Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Runaway Summer (Polwenna Bay 1) by Ruth Saberton

*****5 stars
I found a book by this author a while ago and I am still working my way through her books. I am always sure to lookout for her new releases. I ended up pushing this book up my quay so that I could read it as soon as it was released. I am happy to say that I was more than pleased. I truly loved Summer and many of the supporting characters, which I think we will find have their own books in the future. I wasn't a huge fan of Mo, but she redeems herself towards the end. Can't wait to read her story.
Book Jacket Summary:
Running Away…
Since leaving Polwenna Bay for the bright lights of London, actress Summer Penhalligan has tried her hardest to never look back; Jake, her childhood sweetheart, let her down terribly and the beautiful Cornish village holds nothing but painful memories. It’s only when a volatile relationship threatens to destroy all she holds dear that Summer finds herself returning to the place she knows so well.
Jake Tremaine has travelled the world but reluctantly finds himself drawn back to Polwenna Bay to run the family marina and take care of his unruly siblings. While Jake knows his attention should be on the rescuing the business, determined Ella, daughter of a wealthy hotelier, is set on working her way into his affections and beneath his sheets. The last thing Ella will tolerate is the reappearance of a rival…
As the holiday season approaches and seaside life gathers pace, Jake suspects that Summer is keeping a huge secret from him. But Summer is not the only person in the village with something to hide. Is she just an echo of Jake’s past or are there far more important matters at stake?

Always the Bridesmaid by Lindsey Kelk

*****5 stars
Lindsey Kelk has had me as an avid reader of her books since her "I heart ..." series. There was a lot going on in this book and you find yourself unable to put it down wondering which distaster is gonna hit next. Add the wonderful plot with great characters and you have yourself a great escape :)
Book Jacket Summary:
Everyone loves a bridesmaid - except Maddie, who’s perpetually asked to be one.
Everyone loves a wedding - except Maddie’s best friend, who’s getting divorced.
And everyone loves the way Maddie’s so happy behind the scenes - except Maddie herself.
One best friend is in wedding countdown while the other heads for marriage meltdown. And as Maddie juggles her best chance at promotion in years with bridezilla texts and late-night counselling sessions, she starts to wonder – is it time to stop being the bridesmaid?

The Love Shack by Jane Costello

**** 4 stars
I adore Jane Costello's books, they are always a solid read. I was a bit worried when I read the summary which began with " Life's great when you're 29 years old with a gorgeous girlfriend and fulfilling job. Until you have to move back in with your mum . . ." I am happy to admit that my worries were unfounded and I really enjoyed this book. It isn't just about having to move home to save money. I felt it was more to do about making that conscious effort to be an adult and let go of the past and the baggage we carry with us. Very enjoyable.
Book Jacket Summary:
Life's great when you're 29 years old with a gorgeous girlfriend and fulfilling job. Until you have to move back in with your mum . . .
Dan and Gemma have found their dream first home, but the asking price is the stuff of nightmares. The only way they'll ever save enough for the deposit is by moving in, rent-free, with Dan's mum.
It's a desperate solution, but it's only for six months. And Gemma's determined to make it work, no matter how bad things get.
But between Dan's mum's kitchen karaoke, her constant innuendos, irrepressible argumentative streak and - worst of all - her ham and pineapple curries, life back at home would test the patience of two saints. Which Dan and Gemma most definitely are not.
Then, as they're trying to convince themselves it will all be worth it, Gemma's past comes back to haunt her. And suddenly the foundations of their entire relationship are shaken to their core…

The Vintage Guide to Love and Romance by Kristy Greenwood

****4 stars
I had a hard time getting into this book. I think one of my main reasons for this was the main character Jessica. When I first began reading I felt very strongly against Jessica. She was selfish and seemed very immature, but as with many womens fiction books, we saw this character grow. I also liked the bit of hidden subtext about Jessica's mother and what her true story was. Definitely don't place this book aside, just give it a bit of time. :)
Book Jacket Summary:
Jessica Beam is a girl who knows how to party. Only lately she's been forgetting to turn up for work on time. Or in clean clothes. Down on her luck, out of a job and homeless, Jess seeks the help of her long-lost grandmother.
Things aren't going well for Matilda Beam, either. Her 1950s Good Woman guide books are out of print, her mortgage repayments are staggering and her granddaughter wears neon Wonderbras.
When a lifeline from a London publisher arrives, the pair have an opportunity to secure the roof over their heads - by invigorating the Good Woman guides and transforming modern, rebellious Jess into a demure vintage lady.
The true test of their make-over will be to capture the heart of notorious London playboy Leo Frost and prove that Matilda's guides still work. It's going to take commitment, nerves of steel and one seriously pointy bra to pull this off . . .