[Book Talk] When I Fall In Love by Miranda Dickinson

when-i-fall-in-loveBook Details:

Format: Audiobook
Source: Bought
Read: January 2017

Synopsis:

Elsie Maynard never expected to be starting again…

…but eighteen months on from the biggest challenge of her life, she is doing just that –because she made a promise to the person who believed in her the most.

Determined to step into her uncertain future, Elsie meets handsome Oliver Hogarth, who seems intent on winning her heart; she inadvertently founds a choir, and overcomes obstacles – most of which involve arrogant Torin Stewart.

Then a heartfelt request brings her to Paris – and the final item on ‘The List’ that she never dared complete.

Can Elsie follow her heart and put her past to rest?

My Thoughts

Oh my goodness, I loved this book! I think I had found it when I was looking for Christmas books and the requests always seemed to take me to British authors. I had some credits to use up at Audible and thought I’d get one of the higher rated titles with a credit and I was so glad I picked this title! I think I’ve found a new favourite author in Miranda Dickinson.

What did I love about this book? What’s NOT to love? The narration was amazing and so British, which I loved – as was the book. I loved all of the characters, all of them in love or searching for love, but in the meantime they decided to form a choir. Being a music lover, this was great. I only thought I was missing out by not hearing any of their renditions via audiobook (seriously, how cool would that be?). There’s loss, love, friendship, relationships between siblings and parents … I loved it all. And the romance! This was a bit of a tricky book with that, since I don’t want to give anything away, but the romance was good – so freaking sweet and lovely. It was nice that it wasn’t just a silly chick lit novel, but there was some major heartbreaking substance to it.

I can’t wait to read more by Miranda – she’s right up there with my favourites, Sophie Kinsella, Lucy Diamond, Jenny Colgan. If I wasn’t on a book buying ban, I would totally go and buy all of her books right now! As it is, I can see myself requesting lots of them from the library!

[Book Talk] The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan

the-bookshop-on-the-cornerBook Details:

Format: Ebook
Source: Borrowed
Read: November 2016

Synopsis:

Nina Redmond is a literary matchmaker. Pairing a reader with that perfect book is her passion… and also her job. Or at least it was. Until yesterday, she was a librarian in the hectic city. But now the job she loved is no more.

Determined to make a new life for herself, Nina moves to a sleepy village many miles away. There she buys a van and transforms it into a bookmobile—a mobile bookshop that she drives from neighborhood to neighborhood, changing one life after another with the power of storytelling.

From helping her grumpy landlord deliver a lamb, to sharing picnics with a charming train conductor who serenades her with poetry, Nina discovers there’s plenty of adventure, magic, and soul in a place that’s beginning to feel like home… a place where she just might be able to write her own happy ending.

My Thoughts

This was so good! When I think about books I love to read, this is it. It’s the kind of book that I want to live in, with the main character, Nina, deciding to go and follow her dreams of opening up a bookshop in a new place, just starting her life over and doing something she never thought she’d be able to do.

I loved all the characters, the setting (Scotland!), the books … it was definitely romanticized, but in such a good way. The only misleading thing is that there is no actual bookshop “on the corner” which I thought was a little weird – I mean, why call the book that when it’s not true? – but it was still such a fun and cute read.

And there was romance! I loved the romance. It was a bit predictable, but still so great to read. This book really made me a fan of Colgan’s writing and I plan to read more of her stuff soon!

Review: Wedding Night by Sophie Kinsella

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wedding nightTitle: Wedding Night 
Author:
Sophie Kinsella
Date(s) read:
May 13 – 15, 2013
Genre:
Chick Lit
Source:
Library (Hardcover)

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Lottie just knows that her boyfriend is going to propose during lunch at one of London’s fanciest restaurants. But when his big question involves a trip abroad, not a trip down the aisle, she’s completely crushed. So when Ben, an old flame, calls her out of the blue and reminds Lottie of their pact to get married if they were both still single at thirty, she jumps at the chance. No formal dates—just a quick march to the altar and a honeymoon on Ikonos, the sun-drenched Greek island where they first met years ago.

Their family and friends are horrified. Fliss, Lottie’s older sister, knows that Lottie can be impulsive—but surely this is her worst decision yet. And Ben’s colleague Lorcan fears that this hasty marriage will ruin his friend’s career. To keep Lottie and Ben from making a terrible mistake, Fliss concocts an elaborate scheme to sabotage their wedding night. As she and Lorcan jet off to Ikonos in pursuit, Lottie and Ben are in for a honeymoon to remember, for better . . . or worse.

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I simple ADORE Sophie Kinsella. When I’m feeling down or maybe a bit bored with my reading, I know that one of her books will pick me up. No, they’re not literary classics, but they’re FUN — and sometimes we need that in our reading!

This book really was no different than some of her last ones. It was just a fun, fun read and exactly what I was looking for. One thing I love about the characters in Sophie’s books is that you come to care about them — you feel for them, even if they’re making stupid mistakes. And while you’re caring, you’re laughing, because you really can’t NOT laugh while reading one of these books.

I loved that this book was written with two narrators, Lottie and Fliss, two sisters. It was also great that it wasn’t solely about Lottie, but also about Fliss and her search for romance and love.

Of course, it’s not like this book is realistic AT ALL, but that’s so not the point. One thing that you have to remember when you go into reading a book like this is that no, it might not happen in real life, but isn’t that why we read books like this? The setting was a perfect escape and the characters provided heart and a bit of comedy. I FLEW through this book and I’m so happy I could get my hands on it (big thanks to the ladies I work with, who lent it to me before it got on the shelves!).

Sophie Kinsella will always be one of those “must-buy” authors on my list because her books are just the perfect read for a dreary day, or even for a sunny day on the deck or at the beach!

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