Saturday, October 19, 2013

Rachel's Holiday by Marian Keyes

***** 5 stars
I read this book many years ago. I was recently chatting with a friend, telling her that Marian Keyes book "Rachel's Holiday" was the book that began me stretching my horizons in reading. I also realized that I had never taken a moment to blog about this book and my experience.
I had pretty much read romance until one day when I was looking for something different to read when I was at the library. I hadn't spent much time surfing to find book, but learning about them through friends or colleagues. I went and saw "Rachel's Holiday" and read the book jacket summary and decided to take it home. Mind you I am from Richmond, VA USA, so looking outside the country for authors didn't occur to me, as I found later, the books by these authors are hard to find. Anyway, I go home and read Rachel's Holiday and absolutely love it. It was a like a guilty pleasure and I couldn't keep from going on and on about it. I soon went back to the library to find every book I could by this author and found there weren't anymore. I then go to the local book store and once again find that she isn't carried there as well. This is where I began my long term reading relationship with Amazon. I soon found that there were awesome writers and books, that have been untapped, and began buying English and Irish authors through Amazon UK. My greatest complaint was the waiting that came between ordering my new favorite author and having to wait for the mailman to deliver.
I now have a Kindle and am so happy to have my authors at a push of the button. Although, I miss the feeling of holding a good book in my hands, and the "Fake" Starbucks address I have used to be able to download from the UK website as I am an American, but all these obstacles have been more than worth it.
So as I was chatting with my friend. She wondered why I had never put the authors books that started it all on my blog. I realized it had been a while since I had gone back and reread the previous Walsh stories. So now I am doing some rereading in between books, so I can make sure that those of you whom visit, can be sure not to miss out on one of the many talented pioneers that got this genre so mainstream, as well as their wonderful reads.

Book Jacket Summary:
Samantha Brooks' boyfriend has made a mistake. One his friends, family, and Sam herself know he'll live to regret. Jamie has announced he's leaving, out of the blue. Jamie is loving, intelligent and, while he isn't perfect, he's perfect for her - in every way except one: he's a free spirit. And after six years in one place, doing a job he despises, he is compelled to do something that will tear apart his relationship with Sam: book a one-way flight to South America.
But Sam isn't giving up without a fight. With Jamie still totally in love with her, and torn about whether to stay or go, she has three months to persuade him to do the right thing. So with the help of her friends Ellie and Jen, she hatches a plan to make him realise what he's giving up. A plan that involves dirty tricks, plotting, and a single aim: to win him back.
But by the time the tortured Jamie finally wakes up to what he's lost, a gorgeous new pretender has entered Sam's life. Which begs the question . . . does she still want him back?

Don't Want To Miss A Thing by Jill Mansell

*****5 stars
What is it about Jill Mansell? Her books are the perfect escapism. I loved this book. I love how her books ease into the storyline and capture you from the first page. Her characters are real and ones that you could see your self hanging out with. Another awesome read. Keep them coming Jill.

Book Jacket Summary:
Dexter Yates loves his fun, care-free London life; he has money, looks and girlfriends galore. But everything changes overnight when his sister dies, leaving him in charge of her eight-month-old daughter Delphi. How is he ever going to cope? Comic-strip artist Molly Hayes lives in the beautiful Cotswold village of Briarwood. When it comes to relationships, she has a history of choosing all the wrong men. Leaving the city behind, Dex moves to Briarwood - a much better place to work on his parenting skills - and he and Molly become neighbours. There's an undeniable connection between them. But if Dexter's going to adapt, he first has a lot to learn about Molly, about other people's secrets...and about himself.

About A Girl by Lindsey Kelk

****4 stars
I Love Lindsey Kelk. I love her "I heart" series. I am always looking forward to her next book. This book "About A Girl" was no different. It was a quick, great escapist read. I enjoyed it and can't wait for her next release.

Book Jacket Summary:
After accidently answering her flatmate Vanessa’s phone, she decides that since being Tess isn’t going so well, she might try being Vanessa. With nothing left to lose, she accepts Vanessa’s photography assignment to Hawaii – she used to be an amateur snapper, how hard can it be? Right?

But Tess is soon in big trouble. And the gorgeous journalist on the shoot with her, who is making it very clear he’d like to get into her pants, is an egotistical monster. Far from home and in someone else’s shoes, Tess must decide whether to fight on through, or ‘fess up and run…

I've Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella

***** 5stars
So I have recently been in a slump on reading. Either not enough time or whatever I was into just wasn't pulling me back like I usual. I read this books several weeks ago and it really got to me. It was addictive. I truly loved it as well as the characters. It was a great read and you truly won't be disappointed. Thanks for helping me get my Mojo back ;)

Book Jacket Summary:
I've lost it. :( The only thing in the world I wasn't supposed to lose. My engagement ring. It's been in Magnus's family for three generations. And now, the very same day his parents are coming, I've lost it. The very same day. Do not hyperventilate, Poppy. Stay positive!! :)

Yours Truly by Kristy Greenwood

*****5 stars
Great Book. I haven't read anything by this author before but adored this book. I loved the characters. Natalie is absolutely adorable and I found myself actually able to relate to her as I am people Pleaser as well. It was great to see the relationships in her life and the changes that the circumstances brought about. Don't miss this one. :)

Book Jacket Summary:
Newly engaged Natalie Butterworth is an easy-going girl. She'll do anything for a quiet life and if telling a few teensy white lies keeps her friends and family happy, then so what? It's not like they'll ever discover what she's really thinking ... Until one night, thanks to a pub hypnotist, Natalie's most private thoughts begin to bubble up and pop out of her mouth. Things get very messy indeed, especially when some sticky home truths offend her fiancĂ©. Natalie must track down the hypnotist before her wedding is officially cancelled. So along with bad influence bestie Meg, Natalie finds herself in the Yorkshire Parish of Little Trooley – a small village bursting with big secrets, nosy old folk and intriguing Wellington-wearing men. When the girls get stuck in the village with no means of escape and no way to break the hypnotist's spell, Natalie is forced to face the truths she has been avoiding her whole life ...