Learning to Fly
By Jane Lambert
Genre: Women’s Fiction
By Jane Lambert
Genre: Women’s Fiction
We are excited to be a part of another book tour! I loved this book that dealt with some serious issues, but had hope, friendship, and love despite it all. Keep reading for an awesome excerpt of the book, my review, and a giveaway! You could win a free paperback copy of this wonderful book!
Genre: Contemporary women’s fiction
Release Date: 04/08/16
Publisher: Lemon Tree Press.
Four women, linked by blood ties, friendship, betrayal, loss and hope, struggle with the choices they’ve made and the hand that life’s dealt them.
All Pippa’s ever wanted is marriage and kids, but at thirty-four and about to embark on IVF, her dream of having a family is far from certain. Her younger sister Georgie has the opposite problem, juggling her career, her lover, a young daughter and a husband who wants baby number two.
Pippa’s best friend Sienna has a successful career in the film world, and despite her boyfriend pressurising her to settle down, a baby is the last thing she wants. Happily married Connie shares the trauma of fertility treatment with Pippa, but underestimates the impact being unable to conceive will have on her and her marriage.
As their lives collide in a way they could never have predicted, will any of them get to see their hopes realised?
“Connie stopped and looked around. She had wandered a little way off the path and was in a small grassy clearing surrounded by trees heavy with spring leaves and blossom. Not in the mood for making small talk with a stranger, she chose a spot in semi-shade out of sight of the path, leant back against the slender tree trunk and closed her eyes. A slight breeze caressed her face and every so often she got the wonderful sensation of sunlight on her. She took a deep breath and drank in the scent of damp grass and spring flowers – fresh, sweet and alive – then opened her eyes to the canopy of white against the blue sky. The apple tree was bursting with blossom like masses of white teardrops.
She had everything to live for even if it didn’t feel like it right now. Life was a journey, and the best journeys were the ones that couldn’t be predicted before setting off, or that weren’t an easy ride to reach the destination. Right then, on a perfect spring day beneath the apple blossom, she made a pact with herself to keep loving life whatever was thrown at her. She may have suffered yet more disappointment but she could still see beauty in the world and feel at peace.”
This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review. This was a great book. Main character Pippa begins writing a blog about her attempt to get pregnant and begin fertility treatments. Through the blog, she meets a friend named Connie, who is also trying for a baby. Meanwhile Pippa’s sister, Georgie, is trying to fight off her husband’s attempts for them to have a second. She feels overwhelmed by the one she already has and thinks it all happened too young. Pippa’s best friend, Sienna, never wants children, although her boyfriend wants marriage and a family. All of these ladies go through a journey of difficult circumstances (through their own making or otherwise) and come out the other side with storms weathered and lessons learned.
I loved the hope that was present in this book, even as each woman’s life wasn’t turning out the way they expected it to. I also loved the lessons and examples of friendship. I think any woman can really relate to what the characters are experiencing and that feeling of being “stuck.” It was an engaging story, despite the serious topics covered. I would highly recommend this books to those who love women’s fiction.
Goodreads Author Page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7131734.Kate_Frost
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We are excited to be a part of The Story of Our Life Blog Tour! Please read my review below and find out a little more about this very unique, heartwarming book.
By Shari Low
Genre: Women’s Fiction, Romance, Chick Lit
SO WHAT WOULD YOU DO IF YOUR HUSBAND SLEPT WITH ANOTHER WOMAN?
Colm strolled into my life fifteen years ago. If there’s ever such a thing as love at first sight, that was it for us both.
A few weeks later we married, celebrating with those who cared, ignoring the raised eyebrows of the cynics.
We knew better. This was going to be forever. The dream come true. The happy ever after. Until it wasn’t.
Because a couple of months ago everything changed. We discovered a devastating truth, one that blew away our future and forced us to revisit our past, to test the bonds that were perhaps more fragile than they seemed.
So now I ask you again, what would you do if your husband slept with another woman?
Because this is what I did. I’m Shauna. And this is The Story of Our Life…
Unwind, laugh, cry…but feel uplifted by this bittersweet love story. Perfect for the fans of Jo-Jo Moyes and Marian Keyes.
*Content and pictures provided to me by Aria Fiction*
By Geraldine Hogan
Genre: Women’s fiction
I’m excited to be a part of this summer blog hop!
Better to have loved and lost, than never loved.
Paul Starr, Irelands leading cardiologist dies in a car crash with a pregnant young women by his side.
United in their grief and the love of one man, four women are thrown together in an attempt to come to terms with life after Paul. They soon realise they never really knew him at all.
The love they shared for Paul in his life and which incensed a feeling of mistrust and dislike for each other, in his death turns into the very thing that bonds them and their children to each other forever.
As they begin to form unlikely friendships, Paul’s death proves to be the catalyst that enables them to become the people they always wanted to be.
This was such an interesting premise for a book. I loved each of the four ladies- they were different, but all had a love for Paul Starr. Evie is Paul’s older, first wife who regrets that she was never able to give him children. Evie feels that her life is over when Paul dies. Grace is Paul’s second wife. She’s a famous painter and birthed Paul’s daughter, Delilah. She doubts Paul’s love for her when she finds out he’s still married to his first wife. Annalise is Paul’s third wife. She is a former Miss Ireland, an aspiring model, and the mother of Paul’s two sons. Annalise has always allowed other people to take the reins of her life and she now has to learn to stand on her own two feet. Paul met Kasia while volunteering overseas and helped her to come to America. Kasia has an abusive boyfriend and just discovered she is pregnant.
I loved the bond that these ladies grew to have. I loved seeing their characters’ develop as the story continued. This book even had a twist I didn’t expect! There were some exciting events that definitely kept my interest.
I have two small criticisms of the book. First, it bugged me that Annalise called her mom by her first name because she was adopted. It really didn’t make any sense because she was adopted as a baby. I also felt like the characters’ didn’t show as much surprise/confusion at finding out about each other as I expected. They never even tried to find marriage certificates or look at Evie’s. These are small parts of the book overall, but I thought I’d mention them.
This was a very interesting story with some awesome characters! I enjoyed reading it very much!
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By: Tilly Tennant
Genre: Chick lit
Release Date: 30th March 2016
Publisher: Lawsome Books
One Starry Night is the fourth and final part of the Once Upon a Winter series:
They say the darkest hour is just before the dawn, and Hannah has never really understood the true meaning of that until now. With Gina’s husband misbehaving, bad news for Mitchell that only Hannah can break and Ross under attack, things seem to be falling apart around her, and how is she supposed to be the rock everyone else needs when she can’t even get her own life in order? It’s going to take a special kind of courage to see this dawn break, but when it does it might just be all the brighter for it. The trouble is, Hannah’s not sure she can be that strong…
I received this book as part of a book tour. Finally, we get to read the conclusion to the Once Upon A Winter’s Night series! In the last book, Mitchell got some answers about what happened to leave him staggering in the snow on Christmas Day. However, Hannah believes there is even more to the story and takes it upon herself to do some investigations, with the help of her sister, Gina. Gina has worries of her own, knowing that she and Ross need to come clean about their relationship to his family.
The series was tied up nicely in this book with all questions answered. I would definitely recommend this book to fans of chick lit and romance! It had very interesting, likeable characters. The pace of the stories was good and I like that they were broken up into short, quick novellas. Overall, this was a very cute series with a satisfying ending.
*Photos and content given to me as part of the book tour*