Death in the Stars by Frances Brody

Death in the Stars by Frances Brody

 

35172597Publisher: Piatkus

Publishing Date: 5th October 2017

Series: Kate Shackleton #9

Source:  Received from the publisher in return for an honest review!

Number of pages: 400

Genre:  Mystery, Crime

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Synopsis:

Yorkshire, 1927. Eclipse fever grips the nation, and when beloved theatre star Selina Fellini approaches trusted sleuth Kate Shackleton to accompany her to a viewing party at Giggleswick School Chapel, Kate suspects an ulterior motive.

During the eclipse, Selina’s friend and co-star Billy Moffatt disappears and is later found dead in the chapel grounds. Kate can’t help but dig deeper and soon learns that two other members of the theatre troupe died in similarly mysterious circumstances in the past year. With the help of Jim Sykes and Mrs Sugden, Kate sets about investigating the deaths – and whether there is a murderer in the company.

When Selina’s elusive husband Jarrod, injured in the war and subject to violent mood swings, comes back on the scene, Kate begins to imagine something far deadlier at play, and wonders just who will be next to pay the ultimate price for fame . . .

 
Rating: four-stars

 

I adore Frances Brody’s Kate Shackleton series and am always looking toward the new release. “Death at the Stars” is already the 9th book in the series, however it can easily be read as a stand – alone, and it is also the perfect book to start the series if you haven’t read the previous books yet.

This book is written in the same, gentle way that Frances Brody has got me used to. The narration is engaging and rich, and the author tangled and muddled the facts in such a clever way, adding tips but also complicating things, and I found myself suspecting every single character in the book – and I think it is a sign of a great author to be able to complicate the things but not overdo them, to throw red herrings at the right space and in the right moments, and as a result we got a very decent cosy murder mystery.

This time the fate takes Kate Shackleton to dressing rooms and theatre performances, and guys, I loved the descriptions of all of this. The author has again brought the 1920’s London and Yorkshire to life and brilliantly captured the atmosphere of those times. Those glimpses into the theatre life, the different acts and performances, into the lives of the artists in the roaring 1920’s were brilliant.
Kate Shackleton is, as always, ahead of her times. She’s clever, intelligent and she knows what questions to ask and where to look. Of course we couldn’t have missed her helping hands Mrs. Sugden and Jim Sykes, and it was such a great, comfortable feeling to be in their company again. The way Kate investigates is adorable. She’s thorough, she is able to see all the necessary details that can help her and it really wasn’t just until the very end that I realised who the villain is – the author has really well played with my mind.

Even though this time this novel has missed on this Frances Brody’s hallmark sparkle, this lovely and hooking Kate Shackleton’s feeling (yup. In my opinion it was a little on the flat side this time, please don’t get me wrong, basically everything was fair enough with this story, all the right questions were asked, the investigation was interesting and full of surprises but there was something that just didn’t sit with me so much), I still enjoyed it. What bothered me a little was the great number of characters – I was never sure if they’re going to be significant, very significant or not significant at all.

Altogether, “Death in the Stars” was a charming story, just as all the others in the series that I had pleasure to read. It is glamorous, it is cosy and it is clever and gentle. The mystery is masterfully written and the story itself is full of surprises and turns and this is this kind of book that you can read anytime, no matter what mood you’re in or what’s the weather – I am already looking forward Kate’s new adventures.

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The Woolly Hat Knitting Club by Poppy Dolan

The Woolly Hat Knitting Club by Poppy Dolan

 

36199960Publisher: Canelo

Publishing Date: 25th September 2017

Source:  Received from the publisher via NetGalley in return for an honest review!

Number of pages: 260

Genre:  Romance, Women’s Fiction

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Synopsis:

Finding happiness one stitch at a time

When Dee Blackthorn’s brother, JP, breaks both wrists not only is he in need of a helping hand – or two – but the knitting shop he owns can’t function. Sisterly duties take Dee away from her demanding job and she is unceremoniously fired amidst rumours of inappropriate behaviour. Dee is certain that her hot-shot nemesis, Ben, is behind it all but has no proof.

When Dee bumps into an old friend who is new mum to a premature baby she convinces JP to enlist his knitting pals to make lots of tiny woolly hats. Then Ben turns up denying involvement in Dee’s sacking and she ropes him into helping the knitting cause.

But before long Dee’s good intentions backfire and she risks losing her friends, her family and Ben, who’s turned out to be not so bad after all…

A feel-good romantic comedy about learning what life is really all about, The Woolly Hat Knitting Club is perfect for fans of Cathy Bramley, Tilly Tennant and Carole Matthews.

Rating: four-stars

 

Poppy Dolan is back again with her new novel “The Woolly Hat Knitting Club”, and even though knitting is totally not my thing (but I have other talents, really!), it IS Poppy Dolan’s book and I requested it without hesitation – I fell in love with her books some time ago and I am incredibly happy that after a long break she’s back with her second book this year – keep them coming, Poppy!

The story started very promising and engaging, with Dee being very suddenly being fired from her beloved job. Then I think it went a little downhill and slowed down a bit but I was still caught up in the novel and kept my fingers crossed for (almost) everybody. Dee has really gone on a journey of self – developing and finding her priorities, becoming a new person in short. She had a passion, when she did something she put all her heart into it and she loved her family. She didn’t hesitate for a single moment to leave behind her life in London when her younger brother JP breaks both his wrists and needs help. Actually, this is where her new life starts – even if she doesn’t know it yet herself! What we don’t know about JP yet is that he’s a knitter, runs a blog and the crafting gangs out there just love him. Dee doesn’t knit. At all. But she’s still there to help him, especially as after a chance encounter with her school friend Becky Dee realises they can help! So then we follow her, JP and some of their friends (and enemies) bringing the challenge to life.

I admit, I had some problems to get into the book. I mean, all this knitting, the structure and colours of the yarn, descriptions of needles or whatever the right name is, and generally, there was something keeping me back, but fortunately this overwhelming feel – good factor, the positivity and the wonderful message took over and I just simply started to enjoy this book. It was so warm that you just can’t not like it, and I really am not sure what my problem was.

We see Dee changing, seeing there are other things that count in life than work, seeing different perspectives, and I enjoyed watching her realising all those things. I always like such characters that set their priorities right. Actually, all of the characters are really well drawn. They are down to earth, they have their battles and struggles and they really feel realistic. They play their parts well and there is enough personality in all of them to like them and fell for them, even though their futures are a little bit predictable.

“The woolly Hat Knitting Club” was a lovely story about realising the importance of a family and friends with a beautiful message in it, also touching upon issues that are so important but not often talked about such as premature babies. It is thoughtful but also light – hearted and easy to read, fun and poignant and I simply liked it. It was written in a lovely, warm way and actually, it was all I was expecting from this book. Recommended!

The Cotswolds Cookery Club: A Taste of Spain by Alice Ross

The Cotswolds Cookery Club: A Taste of Spain

 

35704716Publisher: HQ Digital

Publishing Date: 18th August 2017

Series: The Cotswolds Cookery Club #2 (read my review of book 1 here)

Source:  Received from the publisher in return for an honest review!

Number of pages: 180

Genre:   Romance, Women’s Fiction

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Synopsis:

Life begins at forty…

Trish Ford always dreamed of living in a little chocolate box village like Cornfield – but she never expected to be starting over at forty! Joining the Cotswolds Cookery Club seems like the perfect recipe for finding happiness again, along with her new friends Connie, Melody and Kate.

From mouth-watering paella to sweet, honey-drenched pestinos, Trish finds a delicious distraction in the Spanish cuisine whilst doing her best to deal with her stroppy teenage daughter and her cheating ex-husband and his pregnant girlfriend.

But it will take all of Trish’s new-found confidence – and maybe a helping of her irresistible leche frita – to risk her heart on hunk single dad Steve…

Fans of Milly Johnson, Caroline Roberts and Jill Mansell will love this heartwarming read!

The Cotswolds Cookery Club is a story told in three parts. A Taste of Spain is part two.

Rating: four-stars

 

After reading the first book in the series, “A Taste of Italy”, I knew that this is going to be series that I won’t want to miss, so as soon as I spotted “A Taste of Spain” on NetGalley, I immediately downloaded it, and guys, I was not disappointed. This second novella is even better than the first one, and it left me glowing in its warmth, sincerity and down – to – earthness. It was really lovely, quick read and I am already looking towards book 3.

I was almost certain that all of the books will focus on the characters already introduced to us in “Italy”, so it was a kind of surprise to see that Trish is a brand new character, who – at the beginning – has nothing to do with the Cookery Club. Gah. There was a moment that I was sure that I am reading a wrong book somehow but fortunately, quickly, Connie entered the scenes and I felt home again. Saying it, I don’t mean that I don’t like Trish or something, because on the opposite, I loved her.
Connie is working at the village shop, blogging and writing articles for a very popular magazine, Melody is soon to be a mum and Kate is still overwhelmed with her family. Trish comes with a very moody teenager, an ex – husband and all the problems it involves. I really, really liked how Trish was growing, how strong she was, even despite the problems with Amber, and how she stood her ground, especially when it came to her husband suggesting she should tell Amber she’s going to have a step – sibling.

Of course, there are again some mouth – watering descriptions of food. Don’t read this book when you’re hungry. Or on diet. Really. Only a good advice. Then there is this lovely, warm overwhelming feeling of friendship, acceptation, support – the girls welcomed Trish to their circle so quickly and easily. All the characters were so true to life and relatable, with all their problems, troubles and moments of happiness.

It is a heart – warming story about friendship, re – building relationships, finding the courage. It is filled with all the ups and downs of usual, everyday life but this only makes it much more forthcoming, realistic and genuine. Written in a very vivid way, this story delivers on each level, and I am sure everyone is going to find something they can relate to. Truly recommended!

The Big Dreams Beach Hotel by Lilly Bartlett

The Big Dreams Beach Hotel by Lilly Bartlett

 

cover110882-mediumPublisher: Harper Impulse

Publishing Date: 18th August 2017

Source:  Received from the publisher via NetGalley in return for an honest review!

Number of pages: 228

Genre:  Romance,  Women’s Fiction

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Synopsis:

Wriggle your toes in the sand and feel the warm breeze on your face when you check into the hotel that’s full of dreams…

Three years after ditching her career in New York City, Rosie never thought she’d still be managing the quaint faded Victorian hotel in her seaside hometown.

What’s worse, the hotel’s new owners are turning it into a copy of their Florida properties. Flamingos and all. Cultures are clashing and the hotel’s residents stand in the way of the developers’ plans. The hotel is both their home and their family.

That’s going to make Rory’s job difficult when he arrives to enforce the changes. And Rosie isn’t exactly on his side, even though it’s the chance to finally restart her career. Rory might be charming, but he’s still there to evict her friends.

How can she follow her dreams if it means ending everyone else’s?

THIS IS A STANDALONE NOVEL FROM THE AUTHOR OF THE CARLTON SQUARE SERIES, WITH A WHOLE NEW CAST OF CHARACTERS TO FALL IN LOVE WITH!

Rating: four-stars

 

“The Big Dreams Beach Hotel” is Lilly Bartlett’s completely new stand – alone novel. Really, she writes so quickly that I am loosing my bearings, however even with the quantity the books don’t lose their quality, so no matter how many, dear Lilly, keep them coming. This novel introduces us to a group of eccentric, eclectic and totally hilarious characters, showing the real meaning of friendship and real priorities.

The eccentric characters include a narcoleptic children’s entertainer with a basset hound, one 60s singer still trying to make it big, an ex – army chef who has to switch from his comfort food into creating froth out of thin air and 6 – gangs – menu, a surfer or a man with coloured hair trying to bring flamingos and pink from sunny America to rainy Scarborough. Brilliant, no?

At the beginning, it took me some time to get into this book – no particular reason, just because. Maybe because the switches between Rosie being in New York and then suddenly managing a hotel in the rural England took me a little by surprise and I wasn’t sure on which part is the story going to concentrate. Here we get to know about Rosie’s budding and promising affair and heart – break and I must admit, guys, that the more we got to know her, the more I liked her, especially her banter, absolutely humorous observations and big heart.

I loved the interaction between Rosie and Rory (Rory was great, and he so easily and quickly just slotted into the story, the pages and among the characters. He was supportive and considerate, and he knew what’s important) – their banter was brilliant, full of honesty, real emotions and it just sounded so real and genuine. I so adored the fact that those two just spoke with each other, they discussed their issues not jumping to conclusion or getting offended, waiting for the other to guess what’s bothering them – it was so mature, so genuine, so different and such a breath of fresh air after all this running away and misunderstandings in so many books.

“The Big Dreams Beach Hotel” was a novel full of clashing cultures, ideas, characters, and sometimes they all sounded too exaggerated but somehow it just did work. It is not only a story about managing a hotel but it also introduces are to stories of Rosie and the residents of the hotel. I loved the idea of this hotel – the old one, I mean, where everybody was like family to each other, they knew each other inside out, took part in the events run for the people and not for profit. However, this all is about to change, as The Colonel announces the hotel is sold, and the new owners are even more eccentric than the hotel’s residents and communicate mostly via Skype, sitting cross – legged on their desks. Phew.

I really don’t know how to put it into words, but this book was so lightly written, so easy to read, the banter and the ridiculous ideas made you laugh with disbelief but in a good way and this overdoing, this ridiculousness and exaggeration just worked perfectly in this story. It was a lovely, quirky and sharp novel with the right amount of sadness, important issues that will touch your heart, and humour. It was not too overdone, too over – heavy, I hope you know what I mean. Altogether, it was a lovely, warm story about friendship, setting your priorities right, not being afraid of dreaming big, about standing together in difficult times and not giving up, full of giggles and full of embarrassing moments – a perfect summer read. Recommended!

The Honey Farm on the Hill by Jo Thomas

The Honey Farm on the Hill by Jo Thomas

 

31424836Publisher: Headline

Publishing Date: 24th August 2017

Source:  Received from the publisher in return for an honest review!

Number of pages: 400

Genre:  General Fiction (Adult),  Women’s Fiction

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Synopsis:

We never forget the one who got away.

Eighteen years ago Nell fell in love in the mountains of Crete and life changed for ever. Nell’s daughter, Demi, has never met her dad. Nell never saw him again.

When she gets the chance to return to the hilltop town of Vounoplagia – where everything began – Nell can’t resist the urge to go back and find him.

Working on a honey farm perched high up in the hills, there’s plenty to keep her busy. And she will quickly realise the town harbours just as many secrets as she does.

But if Nell’s favourite romantic films are right, there’s a happy ending in store for each of us. All she has to do is seek out the magic of the mountains…

Rating: four-stars

Ah, I’m a real winner this year when it comes to great books set in Greece! Jo Thomas’s “The Honey Farm on the Hill” is another novel this summer that happens on a beautiful, sunny Corfu, and even though it’s not as full of Greek traditions for example, it is still full to brims with the gorgeous Greek spirit, myths, delicious food and beautiful descriptions – Jo Thomas has really written a beautiful, atmospheric novel, not forgetting to add some mystery, budding romance and bees. Yes, bees. And honey.

It was incredibly easy to read. I have felt a part of this story right from the beginning and I didn’t want to put it away. I loved how easily Nell slotted into life with Maria, Kostas and Mitera, how quickly she settled in, and even though her being there has also had a hidden agenda, she truly put her heart into work on the farm. Together with her I’ve learnt about various herbs, their significance and characteristics and it was a great lesson. We already know about the importance of bees but the way Jo Thomas has written about it was again an eye – opener. However, I know bees are not angry but do they know it as well? Whatever, it is a great message to be taken from this story.

I only had some small problems with the drama that sometimes felt a little too exaggerated, too dramatic. Don’t get me wrong, pretty please, it was still a great read however there were moments that made me shake my head in disbelief. The story was also very repetitive at times, so I won’t forget for a long time that Nell missed her daughter so much (I know. I understand. I am a mother and miss my daughter when she’s away but there is so much I can take. I knew Nell is missing Demi, I didn’t have to be reminded every second page. Or that Nell’s boyfriend has cheated. Or that the dittany is a VERY rare herb.) But other than that I loved and enjoyed this story, truly.

The writing is so vivid, guys, SO vivid! It’s colourful and evocative and so rich, and I could almost smell all the herbs in the air. The descriptions of the food made my mouth water, and I could easily recognise the danger when it was around. The dialogues were one of the best, the author has so well captured what the characters wanted to tell and perfectly put it into words. The story was also full of surprises. What also singles this book out is the fact that it is not only your usual rom – com, it is full of much more deeper issues, it is thoughtful and introduces us to some dilemmas. So altogether, it is Jo Thomas at her best, and “The Honey Farm on the Hill” is a great read, so richly imagined and so wonderfully written – highly recommended!

Another Woman’s Husband by Gill Paul

Another Woman’s Husband by Gill Paul

 

34529186Publisher: Headline

Publishing Date: 17th August 2017

Source:  Received from the publisher via NetGalley in return for an honest review!

Number of pages: 464

Genre:  Historical Fiction,  Women’s Fiction

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Synopsis:

USA Today bestselling author of The Secret Wife

ANOTHER WOMAN’S HUSBAND is the latest gripping novel from Gill Paul. ‘A triumph’ Dinah Jefferies on The Secret Wife.

Two women, divided by time, bound by a secret…

1911. Aged just fifteen, Mary Kirk and Wallis Warfield meet at summer camp. Their friendship will survive heartbreaks, continents, and the demands of the English crown, until it is shattered by one unforgivable betrayal…

1997. Kendall’s romantic break in Paris with her fiance is interrupted when the taxi in front crashes suddenly. The news soon follows: Princess Diana is dead. Trying to forget what she has witnessed, Kendall returns home, where the discovery of a long-forgotten link to Wallis Simpson, the Duchess of Windsor, will lead her to the truth of a scandal which shook the world…

Richly imagined and beautifully written, ANOTHER WOMAN’S HUSBAND is a moving novel about two women thrust into the spotlight, haunted by love and loss.

Rating: four-stars

Here you can a read a brilliant guest post written by Gill Paul for my stop on the “Another Woman’s Husband” blog tour!

Having read and loved Gill Paul’s previous books I was very excited to see that “Another Woman’s Husband” is going to be published. To be honest with you, I haven’t even read the synopsis – well, it IS Gill Paul’s book, right, so it must be brilliant, no? It took me a little by surprise to eventually discover that the story features real characters, such as Diana Spencer and Wallis Simpson for example, but it doesn’t mean that the story was not as exciting and rich with historical facts, full of twists and turns.

This story is full to the brims with events and there is truly not a flat moment. I personally was much more intrigued with the parts set in the past, about Mary and Wallis then about Alex and Rachel – their story felt too forced on us in my opinion, but of course I do get it was needed to add this element of mystery: what is this bracelet that Alex took from Princess Diana? Whereas the story of Wallis and Mary was full of vividness and it seamlessly flew, and I couldn’t help but changed my mind about those two characters – once I was on Wallis’ side, sympathising with her and in the next moment I was on Mary’s side, asking myself how much is she going to survive, if Wallis will push her too far, if she’ll eventually see for herself that she’s being used, or is their friendship going to survive all the troubles? I was really impatiently waiting for the story to switch again to the previous era, I wanted to find out more.

My only problem was that all the characters felt a little too wooden to my liking. This author has already showed that she can create incredibly beautiful, vivid and full of life characters and the ones in “Another Woman’s Husband” did disappoint me a little. They seemed very shallow, superficial, without a depth – both fictional and non – fictional. I must say that if Wallis Simpson was as unlikeable and concentrated on herself person as Gill Paul portrayed her than it’s a real pity. I don’t know, maybe she’s just rubbed me the wrong way and instead of being irritating she was challenging? But later on, as the book is mostly told from her best friend Mary’s viewpoint, I found myself getting used to the way Wallis was, but I didn’t start to warm to her, unfortunately. However, this book allowed me to gain a great insight into this character and even though she seemed too shallow, too selfish, too destructive, she was also fascinating. Also, the way the story was told felt like I was reading reports – there were not many descriptions, it was just like stating facts, and I missed depth here as well.

However, this novel has very well captured relationships – friendships and love relationships, showing how different they may be and how they may change over the years. Those relationships were so very well written that I personally felt frustrated on the characters’ part, or full of hope, I was convinced some of them have no chance to survive. There was also one thing that was really fascinating – namely the descriptions of the investigations and rumours surrounding Princess Diana’s death. Let’s be honest, we all know till today where we were when the awful news about her death came, and we all watched the whole drama and accompanied the Princess during her last journey, and we all felt just like the author has described it: as if we’ve known Diana personally, and so we grieved for her. Gill Paul has really brilliantly interwoven facts with fiction and created a compelling, hooking story.

Altogether, “Another Woman’s Husband” was an intriguing novel about relationships, love, hate, secrets, forgiveness and betrayals. It was compelling and yes, as you can see, it left me in two minds, but no matter what, it was a brilliant piece of historical fiction. Complex, well – thought, bringing the characters to life and I am very glad to have read this novel – already looking forward to Gill Paul’s new book and recommending “Another Woman’s Husband” to the author’s fans.

Single for the Summer by Mandy Baggot

Single for the Summer by Mandy Baggot

 

34211677Publisher: Ebury

Publishing Date: 27th July 2017

Source:  Received from the publisher in return for an honest review!

Number of pages: 432

Genre:  Women’s Fiction, Romance, Literature/Fiction (Adult)

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Synopsis:

***the beach-read of the summer, from everyone’s favourite getaway Queen, Mandy Baggot***

Tess Parks has made up her mind: love isn’t for her.

When it comes to dating she has one rule: after six weeks with a guy, she ends it. So when her heartbroken best friend invites her for a girly getaway in Corfu, Tess is sure she can stick to their pact to stay single for the summer.

But then she meets the gorgeous restaurateur Andras

To keep his overbearing mother off his back, Tess agrees to pretend to date him. But as the two spend time together, Tess begins to realise that this fake relationship is starting to feel like the best one she’s ever had…

A feel-good escapist beach read set against a beautiful Greek island backdrop. From the award-winning author of Truly, Madly Greekly and Those Summer Nights.

Rating: four-stars

Setting of Greece makes me feel like a bee around the honey pot – I love this country, its culture, people and tradition, so it is not a wonder that I am reading as many books set there as possible, and I am really lucky here as many authors lost their hearts for Greece as well. “Single for the Summer” by Mandy Baggot happens on Corfu, and one look at this gorgeous cover and the synopsis had me sold – and my first impression only came true as the story was heart – warming, and it brought together sun, beaches, delicious food, sexy as hell hero and Greek traditions – just what I wanted!

This is a story about Tess Parks and her rule of dating for 6 weeks only. Yes. And God forbid any of the boyfriends to pop THE question! Because when it happens, Tess goes into some kind of a meltdown. Tess’s best friend Sonya, who was about to go to Greece with her boyfriend, unexpectedly finds herself “on a break”, so the two girls pack their suitcases and travel to Corfu. What is better than sun, sand and blue water and NO DATING?
Well, I’d say, sun, sand, blue water and DATING. But unexpectedly. And actually fake – dating. And crazy tortoise Hector who can’t stay long in one place. Sounds like a perfect holiday, no?

I have immediately warmed to all of the characters, well, maybe not so to Andras’s mother. I need to have a little whinge, please do let me get it off my chest, but she annoyed the hell out of me. I understand tradition, I know Greek mothers have always right and I know they keep everything with an iron fist but I just couldn’t stand her and her rudeness. Because for me there was nothing charming or funny in the way she has treated Tess, Sonya and her own son, for me it was pure rudeness, period, and this interfering irritated me incredibly.
Tess was great, I really liked her. She was sharp – minded, quick in making decisions and she’s never regretted things that she did or said. She had rules and she followed them but then it was also great to see how she started to come out of all her comfort zones, started to relax and this relaxed version of her I liked much, much more.
Andras was your typical sexy Greek god, but there was much more to him than the first (sexy) impression. I was really admiring his patience though there came a moment that I so wanted him to tell his mother to eventually back off – I know, impossible. Greek families, traditions etc.
And the whole cast of the supporting characters is as colourful as a rainbow. They added so much personality to this story, so much humour and warm feelings, and Andras family, with of course the exception of his mother and his cousin was brilliant, with all the preparations for wedding and rolling babies on the beds – loved this idea, btw.

As a fake girlfriend, Tess and Sonya are being invited to many family meetings and meals, and this is why the fun ends, because Andras’s mother is always there! The chemistry between Tess and Andras was brilliantly captured. You know how it sometimes is, that this just feels so forced and pushed on the characters but here, in this book, it was just great. It felt honest and genuine,

This is this kind of a story that envelops you and takes you with on a journey. I laughed with the characters, I cringed, I sighed and shook my head with disbelief and I felt like a part of this book. There were many (MANY!) hilarious situations which made the reading so entertaining and light – hearted, there were truly crazy scenes that made me laughed, and there were also some sad scenes, and it was very well balanced.

Of course the descriptions of Corfu are beautiful! Vivid and colourful, they just made me wonder if I should change my plans from Rhodes to Corfu next year? But really, I could feel the sun shining, picture the sea and all the smells, and of course the gorgeous food made my mouth water.

It was a lovely story about re-evaluating your life, a great escapism and I enjoyed every page of it. This book has it all – laughter, tears, some drama, exciting romance and gorgeous setting, with endearing, believable characters. Already looking forward to Mandy Baggot’s Christmas offering and in the meantime recommending “Single for the Summer” as a great summer read.