Out of Play

Out of Play

By Joy Norstrom

4 out of 5 chickadees singing!

When I read the hilarious plot summary of this book, I knew I had to get it. Gillian is fed up with her husband, mainly because of his hobby of LARP (live action role play). Her husband, Ralph, dressed up in costumes with like-minded individuals and pretends to be a character like a banshee, knight, etc. Gillian starts seeing a therapist to get help for this issue and is shocked when she advises that Gillian go on a LARP’ing trip with her husband.

Gillian ends up not telling Ralph she’s going to come along and volunteers as a kitchen wench. She acts like she’s taking her therapist’s suggestion, but she can’t help spying on her husband. She gets herself into some crazy situations and meets some, um, interesting people.

This book was completely unpredictable, which I was not expecting. It was a welcome surprise. It was also very funny, with the characters and situations. Yet it somehow also managed to do justice to the serious topic of a relationship on the rocks. A good read.

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Jeopardy in July

Jeopardy in July

By Barbara Venkataraman

Genre: Cozy mystery

5 out of 5 chickadees singing! I was given this book and am voluntarily reviewing it. These Jamie Quinn books just keep on getting better! Jamie stumbles upon another mystery when her client’s painting turns out to be a fake, but with a legitimate letter of authenticity. She also gets a job at an assisted living facility to present seminars about wills. As the old people pull her into their drama, she gets closer to uncovering something big about the painting.

This mystery was really well-written and thought out. The foreshadowing and clues were well done. I liked the quirky characters, both old and new. The plot moved at a good pace and kept my interest the whole time. Jamie has a good heart and as a result, the books can have murder and still feel heartwarming. This book definitely left the series open to another adventure and I’m so happy about that! I’d recommend these books to anyone who likes cozy mysteries.

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A Wedding in Cornwall Guest Post

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Guest Post for A Wedding in Cornwall

Thanks again to Elizabeth and Lindsey for letting me share about my books with the awesome readers at Chick Lit Chickadees!

A little over a year ago, I penned a short romance read titled A Wedding in Cornwall. It was a light, feel-good story about an American event planner named Julianne who moves ‘across the pond’ to a new job at a Cornish manor house. Her first adventure there includes planning a celebrity wedding, befriending her co-workers at Cliffs House, and finding herself romantically drawn to a charming Ross Poldark look-alike. As you can imagine, it was a lot of fun writing a story with such an idyllic setting, and I was more than happy to revisit it for a Christmas sequel. But I never expected to still be writing about the same characters and their oh-so fictional Cornish village one year and six novellas later!

Reader support for the series has been overwhelming, with the first book even making it to the Top 100 Amazon UK. Because of reader enthusiasm, Julianne and her friends at Cliffs House have experienced more adventures than I ever hoped for, including participating in a baking competition akin to The Great British Bake Off, and planning a royal wedding at a Cornish castle. The series continues with the release of A Romance in Cornwall, where a well-known romance novelist searches for inspiration in the quiet village Julianne calls home.

To celebrate its one year anniversary and the release of the next installment in the series, Book One, A Wedding in Cornwall, will be free again for a limited time via Amazon and other major eBook retailers starting August  23rd. I’m also happy to announce that readers will now be able to purchase the first six novellas in one volume, with both paperback and digital formats available soon!

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Author Bio:

Laura Briggs is the author of several chick lit and romance stories. She has a fondness for vintage style dresses (especially ones with polka dots), and admires novelty scarf designs as well. Her favorite Jane Austen novel is Sense and Sensibility, and she enjoys reading everything from women’s fiction to modern day mystery novels. She loves spending time with family, caring for her pets, going to movies and plays, trying new restaurants, and dreams of traveling around the UK and Europe someday.

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Author Website: http://paperdollwrites.blogspot.com/

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The Boyfriend Swap Review

The Boyfriend Swap

By Meredith Schorr

Genre: Chick lit, romance

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I received this book from the author and am voluntarily reviewing it. This is a sweet, romantic chick lit. Robyn is dreading bringing home another artistic type boyfriend- Perry. Robyn’s parents want her to date someone with a 401k and a steady job. Meanwhile, Sidney knows her holidays with be filled with nothing but “talking shop” if she brings home Will, her lawyer boyfriend, to her lawyer dad. When Sidney and Robyn meet, Sidney proposes that they switch boyfriends for the holidays.

Sidney’s boyfriend turns out to be the guy Robyn had a major crush on in high school. All those feelings start coming back. Perry is driving Sidney crazy with his antics. She is shocked by how much he charms her family. The boyfriend swap is starting to look like a bad idea, but it’s too late now!

I liked that all 4 main characters were so different, but likeable on their own ways. The female characters especially learned a lot about themselves and their love lives through the boyfriend swap. I love seeing character development! The story was well-written and definitely kept my interest. The pace was good. Half of the story was predictable, which is pretty typical of chick lit, but the other half was not, which was a welcome surprise. I enjoyed this book and have no real complaints. Would highly recommend to fans of romantic chick lit!

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The Girl in the Mirror Review

The Girl in the Mirror

By Cathy Glass

Genre-Women’s fiction, true story

3 out of 5 singing chickadees!

Cathy Glass’s best books are tales of her fostering. Unfortunately, this story wasn’t that. This is the story of a young woman who used to stay at her aunt and uncle’s every summer and suddenly wasn’t allowed to go anymore. She goes back to the house for the first time in over 10 years to help nurse her dying grandfather. While there, pieces of her memory return to her until she finally remembers the horrific event.

This story could’ve been much shorter. There were a lot of unnecessary day-to-day details added in. That is pretty common in Glass’s books, but I don’t mind it as much in her fostering ones. The unnecessary details made the story move pretty slowly.

I liked the main character and thought the plot was interesting. It would’ve been better as a novella than a full-length novel. Definitely 3 out of 5 stars. Not bad, not great. An okay book.

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