This months book post features lots of fun, love, friendship and laughter, perfect for escaping on my commute into the city.
- Sarah Morgan - First Time in Forever is the 1st book in Sarah Morgan's new trilogy on Puffin Island. Puffin Island is a remote island off the coast of Maine, Emily finds herself the custodian of her niece and seeks solace on the island, away from the prying eyes of the world's media, after her celebrity sister dies. Emily's experience with children and a life away from her work have been minimal, but having spent the happiest time of her teenage life on Puffin Island with her two friends, it’s the safe haven of the island that helps her adapt to the circumstances that bring her there. No Sarah Morgan book is complete without a resident hunk of a man and this is characterised fantastically in the guise of Ryan Cooper the local yacht club owner. Ryan equally has his own back story which is tinged with sadness, but has promised his best friend that he will look out for Emily. The two find themselves drawn together, fighting all the chemistry and obstacles thrown in their path. This is a beautiful story and so much more than a frothy chick lit it may first appear. I now want to holiday on puffin island and can't wait for the 2nd book of the trilogy to be released in July to catch-up with Emily And Ryan and the lives of all the lovely characters on the island.
- Rebecca Chance – Bad Brides has sat in my to read list on my kindle for ages and I am unsure why I left it so long, it is a filthy fun romp of a read from start to finish in Rebecca Chances typical style. the Jilly Cooper of this generation. Jodie the Editor of style Brides pitches a competition between 2 celebrity brides to win the cover feature of the 1st edition of the magazine. Brianna Jade (reluctant beauty queen) with a very pushy driven young mother Tamra is pitched against Milly the current It girl and quite despicable with it find themselves head to head. With gorgeous grooms, Edmund a broke British earl and Tarquin musician of the moment along with a glorious mix of supporting wedding guests battle commences for the front page. As with Chances previous books its scandalous, saucy and a scream from start to finish. Thoroughly enjoyed this book and it certainly kept me entertained on my daily commute over a couple of days. I laughed, blushed and giggled my way through my tube journey…. It's been a while since my journey on the central line has been as fun.
- The Year of Taking Chances – Lucy Diamond – ironically I started to read this book the week I lost a friend and colleague at work and it really struck a nerve with me, how quickly your life can change and to live life to the full. .. Gemma & Spencer have what appears to all friends and family the perfect life, and when they throw a New Year's eve party with loved ones, life doesn’t look much better. Caitlin and Saffron by chance find themselves at Gemma's party and the 3 ladies bond over dodgy cocktails and fortune cookies in the kitchen, little did they know how much their lives would change over the year and how that chance meeting on New Year's eve would forge such a strong friendship between the 3. Set between a lovely village in the Norfolk countryside and London this story evolves over the year as all 3 ladies embark journeys that are shaped by tragedy, excitement, love and friendship. Lucy has the ability to write stories and characters that are so real that you quickly immerse yourself into their lives, I absolutely loved this book and I really hope that Lucy continues this story or we see some of the characters in a future novel.
- As Good as it Gets – Fiona Gibson – Charlotte is a mum to teenagers Rose and Ollie and wife to Will…. When Rosie is 'spotted' by a model scout whilst out shopping it raises an array of issues within the family that had been lying dormant. Will (not Rosie's biological father) is recently redundant and when a new family moves in across the road, suddenly finds himself having a mid-life crisis and trying to relive his youth. Charlotte already feels like she is in a mid-life crisis and when Rosie's biological father makes contact after seeing them both in a magazine it all becomes a little muddled and messy in Charlottes life. Will Rosie's head be turned by modelling and new friends, how will Ollie cope as a teenage dealing with all the change within the family?... all of this Charlotte has to juggle along with a sulky husband and a flirty ex and trying to be the main income provider for the family. Throw in a bored house wife of a neighbour and a meddling mother-in-law and her life couldn’t be more chaotic….. a fun entertaining read from Fiona Gibson that can make you laugh amongst the chaos of the mundane and mid-life crisis, another great read escaping the mundane of a morning commute.
- A Day at the Office – Matt Dunn has written another fun read which follows the lives of 5 people in an office on Valentine's Day. Sophie has a crush on Nathan, Nathan organises an Anti-Valentine's day party in the office every year and is still hung up on his ex-girlfriend. Mark is besotted with Julie the girl he kissed at the Christmas party, Julie is the new girl in the office and hiding a secret to her colleagues and Callum is desperate for a girlfriend, lives at home with his mum and has created an online profile on a dating site which isn’t quite true and finds himself on a blind date online date on Valentine's Day. As the day evolves cards are sent, secrets are spilt and wires get crossed and uncrossed….. will they all get a "happily ever after" for Valentine's day…… this was a fun read, especially for any one that has worked in an office where gossip and pranks are a staple part of the working. You will recognise every one of the characters that appears within the book….
...what have you been reading? did you love it or did it not live up to expectation?