Friday, 14 March 2014

Wednesday words - my March reads

Welcome to this months Wednesday words... a little late posting but better late than never! I've read 5 books so far this month and here are my favs so far.  These have entertained me both on my commute and some down time on my sofa.
If you're not the One - Jemma Forte ... This book centres around Jennifer Wright, who after a huge row with her husband finds herself running out of the house into the path of an oncoming car. - Whilst laying in a coma Jennifers brain opens up 3 time tunnels. Each tunnel takes her back to a significant other before her husband, and how her life might have been. This book once I had got used to the format of time jumps was a thought provoking read. For women approaching a time of "what ifs" it takes Jennifer back on journeys of her 1st love, the very clever university guy, the bad boy who never met the parents approval and the guy who was just too nice..... I thoroughly enjoyed this book, it took me down many a memory lane tunnel of my own and is an easy, entertaining read, especially for those that have at any point of their life thought .... Is this the one? ..
Prada & Prejudice - Katie Oliver .... I'm a sucker for any P&P themed/ influenced book and this didn't fail to hit the Austen in me!... Natalie Dashwood is heiress to a established department store with very little regard for much other than shopping , socialising & the odd scandal. Her grandfather owner of Dashwood & James brings in a hot shot consultant Rhys Gordon to sort out the failing business. Prejudices and a lot of pride are encompassed as Natalie is put to work for a living working alongside Rhys to turn the company around.  Throw in a rockstar ex, a spending ban & a daily battle with Rhys, Natalie's life is turned on its head, with several other characters weaving in & out of the story, this is a great first book in a series of "Austen" inspired novels. Rhys Gordon makes a fabulous Mr Darcy-esque character...
United States of Love - Sue Fortin ... Anna Barnes is a single mum to 16 year old Luke, living in the picturesque town of Arundel on West Sussex.  Soon she finds herself working for the gorgeous American chef Tex Garcia who moves to Arundel to open a restaurant. Life for Anna is looking good, until her Ex Mark appears back from a year long stay in America and decides to move back into the family home to get to know his son better. Things aren't as simple as they seem, as Mark is an ex-footballer and after a serious car accident he left Anna & Luke to move to America for his career and isn't being as honest with Anna as he should. With some great side stories this is a great read and perfect for an afternoon curled up under a tree or on the sofa!... Tex is a perfect leading man!
Love & Liability - Katie Oliver ....Following on from Katies first novel this tells the story of Holly James, daughter of Alistair James, partner in Dashwood & James department store. Evolving from a privileged upbringing Holly goes it alone in London to carve a career as a journalist for 'Briteen' magazine. Stitched up by her editor and sent to interview barrister 'Henry Barrington" she expects to meet an old stuffed shirt, instead she meets a young hot financial legal exec, who soon becomes more than just an interviewee. On her journey Holly meets Zoe a homeless teen runaway, and soon she is pitching a serious magazine feature. Throw in a back stabbing flat mate, a fiercely jealous editor, a hot headed chef lots of mis-communication Holly soon finds her life unravelling. I loved this book and is a great 2nd novel... easily read as a stand alone as well as in a series, tackling some serious issues it also ticks all the best bits of a great 'chick-lt' novel.
Made in Nashville - Mandy Baggot ... this book fell into my kindle basket purely because of the title, due to my fixation with Nashville TV series.  This book centres round Honor Blackwood. Hannah, 10 years previously was country's brightest star, this was until she was subjected to a savage knife attack from a stalker whilst performing on stage. Hannah hasn't performed since and suffers from many issues, nowadays she she spends her time finding solace in the local Target and in her best friends guitar shop. It is here that she first meet current bad boy & country rebel Jared 'Jed" Marshall. With pressure from her record company, and manager to return to performing, Honor is faced with some decisions. Helped by Jared ( who has some secrets of his own) this is Honours journey back to the life that she once loved. I really enjoyed this book, it was light but the characters had depth. Fans of Nashville this is a must.
5 fun reads for the start of Spring....... thanks Ladies for keeping me entertained this month....
What's been in your reading pile this month?

1 comment:

Sue Fortin said...

Thank you so much for a really nice review, Teresa. Glad you enjoyed it.

Sue

Friday, 14 March 2014

Wednesday words - my March reads

Welcome to this months Wednesday words... a little late posting but better late than never! I've read 5 books so far this month and here are my favs so far.  These have entertained me both on my commute and some down time on my sofa.
If you're not the One - Jemma Forte ... This book centres around Jennifer Wright, who after a huge row with her husband finds herself running out of the house into the path of an oncoming car. - Whilst laying in a coma Jennifers brain opens up 3 time tunnels. Each tunnel takes her back to a significant other before her husband, and how her life might have been. This book once I had got used to the format of time jumps was a thought provoking read. For women approaching a time of "what ifs" it takes Jennifer back on journeys of her 1st love, the very clever university guy, the bad boy who never met the parents approval and the guy who was just too nice..... I thoroughly enjoyed this book, it took me down many a memory lane tunnel of my own and is an easy, entertaining read, especially for those that have at any point of their life thought .... Is this the one? ..
Prada & Prejudice - Katie Oliver .... I'm a sucker for any P&P themed/ influenced book and this didn't fail to hit the Austen in me!... Natalie Dashwood is heiress to a established department store with very little regard for much other than shopping , socialising & the odd scandal. Her grandfather owner of Dashwood & James brings in a hot shot consultant Rhys Gordon to sort out the failing business. Prejudices and a lot of pride are encompassed as Natalie is put to work for a living working alongside Rhys to turn the company around.  Throw in a rockstar ex, a spending ban & a daily battle with Rhys, Natalie's life is turned on its head, with several other characters weaving in & out of the story, this is a great first book in a series of "Austen" inspired novels. Rhys Gordon makes a fabulous Mr Darcy-esque character...
United States of Love - Sue Fortin ... Anna Barnes is a single mum to 16 year old Luke, living in the picturesque town of Arundel on West Sussex.  Soon she finds herself working for the gorgeous American chef Tex Garcia who moves to Arundel to open a restaurant. Life for Anna is looking good, until her Ex Mark appears back from a year long stay in America and decides to move back into the family home to get to know his son better. Things aren't as simple as they seem, as Mark is an ex-footballer and after a serious car accident he left Anna & Luke to move to America for his career and isn't being as honest with Anna as he should. With some great side stories this is a great read and perfect for an afternoon curled up under a tree or on the sofa!... Tex is a perfect leading man!
Love & Liability - Katie Oliver ....Following on from Katies first novel this tells the story of Holly James, daughter of Alistair James, partner in Dashwood & James department store. Evolving from a privileged upbringing Holly goes it alone in London to carve a career as a journalist for 'Briteen' magazine. Stitched up by her editor and sent to interview barrister 'Henry Barrington" she expects to meet an old stuffed shirt, instead she meets a young hot financial legal exec, who soon becomes more than just an interviewee. On her journey Holly meets Zoe a homeless teen runaway, and soon she is pitching a serious magazine feature. Throw in a back stabbing flat mate, a fiercely jealous editor, a hot headed chef lots of mis-communication Holly soon finds her life unravelling. I loved this book and is a great 2nd novel... easily read as a stand alone as well as in a series, tackling some serious issues it also ticks all the best bits of a great 'chick-lt' novel.
Made in Nashville - Mandy Baggot ... this book fell into my kindle basket purely because of the title, due to my fixation with Nashville TV series.  This book centres round Honor Blackwood. Hannah, 10 years previously was country's brightest star, this was until she was subjected to a savage knife attack from a stalker whilst performing on stage. Hannah hasn't performed since and suffers from many issues, nowadays she she spends her time finding solace in the local Target and in her best friends guitar shop. It is here that she first meet current bad boy & country rebel Jared 'Jed" Marshall. With pressure from her record company, and manager to return to performing, Honor is faced with some decisions. Helped by Jared ( who has some secrets of his own) this is Honours journey back to the life that she once loved. I really enjoyed this book, it was light but the characters had depth. Fans of Nashville this is a must.
5 fun reads for the start of Spring....... thanks Ladies for keeping me entertained this month....
What's been in your reading pile this month?

1 comment:

Sue Fortin said...

Thank you so much for a really nice review, Teresa. Glad you enjoyed it.

Sue