Five Years From Now

Five Years From Now

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Previously reviewed by the same author:

Synopsis:

Nell and Van meet as children when their parents fall in love, but soon they are forced worlds apart.

Five years later, they find each other.  Their bond is rekindled and new feelings take hold, but once again they must separate.
 
For the next two decades, fate brings Nell and Van together every five years, as life and circumstance continue to divide them. Will they ever find true happiness? And will it be together?
 
‘One day, maybe five years from now, you’ll look back and understand why this happened…’

Thoughts:

As you might see from my previously reviewed by the same author section, I’m quite the fan of Paige Toon. I love her books because they’re not your typical chick-lit. There’s usually quite some depth involved within the story and that’s something that I really appreciate. Paige’s recent release did not let me down!

Five Years From Now centres around Nell and Vian. Their birthdays are two days apart. They first meet at 5 years old when family circumstances bring them together. After some resistance at first, they really start to get on with one another. Their friendship is so pure and beautiful to read about. Later on, at the age of 10 Nell and Vian get separated from one another. They end up living on opposite sides of the world, but still keeping contact with one another. Eventually they begin to develop feelings for one another, but their lives take different turns along the way. Through the story, we meet them every five years and see what has happened in their lives.

Something I really love about Paige Toon is that she doesn’t give her characters an easy ride. Both Nell and Vian have major things happening to them. It certainly isn’t an easy ride for them. I like the idea of the future helping you to reflect on the past. It is true, sometimes moments feel huge in the present moment but with some moments, your past can make sense years on.

The ending was not what I wanted, but I really do think it took some guts to write it the way that Paige did. I don’t want to spoil what happened, but if you have read this book, I’d be really intrigued to know if you liked the ending?

This book solidifies why I enjoy Paige Toon’s writing so much. It’s much more than your average chick-lit so please don’t be put off by the cover!

Would I recommend it?:
Yes! 3.5 stars

Another wonderful read from Paige Toon. I love her books!

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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!

When I Was Invisible

When I Was Invisible

How did I get it?:
I bought it.

Previously reviewed by the same author:
The Flavours of Love
That Girl From Nowhere

Synopsis:

‘Do you ever wonder if you’ve lived the life you were meant to?’ I ask her.
She sighs, and dips her head. ‘Even if I do, what difference will it make?’

In 1988, two eight-year-old girls with almost identical names and the same love of ballet meet for the first time. They seem destined to be best friends forever and to become professional dancers. Years later, however, they have both been dealt so many cruel blows that they walk away from each other into very different futures – one enters a convent, the other becomes a minor celebrity. Will these new, ‘invisible’ lives be the ones they were meant to live, or will they only find that kind of salvation when they are reunited twenty years later?

Thoughts:

Although I have read many of Dorothy Koomson’s books, I have only reviewed two here on my blog. So, if you don’t know already, I’m a massive fan of Dorothy Koomson’s writing. She is an autobuy author for me. I don’t even read the synopsis, I just preorder! I have to be honest and say that I don’t think is Dorothy’s best work. Don’t get me wrong, it’s well written and as touching as I’ve come to expect from Dorothy’s work, I just found it to be quite slow paced and it didn’t capture my attention as much as I wanted it to.

This story follows two ladies with very similar names. Veronica Harper (Roni) and Veronika Harper (Nika) know that they’re going the best of friends when they meet each other. As well as having similar names, they both absolutely adore ballet. Both girls are deetermined to be professional dancers. However, something terrible happens to the girls which tears their friendship and their dreams apart in the process. As a reader, we follow them later in their lives, Roni has been a nun and Nika has been a minor celebrity, she now cleans in a hotel. Roni and Nika are destined to cross paths again and fate brings them back together once more.

I did enjoy this story of love, loss and betrayal, but I feel like the action took some time to pick up the pace. I also didn’t enjoy reading about Roni as much as I did Nika, which gave me an immediate disconnect to the story. However, this shouldn’t put you off as it is still a highly enjoyable read that fans of woman’s fiction should lap up!

Would I recommend it?:
Yes, 3.5 stars!

A solid, touching read from Dortohy Koomson!

The Accidental Life Of Greg Millar

The Accidental Life Of Greg Millar

How did I get it?:
NetGalley- thanks to Lake Union Publishing

Previously reviewed by the same author (author writing under pseudnoym)
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Synopsis:

Lucy Arigho’s first encounter with Greg Millar is far from promising, but she soon realises he possesses a charm that is impossible to resist. Just eight whirlwind weeks after their first meeting, level-headed career girl Lucy is seriously considering his pleas to marry him and asking herself if she could really be stepmother material.

But before Lucy can make a final decision about becoming part of Greg’s world, events plunge her right into it. On holiday in the South of France, things start to unravel. Her future stepchildren won’t accept her, the interfering nanny resents her, and they’re stuck in a heat wave that won’t let up. And then there’s Greg. His behaviour becomes increasingly bizarre and Lucy begins to wonder whether his larger-than-life personality hides something darker—and whether she knows him at all.

Thoughts:

I was asked to review this book by the author who kindly sent me a copy to read via NetGalley. I really enjoy the author’s writing, so I snapped up a copy. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. I have to admit, I thought the beginning was a little slow, which is why I didn’t rate it 4 stars. However, it’s so worth reading. I was really impressed with how the author tackled the issues. It seemed incredibly true to life.

I also have to admit, that when I started this book, I thought it was going to be a typical woman’s fiction romance. However, there’s much more to this book than first meets the eye. It centres around Lucy, who has recently lost her partner because of a road accident. One day on her way to work she encounters a man driving like an idiot. It turns out that he’s Greg Millar, a famous author who is about to start working with Lucy, on a design for his newest book. Greg infuriates Lucy to start with, but his charm soon starts to work on her. Lucy and Greg get swept up in an intense romance. Greg’s life is complicated. He is also mourning his wife and mother of his children. He’s also hiding a secret, which will soon be revealed to Lucy.

After a slower start, this book really did grip me. I didn’t know if I was going to get on with it, because it did seem a little insta-lovey. Keep with it though. It’s worth it. The story becomes incredibly dark, and I was questioning what would happen next.

This is the first book that I’ve read from the author that is under the name of Aimee Alexander and I was impressed with character development. Aimee has created some amazing characters. I really liked some, felt for others and absolutely detested other characters. This isn’t to say that I didn’t like the book, I did! I just loved to hate the character Hilary. You’ll understand my rage if you decide to pick this up-which I highly recommend if you’re into adult fiction!

Would I recommend it?:
Yes!- 3.5 stars (soooo close to 4 stars!)

Sister and Lies

Sisters and Lies

How did I get it?:
NetGalley- thanks to Penguin Books UK

Synopsis:

One hot August night, Rachel Power gets the call everyone fears. It’s the police. Her younger sister Evie’s had a car crash, she’s in a coma. Can Rachel fly to London right away? With Evie injured and comatose, Rachel is left to pick up the pieces of her sister’s life. But it’s hard fitting them together, especially when she really doesn’t like what she sees. Why was Evie driving when she doesn’t even own a licence? Who is the man living in her flat and claiming Evie is his girlfriend? How come she has never heard of him? The more mysteries Rachel uncovers the more she starts asking herself how well she ever really knew her sister. And then she begins to wonder if the crash was really the accident everybody says it is. Back in hospital, Evie, trapped inside an unresponsive body, is desperately trying to wake up. Because she’s got an urgent message for Rachel – a warning which could just save both their lives . . .

Thoughts:

I am lucky enough to have an awesome sister! I’m intrigued by books that explore the sister dynamic, so even before I read the synopsis of Sisters and Lies, I knew that I wanted to read it.

Sisters and Lies centres around Rachel and Evie. Rachel gets a call explaining that her younger sister Evie has been in a car crash and she’s in a coma. (Worst nightmare ever!) Rachel flies to London immediately to be with her sister. Rachel didn’t expect to learn new things about her sister. Evie’s life is in a mess. She’s living with a man that she’s never told her older sister about and she appears to have been driving his car even though she doesn’t have a driving licence. Rachel learns that Evie has been hiding a lot of things and she wonders if she really knew her sister. We also hear from Evie, trapped inside her comatose body. She’s trying to remember what happened to her and realises she has a warning for her sister, she just can’t wake up to tell her!

I thought Sisters and Lies was a great combination of mystery and drama witha  slice of romance. I really wanted to know what was going on in this story. It certainly kept me turning the pages. I really enjoyed how we heard from Evie as well, as she tried to unfold the events which led up to her accident. It really was a great way to fill in the gaps in this mystery. I absolutely loved Rachel’s dedication to her sister. Even though Rachel is going through a tough enough time in her own personal life, she is there for her sister, desperate for her sister to wake up.

This is an easy to read, dramatic family drama with a wonderful mysterious element. I thoroughly enjoyed it!

Would I recommend it?:
Yes!

A dramatic page-turner! Well worth reading.

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!

The Woman Who Stole My Life

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How did I get it?:
NetGalley- thanks to Penguin Books UK

Synopsis:

Stella Sweeney is an ordinary woman living an ordinary life with her husband Ryan and their two teenage kids in Dublin. She works with – or really for – her terrifyingly ambitious sister Karen in their beauty salon. Nothing to get excited about here. Nothing to make her particularly unhappy. Or happy…

No-one would be interested in stealing her life. But then things started to happen… One day, Stella, attempting a good deed, causes a little car accident and faces down a bad tempered, handsome stranger. She hardly gives it much of a thought. But karma is hovering, and is about to take over, swoop in and change Stella’s life for ever. For better or worse.

Thoughts:

I used to devour books like these, but since blogging, my taste in books has widened. Still, it always pleases me to come back to an author whose books I know I’ll enjoy. Like Marian Keyes. Marian Keyes is a popular author in woman’s fiction. Her books always have an element of humour in even if it is a heavier subject. The Woman Who Stole My Life isn’t as fluffy as you might think.

I have to admit, The Woman Who Stole My Life can be a little confusing to start with, but it’s well worth sticking with. It’s one of those books that does jump in time, so you have to pay attention. I quite often find these books frustrating and have given up with books that do this in the past. However, I was gripped from the start as soon as the main character, Stella, was diagnosed with a rare disease. The disease left Stella paralysed. She was only able to blink. The story moves from when Stella is in hospital, to her most recent state after something happens to her. We don’t know exactly what happened. All the reader knows is that Stella has published a book, that flopped, and now she’s back in Ireland.

Stella isn’t always the easiest character to like, but I think she grew on me. I felt sorry for her with everything that was happening in her life. I did like how resilient she was. Always a quality to admire in my eyes!

I enjoyed reading The Woman Who Stole My Life. It isn’t one of my favourite Marian Keyes books, but it’s still ad decent read which doesn’t take too long to get into.

Would I recommend it?:
Yes- 3.5 stars

This book is perfect for women’s fiction fans. It’s not a fluffy read. There are dark moments but it’s also full of witty moments!