Friday, 25 November 2016

Mini Reviews | Star and Sixpence • The A to Z of You and Me

Star and Sixpence #1
Genre: Women's Fiction
Publication Date: November 5th, 2015
Publishers: Simon & Schuster UK

SNOWDROPS AT STAR AND SIXPENCE tells the story of two sisters, who have inherited a pub in the countryside from their late father. The villager's nosiness and village council's strong influence on people amaze the Londoners and they have more hurdles to cross in order to run a smooth business.

I heartily enjoyed reading this novella, it's cheerful, soothing and immensely warm like a lit fireplace on a wintry day. In other words, the story is everything that gorgeous cover promises. I've a penchant for Christmas stories set in English villages, so the backdrop was the prime reason I enjoyed this book. The demeanour and actions of locals added more charm to it. Even though it's a swift-paced story, I was able to savour it; Sam and Nessie's bantering, the prospect of budding romances and the villager's shenanigans had me hooked to the story. Perfect when you're yearning for a cosy, quick and light festive read.

Saturday, 19 November 2016

Family, Friends and Love | A Merry Little Christmas by Julia Williams

Christmas #2
Genre: Women's Fiction
Publication Date: October 25th, 2012
Publishers: Avon

It was a slow read, yet a joyful and worthy one. It took me a week to peruse the book, but I can assure you that I loved every moment of it. This is indubitably an amazing story, not really festive, though; and it didn't matter at all, for the story had managed to tick all the right boxes in other respects.

A MERRY LITTLE CHRISTMAS by Julia Williams is a poignant story of family, friendship and love. It tells the story of three adult moms, who are striving to hit a balance between their momlife, marriage and career. Each of them had already a lot on their plates, they were trying to cope with the troubles, but the matters only got worsened each time than they expected. Pippa's attention is divided between her daughter, who needs special care, and her husband, who has met with an unfortunate accident. Tinsall is struggling with her ill mom and teen daughter, wherein at Marianne's home, troubles are being stirred up by husband's ex.

Thursday, 10 November 2016

Book Review | Those Summer Nights by Mandy Baggot

Genre: Women's Fiction
Publication Date: May 27th, 2016
Publishers: Bookouture

Why the insta-love? I'm crying my heart out right now! THOSE SUMMER NIGHTS by Mandy Baggot is a beautiful book, I enjoyed it from cover to cover. However, the whirlwind romance took the shine off from it towards the end.

When travelling to Corfu with Harry, Imogen's sole intention was to make her brother see the perils of starting a restaurant in Greece and return home with him instead of helping him opening it. However, upon reaching there, she sees how resolved Harry is and opts to help him for the grand opening in lieu of. But, the previous owner's grandson's plans to build a beachfront property is being a threat to them now. 

Sunday, 6 November 2016

Book Review | Love Connection by Camilla Isley

Love Connection by Camilla Isley
Genre: Romantic Comedy, Women's Fiction
Publication Date: October 8th, 2016
Source: Received from the Author (Thank You!)
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 the 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.
Often we wonder how different things would have been if we had acted differently in each situation that life throws at us; what if I had/hadn't done that? it's a question that we frequently prompt answers to. In her latest book LOVE CONNECTION, Camilla Isley explores the odds of 'what-if' moments in life. 

To Chicago for best friend's marriage or to San Francisco to crash Ex's wedding? Gemma has bought two air tickets for the same day. In the introduction, we meet a character who is all at sea with two tickets in her hand. Her heart desires to travel to San Francisco and confess her love to Ex before he gets married, whereas her addled mind tells Gemma to fly to Chicago as the bride's maid to her BFF's wedding. The rest of the chapters are split between the possibilities of both the cases. 

Thursday, 3 November 2016

Monthly Wrap-up | What I Read in October

Seasons come and go without getting noticed. I miss Summer now. Of late, the days are bleak, dark and gloomy. It affects my reading too, as you all know that I'm a mood reader. I was binge-reading Christmas books till the last week, but now I fancy to snuggle up with thick and dark novels, in lieu of. On a hindsight, it is good since I could read a few books, that I had been putting aside for a while. Last month, I wrote about the books I wish to read before November ends. So far, I've completed three books from the list and quite happy about it. Apart from those, I did enjoy a couple of good women's fictions too.