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Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Husbands ... just can't have enough of them

Last night I finished reading .. "Husbands" by Adele Parks, which I'll give it 3 out of 5 stars. I mean .. it was a good book and I think I loved it right up until the last few chapters. =0P

It's about Bella/Belinda who is thirty but is still living in the past (even though she thinks she's moved on). The problem is when she moves on she has a tendency to ignore things like '2 weeks notices' or telling those around her how she really feels ... so she just walks away (by avoiding calls or moving). Which is how she has gotten into the mess that the book talks about.

It starts off about her married life with her husband Phil ... and how wonderful that life is. Then her best friend Laura gets a new boyfriend ... and the twist is that this boyfriend of Laura's is Bella/Belinda's 1st and current husband Stevie, whom she left about 8 years previously without any note and never divorced from.

Throughout the book it's all about how Bella/Belinda is planning on handling her mess of a situation (since she has 2 husbands). The book is funny, charming, and sweet ... making you wish that everything will work out for the best. And I will admit I like who all the characters ended up with. Yet I guess I just don't like the ending ... it could have been better.

However, I think I will look into more of Adele Parks' books since I do like her writing style. And I do love me some British literature. =0) To find out more about her and her books yourself ... then check out Adele's website.



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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

If I’m asking you to hold me tight - then it’s gonna be all right

Witty & Hilarious .. "Playing James" by Sarah Mason is everything I could hope for and more!! Holly is a up-and-coming reporter, who just got her big break! James is a cop, who takes his line of work very seriously .... hates reporters ... and is about to get married in 6 weeks time .... and just got assigned Holly to play his shadow up until the day he says "I do." Tempers start flying ... situations get misread ... and when Holly's column becomes a big hit the readers start questioning if there's more between the reporter and the detective then they both are letting on??

5 out of 5 stars!! LOVED IT!! It's up beat! Fast paced! With plenty of twists thrown in just to make you second guess how you think the story will end! =0)

For more information on this book and/or on any of Sarah's other books then please check out her Amazon Page.

** Title is from the song It's Gonna Be Love by Mandy Moore **



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Saturday, July 10, 2010

Disappointmentville: The Wedding Girl by Madeleine Wickham [aka Sophie Kinsella]

Format: Hardcover | Pages: 327 | Release Date: June 2009 | Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books

"The Wedding Girl" by Madeleine Wickham (aka Sophie Kinsella)

My Book Summary : This novel documents the view points of seven different people through four days, based around a wedding that's supposed to happen when the four days are up and the secrets that come to life around them.

It is centered around Milly and Simon, with their wedding only a few days away. They seem perfect for each other to everyone who sees them, but Milly has never been truthful to Simon or anyone enough to let them know that she got married ten years earlier and she doesn't think she's divorced. Opps!

So, when a boy (now grown up) that saw her (and has photos of her) first wedding shows up as her photographer for her current wedding, she gets scared that the truth will come out. At first she plans to hide it, then she decides to take fate in her own hands and track down her current husband to see if they are divorced or not. Without letting her secret slip to Simon or her parents.

However, Milly is not the only one who is keeping secrets of her own or is having troubles in her life .... Simon has never been close to his father and always lived in his shadow, and because of that he has always tried to best him either in the business world or if not that then to have the perfect relationship. Isobel (Milly's older sister) is what the family calls a 'career woman' and is starting to hate it, but also just found out a new secret of her own that makes her rethink her life. Olivia and James (Milly's parents) are having relationship issues and who knows where they'll end up. Then there is Rupert, who was the boyfriend of Milly's current husband when she married him. In addition, he is the only person she can think of that would know where to find her husband, but he has secrets all of his own that he's been keeping from his family and himself for so long he wants nothing to do with Milly just so they will all stay in his past.

Once all of these secrets come out in the open .... will everything work out for the best or will things take a turn for the worst?

My Book Review : 2.5 out of 5 stars. *sigh* This was my first time reading a 'Madeleine Wickham' novel, and since I have read all of her as 'Sophie Kinsella’, I thought these would be just as good. But I don't know ... I guess the way some of the characters decided take care of their secrets just rubbed me the wrong way or something, since I had to skim through some of the chapters just to keep reading, if I didn't skim through I would probably have stopped reading the book altogether. I will say I did like the ending and how the characters finally resolved their issues, and I loved the letter that Rupert read it was very sweet. In addition, I did like the fact that this book was about how to grow up and come to turns with who you truly are as a person, and once you do to stick by what you believe in. Therefore, it had a good message but the plot was a little boring and irritating for me ...

Book Teaser(s) :
"Great," said Isobel. "Well, get dialling!"
"OK," said Milly, taking a deep breath. "Let's see if we've got the right number."
I should have done this before, she thought guiltily, as she picked up the phone. I could have done this any time. But even as she dialled, she felt a painful dismay at what she was being forced to do. She didn't want to speak to Rupert. She didn't want to speak to Allan. She wanted to forget the bastards had ever existed; wipe them out of her memory. ~ within Chapter 5

For more information on this book and/or any other books by Madeleine, then please check out her website.



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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Book Extract Videos for the Shopaholic Series, Book 6 [aka Mini Shopaholic]

Have you read any of the books from the Shopaholic Series by Sophie Kinsella (aka Madeleine Wickham) yet? If not I really think you should ... especially when "Mini Shopaholic" [Shopaholic Series, Book 6] comes out on September 21, 2010!!! YAY!

Check out these "teasers" (extracts) from "Mini Shopaholic":

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Monday, July 12, 2010

Disappointmentville: The Gatecrasher by Madeleine Wickham (aka Sophie Kinsella)

Format: Hardcover | Pages: 296 | Release Date: July 2007 | Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books

"The Gatecrasher" by Madeleine Wickham (aka Sophie Kinsella)

My Book Summary : Fleur has a habit of gatecrashing funerals. All so she can meet a rich man (even if that man may be the window), hook up with him for as long as he buys her things, then gets him to some how give her a big enough amount of money .... then she's off to the next funeral ... the next man.

Her next target is Richard, a newly widowed ten-million-dollar plus man, that believes his wife was a saint but he feels he barely knew her. Fleur has the looks and says the right things .. so by the next day after the memorial service she is already set to go out to lunch with him.

As such of a sweet man Richard may be he falls hard for Fleur, but he still feels wrong about moving on so quickly after his wife died that he takes things slow with her. Slower then she is used to. But after a couple of months she moves in with his family, and makes friends a lot quicker with some of them then most people would have believed.

But then her past and personal things come up, and Fleur rolls with the punches. However, when it's one that she might not be able to escape it's either give up and run as fast as she can to the next man ..... or stay at the place that has treated her better then she's had in years.

My Book Review : 2 out of 5 stars. I so wanted to like this book. I really did. For the most part it was fine up until her big secret (or the main one) comes out and I just had to skim through the rest to find the ending. =0P A majority of the characters I loved ..... except Philippa was a bit to whiny for me and her husband was too much of a jackass for me to read through.

My Previous Review(s) for this Author : The Wedding Girl

Book Teaser(s) :
He spun round, and felt his face freeze in disbelief. Sitting at Richard's desk, legs calmly crossed, was Fleur. His mind began to race. Had she been there all the time? Had she seen him ... ~ within Chapter 7

For more information on this book and/or any other books by Madeleine, then please check out her website.



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