Welcome to my blog, Kirsty’s Book Buying Addiction. It was hard to come up with a name for this blog but with a friend’s help this is it! I seem to have the problem of buying and downloading books and not a lot of time to read them. I also love discovering new and upcoming authors so please any recommendations throw them my way! 😊
The main aim of my blog is to just spread the love of reading. For me reading is my escape I love going into a different world and I need that in my life to be able to deal with my health. I’ve always been an avid reader as far as I can remember, going to the library a lot as a child especially.
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Alison’s perfect world has fallen apart. Her beloved larger than life mother-in-law, Maggie, has just passed away. Every afternoon they’d talk and laugh over a pot of tea – and Maggie was secretly the glue that held Alison’s family together. Now she’s trying to figure out a future without her…
With a little help from her two best friends, Alison resolves to try and find her happy place and be more Maggie. Vowing to step outside of their comfort zones and make the most of every day, the three women each have their own challenges to overcome in the year ahead – a baby on the way, a romance to save and a much-needed confidence boost.
But as Alison finds herself drinking more wine than she ever has in her life and signing up for an extreme sports charity event, she starts to wonder if this is really the change she needed in her life? Or will she re-discover her happiness closer to home?
Welcome to my stop on the tour for ‘The Happiness Project’ Thank you to Kim at Bookouture for the opportunity to take part. Please also follow my fellow Book Bloggers on the tour!! Now onto the review…
Someone tell me why I haven’t read a Pippa James book before?!?!?! I was drawn into the story from the first page. We meet Alison, Kate and Frankie who agree on New Years Eve to make resolutions called The Happiness Project (Alison’s name for the agreement) this leads each women to make a New Years resolution for themselves. I will let you find out their resolutions by reading the book! These three women couldn’t be more different yet they are really close friends. Pippa has written this book in a way that reveals each characters story separately but in a way that smoothly brings them together in different situations, in no way was I confused by this format. I loved all the characters in this book, however Frankie really stood out for me, she’s determined and totally sticks up for herself (even if this means getting herself in a little trouble!) Kate seemed shy but she really supported her friends no matter what. Also Alison is the organised one but I found her personality flourished by the end of the book. Of course I can’t leave out the kids, they were so amusing!
Pippa’s writing is witty, laid back (so easy to read and enjoy!) I didn’t for one second get lost or confused with the narrative of this story. To me this book is about friendship, determination and being the bigger person! I was totally engrossed whilst reading ‘The Happiness Project’ There were so many twists and turns in this story that I was feeling different emotions for different parts! (what a rollercoaster!)
I already have Pippa’s other book ‘I Will Survive’ on my kindle (no clue why I haven’t read that before now!) as I have to say I am quite a fan of Pippa’s writing after reading ‘The Happiness Project’ I give ‘The Happiness Project’ a very much deserved 5*/5* 😊
Thank you to Bookouture and Pippa for an advanced copy of this book via Netgalley.
Growing up in Birmingham, Pippa James was never without at least one book on the go and therefore lived several different lives concurrently. As an adult, she would like to spend much of her time the same way, but she now lives a chaotic life in a small Derbyshire town with her husband and two children. Her writing is frequently interrupted by parenting duties and her day job as a teacher and the only way she can find a quiet space to think, is by taking her laptop to the pub to drink tea and write, which she does at every opportunity.
So when Daisy was asking for help to reveal the cover to her new book ‘Wedding Bells at Villa Limoncello’, I of course jumped at the chance to take part. I love doing a cover reveal!! (Thank you Daisy for allowing me to take part)
Daisy has obviously decided to take the cover of this book in a little bit of a different direction to her previous titles but it is still absolutely beautiful and it really does want to hook you into the read the story! What do I think of the cover of this book is that I am going to pre-order a copy for myself. It has brightened up this February day and gives you a taste of Summer, which I for one can not wait for. Even just by looking at the cover you want to be at Villa Limoncello.
Let’s reveal the cover to ‘Wedding Bells at Villa Limoncello’ by the lovely Daisy James….
Escape to Villa Limoncello… where dreams come true in unexpected ways.
When Isabella Jenkins is unceremoniously fired from her fancy London job, she escapes to Tuscany. A few weeks hiding amongst rolling hills and grape vines at Villa Limoncello sounds exactly like the distraction she needs.
But Italy holds emotional memories for Izzie and with a hapless handyman, a matchmaking village matriarch and a gorgeous – if infuriating – local chef named Luca Castelotti, her quiet Italian get away turns into an unending cacophony of chaos.
Suddenly Izzie finds herself on a mission to pull off the wedding of the century and maybe get her life in order in the process. If only Luca’s gorgeous smile wasn’t such a powerful distraction…
Where to pre-order ‘Wedding Bells at Villa Limoncello’
Daisy James is a Yorkshire girl transplanted to the north east of England. She loves writing stories with strong heroines and swift-flowing plotlines. When not scribbling away in her peppermint-and-green summerhouse (garden shed), she spends her time sifting flour and sprinkling sugar and edible glitter. She loves gossiping with friends over a glass of something pink and fizzy or indulging in a spot of afternoon tea – china plates and teacups are a must.
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Sometimes there’s a right person for one half of your life, and a right person for the other…
After twenty years of quiet, contented marriage, Mary Black can’t help but find her eyes drawn to a particular handsome man at a Christmas party. But her word is suddenly turned upside down when she sees her husband Leo next to him, holding his hand…
For the sake of her children, Mary has no choice but to pick herself back up and start again. She hosts a family Christmas that includes her ex-husband and his new partner. She copes with her children wanting to spend less time with her, and more time with their “fun” dads. And she tries her VERY best to ignore Leo’s hunk of a brother, who has been living in New York for many years, but has just come back to town…
As Mary tries to reshape her future. the past unravels, exposing secrets and lies that rewrite the story of her life and leave her questioning where her loyalties should really lie. After living a life of sliding doors and missed opportunities, she can finally put herself first and take a chance that could change everything? Sometimes life begins at the end of your comfort zone…
When I read the synopsis of this book it sounded like a love story with a twist, so I went ahead and requested a copy on Netgalley and I’m absolutely over the moon I did. Kate’s writing is so easy to follow and when I had to put the book down it was very easy to get back into the swing of the story. With having a crazy life I certainly needed to read a book like this in among the craziness.
Obviously I was totally drawn to Mary, she knows instantly that her husband is going to leave her for another man and decides to not kick up a fuss about it for the sake of her children. I was hoping that Mary would put up more of a fight for her marriage but it clearly wouldn’t be the same if she did that. She comes across as a very shy person that doesn’t really speak her mind though I was willing for that to change as the story goes on (you will definitely have to read it to see if she does change her attitude) I found the other characters very likable and they obviously have Mary’s best interests at heart (especially a certain man!) It wasn’t clear till the end of the story what Mary was going to do with her life but I loved that there were many twists and turns in the meantime! I was so happy with the ending that I’m sure Kate could write a sequel and I for one would read it!
I’m certainly looking forward to any future novels that Kate releases as I will be definitely reading those in the future. If you want a love story with a twist (as mentioned before) and want to feel all warm and fuzzy inside then I would totally recommend you read ‘The Man I Fell in Love With’ I give this emotional, feel good story a deserving 5*/5* 🙂
Thank you to Avon Books UK and Kate Field for an advanced copy of this book via Netgalley.
Tilly was a bright, outgoing little girl who liked playing with ghosts and matches. She loved fizzy drinks, swear words, fish fingers and catholic churches, but most of all she loved living in Brighton in Queenie Malone’s Magnificent Paradise Hotel with it’s endearing and loving family of misfits – staff and guests alike.
But Tilly’s childhood was shattered when her mother sent her away from the only home she’d ever loved to boarding school with little explanation and no warning. Now, Tilda has grown into an independent woman still damaged by her mother’s unaccountable cruelty. Wary of people, her only friend is her dog Eli. But when her mother dies, Tilda goes back to Brighton and with the help of her beloved Queenie sets about unraveling the mystery of her exile from The Paradise Hotel and discovers that her mother was not the woman she thought she knew at all…Mothers and daughters…their story can be complicated…it can also turn out to have a happy ending.
I have to be honest I do have all of Ruth’s books on my TBR pile but ‘Queenie Malone’s Paradise Hotel’ is the first one I have read (so sorry Ruth) I have to also admit that this is a slightly different type of read that I am used to but I see that as being a good thing as I want to branch out on the books I’m reading.
The format took some getting used to but in the end it just made the story a lot more interesting. To know the background of Tilly’s childhood in the first part of the book then to see it being told from Tilda (an adult Tilly) then we also find out why events have taken place through the telling of Tilda’s Mother’s diaries. It’s actually really hard not to give much in the way of what happens as I don’t want to spoil it!
I love the personalities of both Tilly and Tilda’s characters. The quirkiness of how she can see dead people and how inquisitive she is about life and death. Of course I was also drawn to Queenie! The role model she is to Tilly is inspiring. It was hard to understand why Tilly’s mother was the way she was with her daughter especially but by the end you totally understand this.
‘Queenie Malone’s Paradise Hotel’ is such an inspirational read about love, loss and family. I was such a big bag of emotions (including some tears at the end!) I will certainly be reading Ruth’s other books very soon and she has become one of my favourite authors. I give ‘Queenie Malone’s Paradise Hotel’ 5*/5* 🙂
Thank you to Two Roads and Ruth Hogan for an advanced copy of this book via Netgalley
I am absolutely over the moon to be taking part in the cover reveal for ‘A Bakery at the Little Duck Pond Cafe’ by the lovely Rosie Green. Thank you to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for allowing me to take part! 🙂
Well what can I say about the cover of this book…..it’s very attention grabbing with a mixture of very bright colours! This cover certainly wants me to read the special story inside. I think it is so important to have the right cover to attract readers (that is the first thing I see anyway before reading the synopsis of a book) I definitely want to purchase ‘A Bakery at the Little Duck Pond Cafe’ in paperback to be able to really appreciate the cover of this book!
Without further ado I can now reveal the cover to ‘A Bakery at the Little Duck Pond Cafe’ by Rosie Green…..
Ellie’s dreams of opening a bakery in Sunnybrook are finally coming true and best friends Fen and Jaz are happily rallying round, helping her to plan a fabulous grand opening day. Everything in their garden seems to be rosy – until the arrival of a newcomer brings chaos to the village and tests relationships to the limit. Can the bakery succeed in the face of such upheaval? And more importantly, can firm friendships survive?
Where to buy ‘A Bakery at the Little Duck Pond Cafe’
Rosie Green has been scribbling stories ever since she was little. Back then they were rip-roaring adventure tales with a young heroine in perilous danger of falling off a cliff or being tied up by ‘the baddies’. Thankfully, Rosie has moved on somewhat, and now much prefers to write romantic comedies that melt your heart and make you smile, with really not much perilous danger involved at all, unless you count the heroine losing her heart in love.
Rosie’s brand new series of novellas is centred on life in a village café. The first two stories in the series are: Spring at The Little Duck Pond Cafe and Summer at The Little Duck Pond Café.
Elinor Oliphant leads a simple life. She wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same meal deal for lunch every day and buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink every weekend.
Elinor Oliphant is happy. Nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled existence. Except, sometimes, everything…
First we meet Elinor, she has her routine to keep her ticking over in life, down to her clothes and even what she has to eat and drink but clearly from the outset she needs to tell her amazing backstory and what a backstory it is! I’m actually quite fond of her character she is endearing, lost and unfortunately hasn’t been living the life she deserves. Gail has written Elinor so we slowly understand her personality and her life, therefore I couldn’t put the book down and finished this story in less than a week!
I absolutely love how the other characters are introduced to the story, especially Raymond who happens to work at the same place as Elinor does. They become firm friends and I was hoping they would become more (you will have to read the book to see if they do become more) Elinor very slowly lets Raymond into her life but understandably she is constantly keeping him at arms length and anyone else she meets for that matter. I feel like Elinor really needed someone to turn to and she found that in Raymond. Obviously the only character I wasn’t keen on was Elinor’s mother, but this soon turns into a twist in the story!
I am now a huge fan of Gail’s writing. The way she describes Elinor and the other characters. The way she teases the story so you are hooked from the first page to the last. I found myself saying words like “No!” and “Wow” in parts (don’t want to give any specific parts of the story away!) ‘Elinor Oliphant is Completely Fine’ is full of twists and turns I felt like I was riding the biggest rollercoaster! I felt sadness, happiness, confusion and frustration. Elinor has certainly left an impact on myself as I could relate to tiny parts of her life. I will definitely be re reading this book in future. Of course I will also read any future novels that Gail creates. She certainly has a gift! 🙂 I give ‘Elinor Oliphant is Completely Fine’ a definitive 5*/5* 😀
Patisserie-Chef Stevie is stuck in a rut. Her beloved great aunt Peggy has passed away, she’s been fired from her job and the love of her life has walked out the door. But when she’s called to the solicitor’s office to hear the reading of Peggy’s will, Stevie’s life begins to change.
Left with a large amount of money, Stevie is determined to take Peggy’s advice and turn her life around. The quirky tea shop that she sees up for sale in the beautiful village of Tanglewood must be a sign, and Stevie can’t wait to make it her new home.
But what happens after your dreams come true? It turns out that life in the village isn’t as idyllic as it may have seemed. With local mums waging war against sugar, a tea shop and it’s patisserie-chef owner are definitely not welcome.
When the gorgeous but grouchy local stable owner, Nick shows up he seems like just another fly in the pastry batter but as the two grow closer, Stevie realises he might just be the perfect reason to stay and win over the village…
‘The Tanglewood Tea Shop’ is my first read by Lilac Mills and I know it won’t be my last. This book certainly didn’t disappoint. I was thrilled to be approved to read this book on Netgalley where what attracted me first to the book was the cover, it’s bright and certainly draws you in.
The story starts with Stevie’s clear special relationship with her aunt Peggy. Sadly Peggy passes away and Stevie inherits a lot of money from her great aunt Peggy, much to the dismay of her mother and sister who actually inherit something different to Stevie and they won’t let her forget it. These events land Stevie in the little village of Tanglewood where there are many different characters to meet. Stevie is my favourite character. She is caring, shy but kind, hardworking and is determined to make her late aunt proud of her achievements. Stevie quite easily makes friends with Leanne, Tia, Cassandra, the lovely Betty and the handsome Nick plus more (can’t forget Stevie’s cat Peggy!) I really felt for Tia and her situation, this is Nick’s sister. You can see this relationship is unique and special. Stevie comes up against some challenging situations whilst living in Tanglewood, however I won’t go into this too much as I really would like you to read the book for yourself! I found myself loving all of the characters apart from one (there is always one isn’t there!?)
I found this book a nice relaxed easy read which are definitely my type of reads! Lilac describes the setting of each chapter so clearly I could imagine this story playing out in my mind! Whilst reading ‘The Tanglewood Tea Shop’ I felt happiness, joy, sadness and even frustration in parts but that is only because you want Stevie to have the happy ending she 100% deserves. You also don’t know what is going to happen next so this book had me hooked from beginning to end. I will for sure be reading more of Lilac’s books in the future as I enjoyed this book so much. I give ‘The Tanglewood Tea Shop’ 5*/5* 🙂