Friday, 28 February 2014

Book News: You're the One That I Want by Giovanna Fletcher

In only a few months time Giovanna is back with her second novel You're the One That I Want. I absolutely loved her first novel Billy and Me - Giovanna created a beautiful story and I have no doubt that this new release will be just as brilliant.

You're the One That I Want is out 22nd May and is available to pre-order from Amazon UK now.

Synopsis
Maddy, Ben and Rob have been inseparable since they met in the school playground at nine years old. They've always been a threesome and it seems nothing could get in the way of their friendship.

But what Maddy doesn't know is that Ben has always been in love with her. And what Ben doesn't know is that Rob and Maddy have begun to fall in love with each other . . .

As their friendship irrevocably changes Ben keeps his broken heart a secret for the sake of his two friends. But when Rob and Maddy's love turns sour, can Ben continue to say nothing? And will Maddy have to choose between the two best men she knows?

Sunday, 9 February 2014

Showcase Sunday #20

Showcase Sunday is a weekly meme hosted by Vicky from Books, Biscuits, and Tea. Its' aim is to showcase our newest books or book related swag and to see what everyone else received for review, borrowed from libraries, bought in bookshops and downloaded onto eReaders each week. To join Showcase Sunday or find out more click here.

Hi everyone! I hope you've all had great weeks. I've been busy stocking up on eBooks this week. Not that I need them - I already have over 500 books on my Kindle! 

eBooks
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion (bought)
Yours Truly by Kirsty Greenwood (bought)
Eternally Yours by Various (bought)
Cupboard Love: A Food Romance by Laura Lockington (bought)

I've heard The Rosie Project mentioned quite a lot in the last few weeks and as it was at a reduced price on Amazon I knew I had to buy it. I've also been stocking up on a few romance books to keep me occupied in the run up to Valentines day!

What have you received this week?
Beckie xxx

Thursday, 6 February 2014

Beckie's Book Mix Music Playlist 2013


As you may have noticed, I match the books I review with a song. There are a few reasons why I choose to match a particular song to a book. Often it is because I have a song in my head whilst I am reading the book. I find that from that point onwards, the book and the song go hand in hand and whenever I hear that song played it reminds me of my time spent reading the book. Another reason I choose to pair up a book and song is that the song reminds me of a character or storyline. The song often describes one of the characters really well or relates to the story in some way. I love that a book and song can fit together so seamlessly - often accidentally.

I have created a Spotify playlist to showcase the songs I have picked throughout 2013. By creating a playlist, I have made it easier for you to listen to the songs all in one place. I hope it helps you to match your own books and songs. Please let me know if you come across any brilliant matches!

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Review: There's More to Life Than Cupcakes

Author: Poppy Dolan
Publisher: Novelicious
Release Date: 10th October 2013
Pages: 295
Genre: Chick-Lit
Source: Received a copy from the publisher - thank you!

Synopsis
Ellie Redford has a husband, a job and a home. According to the rest of the world, it’s baby o’clock already. Shame life doesn’t come with a recipe…

Ellie knows that starting a family with lovely husband Pete would be an amazing adventure. Pete would make a brilliant dad and she’d have an excuse to eat shed loads of Cherry Bakewell. But Ellie’s bestie would rather she was up at 3am with a bottle of Malibu, not formula. And with redundancies looming, Ellie’s boss isn’t exactly going to throw her a shower if she disappears for a year, with pay.

While Ellie juggles her feelings (and everyone else’s) as competently as a drunken clown, she finds herself signing up for a baking class, alongside the young, free and sizzling hot Joe. As they work buns and shape tarts, is there more to their friendship than a shared appreciation of Paul Hollywood?

Ellie’s souffl├ęs may be rising, but her personal life is one big soggy mess. If she doesn't make a decision soon, she may just lose everything that matters to her. Maybe it's time to take off the pinny and face up to the truth: there’s more to life than cupcakes...


Review
Ellie Redford is perfectly happy with her life. She has a husband who adores her, a lovely home to live in and a job that she is happy with. Whilst she is content with her life, it appears everyone else is waiting for the baby news. But is she ready for the next step? When Ellie's friend Lydia asks her to attend a baking class to stake out a hot guy, Ellie decides to play along. There's nothing better than baking some culinary delights to take your mind off life's stresses. But with crazy in-laws, a best friend who is not feeling the baby fever and added pressure from her own parents, will Ellie be able to figure out the baby mess before someone else makes the decision for her?

First of all I must say I really enjoyed this book. The main character Ellie was a delight to read about and how could I not empathise with a girl who loves The Great British Bake Off as much as I do. It was a refreshing change to read about a woman who is happily married to a great guy, Pete was so supportive of Ellie which I loved. Ellie was down-to-earth, thoughtful and so funny - I laughed like a loon whilst reading this book. I loved Ellie's baking family, Hannah and Joe. The baking goodies that these three cooked up had me practically drooling. My advice for this book is to have some sweet treat to hand - you're going to need it!

What I enjoyed most about this book was Ellie was just an average girl trying to figure out the best course of action for her life. Quite frequently in fiction the reader is faced with a main character who they have nothing in common with but Ellie was completely relatable. I highly recommend this book to anyone who needs a sweet escape for a few hours. There may be more to life than cupcakes but I think cupcakes definitely make life that little bit better!

4/5 Stars

My Song Choice:
Army of Two by Olly Murs.

Sunday, 2 February 2014

Showcase Sunday #19

Showcase Sunday is a weekly meme hosted by Vicky from Books, Biscuits, and Tea. Its' aim is to showcase our newest books or book related swag and to see what everyone else received for review, borrowed from libraries, bought in bookshops and downloaded onto eReaders each week. To join Showcase Sunday or find out more click here.

Hi everybody! So my resolve has finally crumbled, I have been refraining from buying books for a while to try and catch up on my tbr pile, but now I've made a sizeable indent, its time for some more book buying! I must admit I've quite enjoyed discovering new books this week!

eBooks
Beyond Grace's Rainbow by Carmel Harrington (bought)
I Heart Christmas by Lindsey Kelk (for review)

Physical Books
This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith (won)
Truly, Madly, Deeply by Various (for review)
Amelia Grey's Fireside Dream by Abby Clements (bought)

What have you received this week?
Beckie xxx
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