Love Connection (First Comes Love #1)

Love Connection (First Comes Love, #1)

How did I get it?:
I received a copy from the author, in exchange for an honest review.

Previously reviewed by the same author:

Synopsis:

Have you ever wondered what might have been?

Gemma Dawson is at the airport, staring at two plane tickets to two different cities. Two different weddings. Two possible futures. She’s at a crossroads.

Be maid of honor at her best friend’s wedding or crash her ex’s?

Gemma’s decision, unknown to her, hinges on a delayed flight and a chance meeting. Now her life is about to go down two parallel tracks—will Gemma fly toward a life with her first love or a future with a man she’s not even met yet?

Love Connection is a feel good Romantic Comedy about one woman, life’s infinite possibilities, and the destiny that lies beyond two different choices.

Thoughts:

I have enjoyed reading Camilla Isley’s previous two books, so when Camilla got in touch about her newest release, I knew it would be something that I would want to read. I did enjoy reading Love Connection and think if you’re in the mood for a light women’s fiction read then this would be a great choice for you! It’s very Sliding Doors in nature as we follow parallel tracks and explore that ‘What if?’ dilemma!

This book will capture many as I think most of us, at some point, have wondered ‘What if…’ at points in our lives. I always like to read stories that explore the choices we make and the impact we have and Love Connection does this. We get to follow the main character Gemma and see how each path would turn out. Gemma can either attend her best friend’s wedding as a maid of honor, or she can make the choice to crash her ex boyfriend’s (who she is still madly in love with) wedding and express her feelings to him. It’s a story about fate and whether life takes us down a certain path no matter what our choices.

I liked reading about the characters in this story. Gemma is a fun character. I didn’t find her to be overly memorable, but during the story she’s certainly enjoyable to read about. I loved Gemma’s best friend Amelia and enjoyed reading about their friendship. It felt like a realistic friendship. The men in this story are great to read about and all have their good points, that’s for sure!

Love Connection is a decent, well written chick lit. I’d definitely recommend it if you’re a fan of the genre!

Would I recommend it?:
Yes! 3.5 stars

Another good book from Camilla Isley. Check it out if you’re looking for a light hearted read!

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The One We Fell In Love With

The One We Fell in Love With

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Previously reviewed by the same author:

Synopsis:

Phoebe is caught between a rock and a hard place. Settle down and get married, or return to the French Alps to pursue her passion?

Eliza is in love with someone who is no longer hers. In fact, he probably never was… And her dream of becoming a musician seems to be spiralling down the drain.

Rose is out of a job and out of a boyfriend. To make matters worse, she’s been forced to move back in with her mother…

But these very different girls have one thing in common. Angus. The one they fell in love with…

Thoughts:

Paige Toon is one of my favourite writers in the chick-lit genre. I have absolutely loved her books in the past, but felt some of her books were becoming a little predictable. However, Paige is one of my autobuy authors. I buy everything she releases without a second thought. I am thrilled to say that The One We Fell In Love With is a brilliant addition to Paige Toon’s catalogue. I think this is because even though it had its typical Paige Toon moments (not a criticism, I love Paige Toon’s writing style) there was quite a serious twist in the story. It gave the story much more depth which I really enjoyed.

The One We Fell In Love With follows three points of view. It follows identical triplets Rose, Eliza and Phoebe. They are all connected to Angus. They have all been in love with him at some point. I can’t say much more than that because it really would ruin the story. It’s better to not have a clue about what was coming which was certainly the case for me. I didn’t see the twist coming, but I’m pretty sure you’ll love it when it does come. It changed my rating of the story that’s for sure. It wasn’t expected.

Apologies for the vague and rather brief review, but I really don’t want to ruin the reading experience for other readers. In this book you’ll find some amazing characters and a gripping storyline. I adored the triplets, two more than the other, but that’ll become clear if you read it. I also really loved the character of Toby. He was so easy to like and to root for.

If you are into this genre, then I highly recommend picking up The One We Fell In Love With. Then go back and explore Paige Toon’s back catalogue. She has some gems!

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

Paige Toon has created another wonderful book. I highly enjoyed it!

A Sudden Crush

A Sudden Crush

How did I get it?:
I received a copy from the author Camilla Isley, for review consideration. This hasn’t affected my opinion of the book.

Previously reviewed by the same author:
I Wish For You

Synopsis:

Joanna Price is a city girl with the perfect life. She loves her job as a book editor, she just married Liam, high profile bestselling author and the man of her dreams, and she’s headed to the Caribbean to enjoy two weeks of paradise for her luxurious honeymoon.

Connor Duffield is a gruff, grumpy rancher from the Midwest. He is a country boy who has a no-nonsense approach to life, more scars than he’d like to admit, and he hates city girls.

So it’s just a misfortune they have to sit next to each other for a six hour plane ride. Even more so when their flight is caught in the perfect storm and Joanna wakes up stranded on a desert island with Connor, the very man she hoped she would never have to see again.

Why are they alone on this forsaken island? What happened to Joanna’s husband?

When her dream honeymoon turns into a hilarious tropical nightmare, Joanna’s first thought is survival. However, she and Connor will quickly discover just how boring paradise can be. As the days turn to weeks, and then months, this mismatched pair will have to learn how to coexist and how to resist the sparkles of an attraction they weren’t prepared to feel.

When they are finally rescued will Joanna’s marriage be saved as well, or will the life she knew and loved be in ruins?

Thoughts:

I thoroughly enjoyed Camilla Isley’s debut novel I Wish For You, so when she approached me to read her second book I jumped at the chance. I used to be such a big fan of the chick-lit/women’s fiction genre. Although I read more widely now, I often feel like good books in the genre feel like coming home. They’re comforting and relaxing. That’s exactly how I felt whilst reading A Sudden Crush. This book might be a little bit unbelievable, but sometimes it’s nice to suspend disbelief and just go with it, enjoying the story for what it is.

The story centres around Joanna, who is a successful editor recently married to the highly successful writer Liam. On their journey to their honeymoon destination, the plane gets into trouble and ends up crashing. Joanna finds herself stranded on an island. She’s not alone though, amongst the animals, the grumpy man named Connor who was sitting next to Joanna on the plane is on the island too. It’s certainly not the honeymoon Joanna was hoping for. Joanna and Connor have to learn how to live with one another as they try to exist side by side, waiting to be rescued, by Joanna’s new husband who she is sure will come to rescue her. Eventually, Joanna and Connor are rescued, by life can never be the same for them!

I think this book is perfect for fans of the genre. It certainly would be a great holiday read. I easily devoured it and could have done so in one sitting if I had more time to read. There are some unbelievable moments, sure, and I don’t think it’s the most surprising read, but it’s a wonderful, warm, funny read which is totally worth checking out.

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

Perfect for chick-lit fans. Camilla Isley is one to watch!

Dream A Little Christmas Dream

Dream a Little Christmas Dream

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Previously reviewed by the same author:
Billy and Me
You’re The One That I Want
Christmas With Billy and Me
Dream A Little Dream

Synopsis:

Sarah’s doing great. Okay, her dreams might still be totally bananas but real life is definitely back on track. She’s got a fantastic job, amazing friends and plans to spend all Christmas wrapped up with Brett, her handsome boyfriend.

But after another night of increasingly bizarre dreams, Sarah wakes to find her housemate suddenly announcing she’s moving out. And later that day Brett begins to act strangely. He’s clearly hiding something – but what?

Soon Sarah can’t help but wonder if she’s living in a festive nightmare. Will any of her dreams come true for Christmas?

Thoughts:

Dream A Little Christmas Dream is a really cute novella. If you haven’t read Dream A Little Dream, it doesn’t matter. Giovanna gives a little recap of the story, so it can be enjoyed as a standalone story. I love this, as it makes it much more appealing to read to many!

Giovanna’s Christmas novellas really get me in the Christmas spirit. They’re cute, so festive and adorable. It also allows the readers that have read the full length book to catch up with characters! Sarah and Brett are an adorable couple.

I did think the ending was slightly predictable, but this didn’t affect my enjoyment of the story!

Would I recommend it?
Of course!

Giovanna Fletcher is a fabulous writer, especially of festive novellas!

The Happy Home For Broken Hearts

The Happy Home for Broken Hearts

How did I get it?:
NetGalley- thanks to Random House UK/Ebury Publishing

Previously reviewed by the same author:
The Memory Book
We Are All Made Of Stars

Synopsis:

Ellen Woods spends her days immersed in the escapist pages of the romantic novels she lovingly edits. But her reality is somewhat less rose-tinted. Once upon a time, Ellen had her ‘happily ever after’ moment when she married her beloved Nick, but fifteen years later her husband’s tragic death leaves her alone with their soon-to-become-a-teenager son, faced with a mountain of debt, and on the verge of losing the family home.

On the brink of bankruptcy, Ellen finally succumbs to her sister’s well-meant bullying and decides to rent out some rooms. And all too soon the indomitable Allegra with her love for all things lavender, Sabine on secondment from Berlin and estranged from her two-timing husband, and unreconstructed lads’ mag aficionado Matt enter her ordered but fragile existence – each with their own messy life in tow. And Ellen finds herself forced to step out of the pages of the romantic novels she hides behind, and learn to live – and love – again.

Maybe a new chapter is about to begin for them all…

Thoughts:

I really enjoy Rowan Coleman’s writing style, so when I saw a book from her back catalogue available, I just had to request it. I thought The Happy Home For Broken Hearts was a good read, if a little predictable in places.

The Happy Home For Broken Hearts centres around Ellen and her son Charlie. Ellen’s husband Nick, died in a car crash and her world has been turned upside down. Ellen is trying to move forward with her life, but with debt looming over her, she finally accepts her sister’s help and decides to take in lodgers to help her out with her money situation. Ellen takes in three lodgers, all very different. There’s Sabine, a woman that’s dealing with her husband’s affair, Allegra- an older lady who writes steamy romances and Matt, who writes a column for a lad’s magazine. Each lodger has their own fair share of problems. Ellen finds herself making friends and moving on. She doesn’t expect them to support her as much as they do, as secrets from the past are revealed.

Ellen is the main protagonist and very easy to warm to. She is dealing with grief, yet trying to sort things out financially for her family. Ellen has completely lost who she is, she hasn’t left the house since her husband’s funeral. We see Ellen trying to make life normal for her son, but at the same time, she can’t leave the house and panics when her son is out of the house. Ellen’s son, Charlie is such a sweet character. It’s hard not to feel sorry for him. He can clearly see his mum is having trouble with her grief, and as well as grieving for his dad, he’s desperately wishing his mum could be happy once more. I adored the lodgers as they definitely had more to them than met the eye.

This book was hard to put down. It was so easy to read and although I could predict what was going to happen, it didn’t spoil my enjoyment of the story. This book isn’t the happiest of reads, but there are moments of hope and humour and that’s exactly what I enjoy in books like this.

Would I recommend it?:
Yes! 3.5 stars.

A decent read from Rowan Coleman. Perfect for fans of women’s fiction!

I Wish For You

I Wish for You

How did I get it?:
I was sent a copy by Camilla Isley, in exchange for an honest review (which does not affect my opinion of the book!) Thanks to Camilla!

Synopsis:

A year ago when the love of her life dumped her for no apparent reason, Ally thought she had hit rock bottom. But now that she has seen him with another woman, and one she knows only too well, her life seems to have reached a whole new level of low.

Yet, when she stumbles across an ancient object infused with magical powers and a stranger with a dark past appears out of nowhere promising to grant all her wishes, she finds herself hoping again.
Suddenly Ally’s life is turned upside down; she has a mystery to solve, a rival to beat, a millenarian curse to break, and well, she wants to have some fun playing with her new “gifts”…

But can she wish her way to happily ever after?

Thoughts:

I Wish For You is one of those books with a cover which completely sums up what it is about. The cover screams romance to me. Certainly, chick lit used to be my favourite genre to read, and it still has a place in my reading life! I just read more widely now than I used to. I do like to dip my toes into chick lit every now and again, and when I was approached to read and review a copy of I Wish For You, I decided to snap up a copy. These kind of books are brilliant for when I want a lighter read and I Wish For You certainly fit that mould.

I Wish For You is Camilla Isley’s debut novel. It tells the story of Ally, who is still pining after her ex boyfriend James. It has been a year since they broke up, but Ally is still hopeful that they’d get back together one day. One day Ally is shopping with her mum at a flea market. Ally comes across a little box. A woman tries to give Ally the box, but Ally refuses. She is surprised to find it in her handbag later. Ally notices a dial which she turns and ends up releasing a genie who offers to grant her wishes. The genie is called Arthur and is not used to living life in the 21st Century. Ally and Arthur’s journey is interesting as Ally chooses her wishes and Arthur adapts to a very different way of living.

I Wish For You is such a fairy tale-esque story, so with my love of fairy tales, you can see why I really enjoyed reading it. I did think it was a little predictable in places and I wouldn’t say it’s a story that completely stands out in the genre, but it’s still a completely engrossing story and it certainly didn’t take long to read.

Ally is a good character, she means well but at the same time she’ll do anything to get James back. She was quite brutal in the way she wanted to ruin James’ new girlfriend. Ally is likeable, but I felt sorry for her. She was totally living in the past and was unable to move on. This will be relatable to so many people. I thought Arthur was an adorable character, he was certainly a favourite of mine.

I think Camilla Isley has a promising future in this genre. I Wish For You was a good debut, and I’d definitely read more from her!

Would I recommend it?:
Yes!

I Wish For You is light and fun. Worth reading for fans of the genre!

Dream A Little Dream

Dream a Little Dream

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Previously reviewed by the same author:
Billy And Me
You’re The One That I Want
Christmas With Billy And Me

Synopsis:

Sarah is doing just fine. Sure she’s been single for the last five years, and has to spend an uncomfortable amount of time around her ex-boyfriend, his perfect new girlfriend and all their mutual friends. And yes, her job as a PA to one of the most disgusting men in London is mind-numbingly tedious and her career is a constant disappointment to her mother. But it’s really okay. She’s happy (ish).

But it’s not surprising that when Sarah starts dreaming about a handsome stranger, she begins to look forward to falling asleep every night. Reality isn’t nearly as exciting. That is until her dream-stranger makes an unexpected real-life appearance, leaving Sarah questioning everything she thought she wanted.

Because no one ever really finds the person of their dreams… do they?

Thoughts:

I have absolutely devoured Giovanna’s previous books Billy and Me and You’re The One That I Want, so it was a no brainer really that I picked up Dream A Little Dream as soon as it dropped through my letterbox on release day. Dream A Little Dream is a fantastic, easy to read chick lit. It’s a perfect book to pick up for the beach or to devour on a sunny afternoon! Even if you don’t read it when the weather is glorious, it’ll give you a warm glow. It’s just one of those books that makes you feel! 🙂

Dream A Little Dream follows Sarah who thinks her life seems to be going okay. She has got a job, which she doesn’t love but at the same time she doesn’t hate it either. She lives with her friend and has a good group of friends who she has known for years. Sarah is still in constant contact with her ex boyfriend as they have the same group of friends. Her ex has a new girlfriend, and although it’s awkward, Sarah does her best to get along with his new girlfriend. Sarah is having dreams of an old friend, she never expects him to turn up in her real life and when he does, she has to remember he’s not as perfect as her dreams made out…

Sarah is a character that is very easy to love. I think a lot of ladies will be able to relate to her. Something that I really liked about her was how much she grew throughout the story. I wanted her to stand up to her ex and release her emotions at the start. I felt towards the end of the book, she really grew in strength. I appreciate real characters and Giovanna is great at writing characters that are raw and real. I loved how close Sarah was with her friends too. There are some wonderfully written secondary characters with stories of their own which we learn about. I could easily see some of these characters having their own book. I’d love to read more from Carly, Sarah’s flatmate. I thought she was a great character.

Giovanna has definitely become an auto buy author of mine. I’m not as big a fan of the genre as I used to be, but I still buy a select few authors from the chick-lit genre. Giovanna is one of them. I love her characters, I love the plot even when it becomes predictable and I love how easy her books are to devour. I can open a book by Giovanna and immediately become immersed in the world and before I know it I’m halfway through!

I would definitely recommend this to fans of the genre. There’s a little bit of explicit language, but it’s never too much, it doesn’t feel out of place.

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

Giovanna wins again with a great third book! She is firmly cementing her place in the chick-lit genre!