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!

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Buy the books:

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

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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 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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Invisible Women

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We are excited to be featuring Sarah Long’s Invisible Women book today and have a blog post from the author herself!

Invisible Women Summary

(from Goodreads) Isn’t it about time we talked about YOU?

Tessa, Sandra and Harriet have been best friends through first crushes, careers, marriage and the trials of motherhood. After twenty years of taking care of everyone else’s every need, they’ve found themselves hitting the big 5-0 and suddenly asking themselves: ‘what about me?!’

Sandra has a sordid secret, and Harriet is landed with her ailing mother-in-law. Tessa is looking for something to fill the gaping hole left by her youngest daughter’s departure for uni, where it seems she’s now engaged in all sorts of unsavoury activities, if Tessa’s obsessive late-night Facebook stalking is anything to go by.

When Tessa impulsively responds to an online message from an old flame, she soon finds herself waiting at Heathrow Airport for The One That Got Away. 

But what will the plane from New York bring her? The man of her dreams, or a whole heap of trouble? 

And could this be the long-awaited moment for Tessa to seize her life, for herself, with both hands?

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Do women invest too much time and worry into bringing up their children?

 Post by Sarah Long

It often seems to me that bringing up children consists of lurching from one crisis to another. There’s always something to worry about. It must have been marvellous in the old days to hand them over to nanny to live in a separate wing if you were rich, or let them look after each other if you were poor. It was enough if they survived childhood, which was an achievement in itself in the pre-antibiotic era.

 

Instead of which, we are encouraged to worry about everything. Polishing their little CVs from infancy to ensure their cognitive and social skills are fully sharpened for the battle ahead. Violin practice, basketball tournaments, Mandarin lessons, the timetable is packed with must-have bolt-ons.

 

This is very annoying for the averagely lazy mother. We have fond memories of making mud pies in the garden and burning  holes in planks of wood – and the occasional ant – with a magnifying glass (how they’d scream about that nowadays). It was enough for us. Read a book if you’re bored. Just don’t expect me to ferry you to mini-Karate and junior chess tournaments.

 

At least if you go out to work you are partially off the hook. The real brunt of all this ‘add-on’ stuff falls on that martyred creature, the Full-Time Mother, whose achievements are measured through the prism of her child’s accomplishments. Getting up at dawn to take little Johnny to a fencing competition, ensuring he has an imaginvative birthday party to raise the bar for other parents, prepping him for his entrance exams. And when he doesn’t get into the school you’d hoped for, it will be you, not him, who feels wretched. You suspect it’s your fault, if you’d been more successful in your career as a full-time mother, then little Johnny would be blithely set on his path to adult fulfilment.

 

The three mothers in my novel INVISIBLE WOMEN all gave up their careers to become full-time mothers and are now wondering what to do with themselves now the children have grown up. They all agree they wouldn’t change anything, they loved their years at home with their families. But they do wonder at how ‘the few years off while they are young’ morphed into two decades. After all that time putting their children first, it’s time to think about themselves. Reinvention comes in different ways for each of them, but one thing’s for sure – this time, it’s all about them.

INVISIBLE WOMEN by Sarah Long is published by Bonnier Zaffre

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*Images and blog post provided to me as part of the blog tour

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A Manor in Cornwell

A Manor in Cornwell

I reviewed two of Laura Brigg’s novellas here. Both books were about Julianne, who becomes a wedding coordinator in Cornwell. I’m excited to announce that another book in the series is coming out titled A Manor in Cornwell. Check out more information on the book below!

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A Manor in Cornwall Blurb:

Now that Julianne’s happily ending is secure, her career as Cliffs House’s event planner is suddenly busier than ever. Thanks to a Cornish singing sensation’s upcoming concert at Cliffs House, and her promise to plan the perfect wedding for Pippa, Julianne hasn’t a moment to spare for Matthew or his plans for a weekend outing at Pencarrow. But she’s determined to find a way without letting down Ceffylgwyn for its big moment, or disappointing Pippa on the biggest day of her friend’s life.

With a starstruck crew of volunteers, a persistent American event planner, and a seemingly ill-chosen assistant in the form of the village’s former troublemaker, Julianne has her hands full, as usual. And it will take all of her friends, a few surprise twists, and — of course — her beloved Matthew to see her through it.

Pre-order Link:  http://smarturl.it/manorincornwall

Author Bio:

Laura Briggs is the author of several women’s fiction and chick lit novels, with themes that range from wedding planning to modern Jane Austen. Even though she tends to write stories with a romance theme, as a reader she has a soft spot for mysteries, including those by Agatha Christie and Mary Roberts Rinehart. She also enjoys books by Jane Austen, Anne Tyler, Amy Tan, and too many others to name. In her free time, she likes to experiment with new recipes and tries to landscape her yard (a never-ending project).

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

Twitter Account: http://bit.ly/1ME9ivJ

Facebook Page: http://on.fb.me/1JjeMoI

Official Series Page for A Wedding in Cornwall: http://weddingincornwall.blogspot.com/

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Laura Lake and The Hipster Weddings

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Laura Lake and The Hipster Weddings Blog Tour and Giveaway


LAURA LAKE 
AND THE HIPSTER WEDDINGS

      by Wendy Holden

                Publication date: 9th March 2017      Price: £14.99 hardback

‘Wendy is a brilliant writer’ Jilly Cooper

‘Smart, sharp and hugely entertaining’ Daily Mail

 ‘Wickedly witty’ Marie Claire

‘So funny and readable you worry about the calorie content’ Sunday Times

One of Britain’s greatest comic novelists’ The Mirror

A WONDERFUL WITTY NEW SERIES

FROM ONE OF BRITAIN’S FUNNIEST NOVELISTS

Wendy Holden, the Sunday Times No 1 bestseller, is back with a new publisher, Head of Zeus, and a sparkling new series of social satires. The first is about fashionable weddings.

At the heart of the new series is a compelling new character readers will love: an ingenious and resourceful heroine destined for great things.

Laura Lake longs to be a journalist. For now she’s an unpaid intern at a glossy magazine – sleeping secretly in the fashion cupboard and living on canapés. But hey, you have to start somewhere. And she’s just got her first big break – to infiltrate three society weddings and write a juicy expose.

Security will be tighter than a bodycon dress, but how hard can it be to get the skinny? She’ll disguise herself as a ballgowned billionheiress for the castle-partying aristocrats and a boho-chic pixie child for the posh festival nuptials. Oh, and a moustachioed lobster for the Shoreditch hipsters.

But nothing can prepare her for disappearing brides, raunchy royals and a brush with the next James Bond. Or the fact that her jealous office enemy will do anything to bring her down. Will Laura get the scoop of the year? Or will she be out on her ear?

ABOUT WENDY

Number one bestselling author Wendy Holden was a journalist on Tatler, the Sunday Times, and The Mail on Sunday before becoming an author. She has since written ten consecutive Sunday Times top-ten bestsellers. She lives in Derbyshire.  

My Review

I was given a copy of this book and am voluntarily reviewing it. 3 out of 5 stars overall. Wow! Let me just begin by saying that there are some crazy, crazy trends in upscale British weddings apparently! Laura Lake first begins by being a living piece of art for a modern-day artist trying to make a statement. Eventually, she gets a job as a magazine intern. One of her first assignments is coming along to interview the ridiculously wealthy and shallow Lulu. Laura ends up feeling sorry for the way Lulu is portrayed and helps her sound better in the interview. The descriptions of Lulu’s house were insane! Laura thinks she’s gotten her lucky break when she is assigned to cover hipster weddings, but her old school nemesis, Clemency, is out to get her. Laura ends up attending three weddings. One is for that crazy artist she worked for and takes place partially in public restrooms. Another involves pagan ceremonies with hired actors being earth, air, fire, and water. The third wedding is your typical, high-scale royal wedding. As Laura attends these weddings, she stumbles upon a mystery AND a love interest or two.

Despite the setbacks she encounters, Laura doesn’t give up. She is a likeable character who cares about others. She meets some really interesting characters along the way. There is the shallow, but sweet, Lulu who is sickeningly wealthy. Lulu has a transgender, ex-military, make-up artist butler named Vlad.  Laura’s fashion bosses at the magazine are similar to Lulu in that they’re clueless, but kind. They also have some really off-the-wall ideas. Laura has two love interests- Caspar, who is funny and entertaining, but doesn’t have much substance and Harry, who is a serious journalist and a fan of Laura’s father (a deceased journalist).

I really got a glimpse into another world with these crazy weddings. Laura gets herself into some hilarious situations in this book! This is a very entertaining read for people interested in “how the other half lives.” I would recommend this to fans of comedy, fashion, celebrities, and chick lit!

Book Giveaway

Win free signed copies of Laura Lake And The Hipster Weddings by sharing your own hilarious wedding stories with me! I can’t wait to read them! They might even inspire another novel! Please go to https://goo.gl/forms/xYaoaGCgxPpNR23g1  Thank you.  Love Wendy xx

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