The Single Girl’s Calendar Book Tour

The Single Girl’s Calendar

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Book Summary

A task a day to cure a broken heart.

Esmé Peel is approaching thirty with some trepidation, but hope in her heart. If she can just get her long-term boyfriend Andrew to propose, she will have ticked everything off her ‘things to do by the time you’re 30′ list. She didn’t reckon on finding another woman’s earring in her bed however, and soon she finds herself single, homeless and in need of a new plan. Her best friend Carys gives her the perfect present – The Single Girl’s Calendar – which has a different cure for heartbreak every day:

Day 1: Look and feel fabulous with a new hair style.

Day 2: Step out of your comfort zone and try something new.

Day 3: Reconnect with friends and enjoy!

Despite thinking it’s a bit of a gimmick, Esmé hasn’t got any better ideas, so she puts the plan into action. By the end of week one she has four new male housemates, and despite a broken heart she is determined to show Andrew she can do more than survive, she can thrive.

My Review

3/5 chickadees singing! I received this book as part of the book tour and am voluntarily reviewing it. I absolutely love the idea of the single girl’s calendar! Seriously, this needs to be a real thing. How much easier would the month after a break-up be if you had a calendar telling you what to do? Pushing you out of your comfort zone?

Poor Esme finds out on her anniversary that her boyfriend cheated on her. Thanks to the suggestions on the Single Girl’s Calendar a friend gave her, she moves in with 4 of her brother’s friends. Jonah is the playboy male model Esme can’t help but be attracted to. Esme thinks roommate Asa would be attractive had he not ruined his face with a huge tattoo. Dom moved to be away from his family, but is constantly going back to their house. Russ has a 4 year old boy named Toby who visits on the weekends. As Esme continues to follow the suggestions on her calendar, she finds herself and changes her life.

I loved the plot of this book: a woman starting over after a bad break up. Esme was a relatable character, although she did annoy me at times with her inability to make up her mind and be consistent. She had a good heart. The secondary characters were well fleshed-out. Asa could be over-the-top bossy and I’d be upset with him, but he had another side, too. I had mixed feelings about him and Esme at times, but I suppose that’s a reflection of human nature. Everyone has flaws!

This book had good pacing and kept my attention the whole time. I liked seeing Esme’s character growth. She really developed as she had to consistently leave her comfort zone in order to complete the calendar tasks. I wish I had her bravery at times! I also enjoyed the ending a lot! It was sweet and satisfying. I predicted some, but not all, of it.

This is a super cute and fun book for fans of chick lit.

About Erin Green

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Erin was born and raised in Warwickshire, where she resides with her husband. She writes contemporary novels focusing on love, life and laughter. An ideal day for Erin involves writing, people watching and copious amounts of tea. Erin was delighted to be awarded The Katie Fforde Bursary in 2017 and previously, Love Stories ‘New Talent Award’ in 2015.

Erin Green Contact:

Twitter (her favourite) @ErinGreenAuthor

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Web Page. www.eringreenauthor.co.uk

 Book Excerpt

A March engagement could easily become a June wedding; she’d plan like crazy between now and Easter – though seriously what was there she didn’t already know? She knew which dress, knew which cousins would be bridesmaids. Money wouldn’t be an issue thanks to Andrew’s astute saving habit and her parents’ additional gifts – she was their only daughter after all. The horse and carriage, the fresh flowers, matching rings, the once in a lifetime honeymoon in the Maldives and not forgetting the sumptuous reception at The MacDonald Burlington Hotel – perfect for a city centre wedding. How romantic would it be to have the reception where they’d first met? Or more precisely, above where they’d met in The Bacchus wine bar situated in the vaults beneath the hotel.

How had seven years passed so quickly?

A girls’ night out with Carys, her life-long school friend, was not supposed to be a ‘pick-up’ night. Simply two ladies sharing a bottle of merlot, a good chat and a few girly giggles. Yet, every time Esmé had looked up to speak to Carys, his dark smouldering gaze interrupted her focus. Could he have been more obvious? His constant staring had been verging on improper. And finally, after thirty minutes, he’d braved the distance between his group and their table to introduce himself.

She’d played gooseberry to Carys’s beaus on more than one occasion, so fair was fair.

Esmé smiled at the irony as her hands busily worked the duvet cover. Seven years of dating had led from one dimly lit room to another, though tonight would guarantee more than a scribbled phone number and a promise to call. Like then, she’d be ready and waiting. He’d made her wait three days. Carys had been certain he’d call in two given his reluctance to leave their table as his friends drank up and moved bars.

Esmé began flinging the medley of pillows and satin cushions to the far side of the room. The decorative headboard looked ugly and bare without the satin pillows. Another purchase chosen by Andrew, and which frequently embarrassed her in the throes of passion when it vibrated against the wall.

From the foot of the bed, Esmé grabbed the neatly folded hospital-bed corner of the spent cotton sheet, she gave one hefty pull in order to strip the mattress in one fluid movement and that’s when it appeared.

An earring.

Esmé paused and stared at the offending item lying, as proud as punch, just off centre by their large headboard.

A gold dangling earring complete with a turquoise crystal. An earring that she had never seen before.

The handful of spent cotton dropped from her clutches and she slowly sidestepped towards the head end of their bed. She needed a closer look but any sudden movement might cause the item to disappear. It didn’t. It stared boldly at her.

Had he cheated? And, in our bed! Had she slept all week with another woman’s earring inches from her own gold studs?

Esmé wasn’t sure how long she remained statue like, staring in silence, but when Andrew arrived home from his shift at the airport the silence was broken for several hours.

Links to Buy:

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*All content and pictures provided to me as part of the book tour*

 

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What She Left Book Tour

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What She Left

I am so honored to take part in this awesome blog tour! If you liked Gone Girl or The Girl on the Train, you will love this book. If you’re a fan of domestic drama, you will love this book. I was enthralled.

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Book Summary

Helen Cooper has a charmed life. She’s beautiful, accomplished, organised – the star parent at the school. Until she disappears.

But Helen wasn’t abducted or murdered. She’s chosen to walk away, abandoning her family, husband Sam, and her home.

Where has Helen gone, and why? What has driven her from her seemingly perfect life? What is she looking for? Sam is tormented by these questions, and gradually begins to lose his grip on work and his family life.

He sees Helen everywhere in the faces of strangers. He’s losing control.

But then one day, it really is Helen’s face he sees…

My Review

I reviewed this book as part of a book tour and am voluntarily reviewing it. This was a fascinating read. Part thriller, part mystery, but mostly about relationships and the secrets we keep. One day, Helen disappears. A campaign is launched to find her. Astonishingly, her husband, Sam, is told by the police a few days later that she turned herself in, safe and well, and has no desire to see him. She vanished on purpose. Sam is haunted by the question of “why” and falls into a pit of drinking and depression.Eventually, we discover why Helen did what she did. The story mainly switches between the perspectives of Sam, his new friend Lara, and eventually, Helen.

I liked the characters in this story. All deeply flawed, but relatable. I was eager to find out why and how Helen had vanished. There are some surprises at the end (although a careful reader could see them coming). This book definitely kept my interest and I stayed up until 3 AM to finish it. I was intrigued by the plot and the ending did not disappoint. I would recommend this to fans of Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train.

Purchase Links

Paperback: https://www.amazon.co.uk/What-She-Left-Rosie-Fiore/dp/1760292494/ref=tmm_pap_title_1?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

Kindle: https://www.amazon.co.uk/What-She-Left-Rosie-Fiore-ebook/dp/B07253XZR4/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

Author Bio

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Rosie Fiore was born and grew up in Johannesburg, South Africa. She studied drama at the University of the Witwatersrand and has worked as a writer for theatre, television, magazines, advertising, comedy and the corporate market.

Her first two novels, This Year’s Black and Lame Angel were published by Struik in South Africa. This Year’s Black was longlisted for the South African Sunday Times Literary Award and has subsequently been re-released as an e-book. Babies in Waiting, Wonder Women and Holly at Christmas were published by Quercus. She is the author of After Isabella, also published by Allen & Unwin.

Rosie’s next book, The After Wife (written as Cass Hunter), will be published by Trapeze in 2018, and in translation is seven countries around the world.

Rosie lives in London with her husband and two sons.

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/rosiefiorewriter/

Twitter – https://twitter.com/rosiefiore

 *Content and pictures provided to me as part of the book tour*

 

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The Expat Diaries Series Review

The Expat Diaries

By Michele Gorman

There are 3 books in this series and I read them all! Overall, I would give the series 3 out of 5 chickadees singing. Hope you enjoy the reviews.

The Expat Diaries: Single in the City

I have loved a lot of Michele Gorman’s books, but this one was just okay. There wasn’t a clear plot and the book skipped over big parts and just briefly explained them from a future point. It was odd. 

I did enjoy the main character. She was clumsy and awkward, yet mostly sweet. There were times where she annoyed me by being shallow or careless. I liked reading about an American woman trying to make it in London. She met some interesting and varied men and there were some funny moments. I was quite happy with the man she ended up with. I do want to read the sequel, even if this book didn’t blow me away.

The Expat Diaries: Misfortune Cookie

I enjoyed this book more than the first one. It didn’t jump around as much and had a smoother plot. The main character has also matured. 

Hannah has moved to Hong Kong with her boyfriend, Sam. Unfortunately, he’s on project elsewhere. But lucky for Hannah, her best friend, Stacy, decides to move to Hong Kong, too! Hannah gets a great new job in the fashion industry.

I really enjoyed reading about Hannah’s job. Her new boss and friends are awesome. Hannah struggles with the long-distance aspect of her relationship, which is relatable. I wish she had been more honest and open with Sam, but her character is still developing. I also really liked reading about Hong Kong, as I know nothing about the area. This was a quick read and I eagerly started the third because I want to know what happens to Hannah! Overall, this was an improvement over the first book and an enjoyable read.

The Twelve Days of Christmas

A sweet conclusion to this series! Hannah is back with Sam and she believes he’s going to propose to her at Christmas. Hannah is in a panic remembering all the times she told little white lies to impress him. Does he know the real Hannah? Would he love her if he knew? Meanwhile, Hannah’s boss is dating her friend Stacy and trying to sell the company. 

Hannah was way overthinking things and not being open and honest again. It annoyed me after I thought she had matured more in the last book. However, I loved the ending to this story. I also liked the format as each chapter title went with the 12 days of Christmas song. I was honestly not sure how the story was going to end. I appreciate that this series hasn’t been predictable, which is a rarity in a chick lit. Everything is tied up nicely at the end, even with secondary characters. Overall, I would recommend this series to fans of travel chick lit.

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Halfway to Nowhere (Halfway #1) Review

Halfway to Nowhere (Halfway #1)

By Steena Holmes and Elena Aitken

This was a sweet novel with a really interesting plot. Main character Nikki left her hometown ten years ago and never told anyone why. She’s back due to her mother’s death and needing to put her affairs in order. And she has a big secret with her. She knows if her former best friend, Becky, and her husband, Matt, find out the secret, her whole life will change. 

I liked the story and it definitely kept me engaged. It was a good length. I thought that both Nikki and Becky acted unrealistically at times. That’s my only real complaint about the book. I really liked all of the supporting characters, though. 3 out of 5 chickadees singing. 

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Colors of Christmas: Two Contemporary Stories Celebrate the Hope of Christmas Review

Colors of Christmas: Two Contemporary Stories Celebrate the Hope of Christmas

By Olivia Newport

I’m sorry and sad that I didn’t get this review out before Christmas. BUT please save this book on your list of ones to read next Christmas! 5 out of 5 chickadees singing! This was a truly enjoyable addition to my Christmas reading this year! These stories had sadness and loss, yet also hope and love. I loved that they delved into deeper issues, yet were also very heartwarming. 

I am fascinated by World War II, so I really enjoyed the first book. It’s about a woman who survived World War II who is now living in America and was just semi-forced to move into an assisted living facility. Her physical therapist is dealing with a stalker ruining her life. An unlikely friendship forms between the two at Christmastime. 

The next book is about choir director Angela whose dear friend has just died. She gets put in charge of An Event to Remember Christmas celebration with no time to plan and absolutely everything goes wrong! An unexpected visitor comes to town and ends up uplifting and helping Angela. The Christmas Eve service scene in this book was truly magical! 

I absolutely loved the heart in these stories. They were well-written and engaging. I highly recommend them!

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