#LettersFromTheHeart | #BookReview | CONFESSIONS OF A SHOPAHOLIC (Confessions #1) by Sophie Kinsella @KinsellaSophie (14th September 2000, Transworld Books @TransworldBooks)

CONFESSIONS OF A SHOPAHOLIC (Confessions #1) by Sophie Kinsella
Published; September 14th 2000, Transworld Books

Becky Bloomwood has a fabulous flat in London’s trendiest neighborhood, a troupe of glamorous socialite friends, and a closet brimming with the season’s must-haves. The only trouble is, she can’t actually afford it—not any of it. Her job writing at Successful Saving magazine not only bores her to tears, it doesn’t pay much at all. And lately Becky’s been chased by dismal letters from the bank—letters with large red sums she can’t bear to read. She tries cutting back. But none of her efforts succeeds. Her only consolation is to buy herself something . . . just a little something.

Finally a story arises that Becky actually cares about, and her front-page article catalyzes a chain of events that will transform her life—and the lives of those around her—forever.

This is a re read for me. I have put some of the later releases in the series on my beat the backlist so thought I would refresh my memory by starting from the beginning. I forgot just how much I loved these books. Rebecca is so refreshingly human and being inside her mind is like reading my own story! Well maybe not the constant spending and the huge amount of debt but she is just so down to earth and so likeable.

Rebecca has a big problem! She cannot resist a sale or shopping even when her cards are maxed to the brim, so she tries to cut back or make more money neither of which seem to work out in her favour. As Rebecca runs to her parents to hide from the disaster that appears to be her life she discovers something that could rock the financial world.

This was such a light hearted, funny read. I actually laughed out loud at some of Rebecca’s antics and it’s so easy to lose yourself in the pages of Rebecca’s crazy world as everything seem to crumble around her.

I read this so fast as I couldn’t wait to see what was going to happen next for Rebecca Bloomwood. Even though I have read the book before I still enjoyed it so much and I am so excited to read the rest of the series. So glad I included these on my beat the backlist so I have an excuse to pick them up again. Cannot wait!

You can buy CONFESSIONS OF A SHOPAHOLIC (Confessions #1) from the following booksellers (and many more!);

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#ContemporaryReads | #BookReview | BRITT-MARIE WAS HERE by Fredrik Backman @backmanland ‏@henningkoch (3rd May 2016, Atria Books @atriabooks)

BRITT-MARIE WAS HERE by Fredrik Backman
Published; May 3rd 2016, Atria Books

Britt-Marie can’t stand mess. A disorganized cutlery drawer ranks high on her list of unforgivable sins. She is not one to judge others—no matter how ill-mannered, unkempt, or morally suspect they might be. It’s just that sometimes people interpret her helpful suggestions as criticisms, which is certainly not her intention. But hidden inside the socially awkward, fussy busybody is a woman who has more imagination, bigger dreams, and a warmer heart that anyone around her realizes.

When Britt-Marie walks out on her cheating husband and has to fend for herself in the miserable backwater town of Borg—of which the kindest thing one can say is that it has a road going through it—she finds work as the caretaker of a soon-to-be demolished recreation center. The fastidious Britt-Marie soon finds herself being drawn into the daily doings of her fellow citizens, an odd assortment of miscreants, drunkards, layabouts. Most alarming of all, she’s given the impossible task of leading the supremely untalented children’s soccer team to victory. In this small town of misfits, can Britt-Marie find a place where she truly belongs?

This was my third Fredrick Backman and he is fast becoming one of my favourite authors. As a relatively new author I am surprised he wasn’t snapped up by a publisher long ago. He writes characters that feel so real you feel every emotion along with them.

Britt-Marie first makes an appearance in My Grandmother sends her regards and I highly recommend you read that first to really understand her story in Britt-Marie was here. I loved this story, how Britt-Marie believes that if she waits long enough she will get exactly what she wants and how she learns to be her own person after relying on her husband to tell her what to do and how to feel. I also loved how the people of Borg, who are all completely different yet so alike except Britt-Marie without a whole lot of fuss.

As I said earlier, the characters are so well written that you can see them so clearly as you read. Although you think this story is going to be happy ever after, which I suppose in a way it is, Fredrick doesn’t make it an easy road to get there. Of course there is heartbreak and some really emotional moments that put you through the ringer but it is mixed with laugh out loud moments and those all important moments that make you go awww. 

I completely lost myself in this book, I couldn’t put it down and found myself sneaking time to read when I should have been busy doing other things. It is different to the books I usually read but a real enjoyable read for me and I am definitely going to be reading the rest of Fredrick’s work. I can honestly say this is one of my favourite reads of this year and I can’t wait to see if the other books make it into my favourites for next year. I have a feeling that they may.

You can buy BRITT-MARIE WAS HERE from the following booksellers (and many more!);

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#LettersFromTheHeart | #BookReview | THE MUM WHO’D HAD ENOUGH by Fiona Gibson @FionaGibson (14th June 2018, Avon Books @AvonBooksUK)

THE MUM WHO’D HAD ENOUGH by Fiona Gibson
Published; June 14th 2018, Avon Books UK

After sixteen years of marriage, Nate and Sinead Turner have a nice life. They like their jobs, they like their house and they love their son Flynn. Yes, it’s a very nice life.

Or, at least Nate thinks so. Until, one morning, he wakes to find Sinead gone and a note lying on the kitchen table listing all the things he does wrong or doesn’t do at all.

Nate needs to show Sinead he can be a better husband – fast. But as he works through Sinead’s list, his life changes in unexpected ways. And he starts to wonder whether he wants them to go back to normal after all. Could there be more to life than nice?

I totally judged this book by the cover! It stood out to me on the library shelf and I just had to take it home to try. It was completely the right decision. I loved it. 

Sinead decides to leave her husband Nate when she begins a list of all the things he does wrong in their marriage. When Nate wakes up and finds the note he sets out to put things right and win back his wife which sets him on a path that he never thought he would take. 

I thought this book would be predictable but was pleasantly surprised when it was anything but. There are no great shockers but it was well written and different to what I would expect from this type of book, I couldn’t guess what the end would be.

Nate is very likeable and actually I struggled to see what Sinead issue was. I think most women, and even men, reading would be grateful to have a partner like Nate. Sinead did come across as quite selfish and demanding but there was also a side to her that provokes sympathy. 

The thing that comes across well in this book is the relationship both Sinead and Nate have with their teenage son. As a reader it is obvious that neither want their marriage problems to affect him and it comes across well that they both love him more than anything else. 

I enjoyed reading points of view from all characters as it was good to see what each was thinking throughout and how certain things were twisted in each person’s mind. 

The book is extremely well written and I found myself laughing out loud at some parts of the book. It was such an easy read that I couldn’t wait to squeeze in more time for another chapter or so. I loved how I could lose myself in the pages and found that it was nice to not be able to predict what the outcome would be. It was a real nice book, my first by Fiona Gibson but an author I will be trying more of.

You can buy THE MUM WHO’D HAD ENOUGH from the following booksellers (and obviously many more! Support your local booksellers where you can!)

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#TEASER #WITHTHISMAN by @JodiEllenMalpas #RISQUEREADS #THISMANBOOK4 #THELORD #TRUELOVE

We are very excited for the pending release of the WITH THIS MAN by Jodi Ellen Malpas, so we wanted to share the following teaser with you …

Jesse Ward is back in the newest novel in the Sunday Times and New York Times bestselling This Man series!

Life is good for Jesse ‘The Lord’ Ward. Perfect, actually. He still has the charm, he’s in great shape, and he still reduces his wife, Ava, to a pool of desire with a mere look. He’s in full control, just how he likes it.

But Jesse’s perfect world falls apart when a terrible accident lands Ava in hospital with a life-threatening head injury. Devastated and angry, he feels like his entire existence hangs in the balance. He cannot survive without this woman’s love. So when she finally comes around, his shaking world begins to level out. But his nightmare doesn’t end there. It’s only just begun. Because his wife can’t remember the last sixteen years of her life. That’s all of him. All of their time together. He is a stranger to her.

Now Jesse must do whatever it takes to find her memories . . . and help her fall madly, passionately in love with him all over again.

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#ContemporaryReads | #BookReview | MY GRANDMOTHER ASKED ME TO TELL YOU SHE’S SORRY by Fredrik Backman @Backmanland ‏@henningkoch (16th June 2015, Aria Books @AtriaBooks)

MY GRANDMOTHER ASKED ME TO TELL YOU SHE’S SORRY by Fredrik Backman
Published; June 16th 2015, Atria Books

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From the author of the internationally bestselling A Man Called Ove, a novel about a young girl whose grandmother dies and leaves behind a series of letters, sending her on a journey that brings to life the world of her grandmother’s fairy tales.

Elsa is seven years old and different. Her grandmother is seventy-seven years old and crazy, standing-on-the-balcony-firing-paintball-guns-at-men-who-want-to-talk-about-Jesus-crazy. She is also Elsa’s best, and only, friend. At night Elsa takes refuge in her grandmother’s stories, in the Land of Almost-Awake and the Kingdom of Miamas where everybody is different and nobody needs to be normal.

When Elsa’s grandmother dies and leaves behind a series of letters apologizing to people she has wronged, Elsa’s greatest adventure begins. Her grandmother’s letters lead her to an apartment building full of drunks, monsters, attack dogs, and totally ordinary old crones, but also to the truth about fairytales and kingdoms and a grandmother like no other.

Wow! An easy 5 stars from me. This was an amazing book that somehow managed to smash my heart into a thousand pieces whilst at the same time filling my heart with joy.
I love how it is written from the point of view of a 7 year old girl who feels different. Her granny has developed a world of fairytales that Elsa can lose herself in to help her cope with what the world throws at her.
We see how Elsa is alot more knowledgeable than most 7 year olds which is annoying for her family and friends who don’t seem to know how to deal with it.
When Elsa’s granny dies we see how Elsa struggles with her grief but her granny already had a plan to help her through the barrage of feelings she has. As Elsa sets out on the journey her grandmother has set for her we begin to see maybe the fairytale world is not so make believe after all….
I lost myself in the fairytales and I loved being on this journey with Elsa as she discovers not everybody is who they seem at the start. As we are introduced to lots of different characters who all ultimately become entangled I feel there is definitely room for some to develop stories of their own.
Ultimately this is a book based on bullying and grief but is written in such a way there is nothing depressing about it. It leaves you feeling happy.
It shows that no matter how hard you feel life may be there is always someone out there that cares.
To sum up this book…it’s a fairytale based on fairytales.

 

You can buy MY GRANDMOTHER ASKED ME TO TELL YOU SHE’S SORRY from the following booksellers (and many more!);

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