Archive | June, 2011

Book review – About Last Night by Adele Parks

30 Jun

For thirty years, best friends Stephanie and Philippa have been practically inseparable. There’s nothing they would not do for one another. Until a few simple words change everything.

‘I need you to say that I was with you.’

Steph, eternally solid, considerate and dependable, is begging her best friend to lie to the police as she’s desperately trying to conceal two shocking secrets to protect her family. Pip, self-consigned to the role of scatty, frivolous hot-head is overwhelmed; she’s normally the one asking for help in a crisis although never anything as catastrophic as this. Both women have always believed that friendship is built on mutual selflessness, compromise and trust. Are those beliefs now to be tested beyond endurance?

Would you lie to protect your best friend? That’s the basic premise around which Adele Park’s latest release is based, but this story is so much more than that. Set over just five days, the plot is carefully layered and with the inclusion of seamless ‘flashbacks’ as background information, I felt as a reader that I knew the main characters really well almost immediately.

I was drawn to Pip straight away. She’s cast as the thin, pretty but scatty and disorganised single mum half of the friendship in contrast to mum of three, Steph who is super organised, totally reliable and leading a seemingly perfect life with a wonderful husband, three children and big house.  At first I was sympathetic to Pip and I marvelled at Steph but as the book progressed the real depth in both characters stood out and it was clear that both women were much more complex than first appearances might suggest.

About Last Night is very much a character driven book examining the relationship between Steph and Pip as one of them hits crisis point. The book is written in the third person but Adele Parks really knows the mindsets of her leading ladies and builds up an impressive depth to her characters through their thoughts, actions and reactions to the situations they find themselves in. Even the minor characters are spot on and certainly make an impact of the plot – I thought man-eater Kirsten was brilliant – her comments and thoughts made me laugh and horrified me at the same time!

Adele Parks really is an observant writer and there is lots of detail to the story which makes it feel very realistic and as I was reading I almost felt like I knew the characters better than they knew themselves. This didn’t stop them surprising me though and I enjoyed the fact that just as I’d made my mind up how the plot was going to go my assumptions were challenged! I don’t want to give the storyline away in my review but the plot really did grip me, building up to a dramatic discovery and then charting the aftermath and reactions of those involved. The position Steph puts Pip in is incredibly difficult one and I admired the way she dealt with it.

Although Adele’s book would probably still be classed as ‘chick lit’, About Last Night certainly doesn’t fall into the ‘light and fluffy’ or ‘romantic comedy’ end of the ‘chick lit’ spectrum and it reminded me of some of Lisa Jewell’s more recent work in that it deals with the serious side of relationships (both the romantic kind and the friendship variety). I’d highly recommend it if you are looking for contemporary fiction that will make you think, with wonderfully in-depth characters and a page turner of a plot.

4/5

About Last Night was published on 23rd June and I’d like to thank Headline for sending me a copy to review.

You can find out more about Adele and her books at: http://www.adeleparks.com/

Single Girl's To-do List winner!

27 Jun

The winner is ….

Nicola M

Congratulations! I have sent you an email. Thanks so much to everyone who entered my blogoversary giveaway and if you weren’t lucky this time, I’ll have more exciting giveaways coming soon!

Book review – Summer at Willow Lake by Susan Wiggs

26 Jun

Olivia Bellamy has traded her trendy Manhattan life for a summer renovating her family’s crumbling holiday resort. Tempted by the hazy, nostalgic memories of summers past – childhood innocence and the romance and rivalries of her teens – it’s the perfect place to flee after her broken engagement. But what began as an escape, may just be a new beginning… As Olivia uncovers secrets buried thick with dust, one by one her family return, their lives as frayed at the edges as the resort. Her father and the mystery woman in the tatty black and white photograph. Uncle John, who’s trying to be a father again to his teenage kids. Connor Davis, the first love she never forgot. Laughter is ringing around Willow Lake once more. This could be Olivia’s summer of a lifetime!

Summer at Willow Lake is the first book in The Lakeshore Chronicles series and a really relaxing and enjoyable summer read. Originally published in 2006, Summer at Willow Lake has been given a fresh new look for summer 2011 and was re-released earlier this month. The story focuses on Olivia Bellamy as she returns to ‘Camp Kioga’ the summer camp her great-grandfather created in the 1940’s to try to restore it to its former glory in order to celebrate her grandparents 50th wedding anniversary. I liked Olivia immediately; both grown up Olivia who runs her own successful business in Manhattan and the young Olivia depicted in flashback trying to find her place in the world.

As Olivia finds her feet she encounters an old flame from her childhood, Connor Davis which instantly adds a ‘will they/won’t they’ frisson to the story. The book begins in the present but chapters flash back and forth to reveal detail of Camp Kioga and its occupants through the years. From Olivia’s own difficult childhood and teenage years in the late 1980’s and early 90’s and her fledgling romance with Connor, to her fathers summer of love in 1977 and the story of her grandparents who defied opposition to marry at the camp they loved in the 1950’s; the history of the Bellamy family and in particular of Olivia’s childhood, drew me in and kept me gripped for all of Summer at Willow Lake’s 535 pages and I’m so glad this is only the first in a series of stories about the Bellamys and the community in Avalon.

There are a lot of different threads to the story, involving various members of the Bellamy family, residents of Avalon the town where Willow Lake is set and their own families. As well as plenty of drama and romance, there are elements of mystery and plenty of surprises from the residents of Willow Lake. I love family sagas/community dramas and the strong element of community entwined with the life of the Bellamy family in this story reminded me of one of my favourite television series – the Gilmore Girls. The stories of early camp life and the romance element of the plot also reminded me of Dirty Dancing which is another of my favourites so you can see why this book appealed to me so much!

I’d highly recommend Summer at Willow Lake to anyone looking for a summer read that is a little bit different from the usual beach reads. With a perfect mix of nostalgia, romance and drama this is a well written book with characters that will draw you in and have you coming back for more – I’m already looking forward to the next installment!

5/5

Summer at Willow Lake is out now and I’d like to thank Christabel at Midas for sending me a copy to review.

You can find out more about Susan Wiggs and her books at: http://www.susanwiggs.com/

July new book release preview – on my wish list

25 Jun

Here are my six ‘hot picks’ from the July releases:

The Raising by Laura Kasischke
Released 1st July
Published by Corvus
Website:
http://www.corvus-books.co.uk/

This book sounds so intriguing – I can’t wait to read it!

A sudden death.
In Godwin Honors Hall, the walls are draped in black. The college is in mourning for Nicole Werner, a blonde and beautiful prom queen who died in a car crash last semester. She was a straight-A student, and a prized member of the Virgin Sisters, the most powerful sorority on campus.

A feverish obsession.
Nicole’s boyfriend Craig was at the wheel that night. He has no memory of the crash, but he is plagued by guilt. For as winter sets in and the nights darken, Nicole’s death dominates college life. Candlelit vigils and fetishistic rituals become nightly events –and then the hauntings begin.

A flicker of suspicion.
Craig’s roommate, Perry, doesn’t believe in ghosts. A no-nonsense type who always thought Nicole was as manipulative as she was charming, he refuses to be swept up by the hysteria. But when he and his fellow sceptics join forces, he too sees Nicole’s spirit in the crumbling college halls.

Something very strange is going on…

David by Mary Hoffman
Released 4th July
Published by Bloomsbury
Website:
http://www.maryhoffman.co.uk/

I haven’t read anything by Mary Hoffman before but I intend to change that with David!

Michelangelo’s statue of David is renowned all over the world. Thousands flock to Florence to admire the artistry behind this Renaissance masterpiece, and to admire the beauty of the human form captured in the marble. But the identity of the model for this statue that has been so revered for over five hundred years has been lost . . .

In this epic story Mary Hoffman uses her persuasive narrative skills to imagine the story of Gabriele, an eighteen-year-old who, by becoming Michelangelo’s model, finds himself drawn into a world of spies, politicking, sabotage and murder. Set against the backdrop of Florence, this is a rich, colourful and thrilling tale.

All For You by Sheila O’Flanagan
Released 7th July
Published by Headline
Website:
http://www.sheilaoflanagan.net/

I really enjoyed Sheila’s last book, Stand By Me and this one sounds like another great read.

As TV’s favourite weather forecaster, Lainey is good at making predictions. But what she doesn’t foresee is that her own life is about to hit a stormy patch. With a string of failed relationships behind her, surely history isn’t about to repeat itself with her beloved Ken? To add fuel to the fire, her estranged mother announces that she’s returning to Dublin. Deanna has always been dismissive of Lainey’s choices – particularly in men. And Deanna’s lectures are the last thing Lainey needs now.

Yet is there more to her mother than she knows? Uncovering some long-concealed family secrets, Lainey begins to reassess her life. Is the happy-ever-after she’s always dreamed of really what she wants after all?

California Dreamers by Belinda Jones
Released 21st July
Published by Hodder
Website:
http://www.belindajones.com/

I’ve always wanted to go to California and I loved Belinda’s last book Living La Vida Loca. This sounds like an ideal summer read.

Ever wished you could make-over your life?

Make-up artist Stella is an expert at helping other people change their images, but when it comes to transforming herself, she doesn’t even know where to start.

So when her new friend, glamorous Hollywood actress Marina Ray, summons her a movie set in California, Stella can’t resist the chance to start afresh – it is the land of sunshine and opportunity after all!

But are they really friends or does Marina have an ulterior motive? What is the secret that both women are hiding about the nautical (but nice) men in their lives? And what will it take to really make both of their California dreams come true?

Baby Be Mine by Paige Toon
Released 21st July
Published by Simon and Schuster
Website:
http://authors.simonandschuster.co.uk/Paige-Toon/62701361

I don’t really need to say much more about this do I? I’ve been looking forward to the release of this book for so long!

‘He’s not mine, is he?’
That’s the question I fear the most.
You see, I have a secret. My son is not fathered by my boyfriend, but by one of the most famous rock stars that ever lived. And he doesn’t even know it.
One-time celebrity personal assistant to wild boy of rock Johnny Jefferson, Meg Stiles is now settled and living in the south of France with her doting boyfriend Christian and their son Barney. But they’re living a lie – a lie that will turn their lives upside down and inside out – because as Barney reaches his first birthday, Meg can no longer deny that her son is growing to look more and more like his rock star father every day, and less and less like Christian, and sooner or later, the world is going to realise . . .

Wolfsbane by Andrea Cremer
Released 26th July
Published by Atom
Website:
http://www.andreacremer.com/

Another eagerly awaited sequel (to Nightshade) – I can’t wait to find out what happens next to Calla, Ren and Shay!

‘You’re an alpha, a leader. That’s what we need. It’s what we’ve always needed.’ When Calla Tor wakes up in the lair of the Searchers, her sworn enemies, she’s certain her days are numbered. Then the Searchers make her an offer, one that gives her the chance to destroy her former masters and save her pack – and the boy – she left behind. Is Ren worth the price of her freedom? Will Shay stand by her side no matter what? Now in control of her destiny, Calla must decide which battles are worth fighting and how many trials love can endure.


Happy first birthday One More Page!

23 Jun

Today is my one year blogoversary (although I only realised this evening – I thought it was tomorrow!) so I thought I’d mark the occasion with a look back at my first year as a blogger and say thank you to everyone who has been so friendly and supportive over the last year by doing a little giveaway.

It’s been quite a year; I started this blog as an online book journal, mainly for me to put my thoughts out there on the books I read and hopefully find some like-minded people who might chat about books with me. I admit that when I wrote my first post I didn’t really know what I was doing or what a huge and wonderful community of book bloggers I was about to become part of. I’m still amazed every time someone follows me on Twitter or here on the blog, comments on my posts or an author or publisher asks me to consider a book for review.

I’ve written 178 posts in the last year and almost 2,500 tweets. I’ve reviewed 81 books :) Not huge numbers compared to some but impressive to me! I’m hoping I can continue to blog and review just as much in the next year but as some of you already know, I’m expecting my second baby in August so things may slow down for a little while (at least on the blogging front!) at that point but I’m almost as addicted to my blog as I am to books now so I won’t be away for long!

There are so many people I’d like to say thank you to and I don’t want to miss anyone out so ‘thank you’ to everyone who has Tweeted, commented and followed over the last year and a special mention to Keris Stainton and Dot Scribbles – thank you for being the first people to comment on my blog exactly a year ago today!  Thanks also to all of the authors both published and unpublished for writing brilliant books and to the amazingly generous publishers who I’ve come into contact with in the last year. I have discovered so many amazing books because of all of your recommendations that my ‘to be read’ pile is now completely out of control but I wouldn’t have it any other way :)

Finally, because a birthday should always involve presents and as a little thank you to my followers here and on Twitter, I have a copy of  The Single Girl’s To-Do List by Lindsey Kelk to give away which is one of my most anticipated chick lit books of 2011:

Rachel Summers loves a to-do list:

• Boyfriend
• Flat
• Great job

NOT on the list:

• Being dumped

Best friends Emelie and Matthew ride to her rescue with an entirely new kind of list – The Single Girl’s To-Do List. Rachel doesn’t know it, but it will take her on all kinds of wild adventures – and get her in some romantic pickles too. And then it won’t be a case of what but who she decides to tick off…

• Mr. bendy yoga instructor
• Mr. teenage sweetheart
• Mr. persistent ex
• Mr. deeply unsuitable

The Single Girl’s To-Do List gives Rachel the perfect heartbreak cure – and proves love is out there if you’re willing to take a chance.

This is just for people who follow me already here on One More Page or on Twitter as a thank you for your support over the last year. To enter leave a ‘pick me’ comment in the box below or send me a Tweet and I’ll pick a winner from the entries using random.org after the closing date. This giveaway is open worldwide until midnight (UK) on Sunday 26th June.

Book review – Jessie ♥ NYC by Keris Stainton

23 Jun

Jessie’s just arrived in New York, hoping to forget about her awful ex.

New Yorker Finn is in love with his best friend’s girlfriend.

They might be perfect together, but in a city of eight million people, will they find each other?

I’d been looking forward to reading Jessie NYC for a long time and I was so excited when Keris tweeted to say that the book had been released early that I burned the crumpets in my haste to order it! Having got my hands on it, I read it in a day because I couldn’t put it down. Jessie NYC is the most romantic book I’ve read so far this year and I absolutely loved the combination of my favourite city with great characters and a story that proves that some things are just meant to be.

Main character Jessie heads to New York to spend the summer with her Mum, taking her best friend Emma along for the adventure. I warmed to Jessie and Emma straight away; Keris has really captured the teenage friendship well and as with her debut novel Della Says OMG! has created a lead character that a lot of girls will identify with. Jessie worries about her love life, her future and her relationship with her parents, particularly her Mum who she feels has always put her career first and abandoned her to move to New York.

Although Jessie gets her name on the front of the book, the story concentrates equally on New Yorker Finn with alternating chapters initially focussing on Jessie and and Finn in turn. Finn has his own set of issues which are very similar to Jessie’s; he’s in love with the wrong girl (his best freind’s girlfriend) and the expectations of his family are putting a lot of pressure on his decisions about his future at college. As with Jessie and Emma, Keris has written the friendship between Finn and his best friend Scott well and really seems to have captured the mindset of the male characters in a believable way.

I loved the way that the two strands to the story kept overlapping whilst the two main characters were barely aware of each other – the book reminded me of one of my own favourite New York films Serendipity.  With some good twists in the plot, Jessie ♥ NYC is a fun and enjoyable romantic read. A more serious undertone is added as the book examines two complex parent child relationships and touches on issues surrounding divorce and relationships with a parent’s new partner resulting in a realistic read that has both depth and humour and will appeal to a wide audience of all ages.

From it’s shiny gold cover to the words ‘The End’, I was totally gripped by Jessie and Finn’s stories and finished the book with a big smile on my face. Keris clearly loves New York and knows the city well and there are lots of references to films and TV shows set in the city. I’ve been to New York twice but reading Jessie has added a whole new list of places that I need to visit and if I ever head there again I’ll be taking my copy of Jessie with me!

5/5

You can find out more about Jessie NYC and Keris Stainton at: http://www.jessieheartsnyc.com

Book review – Devil's Consort by Anne O'Brien

19 Jun

ENGLAND’S MOST RUTHLESS QUEEN. Eleanor, Duchess of Aquitaine, is a determined woman who plots and schemes an astonishing path between two equally powerful men in twelfth century Europe, a woman who can manoeuvre and manipulate to safeguard her own lands as effectively as any power-grasping lord. Eleanor is single-minded in her struggle to keep her inheritance intact, leading her to reject one husband and take another who will fulfil her desires. Eleanor intends to reign as Queen and is prepared to bring scandal down upon herself in pursuit of her ultimate prize. Hers is a story of power, political intrigue, passion and love.

I’ve been consciously trying to read more historical fiction lately and have discovered some great books in the process, including this book based upon the early life of Eleanor of Aquitaine. Eleanor of Aquitaine is a fascinating historical figure and this isn’t the first historical novel that has had her as its leading lady. Many will know Eleanor as Henry II’s wife and Queen consort of England during the twelfth century but I have to admit that apart from recognising her name, I knew nothing about her when I started reading.

The book actually focuses on Eleanor’s early life, following events to the point where she becomes Queen of England and what a life it was; Anne O’Brien brings Eleanor to life as a feisty and ambitious woman not afraid to speak her mind and fully immersed in the politics of the day. As one of the richest women in Europe at the time, Eleanor is drawn as a glamorous, fashionable and sociable character, determined to get what she wants. Yet despite the ruthless nature of some of Eleanor’s actions, I found that I had a lot of sympathy for her as I read this book. O’Brien has certainly brought out the sensitive side to her main character in equal balance to the more ruthless aspects and through Eleanor’s first person account of events, I really enjoyed getting to know her as I read.

There is a colourful, varied and large cast of supporting characters, often with their own sub-plots which tie in to the main story and I particularly liked Eleanor’s sister Aelith and young Henry Plantagenet. Despite being six hundred pages in length, this book was a quick and fast paced read that easily held my attention.  The Devil’s Consort is packed with intrigue, backstabbing and political manoeuvring. There is a strong element of romance, particularly with Eleanor’s affairs during her marriage to Louis VII and adventure during her participation in a Crusade with much drama as her first marriage comes to an end and she hastily weds a younger man in a brilliant political move.

The book has an excellent ‘extras’ section at the end which includes reading group questions, more information on Eleanor including further reading (both fiction and non-fiction) and I loved the ‘what happened next?’ piece which fills in the historical outcome for several of the key characters. Anne O’Brien is definitely an author to watch for historical fiction fans and I look forward to reading more of her work in the future.

4/5

The Devil’s Consort is out now in the UK (published by MIRA) and has just been released in the US with the title Queen Defiant. I’d like to thank Christabel at Midas for sending me a copy to review.

You can find out more about Anne O’Brien and her books at: http://www.anneobrienbooks.com/

Book review – Men, Money and Chocolate by Menna Van Praag

16 Jun

Maya spends her days dreaming of a perfect life, a life filled with love, success and pleasure. She tries to find fulfilment in the pursuit of men and money, and when this doesn’t work she looks for comfort in chocolate. But this only leaves her feeling empty and lost. Then Maya meets a mysterious, magical stranger and is set on a spiritual journey to discover what she’s been missing all this time…

I was offered this book for review because the sequel is coming out this month and as soon as I read the synopsis I was intrigued. I was even more intrigued when I looked it up on Amazon and it had thirty four five star reviews so I agreed to start at the beginning of Maya’s story and I’m very glad I did. Men, Money and Chocolate is hard to categorise. It’s part chick lit, part modern fairytale, with elements of philosophy, fable and spirituality that really make it stand out as different from any of the books that I’ve read recently.

A short book at just over two hundred pages, this was a quick read but certainly made an impact. Maya is in her thirties and runs a cafe left to her by her mum but as soon as we meet her we learn that she isn’t really happy; she doesn’t particularly enjoy her work, the man she fancies barely knows she exists and she’s overweight from drowning her sorrows in sweet treats all of which are combining to make her more unhappy and her life seems to have become a vicious circle. There’s a lot here for readers to identify with as I’m sure the majority of us have had issues with either relationships, careers or weight at some point (I know I have!) and Menna van Praag has certainly tapped into some key topics.

The book follows Maya as she tries to work out how to put things right and make herself happy. Maya meets Rose, a wise old lady who visits the cafe one day and sees straight to the heart of Maya’s problems. Rose becomes a sort of mentor/fairy-godmother to Maya, prompting her to ask herself some difficult questions about her life and what will really make her happy. I don’t want to give away the plot of the book so suffice to say Maya goes on to meet several other characters that make a big impact on her and she takes some truly life changing decisions and actions. The story is told in the third person and I really liked Menna’s tone and style of storytelling. The writing treads just the right line between reflection and action and although Maya makes some big physical changes during the course of the novel, there is just as much to be learned from this book about change from within.

What I liked most about this book was that it didn’t come across as a preachy self-help manual, nor was it a Bridget Jones style diary of disaster but it managed to combine an interesting fictional story with genuine good advice. Maya doesn’t always get it right and I loved that about her and I thought she was a genuinely believable and likeable character. Men, Money and Chocolate really made me think and made me smile. It’s a life affirming positive read and a lovely story. I moved straight on to finish the second part of Maya’s story; Happier Than She’s Ever Been which I’ll be reviewing next week.

4/5

I’d like to thank Jessica at Hay House Publishers for sending me a copy of this book to review.

You can find out more about Menna and her books at: http://www.mennavanpraag.com/

Book news – book gossip

14 Jun

This week’s book news has taken on a paranormal theme …

New covers from Meg Cabot

 

I’m a big fan of Meg Cabot and was very excited when she announced she was writing an adult paranormal series last year. Meg announced the new covers for the series on her blog recently and the title of the sequel to Insatiable! Overbite will be released in the US on 5th July. I’ve had Insatiable on my ‘to read’ pile since my birthday in January so I’d better get reading.

Blue Bloods news from Melissa de la Cruz

Atom has done it again with a fab cover for the UK release of Lost in Time, the sixth book in the Blue Bloods series which is released in October this year. This is my favourite vampire series and I’m equally excited about the adult spin off series Witches of the East released later this month. Melissa has also announced that book seven in the Blue Bloods series will be the last in the series. You can find out more about Melissa and her books at: http://melissa-delacruz.com/index.php/site/

New Series from Carol Goodman

I enjoyed Black Swan Rising By Carol Goodman and her husband Lee Slonimsk when it came out last year so I was excited to see a new series by Carol launching next month. Incubus is released on July 21st:

‘This is where all stories start, on the edge of a dark wood…’

Dr. Callie McFay’s travels to the small college town of Fairwick in New York State for a job interview. Despite it being her second choice she finds herself talked into accepting a job offer from the Folklore Department to teach a class on demons and vampires. She also finds herself drawn to an old house in the woods where Gothic novelist Dahlia LaMotte used to live and buys it on a whim, despite the seeming reluctance of the estate agent to sell it to her.

But on the night of her job interview, she had a very vivid erotic dream about a man made out of shadows and moonlight, and this dream becomes a regular occurrence when she moves into her new home. Callie starts to feel like a heroine in one of the gothic novels she teaches as slowly it dawns on her that things at the college – and in her home – are not what they seem. She learns that her house is supposed to be haunted by LaMotte’s former lover and her new – and rather strange – colleagues tell her an unfamiliar fairy tale about an incubus-demon with a human past who was enchanted by a fairy queen…

May round up

12 Jun

I’m really late with my round of last month; blame it on a week holiday with no Internet connection followed by the cold that just wouldn’t go away :( but enough of the excuses! May was a fab month  – I went to my first blogger event at Headline and  I read eight books, half of which were e-books. I’m really trying to buy books on Kindle instead of hard copy as I’m running out of room and with baby due in July I need more space but I’m hopeless when I see a pretty cover hence the order for five beautiful books from Book Depository last month … I have no willpower but I do have a fab pile of books waiting for me when my maternity leave starts at the end of this month!

The books I read were:

Book of the month for May

To Marry a Prince by Sophie Page

Birthday Pie by Arthur Wooten

Destiny by Louise Bagshawe

Ellie Andrews Has Second Thoughts by Ruth Saberton

The Maid by Kimberly Cutter

Jenny Lopez Has a Bad Week by Lindsey Kelk

Living With Feet Too Big for a Glass Slipper by Lynne Tapper

The Beauty Chorus by Kate Lord Brown

Six of these were new releases for May and the others came out in April. My book of the month for May is Ellie Andrews Has Second Thoughts by Ruth Saberton which I loved for being so fresh and funny and for having a leading lady that is down to earth and really made me smile.

The most popular reviews last month were Destiny by Louise Bagshawe and Jenny Lopez has a Bad Week by Lindsey Kelk but my most popular post by far is still the one I wrote back in January on my most anticipated chick lit reads of 2011. The amount of interest in my little list and ‘chick lit’ being one of the most popular searches bringing people to the site last month has prompted me to think up some similar posts so look out for a ‘hot new summer reads’ list coming soon.

‘Paige Toon’ was the top search in May and I know many of you are as excited about the release of  Baby Be Mine in July as I am but if you haven’t read Paige’s earlier books I can highly recommend all of them. Check out my reviews of her last two; Chasing Daisy and Pictures of Lily - both great summer reads!

We’re almost halfway through June but there’s a lot to look forward to in the next couple of weeks, not least my one year blogoversary on 23rd June. Look out for a fab giveaway that day! I’ll also be reviewing The Beach Cafe by Lucy Diamond, Summer at Willow Lake by Susan Wiggs and Adele Parks’ new release About Last Night.

Happy Reading!