Monday, 7 March 2016

Book Love - February

So my book challenge continued in February with a further 5 books read. This months reads have taken me across the Irish sea to Mulberry Bay, online dating with the ex, dog show antics with a brooding Mr Darcy, allotment fun with a socialite and a book club for broken hearts.

  • The Broken Hearts Book Club - Lynsey James ~ Lucy Harper finds herself heading back home to Luna Bay for her beloved Nana Lily's funeral. This was Lucy's 1st trip back to the bay after 8 years, she fled the town after an incident which unravels as the book progresses. It is evident that the small town hasn't forgotten and that Lucy still holds a lot of guilt from that incident and she only plans to stay a few days. Nana Lily's will throws a spanner in the works and Lucy finds herself bequeathed a cottage and book club with conditions. Throw in a gorgeous love interest in the shape of Jake the local landlord, who also has his secrets, a great supporting character cast of Lucy's mum & dad and friends George and Elle along with the reluctant broken hearted book club and this makes this a lovely read with several layers.
  • Match Me if you Can - Michelle Gorman ~ Friends Catherine, Rachel, & Sarah house share, all successful in their careers; Catherine owner of a matchmaking business, Rachel and architect and Sarah an illustrator but all unlucky in love; Catherine's ex husband and business partner has just dropped the bombshell that he is marrying his 23 year old girlfriend, Rachel is competing with her ex James for the biggest architectural pitch of her career and Sarah has no time for love, spending all her spare time with her disabled young sister and caring for all the others. The 3 girls make a pact to join Catherine's Recyclove.com - a dating agency that asks their Ex's to complete their profiles. This was a fun read, and I enjoyed following the girls dating adventures and lives. 
  • Unleashing Mr Darcy - Teri Wilson ~ Elizabeth Scott finds herself accepting a job with a pedigree dog breeder after a chance meeting at a dog show in her home town of New York. Said dog show also finds her meeting the dashing judge and british billionaire dog breeder Donovan Darcy. Think Crufts meets Pride & Prejudice and you have this book completely. Doovan is quite delicious, Elizabeth is sweet and fiesty and the supporting cast and digs are delightful. a fun read that leaves a warm glow.
  • The Hotel in Mulberry Bay - Melissa Hill ~ Mulberry Hotel sits proudly on the cliff top of Mulberry Bay and has been in the Harte family for years. Eleanor and Penny grew up in and around the corridors of the hotel with penny loving everything about it and Ellie wanting to escape the minute she was old enough. Both girls find themselves returning after their beloved mother and matriarch of the hotel passes away. What is evident is that the hotel isn't as grand as it once was and that the bank are chasing the repossession of the hotel. Both girls along with their father go on a journey of discovery, grief and a desire to bring the hotel back to its glorious best. This is a beautifully written book by Melissa Hill of family, love and community.
  • The Great Allotment Proposal - Jenny Oliver ~ Socialite Emily Hunter-Brown has bought her old home a manor house on Cherry Pie Island. Along with the manor house, she also gets her friends allotment to care take. Armed with brand new Hunter wellies and a fork she finds herself more of a hindrance than a help amongst the weeding. When her teenage first love re-appears on his boat and moors at the end of her garden her life and offers to help will her heart hold out. This was a lovely light read, 3rd in the cherry pie island series.
Along with some fun fiction reads, my fiction reads were a little darker filled with murder, espionage and forensics February saw me travel to the Crime Uncovered exhibition at the London museum. This book details the exhibits and the Scotland Yard back stories to all cases - fascinating, forensics and thrilling mystery's. I loved it.
My coffee table 'read' was the delicious Dieux du Stade the book presents photographs by Fred Goudon, whose work has focussed on the male form for over 20 years. A fab fun 'pick-me up' present from my GBF.

I have already started on my March reads and look forward to sharing those with you later in the month. 2 months in to my reading challenge and I am 12/75  complete. What books have you loved this month, would love to hear from you.

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Monday, 7 March 2016

Book Love - February

So my book challenge continued in February with a further 5 books read. This months reads have taken me across the Irish sea to Mulberry Bay, online dating with the ex, dog show antics with a brooding Mr Darcy, allotment fun with a socialite and a book club for broken hearts.

  • The Broken Hearts Book Club - Lynsey James ~ Lucy Harper finds herself heading back home to Luna Bay for her beloved Nana Lily's funeral. This was Lucy's 1st trip back to the bay after 8 years, she fled the town after an incident which unravels as the book progresses. It is evident that the small town hasn't forgotten and that Lucy still holds a lot of guilt from that incident and she only plans to stay a few days. Nana Lily's will throws a spanner in the works and Lucy finds herself bequeathed a cottage and book club with conditions. Throw in a gorgeous love interest in the shape of Jake the local landlord, who also has his secrets, a great supporting character cast of Lucy's mum & dad and friends George and Elle along with the reluctant broken hearted book club and this makes this a lovely read with several layers.
  • Match Me if you Can - Michelle Gorman ~ Friends Catherine, Rachel, & Sarah house share, all successful in their careers; Catherine owner of a matchmaking business, Rachel and architect and Sarah an illustrator but all unlucky in love; Catherine's ex husband and business partner has just dropped the bombshell that he is marrying his 23 year old girlfriend, Rachel is competing with her ex James for the biggest architectural pitch of her career and Sarah has no time for love, spending all her spare time with her disabled young sister and caring for all the others. The 3 girls make a pact to join Catherine's Recyclove.com - a dating agency that asks their Ex's to complete their profiles. This was a fun read, and I enjoyed following the girls dating adventures and lives. 
  • Unleashing Mr Darcy - Teri Wilson ~ Elizabeth Scott finds herself accepting a job with a pedigree dog breeder after a chance meeting at a dog show in her home town of New York. Said dog show also finds her meeting the dashing judge and british billionaire dog breeder Donovan Darcy. Think Crufts meets Pride & Prejudice and you have this book completely. Doovan is quite delicious, Elizabeth is sweet and fiesty and the supporting cast and digs are delightful. a fun read that leaves a warm glow.
  • The Hotel in Mulberry Bay - Melissa Hill ~ Mulberry Hotel sits proudly on the cliff top of Mulberry Bay and has been in the Harte family for years. Eleanor and Penny grew up in and around the corridors of the hotel with penny loving everything about it and Ellie wanting to escape the minute she was old enough. Both girls find themselves returning after their beloved mother and matriarch of the hotel passes away. What is evident is that the hotel isn't as grand as it once was and that the bank are chasing the repossession of the hotel. Both girls along with their father go on a journey of discovery, grief and a desire to bring the hotel back to its glorious best. This is a beautifully written book by Melissa Hill of family, love and community.
  • The Great Allotment Proposal - Jenny Oliver ~ Socialite Emily Hunter-Brown has bought her old home a manor house on Cherry Pie Island. Along with the manor house, she also gets her friends allotment to care take. Armed with brand new Hunter wellies and a fork she finds herself more of a hindrance than a help amongst the weeding. When her teenage first love re-appears on his boat and moors at the end of her garden her life and offers to help will her heart hold out. This was a lovely light read, 3rd in the cherry pie island series.
Along with some fun fiction reads, my fiction reads were a little darker filled with murder, espionage and forensics February saw me travel to the Crime Uncovered exhibition at the London museum. This book details the exhibits and the Scotland Yard back stories to all cases - fascinating, forensics and thrilling mystery's. I loved it.
My coffee table 'read' was the delicious Dieux du Stade the book presents photographs by Fred Goudon, whose work has focussed on the male form for over 20 years. A fab fun 'pick-me up' present from my GBF.

I have already started on my March reads and look forward to sharing those with you later in the month. 2 months in to my reading challenge and I am 12/75  complete. What books have you loved this month, would love to hear from you.

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