Friday, 2 February 2018

Book of the Month - January

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The books I read this month:

-        Eventually Julie - by Anthea Syrokou 4.5/5
-       A Little Bit of Grace – by Phoebe Fox 5/5
-       The Start of Something Wonderful – by Jane Lambert 3.5/5
-       Dreaming of Florence – by T.A. Williams 4.5/5
-       A Year of New Adventures – by Maddie Please 2/5
-       The Wedding That Changed Everything – by Jennifer Joyce 5/5
-       That Girl – by Kate Kerrigan *started*

Not the big wow yet, but two books I really adore:

A Little Bit of Grace – Phoebe Fox

The bit on the back:

Family is everything—Grace McAdams’s mom must have said it to her a thousand times before she died. Before Grace’s dad ran off with an aspiring actress half his age. Before only-child Grace found out she was unable to have children of her own. Before Brian—her childhood best friend, business partner, and finally her husband—dropped a “bombshell” on her in the form of her stunning new replacement. 

Which means Grace now has…nothing.

Until a letter from a woman claiming to be a relative Grace never knew she had sends her on a journey—from the childhood home she had to move back into (three doors down from the happy couple) to a tropical paradise island to meet a total stranger who claims to be family. And Grace starts to uncover answers about the eccentric woman her family never mentioned: an octogenarian who writes a viral relationship-advice blog, a compulsive (and highly successful) matchmaker…and the keeper of an unimaginable family secret held for more than fifty years. 

A heartfelt, funny story about family and forgiveness, starting over when the happy ending ends, and handling it all with a little bit of grace.

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My opinion:

Phoebe Fox did a marvellous job with the main character. The character has a lit of depth and is very well lined out. The book is very much about family and it's captured beautifully in the writing. I was hooked from the start. The descriptions are vivid and fresh and colourful. It's emotional too.

Phoebe Fox on Twitter: @PhoebeFoxAuthor
Goodreads - Amazon UK - Amazon US

The Wedding That Changed Everything – Jennifer Joyce

The bit on the back:

Love happens when you least expect it… 
Emily Atkinson stopped believing in fairy tales a long time ago! She’s fed up of dating frogs in order to track down her very own Prince Charming, despite the best efforts of her matchmaking best friend…
But now she’s been invited to the wedding of the year at the enchanting Durban Castle, and perhaps bumping into a knight in shining armour isn’t as far away as she thought!
Will Emily survive the wedding and walk away an unscathed singleton – or finally find her own happily-ever-after?

My opinion:

The fresh, modern and cute writing was the perfect mixture and the book has wonderful humour. It’s an easy read, with so many fantastic elements. The storyline flows beautifully and has a lot of sparks. The characters are all lovely and I think they all create this special atmosphere in the story.

Jennifer Joyce on Twitter: @Writer_Jenn

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