The Truth About Gemma Grey Review and Giveaway

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The Truth About Gemma Grey Summary

Life isn’t working out quite as Gemma had planned. Her breakthrough job turns out to involve writing clickbait articles about cats. Her boyfriend Jack is off travelling the world with his glamorous BFF and her mum’s social life puts Gemma’s own to shame.

Then, after a late-night online rant, Gemma’s YouTube channel goes viral and everything changes.

Suddenly, she’s living the dream – only it’s not turning out entirely as she imagined.

Gemma realises she’ll have to choose between fame, real love and being true to herself – because she can’t have it all. Or can she?

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My Review

Oh my goodness, I enjoyed this book! 5 out of 5 chickadees singing! Gemma is such a sweet and relatable main character. I feel like so many young women have felt the way that she does at points throughout the book. This book is also hilarious. Gemma gets herself into some crazy situations and has a funny “inner voice.”  Just reading about the lives of Youtube stars had me feeling incredulous. I learned SO MUCH about people who make a living vlogging. That brings up another great thing about this book- it’s very “of the moment.” From clickbait articles to ring lights, RIGHT NOW is the perfect time to read this book. It revealed a side of the internet I had never paid much attention to before. This book is a great example of fun chick lit. I highly recommend it!

Important Links

Buy the books:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B071KKJ5JL

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B071KKJ5JL/

Meet the author:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SophieRanald/

Twitter: @sophieranald

Goodreads Author Page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7233995.Sophie_Ranald

Website: https://www.sophieranald.com

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*I was given a copy of this book, content, and images as part of the book tour. I reviewed this book voluntarily and honestly, unlike some of the vloggers in Gemma Grey’s world.*

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The Big Weekend Review

The Big Weekend

By Libby Kirsch

Genre: Mystery, chick lit, cozy mystery

5 out of 5 chickadees singing!

I was given a copy of this book and am voluntarily reviewing it. I just love this Stella Reynolds series! This latest installment was so enjoyable. Stella reports on a murdered man. His ex-wife, Tabitha, is in jail for the crime, but she says she’s innocent and needs to get home to her kids. Is she telling the truth? As Stella investigates, she finds more and more layers. Soon, Tabitha’s brother is killed at her house. A neighbor swears she saw Tabitha commit both crimes, but Tabith was in jail during the second one. Does Tabitah’s lawyer have anything to do with what’s going on?

In the midst of the murder investigation, Stella is trying to keep her relationship with race car driver Lucky strong. That isn’t so easy when they’re long distance and both so committed to their jobs. Will Stella be able to figure out her love life and solve the case?

I liked the intricate layers to this mystery. I always love reading about Stella’s investigative process as well. We get to see a little bit of where Stella’s crazy friend, Janet, is. It looks like Janet is about to get her own series, which is exciting. I hope Libby keeps writing Stella Reynold’s books, too, because they’re great. This whole series is so enjoyable and I highly recommend them!

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Poppy’s Proposal Review

Poppy’s Proposal

By Gavin Ough

Genre: Chick lot, romance, humor

4 out of 5 chickadees singing! I was given a copy of this book and am voluntarily reviewing it.

Finally, a chick lit that’s not completely predictable! Poppy works the front desk at a hotel and wonders if that’s all there will ever be for her. Poppy has always had a bit of a crush on surfer instructor Greg, but he shows no interest back. That is, until Poppy starts seeing Andrew, a wealthy royal. Poppy proposes to date both of them for a while and see what happens. Her roommate, Rhea, warns her not to, but she doesn’t listen.

For the first half of the book, I expected things to go one way in typical chick lit fashion. I was pleasantly surprised when they didn’t. This is a book with a lot of humor and a lot of heart. Poppy is a great main character people can relate to. The characters are all fun and incredibly different. I would definitely recommend Poppy’s Proposal to fans of chick lit.

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The Carlton Square Series

The Carlton Square Series

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I am so excited to share The Carlton Square series with you guys! This was written by one of my favorite authors, Lilly Bartlett, AKA Michelle Gorman. I have already read both books and the second just hit shelves in the USA. Check out my reviews below!

The Big Little Wedding in Carlton Square

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I enjoyed this fun book. Thinking it over to critique it, I realized I really had no complaints. Sometimes chick lit books are predictable, over dramatic, and cheesy, but this book was none of those things. This is the story of Emma and Daniel planning their wedding. He was born with a silver spoon in his mouth and she, well… wasn’t. Daniel’s parents are expecting a huge, elegant ceremony and are willing to contribute financially, but Emma’s father won’t hear of it. Emma has to pull off an almost royal wedding on a shoestring budget. 

This book took me back to my own wedding planning days, which was fun. I also loved both main characters. Emma is desperately trying not to betray where she comes from, even though she’s marrying into something else. Daniel is clueless about his privilege. The secondary characters were very entertaining, yet also heartwarming. 

The plot moves along at a good pace. Emma has a funny “voice.” I am really excited to read more in this series! I would recommend it to any fan of chick lit, and really, anyone who has ever planned a wedding!

The Second Chance Cafe in Carlton Square

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This book was super cute, just like the first one in the series! Emma starts a cafe in Carlton Square to provide jobs for at-risk youth. She runs into a lot of trouble from a fellow cafe owner who is trying to run her out of business. She is also juggling a new job, her husband, and her twin toddlers!

I could relate to a lot of Emma’s thoughts about motherhood. Emma wants Daniel to step up more and feels like everything falls to her. I think that’s common and I like how it was handled in this story.

Emma is such a likable character. I love that she is trying to help at-risk youth and learned to overcome some prejudices she didn’t even know she had. We see the return of a lot of lovely characters, like her parents, her mother-in-law, Daniel, Kelly, etc. We also get lots of new characters from Emma’s mom group and the other people who frequent the cafe. I loved the diverse range of characters.

It was very enjoyable to visit Emma and her square again! The plot moved at a good pace and the story was well-done. I hope there’s a third book!

*Quotes and photos provided to me by the author. I wwas given copies of these books and voluntarily reviewed them.*

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