You Had Me At Merlot by Lisa Dickenson
Reviews / 21st February 2017

What the publisher says: Elle and Laurie are the last ones standing: they’re single, they’re not having babies any time soon and their weekends aren’t filled with joyful meetings about mortgages. For Elle, this is fine. She likes her independent life, but Laurie wants love and she wants it now. So when Laurie begs Elle to come with her on a singles holiday to a beautiful vineyard in Tuscany, Elle is reluctant. She has no intention of swapping her perfectly lovely life for someone else’s idea of her Mr Perfect, but ten days under the Italian sun with her best friend and lashings of wine? How bad could that be?   ;   What I say: Well, I loved the title of this book and had heard many good things about it on Twitter so I had to give it a go.  Thankfully I wasn’t disappointed as the book made me laugh out loud from the first page.  I got some funny looks on my commute that day I can tell you! Elle is happily single and living in London when her friend Laurie decides that what they both need is a holiday in Italy. To be precise what they…

Whatever Happened to Vicky Hope’s Back Up Man by Laura Kemp
Reviews / 19th February 2017

What the publisher says: Twenty-one and insecure, Vicky Hope comes up with a plan on the eve of travelling the world with her high flying friend, Kat Lloyd: if she isn’t married by the time she’s thirty, she’ll marry her geeky best mate Mikey Murphy. Fast-forward eight-and-a-bit years, Vicky, now Vee wakes up on her thirtieth birthday in Brighton, expecting a proposal of marriage from her arty boyfriend Jez. Instead he tells her their relationship is over and she has no choice but to return to her parents’ home. Devastated and alone in her childhood bedroom, she decides she has nothing to lose and tracks down her two old mates. With shock, she discovers Mikey, now Murphy, is a successful app designer driven by his tragic upbringing. Kat, or Kate, never made it – but she hides a devastating secret, which threatens the happiness of all three. &; What I say: I was looking forward to reading another book by Laura Kemp as I loved Frankie Green. Thankfully I wasn’t disappointed. I did expect another comedy and while this book didn’t provide the laugh out loud moments of Frankie Green I still found myself chuckling and smiling at times. Vee…

The Birds and the Bees by Milly Johnson
Reviews / 18th February 2017

What the publisher says: Romance writer and single mum Stevie Honeywell has only weeks to go to her wedding when her fiancé Matthew runs off with her glamorous new friend Jo MacLean. It feels like history repeating itself for Stevie, but this time she is determined to win back her man. She isn’t going to act as he might expect. She isn’t going to wail and dig her heels in, she is simply going to pretend to let him go whilst she pursues a mad course of dieting, exercising and self-improvement. And it feels like history is repeating itself for Adam MacLean too, who is also determined to win his lady, Jo, back with the same basic psychological tactics. Then he is going to initiate his master plan: Getting together with Stevie to drive Jo wild with jealousy. So, like the Scottish country jig ‘The Birds and the Bees’, the couples all change partners and learn some revealing truths about each other along the way. But what happens when Adam’s master plan actually starts to work? And just who will Stevie be dancing with when the music stops?   What I say: The Birds and the Bees is not as…

Love, Lies and Lemon Cake by Sue Watson
Reviews / 29th December 2016

What the publisher says: Love, Lies and Lemon Cake is a hilarious, bittersweet comedy about taking your life back before it’s too late. Faye Dobson has lost her sparkle. Living on film star fantasies and vague memories of a marriage that once was, she can’t help feeling that life is passing her by. She dreams of being whisked to Paris for dinner, making three wishes at the Trevi fountain and having sex under the stars. But the wrinkles are multiplying, her husband’s passion is for plumbing, and the nearest she’ll get to Rome is a take-away pizza. So when Faye meets Dan the gorgeous Australian surfer guy working in the local deli she can’t help but wonder what it would be like to see the world. He is blonde, tanned, ten years younger and bakes the most amazing lemon cake. Unlike her husband Dan actually listens to Faye, his smile makes her feel fizzy inside, and when he smiles… Oh. My. God. But is Faye being silly? What would Dan see in someone like her? Even if he did have feelings for her, could she give up everything to be with him?     What I say: Without beating about…

The Late Blossoming of Frankie Green by Laura Kemp
Reviews / 29th October 2016

What the publisher says: A laugh-out-loud, feel good, romantic comedy, which will take you on an enlightening emotional rollercoaster. Perfect for the fans of Sophie Kinsella and Jane Costello. Frankie Green’s happy ever after is put on hold when her childhood sweetheart husband complains things are boring in bed. When he asks for some space, she sets out to win him back by getting herself a sex education. Little does she know that her hilarious, tender and embarrassing journey of enlightenment is going to change everything… A story full of humour, heartache and happiness, of friendship, coming of age and overcoming insecurity.     What I say:   I was lucky enough to win a kindle copy of this book (back in June – I have read it several times since then but not got around to writing the review).  As part of the prize I also received a necklace with a custard cream hanging from it.  I was mystified about why this was and now I have read the book I understand completely, although I may not look at custard creams in the same way.   The book begins with Frankie’s husband trying to spice up their love life…

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