Izzy As Is Review

Izzy As Is

By Tracie Bannister

I was given this book and am voluntarily reviewing it. It was so much fun to read more about party-girl Izzy! Izzy has been living the high life as a model. She is horrified to learn that now that she’s hit 30, the jobs are drying up. When she sees a former model frenemy with a rich old man, she gets an idea. Her next “career” will be trophy wife to someone wealthy and she can continue the lifestyle she is accustomed to. She eventually finds the rich and handsome Eduardo, but as their relationship continues, Izzy realizes some flaws in her plan. 

Izzy is such a fun main character. Although I couldn’t always relate to her, it was fun to read about someone so different than myself. I really liked Izzy’s character growth and getting to read more about Pilar and Ford. This book kept me engaged the whole time and was fast-paced. I really enjoyed it! It was just fun!

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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.

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 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.

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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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The Travel Mishaps of Caity Shaw Series Review

The Travel Mishaps of Caity Shaw Series

By Eliza Watson

Genre: Chick Lit

I read book one and enjoyed it so much I had to quickly read the other two books in the series! There should be more books in the series coming out eventually. Check out my review of each book below.

Flying By The Seat of My Knickers (Book 1)

4/5 singing chickadees! I’m so glad I downloaded this book while it was free! It ended up being really good. Caity has just gotten out of an abusive relationship. She is desperately trying to become her own person and leave her fear behind. Her sister, Rachel, owns an event planning company and at the request of their mother, she hires Caity for a gig in Ireland. Caity doesn’t have much work experience and she’s trying not to embarrass Rachel, while hoping that they can get their sisterly relationship of the past back. Caity also finds out that their grandma was from a nearby town in Ireland. She is determined to find out why her grandma lied about her past.

This had similarities to a chick lit, but also dealt with the seriousness of moving past an abusive relationship. I really liked Caity and could empathize with her. We got to see how grow in this story. I will warn you that the book did end unfinished and you’ll have to keep reading the series for a satisfying conclusion. I liked the book so much, that I immediately purchased the second one!

Up The Seine Without A Paddle (Book 2)

4/5 singing chickadees! I really enjoyed the second installment in this series. These books are quick reads that keep your interest the entire time. Caity is working her second ever travel event in Paris. Declan, the one who recommended her and her possible love interest from the last book, is along as well. Caity learns more about event planning and is starting to grow in her confidence. Well, when she isn’t stuck playing nanny to the funeral director’s son. Meanwhile, Declan opens up about his past and Caity is wondering if she can trust him with her own story. She’s also trying to get up the confidence to tell her sister.

Caity annoyed me at certain parts in this book, with her desire to push Declan to open up more, while concealing her own past. She also overreacted to a lot of situations. Some of that was understandable with the relationship she just got out of. The first book’s summary gave me the impression that the series was a lot more focused on uncovering Caity’s grandmother’s history. That storyline takes more of a back burner than I had expected. However, these were minor complaints. I still really enjoyed this book. These are likable characters, the locations are interesting and detailed, and the pace is quick.

My Christmas Goose is Almost Cooked

5/5 singing chickadees! I’m happy to report that we finally find out about Caity’s grandma’s secrets in this book. Caity starts the book working another event with her sister, Rachel. They plan to go to Dublin to research their grandma’s past, but it turns out that only Caity is able to go. Declan volunteers to accompany her, as his family lives in the area. So Caity ends up meeting Declan’s family and trying to help all of them open up about and properly mourn Declan’s first love.

This was another enjoyable installment of the series. It’s fun to see Caity grow and become more confident with each book. I like that these books have hilarious escapades and romance, but also cover serious topics. I love the focus on family, too. I highly recommend you start the series soon so you can read this latest book around Christmastime.

 

 

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Christmas at the Falling-Down Guesthouse Review and Giveaway

Christmas at the Falling-Down Guesthouse

Christmas at the Falling Down Guesthouse

Author: Lilly Bartlett

Genre: Romantic Comedy, Christmas novella, chick lit

Michele Gorman is re-releasing her previous book, The Reluctant Elf, under her new rom-com pen name, Lilly Bartlett. I’m excited to have the opportunity to read it! I was given a copy of the book as part of a book tour and am voluntarily reviewing it. 

Lottie gets a dreaded, middle of the night phone call that her Aunt Kaye is in the hospital. She rushes to rural Wales to run her aunt’s Victorian B&B because she has an important reviewer coming over the holidays. The bank is going to take Aunt Kate’s home unless she gets a good review! 

Lottie has never seen the place and it turns out to be much less elegant and much more shabby than she ever imagined. She and her daughter, Mabel, only have 3 days to turn the place into a proper B&B worthy of a good rating. She ends up hiring her taxi driver, Danny, to stay on to do the cooking and help with repairs. 

Chaos ensues, as this place could rival the money pit. When the reviewer shows up, he’s accompanied by his always-cranky sister and her husband, who tries to hit on Lottie. If that weren’t bad enough, they have twins who are bored by everything and just want to use wi-fi. Danny, Lottie, and Mabel truly have to “fake it ’til they make it!” 

This was such a cute romantic comedy for Christmas! I laughed pretty hard when Lottie found out why she was told to wait 5 minutes between flushing the toilet and washing her hands! My heart was warmed as Lottie started to develop feelings for Danny. Mabel was such a precocious, yet sweet, little girl. With the descriptions, I really felt like I was in the once-grand mansion. I love novellas at Christmas and this sweet story did not disappoint! It was a quick, entertaining, and heart-warming read.

Cookie giveaway

Giveaway

Win 4 dozen homemade Christmas cookies from Sunday Times bestselling author Michele Gorman, aka Lilly Bartlett!

Enter to WIN 4 dozen Christmas cookies baked by the author! Unlike poor Lottie in Christmas at the Falling-Down Guesthouse, she’s a keen cook who grew up baking every Christmas with her mum – dozens and dozens (and dozens!) of cookies to fuel the family through the season. This year, she’ll be baking for YOU!

The giveaway is global and the winner will be randomly selected on November 1st. To enter, sign up HERE for Michele’s/Lilly’s newsletter (around 3x per year, you can unsubscribe easily at any time and your details will never be shared).

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