Thursday, 18 October 2018

By Virtue Fall - by Carrie Elks

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The blurb: 

A heartwarming Shakespeare Sisters romance from the bestselling author of Fix You.
The fourth, and final, book in the Shakespeare Sisters series.
With a broken marriage behind her, Juliet is just about ready to give up on love. Living in a ramshackle bungalow in Shaw Haven and working as a florist, she is desperately trying to build a new life with her daughter, Poppy. But try as she might, the one thing she can't ignore is the man next door . . .

My Opinion:

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

I was very excited the start the forth book of the Shakespeare Sisters series, because I absolutely adored all the book and of course wanted to know what happens to Juliet. 

Juliet has basically given up on love. Her marriage has no chance of surviving and her ex is being really difficult, especially when it comes to their daughter Poppy. He somehow also can’t let go and wants to control everything Juliet does. 

Her neighbour Ryan is a single dad too and the two of them have instant chemistry. Their banter is fun and sweet. It’s not the best time for them to be together, but one thing leads to another. Drama and misunderstandings add some excitement to the storyline as well. I feel like they both got a second chance to find happiness, they just had to be true to themselves and deal with their past. 

The children add a lot of charm as well, as does the detailed, vivid and passionate writing. Carrie Elks really understands how to create a unique atmosphere and exciting plot. 

I loved catching up with the other Shakespeare sisters. It’s great to see what changed in their lives. I’m sad the series is over, especially after reading the adorable and wonderful epilogue. 

 A fabulous romance book, which offers so much more as well!

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Carrie Elks on Twitter: @CarrieElks

Monday, 8 October 2018

The Bottom Line - by Aven Ellis

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My own copy
The blurb: 


After landing her dream job as an assistant buyer for a luxury fashion retailer in Minneapolis, Taylor Hartigan’s life becomes a nightmare. Performing mundane tasks and catering to the ridiculous whims of the boss from hell, she sees no opportunity for advancement. Though she’s never quit anything in her life, Taylor walks out and heads home to Chicago, the city that holds her heart. With her confidence shaken and no job on the horizon, she knows she has to find herself again.

Once she arrives, she’s shocked to learn hockey player Hunter Riley has been traded to the Chicago Buffaloes. Taylor met Hunter the previous season when his hard-hitting play broke the glass in front of her. Meeting him after the game, something passed between them—and has stayed with her ever since. Since she’s followed his career, she knows he’s coming off a disastrous season in Houston and must rediscover his game in Chicago—or face losing his hockey dream.

The timing couldn’t be worse for the pair to become involved since they’re both at a crossroads but the chemistry between them can’t be denied. Taylor worries that their budding relationship won’t survive the challenges of rebuilding two broken careers. Can the new versions of themselves fit together? Or tear them apart?

Or will love be the bottom line, after all?

My Opinion:

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

Ice hockey, Chicago, romance and characters we already know! Yes please!

The Bottom Lineis part of Aven Ellis’ Chicago on Ice series, it’s book number four. I’d suggest reading the previous books, because you really get to know the characters and the storyline stays in the right order. 

The first time Taylor and Hunter meet is in book number three, where he bumps into the glass right in front of her. Their chemistry was obvious, but she lives and works in Minneapolis and he plays for Houston. However, she is not happy with her job and misses Chicago. She quits and decides to find what really makes her happy. Hunter gets traded and now plays for the Chicago Buffaloes. 

It finally means that they can see each other and spend a lot of time together. Life is not always easy though. She wants to start her own business, connected to fashion. Hunter now plays with his brother, the captain of his team and first has to prove that he is a great player. Taylor’s parents are not supportive at all and that is really difficult for her. It’s a good thing she has Hunter, her friends and also her brother with his family. 

Other familiar characters are part of the story as well, which is fabulous. They all have something special and add a lot of charm. Of course there are some exciting news as well, I just love catching up with them. 

Both Taylor and Hunter go through a very important journey in this book and they learn a lot. The fact they they have each other really helps. They are good for each other and there for each other. Their scenes and moments are adorable. Aven Ellis has a really talent for creating gripping and thrilling storylines. It hast he perfect mixture of romance, love, friendship, family and sport. There is a lot of passion behind the writing and the plot is full of exciting elements. 

Their relationship moves on very quickly and the end conflict, didn’t really come across in a realistic way. I felt like it was just there, to have some drama. The epilogue on the other hand was different to the usual Aven Ellis style. I really liked it. 

Aven Ellis’ style is wonderful, vivid, fresh and absorbing. She really knows how to capture emotions. 


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Aven Ellis on Twitter: @AvenEllis

Sunday, 7 October 2018

Fashion Corner - Casual Maxi Skirt


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This maxi skirt is fabulous on so many levels. 


It's super casual, great to wear at school as well and for traveling in summer. Of course the pattern and the colours are fab too. I combined it with my white Nike sneakers and a blue shirt. The skirt is from Nymph. 

- Skirt: NÜMPH
- Sneakers: Nike
- Black bracelets: Market in Canobbio
- Silver/blue bracelet: Pompidou (similar)


Same outfit, different shirt. It's from Jack Wills. You can see two versions of wearing the shirt. 

- Shirt: Jack Wills
- Sunglasses: MR BOHO


Here is the version with a bit of a pattern max, dark blue and also a bit more elegant. I bought this shirt in San Diego in a store called Ross. 




Saturday, 6 October 2018

Different on holiday




I don’t know about you guys, but when I’m traveling I tend to be a little different than at home. There are several things I sometimes don’t feel comfortable with here in Switzerland or just don’t do that often etc. 

One of those things is eating out alone in a restaurant. I never do that at home. Of course it’s because I go out with friends and family, but I don’t feel comfortable doing it. I have done some solo traveling now and there it’s never an issue. Yes, I don’t know the people, so there is no reason to be embarrassed. It’s also some quality alone time. Or you can text on your phone and do other things on it, read a book, watch something on TV and sometimes it’s the chance to start a conversation with a stranger. I love meeting new people while solo traveling. 

Another thing is being introverted and talking to strangers. I always need time doing this at home. On holiday it’s the best thing ever. I’m open, talk to strangers, ask locals questions etc. I was always a bit shy, but it changes when I’m away. It depends on the situation as well. When there are a lot of people it’s different again. 

At home I like to spend time in the house/apartment. There could be weekends inside, even if the weather is nice. I go hiking yes, but I don’t really do any outdoor activities at home, except for shopping ;). On holiday I want to explore everything, see all the sights, try new things etc. It’s just so much fun. Waking up early is no problem ;). 

I had a phase when I liked going out every weekend here is Switzerland. Then I just enjoyed going to bars with friends, to actually be able to talk. When in another country, especially during my language stays I went out a lot. 

Most of these things are also easier abroad, because you don't know the people. It doesn't matter what you do. You go home again and these people will (probably) never see you again. 

How about you? Are you different on holiday as well?!

Thursday, 4 October 2018

Book of the Month - September


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The books I read this month:

-      The Man Who Didn’t Call –by Rosie Walsh 4/5
-      I Will Survive –by Pippa James 3/5 
-      Love at the Northern Lights –by Darcie Boleyn 5/5
-      Coming Home to Maple Cottage –by Holly Martin 5/5
-      The Bottom Line –by Aven Ellis 5/5

It blew me away!!! But I have another one, you just can’t compare the two: 

Coming Home to Maple Cottage – Holly Martin

The bit on the back:

This utterly addictive new novel from bestselling author Holly Martin will make you smile until your cheeks hurt, sob tears of pure joy and fall head over heels in love with a totally unforgettable romance… 

Isla Rosewood is creating a new life for herself and her sweet nephew Elliot in their cosy, yellow-brick family cottage, brimming with special memories. Living in Sandcastle Bay was never part of Isla’s plan but, after her brother Matthew’s tragic accident, her whole world changed as she unexpectedly became a mother to the little boy she adores so much. 

Leo Jackson was always known as Matthew’s fun-loving and wild best friend. But now Matthew is gone, it’s time to put his colourful past behind him. His role as Elliot’s godfather is the most important thing to him. And even though Leo and Isla are two very different people, they both want to give Elliot the childhood he deserves. 

As the three of them enjoy time together watching fireworks, baking cakes and collecting conkers, Isla begins to see a softer side to charming Leo, with his twinkling eyes and mischievous sense of humour. And, despite herself, she begins to fall for him. 

But does Leo feel the same way? Isla knows their situation is complicated but is it too complicated for true love… or will the year end with a happy new beginning for them all? 

A glorious, feel-good romance that will make you want to snuggle up under a warm blanket with a hot chocolate and the one you love. If you enjoy reading Sarah Morgan, Jenny Oliver and Lucy Diamond this book is for you.

My opinion:

I couldn’t put this book down! This book has so much magic, it’s beautifully written and touches the heart. I absolutely fell in love with the characters and the writing. Holly Martin is a very talented author, who can create a unique, authentic and amazing atmosphere. 

WONDERFUL!!!





The Bottom Line – Aven Ellis

The bit on the back:

After landing her dream job as an assistant buyer for a luxury fashion retailer in Minneapolis, Taylor Hartigan’s life becomes a nightmare. Performing mundane tasks and catering to the ridiculous whims of the boss from hell, she sees no opportunity for advancement. Though she’s never quit anything in her life, Taylor walks out and heads home to Chicago, the city that holds her heart. With her confidence shaken and no job on the horizon, she knows she has to find herself again.

Once she arrives, she’s shocked to learn hockey player Hunter Riley has been traded to the Chicago Buffaloes. Taylor met Hunter the previous season when his hard-hitting play broke the glass in front of her. Meeting him after the game, something passed between them—and has stayed with her ever since. Since she’s followed his career, she knows he’s coming off a disastrous season in Houston and must rediscover his game in Chicago—or face losing his hockey dream.

The timing couldn’t be worse for the pair to become involved since they’re both at a crossroads but the chemistry between them can’t be denied. Taylor worries that their budding relationship won’t survive the challenges of rebuilding two broken careers. Can the new versions of themselves fit together? Or tear them apart?

Or will love be the bottom line, after all?

My opinion:

Aven Ellis’ style is wonderful, vivid, fresh and absorbing. She really knows how to capture emotions. 
Aven Ellis has a really talent for creating gripping and thrilling storylines. It hast he perfect mixture of romance, love, friendship, family and sport. There is a lot of passion behind the writing and the plot is full of exciting elements. 


Aven Ellis on Twitter: @AvenEllis


Monday, 1 October 2018

Coming Home to Maple Cottage - by Holly Martin


My own copy
Original Cover














The blurb: 

This utterly addictive new novel from bestselling author Holly Martin will make you smile until your cheeks hurt, sob tears of pure joy and fall head over heels in love with a totally unforgettable romance… 

Isla Rosewood is creating a new life for herself and her sweet nephew Elliot in their cosy, yellow-brick family cottage, brimming with special memories. Living in Sandcastle Bay was never part of Isla’s plan but, after her brother Matthew’s tragic accident, her whole world changed as she unexpectedly became a mother to the little boy she adores so much. 

Leo Jackson was always known as Matthew’s fun-loving and wild best friend. But now Matthew is gone, it’s time to put his colourful past behind him. His role as Elliot’s godfather is the most important thing to him. And even though Leo and Isla are two very different people, they both want to give Elliot the childhood he deserves. 

As the three of them enjoy time together watching fireworks, baking cakes and collecting conkers, Isla begins to see a softer side to charming Leo, with his twinkling eyes and mischievous sense of humour. And, despite herself, she begins to fall for him. 

But does Leo feel the same way? Isla knows their situation is complicated but is it too complicated for true love… or will the year end with a happy new beginning for them all? 

A glorious, feel-good romance that will make you want to snuggle up under a warm blanket with a hot chocolate and the one you love. If you enjoy reading Sarah Morgan, Jenny Oliver and Lucy Diamond this book is for you.


My Opinion:

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

This story blew me away!!! GORGEOUS and AMAZING!

But let me start at the beginning. 
The story follows Isla Rosewood, who is looking after her nephew Elliot, ever since his father Matthew died. Matthew was Isla’s brother and she wants to look after the boy now. Elliot’s mother walked away years ago and has no interest in the boy. Elliot is five years old now and so adorable. 

Leo Jackson is Elliot’s godfather and was Matthews best friend. He wants the best for the little boy and is there for him and Isla every day. He blames himself for Matthew’s death, even though it’s not his fault. He fights with these doubts and cannot really be honest about his feelings. On top of that there is his past, he was a womanizer and had a lot of girls. Is he ready to settle down?!

Both Isla and Leo want the best for Elliot and fight for it. Obviously they also spend a lot of time with each other. Let me just say this: They are made for each other!!! Their connection is something else. They understand each other, know what the other wants and their feelings are very deep. I really like how Holly Martin captured their emotions. You can feel the love through the pages and their chemistry seems so real. There are so many wonderful scenes and moments in this book, between Isla and Leo, but also the three of them as a family. 

Holly Martin created some fabulous characters, added an exciting and touching storyline and the setting is a bonus as well of course. Lots autumnal events like fireworks or pumpkin craving, so much fun to read about these activities. They spice up the plot. 

Then there is Sadie, Elliot’s mum, who wants money for the house Isla and Elliot live in. This adds a lot of drama, since we don’t know if she wants Elliot as well. 

There was one thing that I didn't really like in the end. the epilogue is adorable, but the way the whole Sadie thing was resolve was way too quick and not realistic in my eyes. It was a big topic throughout the book and in the end it was mentioned in a quick sentence. 

I couldn’t put this book down! This book has so much magic, it’s beautifully written and touches the heart. I absolutely fell in love with the characters and the writing. Holly Martin is a very talented author, who can create a unique, authentic and amazing atmosphere. 

WONDERFUL!!!

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