The Secret to Falling in Love by Victoria Cooke

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Title: The Secret to Falling in Love

Author: Victoria Cooke

Release Date:  February 9th 2017

Pages: 198

Genre: Chick Lit

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Rating:four-half-stars

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Status Update: I’m going offline for a while… Wish me luck! xx

Lifestyle journalist and thirty-something singleton Melissa hashtags, insta’s and snapchats her supposedly fabulous life on every social media platform there is.

That is until she wakes up on her birthday, another year older and still alone, wondering if for all her internet dates, love really can be found online? The challenge: go technology free for a whole month!

Forced to confront the reality of her life without its perfect filters, Melissa knows she needs to make some changes. But when she bumps into not one, but two gorgeous men, without the use of an app, she believes there could be hope for love offline.

If only there was a way to choose the right guy for her…

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Melissa is 35 and she hopes to find love and start a family. She spends a lot of time on social media and also dating apps, but still her love life isn’t going that well. On her birthday, she realizes that she’s not getting any younger and as her online dates haven’t been successful, she decides to go technology free for a month. At first it isn’t easy, but as the time goes by she starts to notice things she didn’t before and she also happens to meet two handsome men. What will the challenge change in Melissa’s life?

When I read the blurb it piqued my interest, but when I read the book, it turned out to be excellent. I really liked how the author described people being addicted to their phones without seeing what’s going on around them as well as how difficult can  life be for a 30+ year old single woman, who actually really hopes to find true love. The book was filled with great humor and realistic moments, when found myself nodding along with the main character’s thoughts. All in all it’s a great book and I’m definitely looking forward to more books by the author.

A Spring Affair by Bella Osborne

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Title: A Spring Affair

Series: Willow Cottage #3

Author: Bella Osborne

Release Date: March 23rd 2017

Pages: 97

Genre: Chick Lit

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Rating: four-stars

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Beth is running away. With her young son Leo to protect, Willow Cottage is the lifeline she so desperately needs. Overlooking the village green in a beautiful Cotswolds idyll, Beth sees a warm, caring and safe place for little Leo.

When she finally uncovers the cottage from underneath the boughs of a weeping willow tree, Beth realises this is far more of a project than she bargained for and the locals are more than a little eccentric! A chance encounter with gruff Jack, who appears to be the only male in the village under thirty, leaves the two of them at odds but it’s not long before Beth realises that Jack has hidden talents that could help her repair more than just Willow Cottage

Over the course of four seasons, Beth realises that broken hearts can be mended, and sometimes love can be right under your nose…

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It’s the third part in the Willow Cottage series and it follows Beth, who is renovating Willow cottage to make a new start for her and her son. She has met lovely locals and a handsome man Jack. Her friend Carly, who also plays a big role in the series has her life finally in a place that makes her happy and everyone is happy for her. Beth’s life is a bit more complicated because of her ex and also because of her own doubts when it comes to Jack.

It’s a lovely addition to the series, I really like the village and the people there, everyone is very friendly and helpful. What makes the story even more interesting is the mystery/suspense in it, can’t predict what is going to happen or how things turn out. The third part ended in a way that I can’t wait to read the fourth and final part. All in all it’s a wonderful series.

 

 

Evie’s Year of Taking Chances by Christie Barlow

Title: Evie’s Year of Taking Chances

Author: Christie Barlow

Release Date: March 10th 2017

Pages: 361

Genre: Chick Lit, Romance

 

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It’s Evie’s birthday and the start of a year she’ll never forget. An emotional story of love, friendship and grabbing life by the horns. 
Evie’s job has always been her safe haven. As a librarian in the little town of Becton she loses herself in books – after all it’s far easier to read about other people’s problems than set about solving her own. 

Then, one birthday, everything is turned upside down. A mysterious parcel containing a beautiful book with a poignant inscription arrives for Evie. It’s the beginning of a new chapter for Evie and she’s inspired to try and find her real mother. 

Evie’s search leads her to meet handsome author Noah Jones. Charming and intelligent, Noah seems the perfect catch but what Evie doesn’t realise is that he is hiding something – a key to Evie’s past. 

As Evie gets closer to Noah and discovering her mother, she must take a giant leap of faith. Can she embrace the new and make this her year of taking chances? And if she does, will she get her heart broken?

   

Evie works as a librarian and her life is wonderful except that one thing-she doesn’t know her birth parents. Every birthday it hits her hard, but this year is going to be different. A mysteriously appeared book gave her the inspiration to start searching for her mom. Evie has a fantastic foster mom and great friends and she also has a crush on a guy who she saw 8 months ago, but that’s about to change when he comes to the town due to his work. What will the year of taking chances bring to Evie?

It’s the third book by the author and I’ve loved each and single book. I enjoyed the writing style and how the characters were brought to life. The story has wonderful plot, relatable characters and of course in addition to that it gives you all kind of emotions from grinning to balling your eyes out. I thoroughly enjoyed it and would totally recommend it.

Cloudy with a Chance of Love by Fiona Collins

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Title: Cloudy with a Chance of Love

Author: Fiona Collins

Release Date: July 21st 2016

Pages: 384

Genre: Chick Lit

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Every cloud has a silver lining when it comes to love…

Daryl Williams never minded the fact that she had a big bottom. It’s always been behind her. In fact, it was one of the things that her husband loved about her. Until he ran off with her best friend, Gabby.

Daryl knows that she needs to get back in the dating game, she just doesn’t know how. So when her colleague suggests taking a fortune forecast, she reluctantly agrees. And it looks like Daryl’s luck is in, by Friday she has a 99% chance of falling in love!

Only, even when it’s written in the stars, finding the one after the one is never easy…

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Daryl’s husband left her and he didn’t just leave her, but he left with her best friend. Daryl lost two important people at once, but now it’s time to move on. After a night out, she throws her wedding ring in a fountain and her friend Sam suggest that they could take a fortune forecast. They both got good news, especially Daryl, who was predicted to fall in love by Friday and the chance is as high as 99 %. To help the fate a little bit, Sam invites Daryl along to speed dating. The speed dating offers several opportunities, but the best man seems to live much closer-Daryl’s neighbor Will. Daryl and Will are both hesitant in the dating game, will the fortune forecast come true?

It was the first book by the author, but I truly liked the writing style and the characters were realistic and easy to relate to. There was so much humor in it and I especially loved the speed dating moments. It’s a great book filled with humor, romance and importance of friends. I am definitely looking forward to read more by the author.

Rome Is Where The Heart Is by Tilly Tennant

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Title: Rome Is Where The Heart Is

Series: From Italy with Love #1

Author: Tilly Tennant

Release Date: March 9th 2017

Pages: 355

Genre: Romance, Women’s Fiction

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Rating:four-stars

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Can a holiday romance ever have a happy ending? Escape with Kate to the sun-drenched city of Rome where a love affair is just about to begin …

When Kate’s husband Matt dumps her on Friday 13th she decides enough is enough – it’s time for her to have some fun and so she hops on a plane to Rome. A week of grappa and gelato in pavement cafes under azure blue skies will be just what the doctor ordered.

What she doesn’t count on is meeting and falling for sexy policeman Alessandro. But the course of true love doesn’t run smoothly – Alessandro has five meddling sisters, a fearsome mama and a beautiful ex Orazia. They’re all certain that Kate is not the girl for him.

Can Kate and Alessandro’s love last the distance? Or will she return home with the one souvenir she doesn’t want – a broken heart …

Fall in love with the colourful cafes and the cobbled piazzas of Rome and follow Kate’s dreams and her heart in this enchanting escapist read. Perfect for fans of Debbie Johnson and Carol Matthews.

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Kate came home from work sooner than usually and that’s when she found her husband about to leave. It was unexpected and hurt her, but life goes on and she decides to do something her husband didn’t like-go travelling. She decides to go to Rome all by herself. Right after arriving in Rome, she meets Jamie, who’ll become a big part of her vacation and their friendship does not end in Rome. While discovering the magical Rome, Kate also meets Alessandro, who is a policeman. Kate tries to find balance between her sisters,  Jamie and Alessandro. Kate’s sisters  worry about her and they keep in touch as much as possible. Kate enjoys the company of her new friend Jamie, but her heart beats faster for Alessandro. Kate is in Rome for a short time, is their love going to survive the distance?

I really enjoyed the book, I loved the deep connection between the sisters and also the atmosphere in Rome. Kate’s stay in Rome was full of adventures and different happenings, which were so much fun to read about. As I really enjoyed this book, I can’t wait to read the second book and head back to Rome and meet the wonderful characters again.

 

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