireland’s leading cardiologist dies in a car crash with a pregnant young women by his side.
United in their grief and the love of one man, four women are thrown together in an attempt to come to terms with life after Paul. They soon realise they never really knew him at all.
The love they shared for Paul in his life and which incensed a feeling of mistrust and dislike for each other, in his death turns into the very thing that bonds them and their children to each other, forever.
As they begin to form unlikely friendships, Paul’s death proves to be the catalyst that enables them to become the people they always wanted to be.
56) An Event to Remember… or Forget by Melissa Baldwin
🔸Blurb: Sienna Harris is a girl with a plan. Her days of slaving away at Carrie’s Classic Events and More are numbered as she is on the brink of launching her own event planning company. Her relationship with Luke Price is headed in the right direction and they are approaching their one-year mark. The future is looking bright and she knows that life could not get any better . . . That is until her perfectly planned world is thrown upside down by the unexpected arrival of someone from Luke’s past.
She receives the shock of her life on the night of the biggest event of her career. Sienna will now have to pull it all together without a list or a plan. The question is, can she do it?
🔸Blurb: In the Cornish town of Talting, everyone is famous for something.
Until recently Rose was known for many things: her infectious positivity; her unique artistic talent; and her devotion to childhood sweetheart Lucas.
But two years ago that changed in one unthinkable moment. Now, Rose is known for being the young woman who became a widow aged just twenty-four.
Though Rose knows that life must go on, the thought of carving out a new future for herself is one she can barely entertain. Until a newcomer, Robert, arrives in Talting for the summer…
Can Rose allow herself the chance to love again?
58) Five Go Glamping by Liz Tipping
🔸Blurb: Festival tickets
Double check best Instagram filter
Avoid thinking about work/Connor/five year plan!!
A four day break from her hectic life to relax in the countryside and hang out at a local festival (for free!) is just what Fiona Delaney needs. With her best friends, great tunes and a cool looking hat her Instagram shots are going to look A-Mazing!
Until suddenly glamping starts to feel a lot more like camping and Fiona’s in desperate search of a comfy chair, wi-fi and a chilled glass of wine. But when she finally makes it to the local pub she discovers this trip could be more than just a holiday, it might just change her life forever…
59) The Years of Loving You by Ella Harper
🔸Blurb: your first love was your only love?
When Molly is diagnosed with a life changing illness, it feels like her whole world has come crashing down. She hopes the news will make her marriage to Sam stronger. But why does Molly always call best friend Ed in a crisis?
Ed. The very same Ed that Molly fell in love with at a party when they were teenagers, underneath a star-filled sky. Then life took them in very different directions. They could only ever be friends.
Suddenly Molly starts to question every decision she’s ever made. What if they could turn back the clock? Back to the very beginning. When the only certainty they shared was each other …
60) White Lies by Emily Harper
🔸Blurb: Imagine standing in line at Harvey Nichols waiting to buy the most gorgeous silk Gucci dress. The only minor problem? You can’t afford it, it’s a size smaller than you are, and you have absolutely no place to wear it.
Meet Natalie Flemming: a twenty-something woman working in London for a fabulous shoe-designing firm, but the only thing they let her touch is the company’s tax forms. She has decided to give fate a vacation and takes the task of finding the man of her dreams (or Johnny Depp if he would just return her calls…) into her own hands.
She craves adventure, spontaneity, passion- or will just settle for a decent date.
61) The List by Joanna Bolouri
🔸Blurb: Phoebe Henderson may be single but she sure doesn’t feel fabulous. It’s been a year since she found her boyfriend Alex in bed with another woman, and multiple cases of wine and extensive relationship analysis with best friend Lucy have done nothing to help. Faced with a new year but no new love, Phoebe concocts a different kind of resolution. The List: ten things she’s always wanted to do in bed but has never had the chance (or the courage!) to try. A bucket list for between the sheets. One year of pleasure, no strings attached.
Simple, right? Factor in meddlesome colleagues, friends with benefits, getting frisky al fresco and maybe, possibly, true love and Phoebe’s got her work cut out for her.
🔸62) One Hundred Proposals by Holly Martin
Blurb: Is there really such a thing as a perfect proposal?
Over the next hundred days I intend to find out. I will find one hundred ways to propose to our Chief Proposer Suzie McKenzie and post the results here for your enjoyment. One thing’s for sure, not one of my proposals will be on top of the Eiffel Tower with a dozen red roses.’
Best friends Suzie and Harry are partners in romance. That is, they run the.PerfectProposal.com, coming to the aid of would-be grooms to create the ultimate marriage proposal.
But when Harry decides to catapult the business into the big leagues with a PR stunt all Suzie can see is a hundred days of heartbreak stretching ahead of her. But however exotic the location, or breath-takingly romantic the setting, Suzie has to keep remembering that ‘Marry Me?’ is the one question she can’t say yes to.
This business proposal should come with one hundred broken heart warnings…
One hundred proposals, one hundred chances to say yes.
63) The State We’re In by Adele Parks
🔸Blurb: What are the odds that the stranger sitting next to you on a plane is destined to change your life? Especially when they appear to be your opposite in every way.
She’s a life-long optimist, looking for her soul mate in every man she meets; he’s a resolute cynic – cruel experience has taught him never to put his faith in anyone.
People can surprise you. In the time it takes to fly from London to Chicago, each finds something in the other that they didn’t even realise they needed.
Their pasts are such that they can never make one another happy and it’s when they get off the plane that their true journey begins…
64) The Light of the Fireflies by Paul Pen
🔸Blurb: A haunting and hopeful tale of discovering light in even the darkest of places.
For his whole life, the boy has lived underground, in a basement with his parents, grandmother, sister, and brother. Before he was born, his family was disfigured by a fire. His sister wears a white mask to cover her burns.
He spends his hours with his cactus, reading his book on insects, or touching the one ray of sunlight that filters in through a crack in the ceiling. Ever since his sister had a baby, everyone’s been acting very strangely. The boy begins to wonder why they never say who the father is, about what happened before his own birth, about why they’re shut away.
A few days ago, some fireflies arrived in the basement. His grandma said, There’s no creature more amazing than one that can make its own light. That light makes the boy want to escape, to know the outside world. Problem is, all the doors are locked. And he doesn’t know how to get out…
65) Thursday’s in the Park by Hilary Boyd
🔸Blurb: What do you do if you’ve been married to a man for half your life and out of nowhere he leaves your bed – permanently?
When this happens to Jeanie, she’s furious and determined to confront George, her husband of thirty years. Is he in love with someone else? What did she do wrong? He won’t tell her.
The brightest day of her week is Thursday, the day Jeanie takes her granddaughter to the park. There, one day, she meets Ray, kind, easy to talk to, and gorgeous – he is everything George isn’t.
But does she have the courage, while facing opposition from all sides, to turn her life upside down for another shot at love?
66) Still Alice by Lisa Genova
🔸Blurb: Alice Howland is proud of the life she worked so hard to build. At fifty, she’s a cognitive psychology professor at Harvard and a renowned expert in linguistics, with a successful husband and three grown children. When she begins to grow forgetful and disoriented, she dismisses it for as long as she can until a tragic diagnosis changes her life – and her relationship with her family and the world around her – for ever.
Unable to care for herself, Alice struggles to find meaning and purpose as her concept of self gradually slips away. But Alice is a remarkable woman, and her family learn more about her and each other in their quest to hold on to the Alice they know. Her memory hanging by a frayed thread, she is living in the moment, living for each day. But she is still Alice.
🔸Blurb: Squeezing herself into a frothy, flouncy, bubble-gum pink dress, Rosie Hamilton thinks that being a bridesmaid for her spoilt little sister Freya can’t get any worse.
But discovering her boyfriend in a cupboard with the bride, ten minutes before Freya is due to say ‘I do’, is the icing on the sequinned wedding cake – and Rosie’s cue to pack her bags.
Swapping her Louboutins for Wellingtons, Rosie throws her bridesmaid bouquet in the air and flies from bustling New York to sleepy Devon. Her late Aunt Bernice’s cosy countryside cottage is the only place that’s ever felt like home.
Now, for the first time in her life, and with the help of her beloved Aunt’s diaries, Rosie must put herself first for a change – and decide what she really wants…
68) Just The Way You Are by Lynsey James
🔸Blurb: Ava is unlucky in love as well as in life. The new office bitch has landed the dating column Ava wanted, and she can’t remember the last time she had a second date. It’s a good thing she has best friends Max and Gwen to pick up the pieces.
Deep down, Ava knows the reason why one date never turns into two – she’s in love with someone else. Someone she’s never even met.
It all started six years ago, with a letter from a secret admirer, Mr Writer… but then they suddenly stopped and Ava was heartbroken.
Now the letters have started again and Ava knows it could mean winning back the dating column at work. This time she’s determined to unmask Mr Writer… and find out once and for all if he’s Mr Right or Mr Very Definitely Wrong!
69) November 9 by Colleen Hoover
🔸Blurb: Fallon meets Ben, an aspiring novelist, the day before her scheduled cross-country move. Their untimely attraction leads them to spend Fallon’s last day in L.A. together, and her eventful life becomes the creative inspiration Ben has always sought for his novel. Over time and amidst the various relationships and tribulations of their own separate lives, they continue to meet on the same date every year. Until one day Fallon becomes unsure if Ben has been telling her the truth or fabricating a perfect reality for the sake of the ultimate plot twist.
Can Ben’s relationship with Fallon – and simultaneously his novel – be considered a love story if it ends in heartbreak?
70) Sunshine and Secrets: Willow Cottage by Bella Osbourne
🔸Blurb: Beth is running away. With her young son Leo to protect, Willow Cottage is the lifeline she so desperately needs. Overlooking the village green in a beautiful Cotswolds idyll, Beth sees a safe place for little Leo.
When she finally uncovers the cottage from underneath the boughs of a weeping willow tree, Beth realises this is far more of a project than she bargained for and the locals are more than a little eccentric! A chance encounter with gruff Jack, who appears to be the only male in the village under thirty, leaves the two of them at odds but it’s not long before Beth realises that Jack has hidden talents that could help her repair more than just Willow Cottage.
Over the course of four seasons, Beth realises that broken hearts can be mended, and sometimes love can be right under your nose…
71) Darker Water by Lauren Stewart
🔸Blurb: another painful breakup, Laney Temple finally understands love is a fairytale and sex rarely comes with a happy ending. She’s too busy for it right now anyway—she has a business to run, art to create, and candy to crush. Sure, eventually she’ll be ready to switch from her plastic-and-silicon lover to a flesh-and-blood one. But before that happens, she has to be sure she won’t feel any of those annoying emotions that make her heart do things it wasn’t meant to do…
Carson Bennett is completely upfront about what he wants, and it has nothing to do with Laney’s heart. Her lips? Hell yeah. Other parts of her body? You better f*cking believe it. But her heart? Nope, not even a little. Until it does…a lot. But having feelings for someone isn’t allowed. It’s the kind of thing you’re supposed to push down deep and cover up with one-night stands, sarcasm, and booze…
Two people want the same thing—a commitment to nothing more than great sex in a bunch of different positions. Simple. Enjoyable. A win-win. Problem is, those two people have families and fears and pain that spill into every moment of their lives, control what they do and who they are. And if either Carson or Laney can’t free themselves from the past, they’ll both be pulled under by it.
72) The First Last Kiss by Ali Harris
🔸Blurb: How do you hold on to a love that is slowly slipping away from you?
Can you let go of the past when you know what is in the future?
And how do you cope when you know that every kiss is a countdown to goodbye?
This is the story of a love affair, of Ryan and Molly and how they fell in love and were torn apart. The first time Molly kissed Ryan, she knew they’d be together forever. Six years and thousands of kisses later she’s married to the man she loves. But today, when Ryan kisses her, Molly realises how many of them she wasted because the future holds something which neither of them could have ever predicted…
73) The Love of Her Life by Harriet Evans
🔸Blurb: Kate Miller re-made herself from a geeky teenager into the image of modern woman, with a career in glossy magazines, a wedding to plan and a flatmate who was her best friend. Then it all fell apart – spectacularly, painfully and forever.
Ever since, she’s hidden in New York, working as a dogsbody for a literary agency. But when her father becomes ill, she has to return to London and face everything she left behind.
She spends time with her upstairs neighbour, Mr Allan, an elderly widower, taking long walks along London’s canals and through leafy streets. And she visits her adored but demanding father. But eventually she has to face her friends – Zoe, Francesca and Mac – the friends who are bound together with her forever, as a result of one day when life changed for all of them.
Mac is the man she thought was the love of her life. Now they don’t speak. Can Kate pick up the pieces and allow herself to love her life again?
74) If You Don’t Know Me By Now by A.L. Michael
🔸Blurb: What’s the worst job you’ve ever had?
Imogen has come to London to make it as a writer. At least, that was the plan. Finding herself in a dead-end job serving coffee to hipsters was not on her to-do list. And even if gorgeous colleague Declan does give her more of a buzz than a triple-shot cappuccino, Imogen can feel her dreams evaporating faster than the steam from an extra-hot latte.
Until her anonymous tell-all blog about London’s rudest customers goes viral – and suddenly, Imogen realises that landing the worst job in the world might just be the best thing that’s ever happened to her! As long as she can keep her identity to herself…
75) First Time in Forever by Sarah Morgan
🔸Blurb: Happily-Ever-After isn’t on Emily Donovan’s agenda…
Emily’s been too swept up in a challenging year of firsts, from becoming a stand-in mum to her niece Lizzy to moving to remote but beautiful Puffin Island, to think about love.
But that’s before charismatic local yacht club owner Ryan Cooper kisses her…
Ryan knows Emily has a complicated past that she’s struggling to face. So he makes it his mission to help her unwind and enjoy the chemistry they share.
Can the welcoming community of Puffin Island work their magic on Emily and get her to take her biggest leap of trust yet —putting her heart in someone else’s hands?
76) Mind Over Matter by Nora Roberts
🔸Blurb: Theatrical agent Aurora Fields kept her personal life strictly separate from her professional one, but lines were crossed the moment she met David Brady.
He had asked her client to participate in his documentary on paranormal phenomena. Aurora agreed, but she stayed on hand to protect the woman from exploitation as fiercely as a mother tigress. Somehow David saw that Aurora’s tough self-image was a little soft around the edges, and he was determined to discover what she was trying to hide.
He’d always considered himself a good judge of people, so why did each moment he spent with Aurora leave her as enigmatic—and enticing—as before?
77) Only Ever Yours by Louise O’Neill
🔸Blurb: Eves are designed, not made.
The School trains them to be pretty
The School trains them to be good.
The School trains them to Always be Willing.
All their lives, the eves have been waiting. Now, they are ready for the outside world.
companion . . . concubine . . . or chastity
Only the best will be chosen.
And only the Men decide.
78) Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
🔸Blurb: every day as if it’s your last’ – but you never actually think it’s going to be. At least I didn’t.
The thing is, you don’t get to know when it happens. You don’t remember to tell your family that you love them or – in my case – remember to say goodbye to them at all.
But what if, like me, you could live your last day over and over again? Could you make it perfect? If your whole life flashed before your eyes, would you have no regrets? Or are there some things you’d want to change…?
79) The Donor by Helen Fitzgerald
🔸Blurb: Will, who has given up everything to raise his twin daughters, has a terrible choice to make when both girls suffer kidney failure age 16.
Should he save one child? If so, which one?
Should he buy a kidney – be an organ tourist?
Should he sacrifice himself?
Or is there a fourth solution – one so terrible it has never even crossed his mind?
80) Until Friday Night by Abbi Glines
🔸Blurb: To everyone who knows him, West Ashby has always been that guy: the cocky, popular, too-handsome-for-his-own-good football god. But on the inside he’s grief-stricken – his father is dying and he hasn’t told anyone because he can’t face the truth.
Now, as his pain grows unbearable, West finally decides he needs to talk to someone about his dad. So in the dark shadows of a party, he tells the one girl who doesn’t speak everything he can’t tell anyone else. West expected to feel relief, a flood of emotions – but what he didn’t expect was for Maggie Carleton to reply. For her to reveal a pain even deeper than his own. And, for them to form a connection so strong that he couldn’t ever let her go.
81) A Stolen Life by Jaycee Dugard
🔸Blurb: On 10 June 1991, eleven-year-old Jaycee Dugard was abducted from a school bus stop within sight of her home in Tahoe, California. It was the last her family and friends saw of her for over eighteen years. On 26 August 2009, Dugard, her daughters, and Phillip Craig Garrido appeared in the office of her kidnapper’s parole officer in California. Their unusual behaviour sparked an investigation that led to the positive identification of Jaycee Lee Dugard, living in a tent behind Garrido’s home. During her time in captivity, at the age of fourteen and seventeen, she gave birth to two daughters, both fathered by Garrido.
Dugard’s memoir is written by the 30-year-old herself and covers the period from the time of her abduction in 1991 up until the present. In her stark, utterly honest and unflinching narrative, Jaycee opens up about what she experienced, including how she feels now, a year after being found. Garrido and his wife Nancy have since pleaded guilty to their crimes.
82) Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight
🔸Blurb: Stressed single mother and law partner Kate is in the meeting of her career when she is interrupted by a telephone call to say that her teenaged daughter Amelia has been suspended from her exclusive Brooklyn prep school for cheating on an exam. Torn between her head and her heart, she eventually arrives at St Grace’s over an hour late, to be greeted by sirens wailing and ambulance lights blazing. Her daughter has jumped off the roof of the school, apparently in shame of being caught.
A grieving Kate can’t accept that her daughter would kill herself: it was just the two of them and Amelia would never leave her alone like this. And so begins an investigation which takes her deep into Amelia’s private world, into her journals, her email account and into the mind of a troubled young girl.
Then Kate receives an anonymous text saying simply: AMELIA DIDN’T JUMP. Is someone playing with her, or has she been right all along?
83) The Lost and Found by Cat Clarke
🔸Blurb: SHE WAS LOST…
When six-year-old Laurel Logan was abducted, the only witness was her younger sister, Faith. Faith’s childhood was dominated by Laurel’s disappearance – from her parents’ broken marriage and the constant media attention to dealing with so-called friends who only ever wanted to talk about her sister.
NOW SHE IS FOUND…
Thirteen years later, a young woman is found in the garden of the Logans’ old house, disorientated and clutching the teddy bear Laurel was last seen with. Laurel is home at last, safe and sound. Faith always dreamed of getting her sister back, without ever truly believing it would happen. But a disturbing series of events leaves Faith increasingly isolated and paranoid, and before long she begins to wonder if everything that’s lost can be found again…
84) Lost Dogs and Lonely Hearts by Lucy Dillon
🔸Blurb: When the abandoned strays from a local dogs’ home are matched with brand new owners, it turns out it might not just be the dogs who need rescuing.
Rachel’s aunt has left her a house, a Border Collie and, despite knowing nothing about dogs, a crowded kennels. But since her life has collapsed she’s not sure she can deal with any more lost souls.
Zoe’s ex-husband has given their children a puppy. The kids are in love, but she’s the one stuck training Toffee the impossible Labrador. She’s nearly at the end of her tether – until Toffee leads her to a handsome doctor…
Meanwhile Natalie and Johnny’s marriage hasn’t been easy since they started trying for a baby. But is a fridge-raiding, sofa-stealing Basset hound like Bertie really the child substitute they’re looking for?
As the new owners’ paths cross on the town’s dog-walking circuits, their lives become interwoven. And they – and their dogs – learn some important lessons about loyalty, companionship and unconditional love . . .
85) The Forgotten Flapper: A Novel of Olive Thomas by Laini Giles
🔸Blurb: A presence lurks in New York City’s New Amsterdam Theatre when the lights go down and the audience goes home. They say she’s the ghost of OLIVE THOMAS, one of the loveliest girls who ever lit up the Ziegfeld Follies and the silent screen. From her longtime home at the theater, Ollie’s ghost tells her story from her early life in Pittsburgh to her tragic death at twenty-five.
After winning a contest for “The Most Beautiful Girl in New York,” shopgirl Ollie modeled for the most famous artists in New York, and then went on to become the toast of Broadway. When Hollywood beckoned, Ollie signed first with Triangle Pictures, and then with MYRON SELZNICK’s new production company, becoming most well known for her work as a “baby vamp,” the precursor to the flappers of the 1920s.
After a stormy courtship, she married playboy JACK PICKFORD, MARY PICKFORD’s wastrel brother. Together they developed a reputation for drinking, club-going, wrecking cars, and fighting, along with giving each other expensive make-up gifts. Ollie’s mysterious death in Paris’ Ritz Hotel in 1920 was one of Hollywood’s first scandals, ensuring that her legend lived on.
86) Kiss Me Kate by Katy Regnery
🔸Blurb: Kate English has relocated to Philadelphia and now works with her cousins at English & Company. The problem with moving to Philly? It was where Kate met her first love, Etienne Rousseau. Since the move, Kate can’t seem shake the painful memories of a romance that broke her heart.
Etienne Rousseau, neighbor and arch-enemy of the English family, is recently single and has every intention of enjoying his newly-minted bachelor-status. That is…until his brother inks a deal with English & Company, forcing Etienne to work with his one-time lover, Kate English. Though he wants to hate the girl who once destroyed his life, he can’t deny the fierce attraction or hide the deep tenderness he still feels for Kate.
With vibrant flashbacks of their passionate, teenage love affair making it impossible to ignore their unresolved history, Kate and Etienne will commit to unraveling the secrets of their heartbreaking past to make way for a breathtaking future.
**KISS ME KATE is a standalone novel, inspired by “Romeo & Juliet,” but with a HAPPY ending!**
87) The Decision by Penny Vincenzi
🔸Blurb: Set against a vibrant sixties backdrop, this is the story of two bright young things: Eliza, an ex-deb making a splash in the world of fashion, and Matt, a working-class boy carving out a serious name for himself in property. Their story begins with a love affair, closely followed by a marriage, followed by a baby. But whilst their relationship is at first fuelled by passion, it’s not of the enduring kind, and soon what started out with such promise descends into a harrowing divorce case and an epic custody battle. With everything at stake for both Eliza and Matt, and neither party willing to give up their little girl without a fight, it’s high drama in the courts. Let battle begin…
88) Summer Holiday by Penny Smith
🔸Blurb: Miranda Blake is divorced. At 45, things are starting to head south. She’s toying with the idea of Botox. Toying with the idea of facial surgery. And toying with getting a job or possibly a toy boy. The only block to all those things is her stiff, uppity daughter, 23-year-old Lucy. Pompous, is what Miranda calls her. (Sane, is how Lucy sees it.)
Her friends are trying to set her up with a collection of bankers and company directors… Similar types to her ex-husband, Nigel (Nigel – just saying his name makes her wince) and every new date ends in disaster. So, one summer’s day, Miranda decides to go and help clean out a local canal. She falls for Alex, a dreadlocked eco-warrior. But Lucy does not approve, and sets about sabotaging the relationship. She succeeds…
Miranda, heartbroken, goes on holiday to Spain. But there, things only go from bad to worse – she falls in with a bad crowd, and is soon way out of her depth. What is it they know about Alex and his family? How is the wealthy recluse, and island owner, David Miller involved in their dodgy business activities?
Aboard a glamorous yacht, hosting an award ceremony with former breakfast TV star Katie Fisher, Miranda might be in more trouble than she ever could have imagined. Will Alex get there in time to save her?
89) The Way You Look Tonight by Richard Madeley
🔸Blurb: Not until she was 16 did Stella Arnold learn the full truth about her father, how handsome, charming James turned out to be a cold-blooded, psychotic extortionist, racketeer and killer. Knowing now what her father was capable of, she decides to study psychology and the criminal mind, and to further her education in America. In the spring of 1962 she flies to Boston where, being beautiful, bright and fashionably English, she becomes someone of huge fascination and on every invitation list. Then comes an invitation one summer weekend to the home of the Kennedys. Stella quickly becomes part of the inner Kennedy circle as they party through the hot summer nights. Both brothers, JFK and Bobby, make their moves on her but she firmly, charmingly, repels them.
Further south, on the Florida Keys, a killer is on the loose. The case, unsolved, begins to rock America, and with her specialist knowledge of psychopaths, Stella is co-opted by the police investigation and prepares to fly south…
90) The Summer I Met You by Victoria Walters
🔸Blurb: love at first sight. It was a summer of love…
When Emma leaves her Cornish hometown of Talting for a summer in Devon, the last thing she dreams of is falling in love.
But sometimes the people who affect us the most come along when we least expect it.
As the summer comes to the end, will it herald the start of something that could last for ever?
91) Tell Me Tomorrow by Linda Bellingham
🔸Blurb: Meredith Lee is one of the most successful women in television. She has a daytime show that has an audience of millions. She seems to have it all.
But behind the tirelessly successful facade lies the story of a woman who nearly lost everything. This is the story of a woman who could not keep love in her life. The love of neither her father nor her mother. Who lost the love of her life the first time around, then lost the love of her own child. She could not even find love in herself.
This is a story about women, about their sugar and spice, about the deep natural instincts that drive women through whatever society is trying to pin on them at the time. It is also about love, where to look for it and how to hold on to it when it is found.
92) Perfect Weddings by Lynda Renham
🔸Blurb: Every bride wants a perfect wedding and that includes Georgina Winters. Amy Perfect is the crème de la crème of wedding planners so who best to plan Georgina s wedding… except the man Georgina plans to marry is the same man who jilted Amy three years ago. Will her plan to give Georgina the most imperfect wedding backfire on her? Is this the chance for Amy to win back the love of her life, or will insufferable Ben Garret put a spanner in the works? Arab princes, spoilt brides and wedding catastrophes make Perfect Weddings a page-turning romantic comedy that will keep you guessing until the very last page.
93) Chasing Charlie by Linda McLaughan
🔸Blurb: When unlucky-in-love Sam bumps into her first boyfriend, the charming but roguish Charlie, she falls head first for him all over again. Even though he broke her heart, she’s determined to win him back – even if she has to chase him all over London…
Sam’s friends have their doubts about whether cheating Charlie is really the man for her, but they have their own problems to deal with. Uptight Mara is struggling to trust anyone after a bad break-up; sexy corporate go-getter Claudia has her self-confidence rocked after a health scare; and sensitive, intelligent Ed, has been secretly, hopelessly in love with Sam for years…
As Sam chases her lost love like a woman possessed, getting into ever more outlandish situations and making a fool of herself in the process, she finds herself wondering just how far she’ll go to win Charlie back. Or will she finally see what’s right under her nose?
94) Love to Hate You by Anna Premoli
🔸Blurb: Ian have known each other for seven years. They are leaders of two different teams in the same London bank, and are constantly engaged in a running battle to be number one.
Ian is a handsome, wealthy and sought-after bachelor; Jennifer is a feisty, independent lawyer. When they are thrown together to work on the same project, Ian makes Jenny an offer she can’t refuse: to have free reign of their rich client if she pretends to be his girlfriend.
Soon, it becomes more and more difficult to tell the difference between fiction and reality…
95) Truth or Dare by Portia MacIntosh
🔸Blurb: Ruby Wood is perfectly happy playing the dating game – until she has a red-hot dream about her very attractive flatmate, Nick. He might spend every day saving lives as a junior doctor, but he’s absolutely the last man on earth that fun-loving Ruby would ever date!
The solution? Focus on all of Nick’s bad points. And if that fails, up her dating antics and find herself a man! So what if she manages to make disapproving, goody two-shoes Nick jealous in the process…
Only, after a series of nightmare first dates, there’s still just one man on Ruby’s mind. Maybe it’s time to admit the truth and dare to ask Nick to be her next date?
96) Knowing Me Knowing You by Mandy Baggot
🔸Blurb: Recently single mother Kate is struggling. Clinging on to a career and bringing up her 2 year old daughter leads to nights alone drowning her sorrows in the cheapest white wine she can find.
Forced to employ Joel, a male escort, to accompany her to a professionals’ dinner, Kate somehow ends up in the middle of a relationship contest, competing for a £100,000 prize alongside someone she barely knows.
With her boss, the Lady Dragon Miranda, desperate for Kate to flounder, her tarot card reading child-minder trying to match-make and her ex-husband making her life a misery, can Kate keep her life on an even keel? And more importantly can she put her trust in a serial dater who used to be an underwear model?
97) A Step in Time by Kerry Barrett
🔸Blurb: Following a (totally justified) ugly, public brawl with her love-rat boyfriend, soap star and paparazzi darling Amy Lavender’s TV career is over.
Her agent assures her that winning a glitzy dancing TV competition will put Amy back on top. But Amy has two left feet, and her hot dance partner Patrick seems to think that she’s behaving like a superficial spoiled brat (also totally justified).
At rock bottom, Amy is now living in a rented room when she encounters her upstairs neighbour, an elegant older lady with a mysterious, tragic air who knows more than a thing or two about the foxtrot.
But it’ll take more than a couple of dance lessons to get Amy back on the leaderboard and ready to cha cha cha her way to glitterball glory!
98) It Started at Sunset Cottage by Bella Osbourne
🔸Blurb: Kate Marshall is slowly getting her life back on track after losing her fiancé. As an author she has been able to hide herself away from the world and its expectations – but now one of her books has been optioned for a film and Hollywood suddenly comes knocking on her door!
When Kate is given the opportunity to stay at a beautiful country retreat and concentrate on the screenplay, it’s an offer she can’t refuse. Encouraged by her best friend, sharp-tongued single mum Sarah, Kate sees it’s finally time to stop letting life pass her by.
Looking for confidence and inspiration in the idyllic Cotswolds countryside, the last thing Kate expects is for Timothy Calder, A-list actor and leading man in the movie adaptation of her book, to turn up on her doorstep, hoping to lie low after his latest tabloid scandal! But after a rocky start, with Tim narrowly avoiding death by watering can, they find they have a few things in common: a liking for Lady Grey tea, walnut whips and bad ‘knock knock’ jokes. Actually, the bad jokes are just Tim.
As an unlikely friendship begins to blossom, and with circumstances repeatedly throwing them together, is Sunset Cottage where both Kate and Tim’s lives will really start?
99) Life Or Something Like It by Annie Lyons
🔸Blurb: Cat is very good at her job. She runs a PR company with her best friend (and secret crush) Jesse, and is never happier than when her high-profile celebrities are glittering in the spotlight.
But when her footballer client gets in the press for all the wrong reasons, Cat’s career takes a sudden nosedive. So when her brother Andrew unexpectedly needs her to look after his kids for a few weeks, she can hardly say no. She’s happily single, hasn’t exactly been the ‘World’s Best Auntie’ over the years, and what she knows about looking after children would fit on the back of a postage stamp. But it’s only temporary until she gets her real life back on track – isn’t it?
💅Review: Possibly the worst thing in beauty for me, no scratch that, in the world for me, is nail polish. For some unknown reason it just totally refuses to stay put. I could use the cheapest brand or the most expensive brands alone or with top coats but honestly absolutely nothing works. I have even gone into salons and yet the results are continuously awful. So as you can most probably imagine my reaction when I heard about Maybelline’s Superstay 3D Gel Effect Plumping Top Coat, I was instantly drawn to it and wanted to try it out.
Being spoiled like I am, I received my Superstay 3D Gel Effect Plumping Top Coat free from Maybelline for an honest review, and an honest review is exactly what they are going to get.
Guess what? It worked! No shitting you. After all this time without being able to wear polish on my nails, I have actually found something that works for me. Over the actual fucking moon I am.
So, there I sat nervously applying the Maybelline Superstay 3D Gel Effect Plumping Top Coat over a nice pale blue polish with nothing but hope in my heart. The application was smooth and even given that the brush was a good size, weighted perfectly and was curved to just glide over your nail instead of slopping it everywhere like you do with a normal brush. Don’t even pretend you don’t do that. Especially when it’s transparent or a French manicure set, it just gets slopped on and goes all over your fingers and sometimes your leg, your arm, the duvet, the sofa.
Ay, don’t you think that when you try your hardest to do it properly you end up with it everywhere? I’m so not a girl it’s unbelievable, no wonder none of mine have ever bloody stayed on haha.
Sorry, back to business. So, It surprisingly dried pretty fast and once it did it gave a fantastic boost to the polish underneath making my shaky-handed attempt actually look pretty decent and like they could have actually been professional, well, semi-professional. They were glossy, smooth, beautiful. Obviously impressed already, I prayed and begged to the Nail Polish Gods to give me a break and allow me and my nails some time together with this beautiful blue shine.
So, I went about me business thinking I was absolutely gorgeous and constantly admiring my beautiful looking talons, well, partly bitten nubs like, but still admiring them non the less then disaster struck! A chip!
Devastated about the chip I actually hadn’t realised that I was actually on day six of the polish. Six days in and got my first chip! Six whole days! That is totally unheard of in my life, the Nail Polish God named Maybelline well and truly heard my prayers and allowed me to have something I can never usually have. I had well and truly been blessed.
Seriously though, I am more than impressed and will most definitely be trying out the Maybelline Superstay Forever Strong Professional Nail Varnish with it next time. Can you imagine how amazing my nails will look then? Polish boner even just thinking about it. I wouldn’t just think I was gorgeous then would I ay? oh no, I would think I was Perrie-Bloody-Edwards 😍
So yeah, a success all round. I would definitely recommend it to you all.
A clear, magical, nail polish dream.
🔺Hard-working plump colour.
🔺Now nails get a plumping 3D effect.
💅 How To Use: (You know because you’re all dead stupid and don’t know how to 🙄 – obvs I’ve got to put ALL details regardless)
Apply single coat on top of dry nail colour.
💅 Product Description:
🔺 Manufacturer: L’Oreal
🔺 Manufacturer reference: 3600531318949
🔺 Product Dimension: 4 x 2 x 7.8 cm; 50 g
💅 Ingredients: Butyl Acetate, Ethyl Acetate, Nitrocellulose, Ethyl Tosylamide, Isopropyl Alcohol, Cellulose Acetate Butyrate, Acetyl Tributyl Citrate, Acrylates Copolymer, Adipic Acid/Neopentyl Glycol/Trimellitic Anhydride Copolymer, CI 60725 / Violet 2, D162855/1
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Today’s my day on the Blog Tour for Elizabeth Just 16 by Cecilia Paul.
If you’re not aware of Elizabeth Just 16, it is a really informative, educational and interesting book about a young girl who has recently found out she has been diagnosed with the condition Mayer-Rokitansky-Küster-Hauser syndrome or MRKH for short. MRKH is an unusual complex congenital disorder that affects the female reproductive tract, resulting in them being born without a womb, cervix and vagina.
I have a brilliant post to show you from author Cecelia Paul on why she felt she needed to write this book and what she hoped she could get out of it. And of course the usual book details.
Shall we get to it?
▪️Blurb: Elizabeth Appleton is a sweet and easy-going adolescent. But as she turns sixteen, she discovers something so devastating about herself that her whole world is turned upside down. Elizabeth has been born without a womb or a vagina and is diagnosed with MRKH, an unusual congenital disorder that affects the female reproductive tract. Frightened and confused, Elizabeth must struggle to understand how she can still be a girl but no longer a ‘normal’ one. As she questions everyone and everything around her – her burgeoning sexuality, her gender, her hopes for the future – Elizabeth must fight against the shame and betrayal she feels if she is to ever become the woman she has always hoped to be.
▪️Author Details: Based in London, Cecilia Paul has worked for the NHS, in the field of gynaecology for over twenty years and, where she later worked within a specialist team, specialising in congenital disorders of the genital tract. Together, they have treated hundreds of women with this unusual congenital syndrome, MRKH. Now retired, and with a wealth of knowledge under her belt, Cecilia has been inspired to write her first novel dealing with this little-known syndrome hoping to bring awareness and understanding into the public sphere. Furthermore, as she has retired, she would like to encourage these women to get the appropriate help from specialist centres, that can provide them with a holistic support and treatment.
When I was working in a team that specialised in congenital genital tract disorders, we saw and treated hundreds of young girls and women with their various complaints and different unusual conditions.
Several of them had this unusual congenital condition, Mayer-Rokitansky-Küster-Hauser syndrome (MRKH). The women were females but they were born without a womb, cervix and vagina. They had functioning ovaries so they developed their breasts, body hair and external genitalia (private parts below) normally at puberty but, their periods did not start. Many of them were informed that they were late starters. By the age of sixteen, they still had no periods. Of course, without a womb, they would never menstruate (have periods). This is when the majority of women with MRKH are diagnosed – at the age of sixteen.
I decided to write my novel on this condition because I wanted to demonstrate the impact MRKH, has on a young girl or any woman to be told that she has this condition and hoped that through my novel, the women with MRKH, will have a better understanding of their condition and, it will also encourage them to get the correct help and support from the experts so that they learn to accept and to come to terms.
MRKH is a very complex condition because of its huge psychological inferences on the women. They often start questioning their gender, identity and womanhood. It also impacts on their self-belief and self-worth and, on their lives. I have heard their so many heartbreaking stories too and, I was inspired by them. I was also a part of their journeys and, I admired their strength and courage to correct their under-developed vaginas so that they could have sexual intercourse normally and, also their struggles to come to terms with their inability to have children.
I felt urged to write my novel because I wanted to help and encourage the women by sharing my experiences and expertise in their management with them and, tomake them aware that there is specialist help and support for them. I wanted them to know that the experts understand their psychological struggle to accept their condition and why it is so important for them to receive the appropriate help from these experts. I am aware that they also feel embarrassed and ashamed of their condition so they are frightened of telling anyone they have MRKH or for anyone to find out that they were born different for fear of ridicule or rejection and so, they do not talk openly about it. As such, they feel isolated and alone but, through my novel, I hoped that they will have a better understanding of their condition and, this might give them the courage to not be so afraid. I alsowanted them to know that they are not the ‘only one’ and that their MRKH is not rare because there are other women too. I hoped that after reading my novel, they will be brave enough to reach out to other contacts, which is another important aspect of their support and management. I also felt I needed to write my novel to show them that their feelings and whatever they are going through is not uncommon but that with the correct and appropriate support, they can come to terms and they can lead normal lives.
I am also aware of public ignorance because not much is known about this condition since the women tend to keep this their deeply guarded secret so I hoped that by writing my novel, it will inform the public and maybe then, they will be more empathetic and respectful towards the women with MRKH.
I also felt that I would have wasted my knowledge and experience if I did not write this novel, especially when my team and I have always worked very hard to help these women and we always tried our very best to help them achieve their optimal outcome – acceptance and getting on with their lives normally.
▪️ Book Details:
Title: Elizabeth Just 16.
Author: Cecilia Paul.
Book Length: 364 Pages.
Publisher: Clink Street Publishing.
Publication Date: June 28 201
▪️ Links to buy:
Huge thank you to both Cecilia herself and Rachel over at Authoright for inviting me onto the tour. Always appreciated.
I hope you’ve all enjoyed today’s stop and it has intrigued you enough to want to know more about Elizabeth Just 16 and MRKH. My review will go live in a few days time.
Love as always,
So, today as was having a good arl nose on Amazon as you do when I come across a decent freebie. I’ve not done a Freebie Friday, Sunday Savers, or posted any freebie links on Twitter for absolute ages, so I thought you might like some.
I’ve tried my best to include as many genres as I could and although some of the book covers don’t look up to scratch (book cover snob alert!) the blurbs all are goodens
📖 The Girl In Between by Laekan Zea Kemp.
Blurb: Bryn Reyes is a real life sleeping beauty. Afflicted with Klein-Levin Syndrome, she suffers episodes of prolonged sleep that steal weeks, and sometimes even months, from her life. But unlike most KLS patients, she doesn’t spend each episode in a catatonic state or wake up with no recollection of the time she’s missed. Instead, Bryn spends half her life in an alternate reality made up of her memories. For Bryn, the past is a place, until one day a boy she’s never met before washes up on the illusory beach of her dreams with no memory of who he is.
Link to buy: Amazon
📖 What Dreams are Made of by Sheila O’Flanagan.
A passenger spots the man of her dreams on her daily commute – and decides to make her fantasy a reality.
A widow on the verge of giving up everything rediscovers the magic in her life.
A publicist attending a star-studded event ends up in the spotlight.
A mother reveals a secret to her family that will change their lives for ever.
A pop star discovers she can’t hide – even in paradise – until she takes fate into her own hands.
A young girl comes to term with who she is – and who she isn’t – on her island.
Link to buy: Amazon
📖 Mirror Mirror by Anthony M Strong.
Blurb: Jaime thought he’d hit the jackpot when he found the antique mirror out by the curb, just waiting for a new home. Hours later the old mirror with the ornate gold frame was taking up pride of place in his apartment.
But there’s something wrong.
The mirror harbors a dark secret, and before long Jaime and his girlfriend Cassie find themselves up against a terrifying supernatural force that has its sights set on them.
Link to buy: Amazon
📖 Squall by Sean Costello.
Blurb: Bush pilot and family man Tom Stokes is about to face the worst day of his life. On a clear winter morning, he sets out in his Cessna 180 to do some repairs on a remote hunt camp, leaving his five-year-old son and very pregnant wife snug in their beds. On the return trip, a squall forces him into an emergency landing and he winds up—quite literally—in the lap of petty criminal Dale Knight. Dale, now a fugitive from the law—and worse, from a merciless drug lord who just happens to be his brother—draws Tom into a web of mayhem and treachery that puts not only his life at risk, but the lives of his wife, son . . . and unborn child.
Link to buy: Amazon
📖 Silence by Natasha Preston.
Blurb: For eleven years, Oakley Farrell has been silent. At the age of five, she stopped talking, and no one seems to know why. Refusing to communicate beyond a few physical actions, Oakley remains in her own little world.
Bullied at school, she has just one friend, Cole Benson. Cole stands by her, refusing to believe that she is not perfect the way she is. Over the years, they have developed their own version of a normal friendship. However, will it still work as they start to grow even closer?
When Oakley is forced to face someone from her past, can she hold her secret in any longer?
Link to buy: Amazon
📖 The Umumsy Mums: A Collection of Your Hysterical Stories From The Frontline of Parenting.
Blurb: Whenever the Unmumsy Mum shares a story about life with her two young boys, she is inundated with anecdotes from other mums who have had similar experiences. As she herself puts it: ‘I have spent many an evening over the past year absolutely howling with laughter at all the comments and messages received via my blog and social media pages. The Facebook page, in particular, has become a place for mums and dads to share their hilarious stories about the reality of life with children. I was confident that there would be further undiscovered gems out there – hysterical things that children have said, embarrassing things that they have done – so I invited my followers to send their own tales to me. This is a collection of the best of those stories – enjoy!’
Link to buy: Amazon
📖 Once Gone (a Riley Paige Mystery–Book 1) by Blake Pierce.
Blurb: Women are turning up dead in the rural outskirts of Virginia, killed in grotesque ways, and when the FBI is called in, they are stumped. A serial killer is out there, his frequency increasing, and they know there is only one agent good enough to crack this case: Special Agent Riley Paige.
Riley is on paid leave herself, recovering from her encounter with her last serial killer, and, fragile as she is, the FBI is reluctant to tap her brilliant mind. Yet Riley, needing to battle her own demons, comes on board, and her hunt leads her through the disturbing subculture of doll collectors, into the homes of broken families, and into the darkest canals of the killer’s mind. As Riley peels back the layers, she realizes she is up against a killer more twisted than she could have imagined. In a frantic race against time, she finds herself pushed to her limit, her job on the line, her own family in danger, and her fragile psyche collapsing.
Yet once Riley Paige takes on a case, she will not quit. It obsesses her, leading her to the darkest corners of her own mind, blurring the lines between hunter and hunted. After a series of unexpected twists, her instincts lead her to a shocking climax that even Riley could not have imagined.
Link to buy: Amazon
📖 My Favourite Husband by Pam McCutcheon.
Blurb: After five years of being lost in the Amazon, archaeologist Chaz Vincent has finally come home to his wife, Kelly, only to learn that she has had him declared dead. When he attends his own funeral, Chaz finds out that Kelly married another man just that morning. Now she has to choose between them. Who will be her favorite husband?
Link to buy: Amazon
📖 From Me (Found Duet Book 1) by Laurelin Paige.
Before him, I’d been content with the daily grind, managing one of NYC’s top nightclubs. So what if my life didn’t have a happily ever after? I didn’t believe in that anyway.
Then JC showed up.
Sexy, rich and smooth-talking, JC is nothing more than a distraction. I’m not interested in a night-in-shining latex so it’s easy to push the playboy away. Or it is until my life spins unexpectedly out-of-control. Then he’s there for me, offering a new method of survival, one based on following primal urges and desires that requires me to abandon my constant need for control.
His no-strings-attached lessons obliterate my carefully built walls. And as I discover freedom, I start to feel things for him that I shouldn’t. Things that make me fear for my newly vulnerable heart. Because JC has secrets of his own, and his secrets don’t want to set him free.
Link to buy: Amazon
📖 Keeping Kate (A Mothers Heart Book 1) by Patricia Keelyn.
Blurb: Maura Anderson was out of options.
Her adopted daughter, three-year-old Katie, is her entire world, and no heartless legal system was going to take her baby away. She did what any mother would do. She grabs Katie and runs.
Sheriff Alan Parks believes in the law, following it and enforcing it to the letter. Then Maura Anderson shows up in his quiet, small town, and he knows she’s running from something. At first, he assumes she’s running from someone – an ex-husband or boyfriend – but when she won’t confide in him he starts wondering. Who is this woman who’s captured his heart, and what or who is she afraid of? When he finds the answers, however, a part of him wishes he’d never asked the question. Because how can he help her when he represents what she’s fleeing . . . the law.
Link to buy: Amazon
📖 In Times Like These: A Time Travel Adventure by Nathan Van Coops.
Blurb: Benjamin Travers has been electrocuted. What’s worse, he and his friends have woken up in the past. As the friends search for a way home, they realize they’re not alone. There are other time travelers, and some of them are turning up dead.
When Ben meets an enigmatic scientist and his charming, time-traveling daughter, salvation seems at hand, but escaping the dangers of the past may lead to a deadly future.
If he hopes to save his friends, Ben must learn to master space and time, and survive a journey where past and future violently collide.
Link to buy: Amazon
📖 Sleepless in Manhattan: Free Sample by Sarah Morgan.
Blurb: Great friends. Amazing Apartment. An incredible job. Paige has ticked off every box on perfect New York life checklist. Until disaster strikes and instead of shimming further up the career ladder, Paige is packing up her desk.
Her brother’s best friend Jake might be the only person who can help her put her life back together. He also happens to be the boy she spent her teen years pining after, and Paige is determined not repeat her past mistakes. But the more time she spends with Jake, the more Paige realises the one thing that was missing from her world all along. The perfect New York love story…
Link to buy: Amazon
📖 The Almost Wives Club: Kate by Nancy Warren.
Blurb: Kate Winton-Jones is marrying one of America’s most eligible bachelors; Edward Carnarvon III is rich, handsome and hers. But at the final fitting of her wedding gown, one of the seamstresses pricks her and a tiny blood spot appears on the outrageously expensive gown. Its famous designer fires the clumsy seamstress on the spot, whereupon the girl puts a curse on the dress and storms out. Kate doesn’t believe in curses. She’s modern, American and in love with the perfect guy. What could go wrong?
Link to buy: Amazon
📖 Honeymoon For One (Honeymoon Series Book 1) by Lily Zante.
Blurb: When her fiancé dumps her, Ava cancels her wedding — but decides to go on her Italian honeymoon solo. Alone in Verona, the City of Love, Ava hopes to find inner peace and a clarity of mind but she is surprised to find herself drawn into yet another romantic encounter with the mysterious Nico.
Is she ready to handle even more heartbreak so soon?
Link to buy: Amazon
📖 Shopaholic on Honeymoon (Short Story) by Sophie Kinsella.
Blurb: The new Mr and Mrs Brandon are on honeymoon, and Becky has big plans! They’ve got a whole year to explore Venice, learn yoga in India, sleep in little wooden huts in South America… maybe even see penguins in the Antarctic. And of course they’ll need to buy just a few essential souvenirs along the way (everyone needs a set of Murano glass goblets, after all).
They’re not just tourists, they’re travellers. Becky is sure it is just the thing that Luke needs – time to unwind. He’ll come back a changed man… with all the good bits still intact of course.
But it soon becomes clear that Luke has different plans entirely. Can Becky help him let go, or will this little disagreement threaten their whole honeymoon?
Link to buy: Amazon
📖 Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes by Denise Grover Swank.
Blurb: For Rose Gardner, working at the DMV on a Friday afternoon is bad even before she sees a vision of herself dead. She’s had plenty of visions, usually boring ones like someone’s toilet’s overflowed, but she’s never seen one of herself before. When her overbearing momma winds up murdered on her sofa instead, two things are certain: There isn’t enough hydrogen peroxide in the state of Arkansas to get that stain out, and Rose is the prime suspect.
Rose realizes she’s wasted twenty-four years of living and makes a list on the back of a Wal-Mart receipt: twenty-eight things she wants to accomplish before her vision comes true. She’s well on her way with the help of her next door neighbor Joe, who has no trouble teaching Rose the rules of drinking, but won’t help with number fifteen– do more with a man. Joe’s new to town, but it doesn’t take a vision for Rose to realize he’s got plenty secrets of his own.
Somebody thinks Rose has something they want and they’ll do anything to get it. Her house is broken into, someone else she knows is murdered, and suddenly, dying a virgin in the Fenton County jail isn’t her biggest worry after all.
Link to blurb: Amazon
📖 True Calling by Siobhan Davis.
For Ariana Skyee, Planet Novo was everything it promised to be until the authorities introduced “The Calling” as their response to repopulation. Now, all seventeen-year-olds are to participate in this Bachelor-style pageant to find their perfect match, marry, and have children.
But that’s not Ariana’s only concern. Thanks to the government-sanctioned memory erase, Ariana has no recollection of Zane, the mystery boy who haunts her dreams. Things are further complicated when the pageant commences and her feelings for fellow Cadet Cal Remus intensify. Together, they start to realize not everything about their new home is as it seems.
Entangled in a dangerous web of deceit, Ariana sets out to identify the truth. Conflicted over warnings that Cal isn’t trustworthy and alarmed at the government’s increasing interest in her, she doesn’t know where to turn. But her search for the truth comes at a high personal price. When her world implodes, discovering the past shapes her future with devastating consequences.
Link to buy: Amazon
📖 The Flirting Games (The Flirting Games Series Book 1) by Stella Wilkinson.
Blurb: Eleanor Parkhurst is determined to get in the way of bad boy Nathaniel Naverly seducing her sweet cousin Rose. Getting Nate to switch his attention to her seemed like a good plan, but Ellie didn’t foresee that she might have to protect her own heart from his schemes as well. The game is proving a challenge. Midnight meetings, fighting or kissing, it’s all part of the fun of flirting. Set in an English boarding school, Ellie discovers that boys are more complicated than classes, and you have to play the game well or you might just get played!
Young Adult Romantic Comedy – Suitable Age Range: 13+
Link to buy: Amazon
📖 That Night (One Night Stand Book 1) by J.S. Cooper & Helen Cooper.
Blurb: It was only supposed to be one night.
When Liv Taylor met a handsome stranger at a friend’s wedding, she decided to give in to temptation. It was lust at first site and when she followed the man she nicknamed Mr. Tongue into a room before the wedding ceremony, she experienced pleasure like she’d never experienced before. That was why she agreed to one night in his hotel room. One night of unbridled passion. That was all it was supposed to be. But then, her mystery man turned up after that night and his identity was no longer a mystery. It turns out that Liv’s one night stand is about to get a whole lot more complicated and she has no idea what she’s going to do. Because sometimes one night stands never end at one night.
Link to buy: Amazon
📖 The Substitute (The Wedding Pact #1) by Denise Grover Swank.
Blurb: Megan Vandemeer meant to tell her parents about her broken engagement, but a month and a half later she finds herself boarding a plane home to her wedding. Having stretched avoidance to its limits, it’s time to come clean–a terrifying prospect since her mother is sure to blame her rather than her cheating, emotionally frigid ex. A couple of drinks and two Dramamine later, Megan finds herself spilling her sob story to the tall, dark, and handsome stranger in the seat next to her.
With only one week left to save his business, Josh McMillan boards a plane to Kansas City in a last-ditch effort, leaving the details to chance. An unexpected answer is delivered in the form of the beautiful brunette beside him. Though she’s completely loopy, her honesty, openness, and humor charm him. So when she passes out before landing, he helps her off the plane–a good deed that leads to a colossal misunderstanding. Her parents assume he’s her fiancé. In a twist of fate, the mix-up might help Josh save his business, so he plays along, figuring he can help Megan too. All he has to do is stage a public break up convincing enough to appease her mother.
Link to buy: Amazon
📖 The Debt & The Doormat by Laura Barnard.
Blurb: Poppy and Jazz have been best friends from the first week of uni. Whenever these two get together trouble isn’t far away and things haven’t changed much. When Jazz gets herself into financial trouble Poppy, being a good friend, offers to help. She instead ends up being talked into swapping lives, with Jazz insisting it will be good and help her get over her broken heart.
Poppy is thrown into a new life, full of crazy housemates; there’s fitness freak Izzy, horrendously beautiful bitch Grace and the slightly gorgeous, if not incredibly grumpy Ryan. Quickly, with the help of Jazz, her life is thrown upside down. Madness ensues and her need to please everyone gets her in more trouble than she could ever imagine.
Before she knows it she’s got a fake boyfriend and is hiding so many secrets she’s scared they’ll spill out any minute. With a bullying boss, a sex crazed colleague, a mental mother and three brothers each with their own dramas, life has gotten pretty difficult for Poppy. And all of this would be much easier, if she could just stop falling over.
Will she get her life back to normal before her brother’s upcoming wedding? And will she want to?
Link to buy: Amazon
📖 The Ghost Files by Apryl Baker.
Smokey eyes: check
Skinny jeans: check
Dead kid in the mirror: check
For sixteen year old Mattie Hathaway, this is her normal everyday routine. She’s been able to see ghosts since her mother tried to murder her when she was five years old. No way does she want anyone to know she can talk to spooks. Being a foster kid is hard enough without being labeled a freak too.
Normally, she just ignores the ghosts and they go away. That is until she see’s the ghost of her foster sister… Sally.
Everyone thinks Sally’s just another runaway, but Mattie knows the truth—she’s dead. Murdered. Mattie feels like she has to help Sally, but she can’t do it alone. Against her better judgment, she teams up with a young policeman, Officer Dan, and together they set out to discover the real truth behind Sally’s disappearance.
Only to find out she’s dealing with a much bigger problem, a serial killer, and she may be the next victim…
Will Mattie be able to find out the truth before the killer finds her?
Link to buy: Amazon
📖 Shattered Rose (Winsor Series Book 1) by Tammy L Gray.
Blurb: Avery Nichols knows how to wear the mask. Perfect student, perfect daughter and perfect friend. Nobody would ever guess that inside Avery is a prisoner to her own self loathing.
Then she meets him…and everything changes.
Handsome, charming and self assured, Jake Matthews sweeps Avery off her feet in an effortless fashion. Avery knows that Jake is everything she needs and all she has ever wanted.
She would destroy herself to be loved by him…until he walks away.
Broken and lost, Avery meets Parker. His genuine, caring nature reaches past the mask and the shattered pieces of her heart slowly begin to heal. But just when Avery starts to feel whole again, she faces the impossible truth.
Jake never really left.
Shattered Rose is book one in the Winsor Series. (All books are stand alone, full-lengh novels.)
Link to buy: Amazon
📖 Romance: Quickies (Encounter 1) by Monique DuBois.
Blurb: Curvy girl Ella meets a sexy cop whom she seduces on the floor of her bakery. But will his big gun be enough to keep her interested?
Seven friends living in New York City. One unusual competition. Who can have the most sexual encounters in a month? Ten thousand dollars is on the line…
**18+ for erotic content**
BOOK 2 AVAILABLE FOR FREE ON THE AUTHOR’S WEBSITE: matchscort.com
Link to buy: Amazon
📖 Kidnapping My Daughter by Rachel Jensby.
Blurb: At just twenty-years-old, Rachel Jensby finds herself faced with a desperate reality: either continue to hand her nineteen-month-old daughter over to the man who is sexually abusing her as the court has ordered her to do, or go into hiding to help her child escape the certainty of further sexual assaults.
Kidnapping My Daughter is the true account of a mother who spent more than two years on the run, first from local and state authorities only, and then eventually from the FBI as well. As more and more children are faced with court-licensed abuse every day, Rachel Jensby hopes to be a voice among many; joining other mothers who are effecting change by finally finding the courage to come forward with their stories.
Kidnapping My Daughter is an account of events leading up to, and all that transpired during, this family’s life on the run.
Link to buy: Amazon
📖 Shooting Star (The Star Trilogy Book 1) by Arianne Richmonde.
Blurb: A fiery, sexy romance about falling for the one person you shouldn’t have.
Movie director Jake Wild lives up to his name: he’s the wildest player in town. He’s also Hollywood royalty. From a family dynasty of powerful directors and producers, Jake’s home is a movie set. With reams of hot starlets at his beck and call, Jake can get any woman he wants. But with his new movie, Skye’s The Limit in pre-production, he’s decided it’s time to get serious and change his philandering ways.
Oscar-winning Star Davis also lives up to her name. She’s an A-list megastar. Hell-raisingly beautiful, she tosses men aside like used Kleenex. She commands 20 million per movie–or at least did until drugs, alcohol, wild partying, and a police arrest sent her into rehab. Now she’s out, squeaky clean, and determined to win the role she was born to play: the lead in Skye’s The Limit – ready to re-conquer Hollywood.
But there’s just one problem: Jake doesn’t want this “liability on legs” near his precious movie. But Star has wily ways of getting what she wants. And apart from the role of Skye, what she wants is Jake right where he belongs:
Under her thumb.
Lights, camera, action . . .
But the action is not what Jake expected.
Link to buy: Amazon
📖 48 Hours: A City of London Thriller by J Jackson Bentley.
Blurb: “If you don’t pay me £250,000.00 in the next 48 Hours you will die”. The text on Josh Hammond’s BlackBerry was blunt and chilling. Surely it must be a joke, but when Josh is attacked in broad daylight and people around him start to die he knows that his blackmailer is deadly serious. Can Josh raise the money, can his attractive new bodyguard protect him, who is blackmailing him and why? He has 48 hours to find out.
Link to buy: Amazon
📖 The Forgotten Girls (Book #1 in The Suburban Murder Series) by Alexa Steele.
Blurb: In an elite suburb of New York City, girls are dying. That doesn’t happen in Greenvale, with its immaculate lawns, exclusive yacht clubs and multi-million dollar mansions. But behind its perfect façade, its trimmed hedges and luxury cars, a darkness lies. Girls, dependent on Adderall, outmaneuver each other to get into top colleges, while the mothers’ need to live vicariously only makes it worse.
Bella DeFranco is one of the Bronx’s top SVU detectives. At only 37, she disarms everyone with her stunning good looks, yet she is as tough as most men—and a lot smarter, too. Yet when is summoned to Greenvale, she finds herself getting lost in a case that even she can’t comprehend. She stumbles into a land of secrets, a place where husbands hide their pasts from their wives, where friends are not what they seem, and where no one wants to know too much. As she digs deeper into layers of suburban dysfunction, she comes to learn that, behind all the fake smiles, there is a subtle violence–rivaling even her crime-ridden streets of the Bronx.
With a killer on the loose, time running out, and a new partner who never recovered from his washed-up alcoholic days, the odds are stacked against Bella. She is determined, though, to save these girls, whatever the cost. Yet as she gets close, the depth of psychosis she discovers shocks even her….
Link to buy: Amazon
📖 Promise You Won’t Tell? By John Locke.
Saturday afternoon Riley quietly placed a little strawberry sticker on her private area and pretended it was a tattoo. She didn’t tell anyone about it. That night she went to a slumber party that featured drinking and boys. Riley fell asleep, woke up the next day with no reason to think anything happened…
… Until Monday at school, when a classmate calls her Strawberry.
Coincidence or Crime? Dani agrees to investigate. And the roller coaster ride begins.
Link to buy: Amazon
📖 Romance: The Other Man (Chasing Love Series Book 1) by Nancy Adams.
Blurb: Christina used to be a happy woman with hobbies, joy, and laughter in her life. After being stuck in a dwindling marriage of five years, she has changed. Determined to find herself again, Christina finds herself tempted with the unthinkable: an affair—and this new man seems to have all the answers to her problems. It doesn’t take her long to decide on what she wants, but before she can finalize those plans, she receives news no one is prepared for.
Link to buy: Amazon
📖 Sinful Cinderella (Dark Fairy Tale Queen Series Book 1) by Anita Valle.
I’m not who they think I am. A docile girl who meekly obeys her stepmother and stepsisters. Some kind of sick angel who cheerfully bears their mistreatment. That’s what I WANT them to think. Because then they won’t suspect what I’m really up to.
The ball, the prince – it’s all part of my plan to come out on top. Stepmother and her demented daughters will pay for every floor I have scoured, every sneer I have borne. They don’t know about the white magic, how I use it to enhance myself. They can’t see that my heart is black as midnight, rotten as a poisoned apple.
They’re about to find out.
Link to buy: Amazon
📖 Blank (A Lincoln Delabar Action Adventure Thriller Book 1) by Richard C Hale.
I see the world differently, yet it is still a place that holds wonder. At least most of the time.
With my uniqueness comes a burden. My mind is powerful. Very powerful. And I have an obligation, a purpose, to see things in my own special way. Some of the things I see are frightening.
The evil in this world is beyond anyone’s control. Or so you might think.
There is a violence in me. I’m not afraid. I can control it.
But should I?
Link to buy: Amazon
📖 Capturing The Earl’s Love: A Free Novella by Jane Lark.
Blurb: Rupert Stanforth, Earl of Morton, is exasperated by his sister’s choice of friend. Meredith Divine, clings, using Rowena’s plain appearance as a foil for her auburn curls and fuller figure. He would break the friendship, but the more he complains the more time the girls spend together. Ceasing his disagreement, he hopes the friendship will die, believing Meredith will take a wrong-step soon…
Meredith clings to her only friend, Lady Rowena Stanforth, despite the disgusted looks thrown by Rowena’s proud, judgemental brother. Lord Morton cannot abide Meredith because of her low standing but Meredith’s heart favours him… then in his single act of kindness, Meredith grasps an opportunity she cannot resist…
Link to buy: Amazon
📖 I Still Love You: A Free New Adult Novella by Jane Lark.
Blurb: Jason watched his new wife, Rachel, wishing he could make her laugh like she used to. She’s making him up like a zombie for Halloween but she’s the one acting like a zombie lately. This past year has been a rollercoaster ride for the young couple, but now suddenly the ride’s stopped and Jason isn’t ready to get off. He wants his Rachel back, but seeing as his Rachel is hurting because she’s sick, does it really even matter what he wants.
Rachel hates the sadness in her husband’s eyes. It doesn’t feel like he loves her anymore. But then who could love an emotional cripple like her? She’s dragging him down, but knowing it doesn’t mean she can control her illness any more than he can.
Link to buy: Amazon
**All ebooks were free at time of posting.**
Happy Reading 😘
🚺 Review: I don’t know about you but when I’m looking for a lip gloss, I want something subtle, non sticky, smooth, luxurious, moisturising, not too shiny, and most importantly one that stays on my lips so I don’t have to be constantly reapplying. Is there anything worse than reapplying and dragging your now sticky hair out of your mouth?
Anyway, I think I have found the answer to all my lip glossing problems. The New Maybelline Baby Lips Moisturising Lip Gloss range is honestly everything I want and need, and more so because it’s all there in a cute little funky tube. It’s application is smooth and fluid, and I was genuinely impressed with the overall feel to the gloss, not too sticky, wasn’t a harsh tacky shine, a nice colour (Fuchsia Flicker), and it stayed on for a decent amount of time, winner. I was a bit concerned about the glitter in it if I’m being totally honest here because to look at the tube it does look very glittery, being 33 I definitely didn’t want to be thinking I was gorgeous and looking like the teenagers and making a bad show of myself at all, but I was actually very pleasantly surprised. It’s not at all obvious with the amount I used. Obviously if you wanted a pure glitter power pout, then a few coats and you’ll be laughing, but for me one coat was the absolute business.
I also have to mention how after wearing my MBLMLG my lips were well moisturised and not in any way hard or flaky like they have been known to be after using most lip products. So for me, right now, there honestly couldn’t be a better gloss.
It really is a great product and it comes in seven different shades here in the UK, ten in the US.
1) A Wink of Pink
2) Fuchsia Flicker
4) Taupe With Me
5) Life’s a Peach
6) Pink Pazzaz
7) Fab and Fuchsia
I will definitely be purchasing Pink-a-Boo and Taupe With Me.
Ladies, honestly, don’t be put off by the glitter or the overall packaging look thinking, ‘it’s a bit too young for me that’. It’s not. It’s a must buy for all ages, for sure.
• Not Sticky: A new no sticky way to shine.
• Creamy Shine: Creamy comfort and Vitamin E.
• 4HR Moisture: Caring formula to moisturize for 4 hours – smooth, & soften so lips never feel dry.
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Huge thank you to Maybelline for sending me out their Fuchsia Flicker, Baby Lips Moisturising Lip Gloss to review.
Hiya you lot, you all good?
I am so sorry to have to do this but I am so frustrated right now I don’t feel like I have a choice.
So, it’s plainly obvious that this year I have not read much at all. I just wanted to take a minute to address this to you. Most people know that I am disabled and suffer from a good few chronic illnesses and because of this I will disappear for a while every so often. Others, well, they don’t. They don’t bother to read up about us bloggers before they ask us or in some cases demand us to read their work. I know I’m not the only one who feels this way.
Over the past week I have had more than one person getting very shitty with me because I’ve not read their book. Bearing in mind that if I have accepted any requests I would 100% NOT have offered a time frame. However, I still get some absolutely charmers proper bitching at me over it. It’s not on at all.
This year has been the worst for me so far since starting TBGWP in 2013. I have more ailments added into my never ending list of bloody ill health. I honestly neither have the energy nor the patience, even the strength to lift a book. The pain is that overwhelming it has me vomiting or in absolute tears. When I do get the chance to try settle into a read via my kindle you can guarantee I’ll be snoozing after a few pages. It’s been a nightmare. I think people forget that my life is basically books so to have the one thing that keeps me sane taken away from me, well it’s destroying. I do try my absolute best every day and if that’s not good enough for you, well then you can seriously just fuck off. I’m not here to be told what to do or bossed about, and I certainly do not need the added stress of self-righteous arse holes giving me grief. I have an about me section on my website, yeah ok it could do with updating, but it still gives you a pretty clear picture of me and my life. Please do some research before you either contact me in the first place or think it’s ok to give me shit. I think that goes for every blogger you contact too.
To everyone else, I apologise that I’m struggling a bit more this year and I’m honestly trying my best for you all. Thank you for being patient and understanding. It’s people like you who make me want to try that little bit harder when I’m at my lowest and I thank you greatly for that.
Love as always,
When I first spotted The ‘Charlotte’ Navy Gingham Day Dress online, at Lindy Bop. I knew straight away that she was coming home with me. She arrived four days later, which is actually really good going seeing as I paid via PayPal and some company’s will wait until the money is in their pockets before dispatch.
So, anyway she came, I was excited, I gently released her from her plastic prison, well, I’d like to think I did, but in fact I was so excited I ripped the bag open that fast and clumsily that I managed to rip the returns form and order sheet with it, oops! I then held her close.
Now, I’m known to inspect all my clothes before I’ll even try them on. I did the usual inspection of looking for snags/holes in material, unstitched seams, markings, right size, etc. Once she was given the all clear, I named her our Charl and finally got to try her on. She was (and still is) amazing!
So, there I was in my mirror checking our Charl out and I was pleasantly surprised to see how fantastically she sat on my hips, despite her being a tea dress. With or without the matching removal material belt it stays perfectly where it’s needed too. The wide pleated skirt managed enough of a slight flare, which is what I was hoping for as I wanted our Charl to be more of a swing dress down dress than the tea dress she actually is. She has enough room for a petticoat underneath too, which is great news. The 3/4 sleeves allowed me to freely move my arms and cover up one of the more hated things about my body. So as I stood there checking her out I can honestly say I was over the moon with my purchase.
After wearing her a few times and getting the general feel of her, I came across the conclusion that because the material is a thinner 100% cotton that washes extremely well may I add, the lighter weight makes our Charl a dress perfect for summer.
I have, on occasion, used the removable material tie belt as a headband whilst wearing the dress and I have also used her over navy leggings and a small white tee as a long shirt dress combo. She’s been worn with ballerina flats, old school jelly shoes, and my faithful old Adidas trainers. So she is unexpectedly diverse.
As always with Lindy Bop dresses made for us with.. erm.. plenty more curves? Wibbly wobbly bits? Are we plus size? Fat? Bigger ladies? Am going with large lasses anyway. What? You don’t know who’s going to be offended these days. As I was saying, as always with Lindy Bop dresses for us large lasses, they are a true to size fit, extremely flattering, a great length to make you feel comfortable in not wearing tights, leggings, with them. And generally do make you feel lovely. It’s not usual that we’re given something that is in fashion or fatshion I should say, and is also great value for money. So it is lovely to have something fashionably durable, uncomplicated and cool.
The Navy Checked Charlotte Shirt Dress (our Charl) checks out perfect in more than one place. Ay, she also has you checking yourself out in the mirror.
• Flattering collared neckline
• Wide flared pleated skirt
• Darted bodice
• Matching removable fabric tie wrap belt
• 3/4 sleeves
• Made from a good quality medium weight cotton fabric
• Centre front button fastening
• Material Composition: 100% Cotton
• Garment Care: Machine Wash
• Price: £30
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