I’m Still Standing by Colleen Coleman

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Title: I’m Still Standing

Author: Colleen Coleman

Release Date: September 21st 2017

Pages: 228

Genre: Women’s Fiction, Chick Lit, Romance

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When Evelyn Dooley married her high-school sweetheart, James, she thought she was set for life. Now she’s twenty-eight, single, and fleeing to Dublin from her hometown to avoid the gossip surrounding their break-up. And all because of a test-your-relationship board game.

This was not in her five-year plan.

Then a chance encounter with gorgeous musician Danny leads to an unlikely friendship, and soon the pair are running music nights together in one of the oldest pubs in Dublin. For the first time Evelyn is following her dreams rather than someone else’s – and sparks are beginning to fly between her and Danny…

But when her savings run out and home beckons, Evelyn has to choose. The safe, comfortable life she left behind, or a new adventure with Danny? Will Evelyn flee back to the familiarity of her ex, or reach for the stars and take a leap into the unknown?

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Evelyn married her high-school seetheart and she thought they’d live happily ever after, but years after she’s single and decides to go to Dublin, where her sister lives. She tries to find a job as a teacher, but the timing isn’t right. She goes to a pub, where she gets a job by accident and she’s determined to make the pub popular among clients again. Evelyn also meets a musician Danny, who is a busker playing close to the pub. Dublin gives Evelyn new opportunities, friends and love, how’s it all going to work out?

I had a great time reading this book. It was heart-warming and and entertaining story. I’m definitely looking forward to read more books by the author.

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The Beachside Flower Stall by Karen Clarke

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Title: The Beachside Flower Stall

Series: Beachside Bay #2

Author: Karen Clarke

Release Date: April 13th 2017

Pages: 334 pages

Genre: Women’s Fiction, Chick Lit

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Carrie Dashwood fled Dorset ten years ago when her best friend Megan stole her love, local heart-throb Tom. Now she’s back to help run her aunt Ruby’s flower stall in idyllic Shipley.

Trying to persuade herself that her feelings for Tom are in the past, Carrie plans to avoid him and Megan completely. But it’s not to be, because Ruby’s Blooms are arranging the flowers for Megan and Tom’s wedding.

Soon Carrie’s crawling under the stall to hide and accidentally inventing an imaginary boyfriend… But with the stall’s finances in jeopardy and Ruby needing her niece more than ever, Carrie has to keep her emotions in check.

With bouquets to arrange, family secrets to uncover, and Tom unavoidably a part of her life again, can Carrie keep her cool, save the stall, and find her very own happy ever after?

 

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Carrie moves to Shipley to help her aunt Ruby, who owns a flower stall. Carrie doesn’t really know much about flower arrangement apart from a few Youtube videos, but she’s ready to help her aunt. When Carrie finds out that the guy she loved years ago is marrying the woman, who snatched him from her, she gets anxious because she’s the one, who is going to make wedding flowers.

It was such a wonderful book, very much enjoyed the writing style and the story itself. It’s a fun book with great pacing and I’m definitely going to read the third book in the series, when it’s wintery outside.

Other books in the series:

The Beachside Sweet Shop The Beachside Christmas

Rosie’s Little Café on the Riviera by Jennifer Bohnet

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Title: Rosie’s Little Café

Author: Jennifer Bohnet

Release Date: February 23rd 2017

Pages: 337 pages

Genre: Chick Lit, Romance

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A summer of taking chances!

Rosie Hewitt’s dream of opening a little French café on the Riviera is finally coming true. She’s giving up on love and instead chasing her own perfect recipe for happiness…

Only, she never expected the oh-so-sexy, award-winning chef, Sebastian Groc, to set up a rival restaurant next door – or for his freshly-baked croissants to smell quite so delicious.

But with just a few days until she opens her doors and all her sugar-coated dreams crumbling around her, Rosie isn’t prepared to give up without a fight!

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Rosie opens a cafe in France and hopes to have a big success, but she didn’t know about the Michelin star chef, whose restaurant is next door. Rosise is worried that the restaurant might be killing her business. Rosie isn’t looking for love, but most wonderful things happen when you’re not looking for it.

I enjoyed the story set in France and how family and romance were entwined into the story. It was a great feel-good book.

Curves, Kisses and Chocolate Ice-Crea by Sue Watson

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Title: Curves, Kisses and Chocolate Ice-Cream

Series: The Ice-Cream Café #2

Author: Sue Watson

Release Date: June 27th 2017

Pages: 310 pages

Genre: Women’s Fiction, Chick Lit, Romance

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Dani’s on a mission to get her life back on track by the end of the summer. Running, rowing, aerobics and more, but perhaps all she needs are sweet treats and a second chance?

Ten years ago, Dani fled Appledore with a broken-heart and a suitcase full of shattered dreams. Only now is she brave enough to put her past behind her and return for a summer selling homemade ice cream and getting fit by doing sit-ups by the sea.

But the new-look cafe is filled with old memories of Jude, her teenage sweetheart-turned-sour. She thinks of him every time she swirls warm sauce onto a ‘chocolate-bockaglory’ and even with the help of Chris, her gorgeous personal trainer, the urge to break her diet is everywhere she turns.

When Jude makes an appearance at the cafe on the eve of Dani’s birthday party, history threatens to repeat itself. Is Dani strong enough to say no? And is the love she’s been longing for much closer than she thinks?

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Dani works in the ice-cream shop in Appledore and being surrounded by sweet heaven isn’t really working well for her weight. Food and eating is her comfort, when problems arise, but she’s had enough and decides to join a local gym, where she meets a gym instructor.

I really liked how each chapter started-failed attempts at diets and the reasons behind the diet. While it was really funny book, it also had thought provoking moments. It’s definitely a book a lot of people can relate to and I did enjoy it a lot.

Other books in the series:

Ella's Ice-Cream Summer

A Wedding in Italy by Tilly Tennant

Title: A Wedding in Italy

Series: From Italy with Love #2

Author: Tilly Tennant

Release Date: April 14th 2017

Pages: 330

Genre: Women’s Fiction, Chick Lit, Romance

 

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Sun, spaghetti and sparkling prosecco. When it comes to looking for love, there’s no place like Rome – but once Kate’s found her man, can she keep him?

Kate is living the dream with her gorgeous boyfriend Alessandro in his native city, but the reality is sometimes a little less romantic than she’d hoped. Every day in her new home is a fight against leaking pipes, her cantankerous landlord and her less-than-perfect grasp of the Italian lingo.

All around her there is talk of weddings, but when a secret from her past is thrust out into the open, Kate must fight to prove to Alessandro’s Mamma – and the rest of his formidable family – that she truly is Italian marriage material.

With the women in Alessandro’s life on a mission to break them apart, the cracks begin to show and Kate starts to question if Alessandro really is the man of her dreams. Can love and the city of romance conquer all, or is that just a fairy-tale?

   

It’s the second book in the series, but it works as a standalone as well. Kate fell in love with Alessandro, when she went on a trip to Italy and now after a visit home she’s back to Italy to be with her boyfriend. Kate’s life in Italy isn’t easy-although she has a loving boybriend, his family is a lot to handle. On top of her dream to start with dressmaking business, she has to win Alessandro’s mother and sisters acceptance.

I loved being reuinted with Kate and Alessandro, I fell in love with their story in book one already. The writing style and characters are amazing, the story just pulls you in. Can’t wait to read more by Tilly Tennant.

 

Other books in the series:

Rome is Where the Heart is

WWW Wednesday #1

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WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @Taking On A World Of Words, where you have to answer these questions:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

currentlyreading

Lone Star Lovers

It’s my first book by Jessica Lemmon and I’m really liking it so far.

recentlyfinishedreading

The Runaway Wife Her Wedding Night Surrender The Greek Tapestry Hummus and Homicide Summer at the Castle Cafe My Big Greek Summer One Summer in Italy Leave The Night On A Wedding in Italy Curves, Kisses and Chocolate Ice-Cream Rosie_s Little Café on the Riviera The Beachside Flower Stall Rebel Heir Anything You Can Do I'm Still Standing Her Debt

There’s been a long break here, so there’s a longer list of books. I enjoyed some books more than others, but overall there were no books I disliked.

willreadnext

A Year of New Adventures Rebel Heart

I’m going to read my first book by Maddie Please and I feel it’s going to be a good summery book. I also want to read the second book in the Rush series, as the first book ended on a cliffhanger, I’m eager to find out what happens next.