Saturday, 6 May 2017

Book of the Month - April

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The books I read this month:

-       The Choir on Hope Street – by Annie Lyons 5/5
-       Spring at Blueberry Bay – by Holly Martin 5/5
-       A Wedding in Italy – by Tilly Tennant 5/5
-       The Woman at Number 24 – Juliet Ashton 4/5
-       The Cornsih Escape – by Lily Graham 4/5
-       This Love – by Dani Atkins 5/5
-       Meet Me at Beachcomber Bay – by Jill Mansell 5/5
-       The Little Clock House on the Green – by Eve Devon 4.5/5

Some new authors, some of my faves, a great mixtures and so many outstanding books:   

Spring at Blueberry Bay  – Holly Martin

The bit on the back:

Welcome to beautiful Hope Island where the sea sparkles, the daffodils are blooming and a blossoming romance is just around the corner… 

Bella has always had a sunny outlook and caring nature, despite recently falling on hard times. When she finds a handsome homeless man on her doorstep, her kind heart tells her she must help him. So, she invites Isaac into her cottage and into her life in ways she could never have imagined… 

But Isaac is not what he seems. He’s keeping a huge secret from Bella, yet he never expected to fall for this open, generous and charming woman. 

Bella can’t ignore the chemistry between her and Isaac, but she’s had her trust badly broken in her past. Will she run when she learns the truth about Isaac, or will he be the one man who can help Bella believe in love again? 

A gorgeously romantic and heartwarming story to completely lose yourself in. Perfect for fans of Sarah Morgan, Jane Costello and Miranda Dickinson. 

My opinion:

Engaging, quirky, heart-warming, funny, wonderful - this is Holly Martin, a real queen when it comes to writing!!! I was surprised by certain cetain, which happened in the storyline, but that made it engaging, gripping and intriguing.

Holly Martin on Twitter: @HollyMAuthor 

This Love – Dani Atkins

The bit on the back:

Sophie Winter lives in a self-imposed cocoon - she's a single, thirty-one year old translator who works from home in her one bedroom flat. This isn’t really the life she dreamed of, but then Sophie stopped believing in happy endings a very long time ago, when she was fifteen years old and tragedy struck her family. Her grief has left her scared of commitment and completely risk averse, so she plays it safe and keeps everyone at arm’s length. Sophie understands she has a problem, but recognising it and knowing how to fix it are two entirely different things.
            One night a serious fire breaks out in the flat below hers. Sophie is trapped in the burning building until a random passer-by, Ben, luckily happens to spot and rescue her. Suddenly her cocoon is shattered - what will be the consequences of this second life-changing event?

My opinion:

This story is a roller-coaster ride of emotions, feelings play a very important role in this book and Dani Atkins captured them beautifully.
Dani Atkins created some wonderful characters here, full of heart and love. They are very well drawn out and seem very authentic. Def one oft he best books I have read this year!

Dani Atkins on Twitter: 

Meet Me at Beachcomber Bay – Jill Mansell

The bit on the back:

The romantic, funny and unputdownable new novel from Jill Mansell, No. 1 bestselling author of THE ONE YOU REALLY WANT, THREE AMAZING THINGS ABOUT YOU and YOU AND ME, ALWAYS - 'A glorious, heartwarming romantic read' Woman & Home. Perfect for anyone who loves Jojo Moyes, Marian Keyes and Katie Fforde.

Clemency isn't looking for love when she meets Sam, and he doesn't make a brilliant first impression when she sits next to him on a plane. Yet by the end of the flight a real connection has been made. Clemency senses this could be something special... until she discovers that Sam has deliberately thrown her contact details in a bin. Oh well, his loss. (But also... why???)

So Clemency returns to St Carys in Cornwall and gets on with her busy life and career alongside best friend, boss and local heartbreaker Ronan. When Clemency's glamorous stepsister Belle appears, smugger than ever now she's found the perfect man, Clemency's happy for her, really she is... until she discovers Belle's perfect man is Sam.

Heart-stopping romantic entanglements, crossed wires and sisterly dilemmas - all the ingredients for an unputdownable read!

My opinion:

This book is a real diamond! I totally fell in love with Jill Mansell’s writing. The characters are wonderful in this book, they are such a great bunch, so different and full of passion. Sam and Clem had an immediate connection and I just adored their moments and scenes. Jill Mansells writing is on point. It feels like real life, like being there with the characters as part of the story. The book is full of twists and turns and ups and downs, thats what makes a story exciting and you just get hooked as a reader.

Jill Mansell on Twitter:

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