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Mar 14

5 Books to read this Spring!

Hi everyone,

Hope you’re all well and having a lovely week. As it’s officially Spring, I thought I would share 5 great books I think are definitely worth a read this season.

What have you all been reading this week? Don’t hesitate to let me know if there’s books you think I should feature!

Julie xxx


Bad Brides by Rebecca Chance


 Light-hearted and easy to read, Bad Brides is about two brides who battle it out to land Style magazine’s coveted ‘Bride of the Year’ tiara. One is Milly, a delightfully deceitful up-and-coming actress.  The other is the naïve Brianna, who isn’t sure whether she wants to marry Edmund, and whose mother Tamra is determined to climb to the top of society. Things get even more complicated when  an old enemy threatens to reveal details from Brianna’s past…

 The plot is fairly straightforward, making it a great read for a lazy sunny day in the park!

  Bad Brides is available from 27March 2014.  Publisher: Simon & Schuster


There’s More to Life Than Cupcakes by Poppy Dolan


I absolutely love to bake, so I couldn’t put Poppy Dolan’s novel down. The protagonist Ellie has it all: a job, lovely husband Pete, and a home. However, the rest of the world seems to think it’s baby o’clock. Between partying friends, redundancies at work and generally trying to work out what she wants herself, Ellie suddenly finds herself signing up for a baking class. There, she meets the young and handsome Joe, and suddenly she starts to wonder if she can make a decision without losing everything that matters to her.

This book is perfect for anyone who loves to bake when they need to relax.

There’s More to Life than Cupcakes is available now. Publisher: Novelicious


Waiting for Summer by Anna-Maria Anthanasou


When Anna-Maria Anthanasou wrote this love story, she kept it a secret from family and friends for 18 months, writing late at night and first thing in the morning. It was only when her brother found the manuscript that she agreed to get it published. The story follows Sylvie Sapphiris, whose perfect life is thrown into disarray when she suffers from tremendous heartbreak (Without spoiling anything, there’s a lot of stuff you seriously don’t see coming). She decides to take control of her life, but a second chance at love could risk hurting those around her.

The story takes a while to get going, but Sylvie is a very likeable character and you quickly find yourself involved in her journey. Great to read if you go on a mini break!

Waiting for Summer is out now. Publishers: Austin Macauley



The Perfect Affair by Claire Dyer


Anyone who has ever fallen for someone who they shouldn’t could relate to Claire Dyer’s book. Protagonist Rose knows only too well the excitement and devastation that comes with loving a married man. She watches as her close friend Eve falls for her new tenant Myles, both of whom are unhappily married. It’s not always the most cheerful story, as Eve and Myles’ affair is complicated and reminds them of what they’re missing in their own marriages, but Claire Dyer writes in a way that you don’t judge them for their decisions, but instead watch them as they try to make sense of their feelings.

A great read for a weekend when the British weather lets us down and you stay inside with a cup of tea!

The Perfect Affair is out now. Publishers: Quercus


Carry You by Beth Thomas


It’s only been a few months since she lost her Mum, and Daisy McIntyre is in a black hole she can’t get out of. She spends most of her days having DVD marathons, eating Jaffa Cakes and surfing the internet, with no time for friends or boyfriends. Her best friend Abby (who is an awesome character) decides that something needs to be done, and signs them both up for a charity walk, and suddenly, Daisy’s life takes an unexpected turn…

Beth Thomas lost her own mum to cancer at the age of 33, and the fact that she draws on her own experience makes the book a really emotional read. It’s beautifully written, and you really feel Daisy’s devastation.

A great read for a day spent in the garden – wouldn’t recommend reading this in public in case you get tearful!

Carry You is out the 24th April. Publishers: Avon



Feb 14

The Vintage Girl by Hester Browne

Book: The Vintage Girl
Author: Hester Browne
Publisher: Quercus Publishing
Available: Out now
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Summary: Evie Nicholson is obsessed with all things vintage, so when her sister volunteers her to visit Kettlesheer Castle in Scotland to archive family heirlooms, she thinks she’s hit the jackpot. However, in each heirloom lies a story, and as Evie uncovers long-buried family secrets, she becomes increasingly determined to find the truth. Add the handsome, gloomy heir Robert McAndrew and a traditional candlelit ball in the mix, and Evie’s heart is sent reeling. 


It usually takes a lot for a book to make me laugh, but Hester Browne’s The Vintage Girl is very funny – it has all the elements of a great romantic comedy.

The main character, Evie Nicholson, is very easy to identify with, especially for those of us who have a slight tendency to hoard. As she gets carried away with fantasies of living in the past, it’s almost impossible not to be swept along with her, as Hester Browne gives us the fairytale-esque setting of a Scottish estate, complete with a candlelit ball. The book definitely caters to vintage-lovers, with descriptions of huge rooms filled with antiques, vintage clothes, and even some undiscovered gems…

Evie’s love interests, the dashing Fraser and gloomy Robert, provide a great love triangle: Fraser is essentially a Prince Charming, but I found Robert to be more interesting as his character was a bit more flawed, for example his complete indifference to the family’s heritage.

There are some really funny characters, particularly the estate owner Duncan, who tries to create his own brewery. Evie’s sister Alice was one of my favourites because she constantly both causes and solves problems for her sister, including letting Evie cover up when she drops out of an important dance at the ball, giving no explanation.

While the plot line was sometimes a little bit predictable, it doesn’t stop the book from being really fun to read – I would definitely recommend it for a lazy Sunday.


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