Thursday, January 10, 2013

The First Love Cookie Club: A novel by Lori Wilde

*** 3 stars
Enjoyed this book. I had read the first in this series and they are quick fun reads. I also enjoyed the plot to this one.

Book Jacket Summary:
The top rules of the First Love Cookie Club: No men. No kids. No store-bought. No gossip!
And no one is going to keep rule #4 now that local-gal-made-good Sarah Collier has reluctantly returned to Twilight, Texas. The once-awkward teenager has become a big-time success with her bestselling kids’ books. Now she’s come back home to grant one child a very special wish, even though her own heart was once broken by the little girl’s father, Travis Walker.
This all makes Sarah wonder, even though you can go home again—should you? Every time she turns the corner, the memory of who she was hits her square in the face, and it isn’t pretty. But there’s magic in Twilight, Texas—the magic of friendship and the magic of love, if only Sarah would open her heart to it. . . .
With delicious cookie recipes from the club inside!

From Notting Hill to New York...Actually by Ali McNamara

****4 stars
What a great follow up book from Notting Hill with Love Actually. I truly enjoyed seeing the character Scarlett again. For a follow-up book I found this very strong. I think a large part of that is the optimistic Scarlett and her sidekick Oscar, along with all the other supportive characters. I do hope we see more of Scarlett in the future :)

Book Jacket Summary:
Scarlett O'Brien, utterly addicted to romantic films, has found her leading man. She's convinced Sean is Mr Right, but the day-to-day reality of a relationship isn't quite like the movies. With Sean constantly away on business, Scarlett and her new best friend Oscar decide to head to New York for the holiday of a lifetime.

From one famous landmark to the next, Scarlett and Oscar make many new friends during their adventure - including sailors in town for Fleet Week, a famous film star, and Jamie & Max, a TV reporter and cameraman. Scarlett finds herself strangely drawn to Jamie, they appear to have much in common: a love of films and Jamie's search for a parent he never knew. But Scarlett has to ask herself why she is reacting like this to another man when she's so in love with Sean . . .