A Clean Sweep by Audrey Davis

 

A Clean Sweep

 

Title: A Clean Sweep

Author: Audrey Davis

Release Date: June 4th 2017

Pages: 288

Genre: Contemporary Romance

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Love comes around when you least expect it. Fifty-something widow Emily isn’t expecting romance. Nor is she expecting a hunky twenty-something chimney sweep on her doorstep.
Daughter Tabitha knows something isn’t quite right with her relationship, while her boss – Abba-loving Meryl – thinks she’s found the real deal. Are they both right, or pursuing Mr Wrong?
Emily’s sister, Celeste, has the perfect marriage … or does she? Can a fitness tracker lead her down the path to happiness or heartbreak?
Susan is single, overweight and resigned to a life of loneliness. There was the one who got away but you don’t get another try, do you?
Prepare for a rollercoaster ride of emotions in a book that will grab your heart, make you smile and wish you had a chimney to sweep.

 

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It’s a story about Emily, her family and book club friends. Emily is a fifty-something widow, whose life changes, when she calls for a chimney sweep after the smokey accident at the book club meeting. She didn’t  search for love, but sometimes love just comes to your life unexpectedly. The book follows the lives of different women and their problems in life that are very realistic and relatable.

At first I was a little concerned about the fact that there are a lot of characters to follow, but it flowed very nicely and didn’t confuse at all. It was a well written book and I liked how each chapter was about different character and in the end it all tied together. I enjoyed reading it and would definitely recommend it.

 

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Summer at Conwenna Cove by Darcie Boleyn

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Title: Summer at Conwenna Cove

Author: Darcie Boleyn

Release Date: May 15th 2017

Pages: 290

Genre: Women’s Fiction, Christmas

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Rating:four-stars

 

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In a gorgeous Cornish village, two brokenhearted people fall head over heels. But can the magic of Conwenna Cove heal the hurts of the past?

Eve has a glittering career, a loving husband and a future. But a terrible twist of fate means she loses it all, and with nowhere left to turn she flees to her Aunt Mary’s home in Cornwall. The last thing on her mind is romance – until she meets Jack.

Jack has seen the worst things people can do to each other and realised he is better off alone. He settles in Conwenna Cove, and saves his affections for the rescue dogs he cares for. But when Eve arrives in the village he can’t deny his attraction to her.

Eve and Jack are both scared to trust, but when they come together it’s impossible for either to ignore their feelings. Can they put their fears aside and learn to love again?

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When Eve falls ill during the meeting and ends up in the hospital for a check up, she doesn’t have a choice and has to slow down, she can’t continue overworking and burying all her problems inside without giving herself time to rest and heal. Eve’s parents live in Italy, so her only other choice is to go visit her aunt Mary at Cornwall. Eve has been so busy with work and life that she hasn’t seen her aunt in a while, but she welcomes her with open arms. She has only fond memories of  the summers she spent in Cornwall. During her stay Eve meets Jack, who is Mary’s neighbor and helps her in the garden or where ever she needs help, he also helps out at a greyhound rescue center. Eve and Jack are both brokenhearted and in time they’ll help each other heal the wounds from the past.

I really enjoyed reading this well written story that has a great characters, stunning setting and delightful story. I loved how Eve and Jack found their way to each other as well as aunt Mary, who is the loveliest lady ever. All in all it was a brilliant book and I’d definitely recommend it.

Christmas at Mistletoe Cove by Holly Martin

 

Christmas at Mistletoe Cove

Title: Christmas at Mistletoe Cove

Series: Hope Island #3

Author: Holly Martin

Release Date: September 22nd 2017

Pages: 287

Genre: Women’s Fiction, Chick Lit, Romance

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Growing up on Hope Island, Eden Lancaster always believed that if you wished hard enough for something, dreams really could come true. But Eden’s greatest wish is also her biggest secret: she has been completely in love with her childhood friend, the charming and attractive Dougie Harrison, for as long as she can remember. And he has no idea.

When Dougie leaves his successful life in New York to return home to Hope Island for good, Eden can’t escape her feelings. Her heart is full of hope that her romantic dreams are finally, at long last, going to come true…

This Christmas could change everything. But can a lifelong friendship really turn into the perfect romance? And will Eden get the happily ever after she’s always wished for?

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The third book in the series focuses on Eden and Dougie. Eden has been in love with Dougie for a long time, they shared a kiss at Mistletoe cove 12 years ago. After the kiss Dougie moved to New York, but Eden didn’t stop loving him, each visit he paid back home reminded her the feelings she’s always had. After being away for so long, Dougie is finally back on Hope Island and this time he’s back for good. Eden is feeling happy and miserable at the same time, but she’s happy to have him back nevertheless. Will the Christmas and Mistletoe cove magic help Eden and Dougie to find their way to each other?

It’s a sweet and cosy Christmas read that is filled with humor, friendship, love and festive atmosphere. I adored Dougie, he was such a charming and romantic guy and I also liked how funny Eden’s parents were. It spent great time with all the characters on Hope Island.

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A Season of Hopes and Dreams by Lynsey James

The Summer of Hopes and Dreams

 

Title: A Season of Hopes and Dreams

Author: Lynsey James

Release Date: September 11th 2017

Pages: 384

Genre: Women’s Fiction, Chick Lit

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A season of second chances…

It’s been a difficult year for Cleo Jones. The car accident that crushed her leg didn’t just destroy the village baker’s dreams of becoming a dancer, but crushed her confidence too. And recovering from that has been harder than healing from any number of broken bones…

But this season is going to be different. Life is turning around for Cleo! Maybe it’s the invitation from her childhood bully to their high-school reunion that’s shocked her out of a ten-year slump. Or joining Carb Counters and finally starting to shed the weight she’d piled on during her recovery – or maybe it’s catching the eye of her gorgeous personal trainer!

Whatever the answer, this is going to be a feeling she never forgets… watch out world, Cleo Jones is finally fighting back!

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Cleo’s life has been tough after the car accident that shattered her dreams of becoming a dancer. Dancing was a big part of her life  if not her whole life and not being able to dance professionally affected her life very negatively. She started to binge eat and that was a reason for some people to bully her at school. Now years later she’s still trying to overcome her weight problem and not feeling negative feelings from the school time. The turning point in her life comes, when she finds her old bucket list, gets an invitation to a high school reunion and meets an absolutely amazing guy.

It was the first book by the author, but I’ll definitely going to read more, because it was a fantastic book. I liked how the sensitive topic was handled and showed how difficult life can be sometimes and also the fact that making decision that make you happy are more important than being afraid what other people might think. Even though the main topic was serious and  thought provoking, the book itself was rather uplifting and inspiring. I very much enjoyed reading it and I’m looking forward to another book from the author.

 

 

 

Summer at Buttercup Beach by Holly Martin

 

Summer at Buttercup Beach

Title: Summer at Buttercup Beach

Series: Hope Island #2

Author: Holly Martin

Release Date: June 30th 2017

Pages: 280

Genre: Chick Lit, Romance

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Pull up a deck chair and bask in the beautiful sunshine on Buttercup Beach. The sand is warm, the sea is sparkling blue and romance is sizzling in the air…

For two years Freya Greene has hidden the fact that she’s totally and utterly in love with her best friend Rome Lancaster. It’s not been easy – they work together in his glasswork business, she lives above his workshop and, he’s completely gorgeous. But Rome has never shown any sign of returning those feelings. Until now…

Lately they’ve shared affectionate touches and words heavy with meaning. Yet Freya knows Rome has a damaged heart. After losing his fiancé in a tragic accident, he’s not allowed himself to fall in love.

Freya has already had her heart broken by a man who couldn’t let go of a past love. Can she risk it happening again? Rome and Freya have a friendship that could blossom into something more. Are they both brave enough to take that chance?

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It’s the second book in the Hope Island series and it focuses on Rome and Freya. Rome owns a stained glass business and Freya works alongside him. Freya came to the island after  a bad break up and has stayed ever since. She has a great circle of friends, a good job, but unfortunately she has a crush on her boss Rome. Years after the accident with his fiancee he is still not ready to love again or at least that’s what he thought until he met Freya. Can they find a way to love together?

It’s a great summery book, perfect to read at the beach. I very much enjoyed the setting and the small town closeness as well the characters of course. I like how each book can be read as a standalone, but there’s enough background to the other characters lives and happenings, so it’s a great to get to know the new main couple as well as to hear about the other characters who were in the first book and will be in the next. As this was the perfect summer read, the next book in the series will be the perfect winter/Christmas story.

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The Holiday Cruise by Victoria Cooke

The Holiday Cruise

Title: The Holiday Cruise

Author: Victoria Cooke

Release Date: September 15th 2017

Pages: 384

Genre: Contemporary Romance

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As if it weren’t enough to be cheated on by her husband of ten years, Yorkshire lass Hannah Davis is losing her beauty salon business too. Luckily, her big sister is there to pick up the pieces, but Hannah is determined to find some independence.

Impulsively, Hannah applies for a spa job…on a cruise ship! Christmas in the Caribbean, springtime in the Mediterranean, what’s not to like? But, despite being in her thirties, Hannah has never done anything in her own before, and she’s terrified.

As the ship sets sail, Hannah has never been further from home…or closer to discovering who she is and who she wants to be.

 

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Hannah decides to take a new turn in her life and goes to work on a cruise ship after she lost basically everything- her husband, beauty salon and a home. At first Hannah is still hesitating about leaving, because she’s hoping that her marriage can be saved, but her sister is persuading her to go. On the cruise Hannah meets a lot of great co-workers and gets to see a lot of beautiful places, which slowly makes her forget her unfaithful husband and really start living the life she desires. On the cruise there’s a strict rule not to have romantic relationships with clients, but not all rules are easy to follow, when it comes to your heart…

It’s the second book by the author and just like the previous one, I absolutely loved it! I have never been on a cruise ship, but reading this novel totally gave me the feeling like I was part of the close knit friends. I enjoyed reading about all the places Hannah visited, the great friends she made and the romance found in a terrific man. I am eagerly waiting for the next book to be written by the author, I already know I’m in for a treat.

A Stardance Summer by Emily March

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Title: A Stardance Summer

Series: Eternity Springs #13

Author: Emily March

Release Date: June 27th 2017

Pages: 320

Genre: Contemporary Romance

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Sometimes the end of one road
Brick Callahan enjoys every minute of chaos at his campground, Stardance Ranch, especially after the Tornado Alleycats arrive for an extended summer stay. The members of the all-female glamorous camping club are primarily seniors—active and adventurous, friendly and fun. But when he discovers Liliana Howe frolicking with the glamping grannies in a late night skinny-dipping session, he fears he’s in for a summer of trouble. Because his best friend’s kid sister has grown up to be drop-dead gorgeous.
. . .is the start of another

Betrayed by those she trusted, Lili decides she’s put her career first for too long. She sells her practical sedan, buys a travel trailer, and heads to Eternity Springs for a summer of rest, relaxation, and reassessment as the newest member of the Alleycats. The last person she expects to find running an RV resort is her high school crush. Their undeniable mutual attraction is a reminder that life is full of surprises. But when the past comes calling, will their summer romance stand the test of time?

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Lili decides to go to Eternity Springs for the summer to get away from all that went down back at home. She joins the all female  camping club called the Alleycats. Lili has spent all her life doing what others expect her to do, but now she’s had enough and she wants to do what makes her feel happy and alive. She wanted to spend a fun summer at the RV resort, but when she finds out who is running the RV resort, she’s more than surprised because it’s her high school crush Brick. Lili and Brick were teenagers back then, but now years later as adults there’s a mutual attraction. Is it now the right time for Lili and Brick to be happy and in love?

It was my first book in the series and I really enjoyed reading it. I definitely want to read more from this author in the future. I liked how that there was a glimpse to the main characters teenage time and then how things progressed in the present. It was a sweet, feel-good novel – perfect for the summer time.