Monday, August 29, 2011

Always something there to remind me by Beth Harbison

***3 stars
I really looked forward to this book to being released. I had read the description and thought that it sounded like a great read. I think it fell a little flat for me. Throughout the book you see Erin in the present as well as the past. I truly loved the idea it and parts of the book, but found some of the details a bit much and some of the plot forced. Still a fan, but wasn't my favorite.

Book Jacket Summary:
Can you ever really know if love is true? And if it is, should you stop at anything to get it?
Two decades ago, Erin Edwards was sure she’d already found the love of her life: Nate Lawson. Her first love. The one with whom she shared everything--dreams of the future, of children, plans for forever. The one she thought she would spend the rest of her life with. Until one terrible night when Erin made a mistake Nate could not forgive and left her to mourn the relationship she could never forget or get over.
Today, Erin is contentedly involved with a phenomenal guy, maneuvering a successful and exciting career, and raising a great daughter all on her own. So why would the name “Nate Lawson” be the first thing to enter her mind when her boyfriend asks her to marry him?
In the wake of the proposal, Erin finds herself coming unraveled over the past, and the love she never forgot. The more she tries to ignore it and move on, the more it haunts her.
Always Something There to Remind Me is a story that will resonate with any woman who has ever thought of that one first love and wondered, “Where is he?” and “What if…?” Filled with Beth Harbison’s trademark nostalgia humor and heart, it will transport you, and inspire you to believe in the power of first love.

The Soloman Sisters Wise up by Melissa Senate

****4 stars
I have found that Melissa Senate is a solid read and so far not to disappoint. I really liked this book as I dove into while at the beach this summer. I look forward to more reads by her.

Book Jacket Summary:
The Solomon family has never been close, and Ally and Sarah have never warmed to Zoe, their father's daughter by his second wife. But when they find themselves all living at their father's penthouse apartment, each grappling with a personal crisis, they quickly realize they're going to have to get along. Ally, a successful lawyer who desperately wants a child, caught her husband cheating on her with her Pilates instructor. Sarah is pregnant with the child of a guy she's only been dating for a month and a half. And Zoe, a relationship expert, just lost her own boyfriend over her inability to commit. To make matters worse, their distant father is about to marry a woman half his age, and Zoe's mother seems to have come unhinged over his impending nuptials.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Welcome to my world by Miranda Dickinson

****4 stars
I really liked the characters for this book. I had read that if you are a Sophie Kinsella or Jill Mansell fan you would love this book. I did find that it was a lot like their books, but if I had to compare to an author it would be more of a Katie Fforde book for me. I liked the setting and although at times it seemed to lag a bit, pure curiosity keeps you going wanting more. :)

Book Jacket Summary:
Close your eyes and imagine the world is your oyster...
And now imagine never seeing it. Welcome to Harriet Langton's world. All her life she's dreamt of travelling the globe - fate always got in the way.
Working as a travel agent, the closest Harri comes to her dream destination of Venice is booking the trip for someone else. But everything changes when travel fanatic Alex drops in.
With her boyfriend Rob tied up with work, Harri is persuaded to help Alex in his quest for love. But in her attempts to help, Harri soon discovers that she's alienating those around her.
Desperate to leave her life behind, will her dreams finally come true? Or will Harri's leap of faith be her biggest mistake yet?

Friday, August 5, 2011

The Bachelorette Party by Karen McCullah Lutz

**2 stars
This book had some funny points to it and was very open. I really wanted to get into it more, just found that I couldn't get into the main character Zadie or the book itself. I do have to admit the writing was witty and had some great zingers. This may not have been my thing, but find that some others will probably love it.

Book Jacket Summary:
After being left at the altar by her soap star fiancé, Los Angeles high school teacher Zadie Roberts wants nothing more to do with love and romance. With the help of her best buddy Grey and several bottles of wine, she just might survive the trauma of the wedding that wasn't. Unexpectedly, Grey gets engaged to Zadie's prim and proper cousin Helen, and suddenly Zadie is dragged back into wedding festivity hell. The coup de grace is Helen's bachelorette party, thrown by her clique of prissy friends and certain to be a day of torture. But when the Pinot Grigiot goes down and the sweater sets come off, things get out of control. Helen turns into a girl gone wild and manages to get herself into a situation that just might sink the happy couple for good. Zadie faces a major debacle: should she tell Grey about Helen's night of indiscretion, or forever hold her peace?

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Bittersweet by Sarah Monk

****4 stars
I saw this book and thought it looked cute. I love Little Black Dress books for a bit of escapism. I thought this looked like a cute little romance. I was wrong as it was so much more in depth and touching. I loved the characters and where I was hoping to have a book I could put down, as I have a busy week ahead, found I had to devour it in under a day. It truly will touch the heart.

Book Jacket Summary:
Nell and Ange have their whole lives mapped out with their fiancĂ©s – brothers Marcus and Justin. But when a trip to Prague goes pear-shaped, the plane brings them back down to earth with a bump. Desperate for a change of direction, Nell sacks off her job and her sorry excuse for a boyfriend, and sets off to see her much-loved Aunt in Cornwall with Ange in tow. The girls soon settle into village life – Nell opening up her own cake shop and Ange pulling pints (and men) as a buxom barmaid. But not everything in this quaint seaside town is quite what it seems..

Monday, August 1, 2011

Baby Be Mine by Paige Toon

*****5 stars
This book along with "California Dreamers" by Belinda Jones was one of my most anticipated book releases this summer. It did not disappoint. It was awesome! I wasn't sure how it was going to go with it pretty much being a sequel to Johnny Be Good and where the story would go. I really don't want to spoil the book for anyone, so won't go into anymore detail on my thoughts, but know this is a definite must read! :)

Book Jacket Summary:
'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 ...