Monday, 19 February 2018

The Sunday Lunch Club - by Juliet Ashton

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My own copy
The blurb:

The first rule of Sunday Lunch Club is … don't make any afternoon plans.

Every few Sundays, Anna and her extended family and friends get together for lunch. They talk, they laugh, they bicker, they eat too much. Sometimes the important stuff is left unsaid, other times it's said in the wrong way. 

Sitting between her ex-husband and her new lover, Anna is coming to terms with an unexpected pregnancy at the age of forty. Also at the table are her ageing grandmother, her promiscuous sister, her flamboyantly gay brother and a memory too terrible to contemplate.

Until, that is, a letter arrives from the person Anna scarred all those years ago. Can Anna reconcile her painful past with her uncertain future?

Juliet Ashton weaves a story of love, friendship and community that will move you to laughter and to tears. Think Cold Feetmeets David Nicholls, with a dash of the joy of Jill Mansell added for good measure.


My Opinion:

*Book provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

The Sunday Lunch Club has all I want in a book: a gorgeous title, a funny title and an intriguing blurb. After reading it, I can say it’s a fabulous story, full of great elements.

The story is based around Anna, who is 40 years old, divorced and is pregnant. The Sunday Lunch Club for her is a bit awkward, because she basically sits between her ex-husband and her new lover. They are joined by her grandmother, her sister and family and her gay brother and his family. And then there is this unresolved thing from her past… Not easy, but it calls for a very interesting story. And it definitely was.

I loved getting to know all the characters during their lunches, how they interacted with each other and also how they were always there for each other. I really liked that the other characters got to share their story as well. Juliet Ashton found a brilliant way to include them all and created a unique storyline.

I really wanted to be part of their family. Each Sunday was different and so much fun to follow. There were secrets revealed, drama caused and the way their family dealt with everything was great to see. The story has lots of funny moments, but also emotional details and scenes. I cried, because of sadness and joy and that’s all thanks to the wonderful writing. Juliet Ashton really knows, how to include feelings in a story and she makes a story special with her brilliant storyline, endearing characters, lots of feelings and drama.

I was hooked from the start and couldn’t put the book down. There were several twists in the plot and that just made it more exciting. I felt like being there with the characters and was actually sad when it all ended.


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Website: http://www.berniestrachan.com
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Sunday, 18 February 2018

Fashion Corner - Kiss

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In this week's Fashion Corner I'm wearing my casual Kiss shirt combined with some rose and burgundy details. 


The shirt is from Iphoria and It says Kiss in pink and dark red letters, it also has a mouth detail. I combined it with burgundy jeans from Zara. Then we have my velvet sneakers from Steve Madden and a jeans shirt I bough from Zalando years ago. 


- Shirt: Iphoria
- Jeans: Zara
- Shoes: Steve Madden
- Jeans Shirt: Manuel Ritz



Saturday, 17 February 2018

Two days in Milano


A train ride from my home town (Zug) to Milano takes three hours. So we left Monday morning at 7.30 and arrived in Milano at 10.40 with a bit of a delay. Half an hour later we checked into our hotel, the Carlyle Brera in the Brera quartier. After a short time at the hotel, we started walking to the castello Sforzesco. It's a beautiful castle. It's very big, has several towers, dragon details and much more. In front of it is a beautiful fountain, which makes for great photos. I never expected something like this in Milano, so it was a great surprise. Also the house around the castle were beautiful and built a circle. The sweet leading away from the castle is called Dante and it's the shopping street. So naturally, we went into them, but didn't buy anything. It was soon time for lunch and it's not easy to find good restaurants in this area, because there are a lot of tourist traps. We eventually found a place called "Granaio". I had pasta with salmon and it was really good. After a cappuccino we went into some more stores and then headed towards the duomo. This cathedral is so impressive and very pretty. The pigeons on the piazza though were very annoying and there were so many of them. Then of course we walked through the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele. The first few stores are actually affordable and in Massimo Dutti I bought two things. The rest is just Gucci, Louis Vitton etc. The galleria is very pretty as well and has a lot of details. The department store in Milano is called Rinascente. We spent a lot of time there and I bought two things from Maje, on of my fave brands. They have a lot of designer brands as well, so the prices are very high. In that street there were many more stores, so we also looked at them, ate some "Marroni" and strolled through the streets of Milano. Dinner took us back to the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, to a place called Gino's. They were very nice there, greeted us with a prosecco and other treats. Dinner was ok there, but not more unfortunately though. From all the walking (11 km) we were exhausted, so we took a taxi back to the hotel. There we went to bed quickly. 


On the next day we had a slow start, ate breakfast at the hotel, went to a store called L'Erbolario, where they have lots of creams, body lotions and much more. It's fabulous! Then we headed back to the hotel, checked out and off into the city centre. Some more shopping follow. I bought some sporty outfits, but not more. We enjoyed the sunshine, went back to Renascent and had a late lunch at Pulia. Then we walked back towards the Brera area, went into more shops and stopped at California Bakery to enjoy a coffee and a banana chocolate cake. After some more shops, it was time to say goodbye and head to the train station. At the train station I finally found some boots. Italy is great for being shoes for me, so Milano was a little disappointing at first. 


The Carlyle Brera hotel was ok, but not more. For one night it was a good hotel, but it didn't feel like a four star hotel. I wouldn't recommend it. Milano is a pretty city, perfect for two days. I wouldn't stay longer though, we did what we wanted to do and didn't think we missed out on something. Shopping is ok, but also not a highlight. So you could say, I was a little disappointed. 


Thursday, 15 February 2018

Reality Blurred - by Aven Ellis

My own copy
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The blurb:

He lied to her. Fed her the same lines as he did all the other girls. Instead of proposing, he dumped her on national TV. Would a romance with a hockey superstar prove just as disastrous—or could it be the greatest love story of her life?

Cast as America’s reality show sweetheart after being jilted on a dating show, Skye Reeve is ready to stop being a brokenhearted woman by proving she’s more than what the camera portrayed her to be. She’s landed her dream job as a TV lifestyle reporter and promises to work hard to be a success.

Skye also vows never to be swept up in a fairy tale romance ever again, as she obviously has no clue what real love is.

Being in the same city as Denver Mountain Lions hockey star Maxime Laurent, however, might make this last goal impossible.

Dealing with ghosts from his own past, the Belgian hockey star is known for keeping his life off the ice private. He’s not sure if outgoing Skye could be a match for him, but he can’t deny his attraction to her.

When the two embark on a romance, will they be able to move forward from the past to let love into their hearts?  With no reality blurred, will Skye find real-life love to be what she had been looking for all along?


My Opinion:

*Book provided by the author in exchange for an honest review*

We are back with the queen of hockey and romance and we are back in the Rockies. It's back two in the series, technically book three, but book one was a short story. This book is dedicated to Maxime and Skye. We know them both from the previous books and it's their time now. 

Skye Reeve is ready for a new start, after being dumped in the finale of a dating show. It's been hard on her, she was heartbroken. In Boulder it's time to start her new job as a TV lifestyle reporter. 

Maxime is a hot Belgian hockey player and now alternate captain of the Denver Mountain Lions. He keeps everything very private, but that changes when he start going out with Skye. Can he deal with that?!

I really like the way their relationship develop. How they meet for the first time, their special moment in Brussels and all the moments they shared afterwards. Their attraction is obvious, the have great chemistry and Aven Ellis captured that beautifully. The characters have a deep connection and start to really understand each other. They are very different from each other, but somehow they can make it work. Of course there are ups and downs, but these made the story interesting and exciting. 

I always love the hockey parts in Aven Ellis' books and it was the same in this story. These scenes just add a lot of excitement to the storyline and they are parts of Maxime's life. 
Friendship plays a very important role in Reality Blurred as well. Whether it's Sierra and JoJo, Jude and Cade or Gavin. They helped Maxime and Skye through their weaker moments and made them smile again. 

Aven Ellis did a fab job with the characters. Both of them have a lot of depth, a past and all these things come into the story. Their personality and feelings create a wonderful story full of love, romance, drama and friendship. 

Aven Ellis has a fantastic writing voice, her style is charming, sweet, romantic, exciting and fresh. Oh and the title of this book is ON POINT!


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About the Author

I live in the Dallas area with my family. I enjoy clipping out recipes I will never get around to trying, working out, and chatting with friends on social media. I’m a hockey nut (Go Stars!) and watch as much as humanly possible. I also love shopping and fashion and admit to being obsessed with whatever the Duchess of Cambridge is wearing. In addition to be obsessed with the Duchess, I’m equally obsessed with any show or cookbook featuring Gordon Ramsay.

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Website/Blog - http://avenellis.com/