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The Beast’s Heart by Leife Shallcross @leioss @BerkleyPub #bookbestiesbeastheart #bookreview #thebeastsheart

TGIF! I am so ready for the weekend!

Super excited to share with you today my review for this magical tale, a beautiful retelling of Beauty and the Beast🌹

This was a fun group read with Jennifer and Kenzi, as always I enjoyed sharing my thoughts with these wonderful ladies!💕

My Thoughts

A magical tale as old as time.

This was an enchanting retelling of Beauty and the Beast, told from the Beast’s perspective…. my only true knowledge of this story is from Disney and from that movie I had a bit of a soft spot for Beast… so I was really excited when I heard this book was going to tell us the story from his point of view… and this book did not disappoint… although I do have to admit because this book had a bit of a young adult vibe the Beast wasn’t quite as alpha as I would have liked… A magical story, lyrically told, that really gave me a real fairytale vibe… The writing was a bit old-fashioned and really gave you a sense of being right there with Beast and Isabeau… this was something that actually threw me off, not being right there with them, but the fact that the main female protagonist was not named Bell but Isabeau… not going to lie it took me a good while to figure out she was the correct love interest, I kept waiting for Bell to show up! Once I got over that I really got into the story and fell in love with this beautiful castle and the adorable Beast…

I am sure most of you are very familiar with this plot so I’m not going to regurgitate it… One thing I think you need to know before you pick it up though it is very heavy on the romance, a very clean romance, but romance all the same… Beast was one determined and relentless man and I have to say I am not sure if Isabeau was worthy of his love? It could possibly be that women were much more reserved in 17th century France then they are today,Isabeau just seemed a little cold… but I really did like her family her father and her sisters, and I like that Beast could glimpse them in that magical mirror…

A beautifully told story Full of heart and charm! Recommend🌹

🎵🎵🎵 Song Running Through My Head

Tale as old as time
True as it can be
Barely even friends
Then somebody bends
Unexpectedly
Just a little change
Small to say the least
Both a little scared
Neither one prepared
Beauty and the beast
Ever just the same
Ever a surprise
Ever as before and ever just as sure as the sun will rise
Ever just the same
Ever a surprise
Ever as before
Ever just as sure
As the sun will rise
Tale as old as time
Tune as old as song
Bittersweet and strange
Finding you can change
Learning you were wrong
Certain as the sun
Certain as the sun
Rising in the east
Tale as old as time
Song as old as rhyme
Beauty and the beast…

*** huge thank you to Berkley for my copy of this book ***

About the Book

A luxuriously magical retelling of Beauty and the Beast set in seventeenth-century France–and told from the point of view of the Beast himself.

I am neither monster nor man—yet I am both.

I am the Beast.

He is a broken, wild thing, his heart’s nature exposed by his beastly form. Long ago cursed with a wretched existence, the Beast prowls the dusty hallways of his ruined château with only magical, unseen servants to keep him company—until a weary traveler disturbs his isolation.

Bewitched by the man’s dreams of his beautiful daughter, the Beast devises a plan to lure her to the château. There, Isabeau courageously exchanges her father’s life for her own and agrees to remain with the Beast for a year. But even as their time together weaves its own spell, the Beast finds winning Isabeau’s love is only the first impossible step in breaking free from the curse . . . 

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Finding Grace by K. L. Slater @KimLSlater @bookouture #bookreview #findinggrace

Happy Friday bibliophiles!

So excited to share with you my review for this compelling thriller from one of my favorite authors! Huge thank you to Kim Nash for my invitation to the tour and to Kim Slater for her wonderful story!🌹

My Thoughts

and engaging thriller bursting with twists, secrets, lies, and questions!

This was so much more than a missing child story… although that part of the story will really make you think if you are a parent… when do you let your child walk somewhere on their own, whether it be school or a friends house? The little girl Grace in this story is nine and is begging her parents to allow her to walk from their house to her friends house down the street… I was really thinking about this when did I allow my children to walk somewhere on their own? My oldest two kids a boy and a girl are only 13 months apart so it was usually the two of them and I think I was more comfortable with them walking together… but I had a hard time letting my daughter walk alone even when she was 14, however I probably let her go up the street to her friends? Just last night my youngest who is now 16 asked me if he could walk to the gas station to purchase chips and it was dark out and I really did not want him to go, of course he told me that I let his older brother who is 22 go, also my 22-year-old doesn’t live at home anymore… anyways I even struggled with this last night and my kids are pretty grown…. i’m sure you all wanted to know this😉 anyways all this is to say it is hard to let go and give your children the freedom that they need to become capable responsible adults… BUT can you imagine if the first time you allowed your child to walk alone they were snatched? Welcome to Lucy and Blake’s world….

Blake is a councilman, Lucy is a stay at home mom, they live a nice comfortable life with their two adorable children Grace and baby Oscar… then one day they allow nine-year-old Grace to walk home alone from a friends and their lives are changed forever… as the investigation begins into the who? Why? How? The layers start peeling away from Blake and Lucy‘s so-called perfect lives… both these characters were hiding quite a few things from one another, so many secrets, so many lies, so many suspects….

K L Slater is truly a masterful storyteller! This book was paced perfectly, we kept being fed breadcrumbs of information… just enough to satisfy me and make me wanting more… I really enjoyed how the secrets were revealed, I liked trying to figure out what was going on… another well-crafted thriller from a brilliant author!

A compelling thriller that will mess with your head and make you think what would I have done? Twists, turns, secrets, lies, and a bit of a Darkside! Recommend!

🎵🎵🎵 Song Running Through My Head

I have a tale to tell
Sometimes it gets so hard to hide it well
I was not ready for the fall
Too blind to see the writing on the wall
A man can tell a thousand lies
I’ve learned my lesson well
Hope I live to tell
The secret I have learned, ’till then
It will burn inside of me
I know where beauty lives
I’ve seen it once, I know the warm she gives
The light that you could never see
It shines inside, you can’t take that from me
A man can tell a thousand lies
I’ve learned my lesson well
Hope I live to tell
The secret I have learned, ’till then
It will burn inside of me
The truth is never far behind
You kept it hidden well
If I live to tell
The secret I knew then
Will I ever have the chance again
If I ran away, I’d never have the strength
To go very far
How would…

*** huge thanks to Bookouture for my copy of this book ***

About the Book

This morning, my daughter sat right here, munching her breakfast, too excited to finish it. Now, she is missing.

The day after her ninth birthday, Lucie and Blake Sullivan agree, for the very first time, to let their daughter, Grace, make the four-minute walk back home alone from a friend’s house just down the street.

They joke with friends about hiding behind bushes to ensure she is safe. But the joke turns sour when Grace does not appear.

Despite the best efforts of the police and local community, Grace seems to have vanished into thin air. With hope fading fast, Lucie knows she can rely on her husband to support her through such dark times. That is until the day she makes a shocking discovery, hidden in Blake’s desk, and suddenly she begins to doubt everything she knew about the man she married. 

But Lucie harbours a terrible secret of her own. One that she has never shared with anyone, even Blake …

And as the search for Grace reaches fever pitch, Lucie receives a terrifying message. If she is ever to see Grace again, Lucie has no choice but to face the past she tried hard to bury forever. And she must do it alone.

The most gripping psychological thriller you’ll read this year from the bestselling author K.L. Slater. If you love The Wife Between Us or Gone Girl, you’ll be totally hooked on Finding Grace.


About the Author

Kim is the million-copy bestselling author of seven psychological crime thrillers. FINDING GRACE published 14th February 2019 is her eighth thriller.

Kim’s titles are also published in paperback by Sphere in the UK and Grand Central in the USA.

For many years, Kim sent her work out to literary agents and collected an impressive stack of rejection slips. At the age of 40 she went back to Nottingham Trent University and now has an MA in Creative Writing.

Before graduating in 2012, she gained literary agent representation and a book deal. As Kim says, ‘it was a fairytale … at the end of a very long road!’

Kim is a full-time writer. She has one daughter, two stepsons and lives with her husband in Nottingham and Yorkshire.

Publishers: Bookouture, Sphere, Grand Central, Audible
Agent: Camilla Bolton at Darley Anderson 

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An Impossible Thing Called Love by Belinda Missen @belinda_missen @rararesources #bookreview #giveaway #animpossiblethingcalledlove

Happy Valentine’s Day!💘

I have the perfect Valentines review for you with this lovely love story full of heart and humor! Big thanks to Rachel for my invitation and to Belinda Missen for her lovely words!💗

An Impossible Thing Called Love

Don’t miss the new delightfully uplifting book from the author of A Recipe for Disaster!

A second chance at love…

When globe-trotting Emmy first fell for first-aider William on a freezing New Year’s Eve, she really believed that their love would go the distance.

But when she returns to Australia, her letters start to go unanswered and her emails bounce back unread, Emmy decides it’s time to pick up the pieces of her broken heart and start afresh in London.

So she’s shocked when William walks in on her very first day at her new job! Even worse, he’s hotter than ever. But why did he disappear for so long? What has he been hiding? And could this really be their second chance at falling in love…?

Perfect for fans of Carole Mathews, Mhairi McFarlane and Carrie Hope Fletcher.

My Thoughts

A sweet swoon worthy second chance romance perfect for Valentine’s Day 💘

Belinda Missen dreams up romantic stories that are bursting with everything I love about the genre… wonderful characters, witty dialogue, beautiful settings, strong friendships, and humor… it is the month of love and this is the perfect story to sweep you off your feet and take you away for a few hours…

Emmy and Will meet while on vacation… their connection is strong, but can it withstand the test of thousands of Miles? At first they remain in contact email, text, all the means of communication we have available to us today… but when communication stops Emmy is heartbroken… some Time goes by and she finds herself moving to London for a new job… where…. guess who she runs into? SO will Emmy and Will get a second chance at love?

such a fun flirty feel good story filled with humor and heart… Emmy and Will are both very likable, quite adorable together, and I really enjoyed the banter between them… this is the type of story that makes you want to believe in love and happily ever after…

An enchanting and engaging romance that will delight anyone who loves the love! Recommend!

*** many thanks to HQ Digital for my copy of this book ***

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Belinda Missen is an award-winning and best-selling author, screenwriter, and freelance writer from Geelong, Australia. She lives with her car-obsessed, but wonderful husband, two loopy cats, and more books than she cares to count.

In late 2017, Belinda signed a six-book contract with HQDigitalUK (HarperCollins). A Recipe for Disaster was released in August 2018. An Impossible Thing Called Love appeared by magic in November 2018.

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Sorry Not Sorry by Sophie Ranald @SophieRanald @bookouture #bookreview #sorrynotsorry

Happy hump day everyone!

Exes excited to share with you today my review for this fun story! Major thanks to Noelle for my invitation and to Sophie Ranald for her wonderful story!🌹

My Thoughts

A fun entertaining story that will make you giggle!

This was a playful story with an unique angle… as a podcast listener(although most of my podcasts are about serial killers) I really enjoyed how this media was used in the story… a quirky story about taking yourself out of your comfort zone and finding your inner bad girl….

Charlotte is a workaholic about to lose her flatmate and friend to marriage… when she realizes she doesn’t do much more than work day in and day out she starts listening to the popular “Sorry Not Sorry” podcast… this podcast assigns you tasks that will help you find your inner bad girl…. going to be honest some of these things I don’t believe would make you a “bad girl,” but it might take you out of your comfort zone…. but bad girl or not I think it made for a wonderful story and helped Charlotte… there is quite a bit more to the story and some characters actions I didn’t necessarily agree with, but I don’t want to spoil anything…

Charlotte was a pretty sympathetic character, I really felt for her, she really had a lot on her plate… A super demanding job, planning a wedding for her BFF, and looking for the elusive perfect man… I have to admit though I did not always find Charlotte terribly relatable… The secondary characters were wonderful I would love to read a book about Tanzie, she is a girl I can get behind! I also loved Bianka, got to love a character it is fun to hate! And boy was it fun to hate her! It is so true that as our friends begin to get married and have children we tend to lose touch or become closer to those that are at the same stage in life as we are…. I was the second in my friend group to have kids so I guess I was the one to lose touch, but believe me there was many a Friday night I wish I was out with the girls rather than changing diapers… The grass certainly is always greener on the other side of that marriage fence….

An engaging story that will make you want to find your inner bad girl and start listening to podcasts! Recommend!

🎵🎵🎵🎵 Song running Through My Head

Bad girls
Talking about the sad girls
Sad girls
Talking about bad girls, yeah
See them out on the street at night (walkin’)
Picking up on all kinds of strangers
If the price is right
You can’t score if you’re pocket’s tight
But you want a good time
You ask yourself who they are
Like everybody else, they come from near and far
Talking about the sad girls (sad girls)
Sad girls (sad girls)
Talking about bad girls, yeah
Friday night, and the strip is hot
Sun’s gone down, and they’re out to trot (out to trot)
Spirit’s high, and legs look hot
Do you wanna get down?
Now, don’t you ask yourself who they are?
Like everybody else, they wanna be a star
Bad girl, sad girl
You’re such a naughty bad girl, bee-beep uh huh
You’re bad girl, you’re sad girl
You’re such…

*** Big thanks to Bookouture for my copy of this book ***

About the Book

A fabulously feel-good novel that will make you laugh till you cry and leave you living life to the full, margarita in hand! 

Is this all there is? I scraped the last dregs of Caramel Chew Chew ice cream out of the bottom of the tub with my finger and licked it. It left a sticky smear on my phone’s screen when I typed into Google, “How to find love, sex and happiness.”

Charlotte has always been a good girl. But being good is getting boring…

She’s not just stuck in a rut – she’s buried in it up to her chin. The only company she has in bed is the back catalogue of Netflix and falling in love feels like the stuff of fairy tales. So when she stumbles across a popular podcast, ‘Sorry Not Sorry’, which challenges women to embrace their inner bad girl, she jumps at the chance to shake things up.

Old Charlotte would never ask for a stranger’s number, go on a blind date or buy lacy lingerie… But New Charlotte is waving goodbye to her comfort zone (with a side order of margaritas). And it turns out that good things happen to bad girls…

If you’re a fan of romantic comedies by Sophie Kinsella, Lindsey Kelk or Matt Dunn, and love TV shows like GirlsCrazy Ex-Girlfriend and Jane the Virgin, you won’t be able to put down this hilarious read!

About the Author

Sophie Ranald is the youngest of five sisters. She was born in Zimbabwe and lived in South Africa until an acute case of itchy feet brought her to London in her mid-20s. As an editor for a customer publishing agency, Sophie developed her fiction-writing skills describing holidays to places she’d never visited. In 2011, she decided to disregard all the good advice given to aspiring novelists and attempt to write full-time. After one false start, It Would Be Wrong to Steal My Sister’s Boyfriend (Wouldn’t It?) seemed to write itself. Her second, third and fourth novels followed, and The Truth About Gemma Grey was released in summer 2017. Sophie also writes for magazines and online about food, fashion, finance and running. She lives in south-east London with her amazing partner Hopi and Purrs, their adorable little cat. 

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Say You’re Sorry by Karen Rose @KarenRoseBooks @BerkleyPub #bookbestiessayyouresorry #bookreview #sayyouresorry #pubday

Happy Tuesday book lovers!

Excited to share with you today my review for this perfectly balanced romantic suspense story. This is the perfect story for fans of romance, suspense, and/or romantic suspense! It was also a group breed with my Besties and we all really enjoyed this one!💕💕

Say You’re Sorry by Karen Rose

My Thoughts

A Smart, suspenseful, and sexy romantic suspense story!

Karen Rose is definitely the queen of romantic suspense… I felt this book was the perfect balance of both romance and suspense… The romance was sizzling and swoon worthy while the suspense was dark and nail biting…. Karen Rose doesn’t pull any punches, both the romance and suspense in this book are gritty, graphic, and raw… this is not for the faint of heart, so if you don’t like all the intimate details, this one might not be for you….

This book is over 600 pages, but it certainly did not seem that way… I flew through those pages and never did I think when does this end? In fact I wasn’t quite ready to say goodbye to these characters yet…. Daisy was a fabulous protagonist and Gideon wasn’t too bad either😉 The chemistry between these two was off the charts…. hot🔥 and what I really appreciated is they not only connected on a physical level but also on an emotional and intellectual level, bravo to that! Also the fact that these two found time for romance and sizzle was quite impressive with all that was going on… A crazy creepy serial killer, A connection to a cult that’s part of Gideon’s past, well that’s it, but there is a lot to both of those! Two seemingly separate stories that thread together perfectly!

We got many different perspectives in this book including that of the demented killer… and can I just say this guy was creepy squared! But I love that… I love getting into the mind of crazy and this guy definitely fit that bill…. along with Daisy and Gideon we had a cast of very well drawn secondary characters… my hope is the next book is about Gideon’s sister….

A well-crafted story that will make you sweat, swoon, and squirm! An intense fast pace story bursting with romance and suspense! Recommend!

🎵🎵🎵 song running through My Head

I can’t seem to face up to the facts
I’m tense and nervous and I can’t relax
I can’t sleep ’cause my bed’s on fire
Don’t touch me I’m a real live wire
Psycho Killer
Qu’est-ce que c’est
Fa-fa-fa-fa-fa-fa-fa-fa-fa-far better
Run run run run run run run away oh oh
Psycho Killer
Qu’est-ce que c’est
Fa-fa-fa-fa-fa-fa-fa-fa-fa-far better
Run, run, run, run, run, run, run, away oh oh oh
Yeah yeah yeah yeah!
You start a conversation you can’t even finish it
You’re talking a lot, but you’re not saying anything
When I have nothing to say, my lips are sealed
Say something once, why say it again?
Psycho Killer
Qu’est-ce que c’est
Fa-fa-fa-fa-fa-fa-fa-fa-fa-far better
Run run run run run run run away oh oh oh
Psycho Killer
Qu’est-ce que c’est
Fa-fa-fa-fa-fa-fa-fa-fa-fa-far…

*** many thanks to Berkley for my copy of this book ***

About the Book

Special Agent Gideon Reynolds has tried hard to put his past behind him. He escaped the violence of his cult upbringing when he was just thirteen, and since then routine and discipline have been his way of making sense of the world. But when a petite blonde woman crashes into his life, he begins to realize that a little bit of chaos might not be so bad.

Daisy Dawson has had more than her fair share of pain too—but she’s done being a victim. Daisy’s determined to explore every new experience she can—including getting to know the dark and serious FBI investigator she meets when she fights off a masked attacker one night.

It soon becomes clear that Daisy’s attack was just the beginning. Now the bloodied bodies of young women are showing up all over California, and, as Gideon tries to find the killer, it’s clear that Daisy is in more danger than they ever realised… 

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The Happiness Project by Pippa James @PippaJamesbooks @bookouture #bookreview #thehappinessproject

Happy Tuesday bibliophiles!

I am so happy to share with you today my review for this fantastic book that is part of a wonderful series about strong positive female friendships! Many thanks to Kim for my invitation to the tour and to Pippa James for her delightful words!🌹

My Thoughts

A fun uplifting story about friendship, motherhood, and life!

This book is a follow-up to Pippa Jame’s “I Will Survive” you could read it as a standalone, but why would you want to? Pippa James has created some very likable relatable and real characters that you will soon think of as friends… Allison, Kate, and Frankie are all very different women, but I could see a piece of myself in each of them… I think this is the true power of this book one or all of the characters will resonate with most women in one way or another… and as a mother of three whose days of navigating school drop off and pick up are long over it was nice to reminisce…

The book starts off with the three ladies making New Year’s resolutions or as they chose to call them a happiness project… to be more healthy, to be more Zen, to be more responsible, to step out of your comfort zone…. all things that are easier said than done especially when you live in the real world and have young children… Allison is trying to be a little more like her recently deceased mother-in-law Maggie, but those are pretty big shoes to fill… Kate is trying to be a little more zen during her third pregnancy, although her friend Natalie is not making this easy… Frankie is just trying to hold on to her job, hold on to her man, and hold her family together…. three women with the benefit of a strong friendship with one another, I am a firm believer that we all need good girlfriends in our lives!

This book was well paced I felt as though I was spending the day with some good friends, while reading this book…

Mud, a wedding, flip-flops, home brewed vegan beer, mud, and more mud, all made for a fantastic book… what Allison gets herself into in this book was a lot of fun to read! And the interactions between Kate and her so called friend Natalie made my blood boil… there is seriously nothing more annoying than somebody who has not had kids yet judging how you parent, it’s annoying enough with the person has kids, but parenting is hard and it’s personal and people need to stay in their own lane! Can you tell this is a bit of an issue for me? That’s not to say I never said my kids will never… before I had kids, and let me tell you that bit me back for sure! Ugh! Funny enough Frankie the most colorful character probably had the tamest storyline, although she had some major character growth and that was fun to watch….

A delightful story all about the good, the bad, and the ugly side of motherhood and womanhood! Recommend!

🎵🎵🎵 Song Running Through My Head

Here’s a little song I wrote
You might want to sing it note for note
Don’t worry, be happy
In every life we have some trouble
But when you worry you make it double
Don’t worry, be happy
Don’t worry, be happy now
don’t worry
(Ooh, ooh ooh ooh oo-ooh ooh oo-ooh) be happy
(Ooh, ooh ooh ooh oo-ooh ooh oo-ooh) don’t worry, be happy
(Ooh, ooh ooh ooh oo-ooh ooh oo-ooh) don’t worry
(Ooh, ooh ooh ooh oo-ooh ooh oo-ooh) be happy
(Ooh, ooh ooh ooh oo-ooh ooh oo-ooh) don’t worry, be happy
Ain’t got no place to lay your head
Somebody came and took your bed
Don’t worry, be happy
The landlord say your rent is late
He may have to litigate
Don’t worry, be happy
Oh, ooh ooh ooh oo-ooh ooh oo-ooh don’t worry, be happy
Here I…

*** many thanks to Bookouture for my copy of this book ***

About the Book

Alison’s perfect world has fallen apart. Her beloved larger than life mother-in-law, Maggie, has just passed away. Every afternoon they’d talk and laugh over a pot of tea – and Maggie was secretly the glue that held Alison’s family together. Now she’s trying to figure out a future without her…

With a little help from her two best friends, Alison resolves to try and find her happy place and be more Maggie. Vowing to step outside of their comfort zones and make the most of every day, the three women each have their own challenges to overcome in the year ahead – a baby on the way, a romance to save and a much-needed confidence boost.

But as Alison finds herself drinking more wine than she ever has in her life and signing up for an extreme sports charity event, she starts to wonder if this is really the change she needed in her life? Or will she re-discover her happiness closer to home?

About the Author

Growing up in Birmingham, Pippa James was never without at least one book on the go and therefore lived several different lives concurrently. As an adult, she would like to spend much of her time the same way, but she now lives a chaotic life in a small Derbyshire town with her husband and two children. Her writing is frequently interrupted by parenting duties and her day job as a teacher and the only way she can find a quiet space to think, is by taking her laptop to the pub to drink tea and write, which she does at every opportunity.

You can follow Pippa on Twitter @PippaJamesBooks or Facebook.com/PippaJamesAuthor 

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The inbetween Days by Eva Woods @HarlequinBooks #bookreview #theinbetweendays

Happy Monday book lovers!

Excited to share with you my review for this uplifting beautifully told story that will tug at both your heart and your head!💕🌹

The Inbetween Days by Eva Woods

My Thoughts

An uplifting life affirming story about the little things in life!

WOW! This book was an unexpected gem of a story! A book about how it is the little things in life that can make the biggest impact… how sometimes your small actions can influence not only your own life but that of others… how little acts of kindness can spiral into big successes… just think about it the next time you give that stranger a smile it might alter the course of their life and for the better… kind words to a stranger might lead to a great invention… telling your BFF that her new haircut is fabulous might lead to her meeting the man of her dreams that night, you just gave her that much more confidence…. just saying it’s those small things that can impact a persons day, of course it could happen adversely as well, but we’re staying positive here! Don’t worry this is not a philosophy book, it is a well-crafted story that will give you a really positive vibe about life and make you want to run out and be thoughtful about your interactions with others….

Eva Woods has written an engaging and beautiful story that sucked me in from page 1… Rosie is hit by a bus and put in a coma… she has no recollection of the accident, the events leading up to the accident, she has no memory at all… we the reader are privy to her inner thoughts as she begins to piece her past together… this part of the book jumps around and can be a little jarring at times, Rosie does not regain her memory in a linear fashion… she also has a bit of a spiritual guide to help her puzzle The pieces of her life back together… this part of the book slightly reminded me of “A Christmas Carol,” could also be that I was reading it at Christmas time…. rosie’s sister Daisy also plays a very important part in this book… not only is she right by Rosie side willing her to come back to her, but she also has her own life issues to deal with… I thought how the sisters stories were woven together was seamless and perfect…

Both Rosie and Daisy were tremendously likable characters, I truly adored both of them! The way the story unfolded made for a compelling and addictive read… Eva Woods has crafted an exquisite thought-provoking story…

A story that will tug atboth your heart and your head, full of beautiful imagery and wonderful characters! Recommend!

🎵🎵🎵 Song Running Through My Head

Yesterday I got so old,
I felt like I could die,
Yesterday I got so old,
It made me want to cry
Go on, go on,
Just walk away
Go on, go on,
Your choice is made
Go on, go on,
And disappear
Go on, go on,
Away from here
And I know I was wrong,
When I said it was true,
That it couldn’t be me,
And be her in between,
Without you,
Without you
Yesterday I got so scared,
I shivered like a child,
Yesterday away from you,
It froze me deep inside,
Come back, come back,
Don’t walk away,
Come back, come back,
Come back today,
Come back, come back,
Why can’t…

*** many thanks to harlequin for my copy of this book ***

About the Book

From the author of Something Like Happy comes an uplifting and emotionally compelling novel about a woman in a coma fighting for a second chance at life, love and happiness.

Rosie Cooke is “in between.” In between consciousness and oblivion. Life and death. And though some say that when you’re near death your entire life flashes before your eyes, Rosie can’t remember anything at all—not even how she ended up in a coma. At least not at first.

Then something strange starts to happen. Rosie finds herself revisiting scattered moments from her past: a beach vacation, a play rehearsal, the day her brother was born. But why these memories? And what do they mean?

As each piece of the puzzle comes into focus, Rosie struggles to face the picture of her life that forms. But with every look backward comes a glimpse of what might be: A relationship with her sister. The opportunity to pursue her passion. A second chance at love. And Rosie just might discover that she has much to live for.

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Berit☀️✨

Posted in Blog Tour, Contemporary Romance

The Day We Met by Roxie Cooper @toodletinkbaby @EburyPublishing @annecater #bookreview #valentineread #RandomThingsTours #thedaywemet

Happy Monday! Hope you had a wonderful relaxing weekend!

Excited to share with you today a story perfectly perfect for Valentine’s Day!🌹🌹🌹 A huge thank you to Anne Cater for my invitation to the tour and to Roxie Cooper for her lovely story!💕💕

The Day We Met by Roxie Cooper

My Thoughts

A romantic story full of emotion and fated love💕

Roxie Cooper has painted a beautiful Story with her words… she turned me the cynic into a true believer in soulmates, well for at least the length of this book… sometimes I wonder why I Love reading romance, I certainly don’t believe in epic love or one true love or soulmates or any of that… but then again I occasionally enjoy a vampire or werewolf book and I certainly don’t believe in them either… this is a book that on paper I really should not have enjoyed, it is about two people who are involved with other people who cannot help but be drawn to one another… my cynical and jaded brain says, BS people can help who they are drawn to, and people aren’t drawn to others unless they’re out looking for it, so I don’t buy this premise for one single minute! And I probably still believe all this, however this book was aBSOLUTELY FABULOUS!

Stephanie and Jamie meet one weekend at an art retreat… Stephanie and Jamie have instant chemistry, the problem? Stephanie is engaged to Matt and Jamie is married to Helen… Stephanie and Jamie recognize there is a strong connection between them unlike no other, but they respect their significant others…. for the next decade they meet up about once a year as friends, but can two people with this strong of a connection stay just friends? Now my logical brain at this point was saying, I certainly wouldn’t want someone to stay with me when they were this fated to be with somebody else? And I think that was my biggest struggle with this Matt and Helen deserve better than what they were getting… but life is messy and nothing is ever black-and-white, this book really had my emotions flying all over the place….

The story is told from the perspective of both Jamie and Stephanie… and not just when they are together we also got a front row seat look at their family life with their significant others who were good people…. Stephanie and Jamie were also extremely likable, seriously I really liked these two characters and I really wanted them to end up together, even though I thought it was wrong… or maybe I didn’t? See what I’m saying very messy and a whole lot of gray! Matt and Helen were very likable as well I wanted nothing but the best for them, I was so torn throughout this entire book… this book was truly playing with my emotions and then… and then… that ending! What? All I’m going to say is have tissue handy!

An exquisite love story that will pull at your heartstrings and leave you reeling and in tears! Recommend!

🎵🎵🎵 Song Running Through My Head

The day we met,
Frozen I held my breath
Right from the start
I knew that I’d found a home for my heart
Beats fast
Colors and promises
How to be brave?
How can I love when I’m afraid to fall
But watching you stand alone?
All of my doubt suddenly goes away somehow
One step closer
I have died everyday waiting for you
Darling don’t be afraid I have loved you
For a thousand years
I’ll love you for a thousand more
Time stands still
Beauty in all she is
I will be brave
I will not let anything take away
What’s standing in front of me
Every breath
Every hour has come to this
One step closer
I have died everyday waiting for you
Darling don’t be afraid I have loved you
For a thousand years
I’ll love you for a thousand more
And all along I believed I would find you…

*** A big thank you too Ebury Publishing for my copy of this book ***

About the Book

Stephanie doesn’t believe in fate, true love or living happily ever after. She’s content enough being engaged to Matt. But then she meets Jamie, who understands her more than anyone else ever has.

Jamie is happily married to his childhood sweetheart Helen and believes in everything Stephanie doesn’t. So why does he have such a strong connection with Stephanie?

When Stephanie and Jamie meet one fateful weekend in 2006 it will change everything…

Ten years. Two people. One epic love story.

have a lovely day full of love and words!🌹💕

berit☀️✨

Posted in Contemporary Fiction, Humor

I Owe You One by Sophie Kinsella @KinsellaSophie @randomhouse #bookreview #ioweyouone

Happy Sunday bibliophiles!

Super excited to share with you today my review of this book from one of my absolute favorite authors! I have read and loved every single one of Sophie Kinsella’s they are all so delightful romcom perfection!💕💕

I Owe You One by Sophie Kinsella

My Thoughts

A fun escapist read full of whimsy and charm!

This book was quintessential Sophie Kinsella! Full of fun flawed realistic characters, wity dialogue, and loads of humor… I can always count on a Kinsella book to take me away for a few fun hours, make me feel good and induce me into laughter until tears are coming down my face, and this book was no exception… sophie’s books never take themselves too seriously and are full of many laugh out loud moments… warning: don’t pick this up unless you have your sense of humor intact, don’t read while drinking, especially a carbonated drink, and don’t read around other people, unless you’re OK with them looking at you strangely because you’re laughing at what appears to be nothing….

Fixie was a kind caring sweet girl who really needed to find her backbone… I really liked her and I think she would make an amazing friend, but the girl sure did frustrate me! Fixie is a people pleaser she wants to make sure everyone around her is happy… her friends, her family, her coworkers, and of course the men in her life…. One day Fixie was at a local coffee shop when a man asks her to watch his laptop when he steps out to take a phone call… the ceiling starts to cave in, Fixie throws herself on top of the laptop and saves the day… The man who’s named Sebastian and of course is handsome issues her an IOU to repay her for saving his laptop and livelihood… Fixie is pretty sure she will never use it, that is until her lifetime crush Ryan enters the picture like a wounded puppy… what ensues is Fixie being walked all over by Ryan and her siblings, add in the stress of trying to keep the family business afloat while her mom is out of town… thank goodness Fixie has some good friends in her life who eventually help her see the light and get a back bone… as in all SK books there was some major much-needed character growth in the story, and that extended to most of the secondary characters as well….

The romance in the story was sweet but slightly confusing… Sebastian who I really liked was a little all over the place when it came to relationships, it was something that confounded me and I had trouble wrapping my head around… I felt there was real chemistry and respect between Fixie and Seb, so I cannot understand why a certain bimbo (whose name I cannot remember) was around for as long as she was, really kind of threw a wrench into it for me… having said that though I thought this book wrapped up perfectly and that final chapter was book perfection!

A perfect romcom with wonderful characters and plenty of humor! Absolutely recommend!

🎵🎵🎵 Song Running Through My Head

A-E-A-E-I-O-U-U I sometimes cry
A-E-A-E-I-O-U-U I sometimes cry
You tell me that you love me every day
When we’re alone I really feel in love
But when you’re out with friends I see a change
You treat me bad, I feel like second best
I want your love (I want your love)
Give me your love, girl (give me your love)
That’s how I feel, I want it to be real
I want your love (I want your love)
Give me your love, girl (give me your love)
I need your touch and I, I owe you so much
A-E-A-E-I-O-U-U I sometimes cry
(Oh) A-E (I really care) A-E-I (I really care) O-U-U
(I really care, care, care) I sometimes lie
Do you realize some things you say
I know you do, it makes me so confused
I’m sure this ain’t the way that love should be
Let’s get…

*** many thanks to Random House for my copy of this book ***

About the Book

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Sophie Kinsella, an irresistible story of love and empowerment about a young woman with a complicated family, a handsome man who might be “the one,” and an IOU that changes everything

Fixie Farr has always lived by her father’s motto: “Family first.” But since her dad passed away, leaving his charming housewares store in the hands of his wife and children, Fixie spends all her time picking up the slack from her siblings instead of striking out on her own. The way Fixie sees it, if she doesn’t take care of her father’s legacy, who will? It’s simply not in her nature to say no to people.

So when a handsome stranger in a coffee shop asks her to watch his laptop for a moment, Fixie not only agrees—she ends up saving it from certain disaster. Turns out the computer’s owner is an investment manager. To thank Fixie for her quick thinking, Sebastian scribbles an IOU on a coffee sleeve and attaches his business card. But Fixie laughs it off—she’d never actually claim an IOU from a stranger. Would she?

Then Fixie’s childhood crush, Ryan, comes back into her life and his lack of a profession pushes all of Fixie’s buttons. She wants nothing for herself—but she’d love Seb to give Ryan a job. And Seb agrees, until the tables are turned once more and a new series of IOUs between Seb and Fixie—from small favors to life-changing moments—ensues. Soon Fixie, Ms. Fixit for everyone else, is torn between her family and the life she really wants. Does she have the courage to take a stand? Will she finally grab the life, and love, she really wants? 
Have a wonderful day filled with words and whimsy!

berit☀️✨

Posted in Book Bestie Approved

The Matchmaker’s List by Sonya Lalli @BerkleyPub @saskinthecity #bookbestiesmatchmakerslist #bookreview

TGIF all!

Excited for the weekend and excited to share with you my review for this totally adorable romcom that brought a huge smile to my face! This was a group read with a few of my Besties and we found it quite delightful!💕💕

The Matchmaker’s List by Sonya Lalli

My Thoughts

This was an adorable romcom bursting with culture, family, friendship, fun, and love!

This was a charming feel-good story that put a big smile on my face! This book did a really good job of showcasing the expectations and pressure we as parents sometimes put on our children when it comes to love, marriage, and many other things… I think the pressure to be “perfect“ is greater in some cultures than others…. but I think almost all parents regardless of culture want the absolute best for their children, we want them to be happy, and it is always hard to let go…. Sonya Lalli did a tremendous job of handling some serious subject matter with respect and compassion… she took the pressures of belonging and assimilating and added in some heart, hope, and humor!

Raina has just turned 29, she was raised by her Nanny Who is a traditional Indian woman… her Nanny is bound and determined to get Raina married off… I think the fact that she feels as though she “failed“ when it came to Raina’s mother adds even more pressure… Raina wants nothing more than to make her beloved grandmother happy so she acquiesces and agrees to date some of the men on “the list“… The biggest problem? Raina is still hung up on her ex, and when her ex comes back into the picture she is hopeful to rekindle the flame… feeling the pressure and the pull of pleasing herself or pleasing her grandma and others leads Raina to some poor decision making…. decisions that impact many others in her life, decisions that she soon regrets, decisions with ramifications, decisions that she ultimately has to atone for…. so how will Raina extricate herself from this mess? And will she ever find true love?

The characters and culture in this story we’re all so colorful and just popped off those pages! Raina’s stress to please not disappoint was palpable as was her grandmothers love… The complexities of familial entanglements really shown through in this book… I especially found the relationship between Raina’s grandmother and mother quite interesting and complicated… there were quite a few complicated relationships in this book most likely compounded by the struggle between the old and the new… Raina’s dating adventures were quite cringe worthy and humorous! And relatable, I mean who hasn’t been on a bad date? But through all the struggle, the complexities, the pressures, what really shown through in the story was LOVE! There was so much love amongst all these characters and even though sometimes it wasn’t shown in the best way, it was always there!

A wonderfully told story full of whimsy, heart, hope, and love! Absolutely recommend with all my heart!

🎵🎵🎵 song running through my head! This is what raina needed to say to her ex! What a tool he was!

To the left, to the left
To the left, to the left
To the left, to the left
Everything you own in the box to the left
In the closet that’s my stuff, yes
If I bought it please don’t touch
And keep talking that mess, that’s fine
But could you walk and talk at the same time?
And it’s my mine name that is on that tag
So remove your bags let me call you a cab
Standing in the front yard telling me
How I’m such a fool, talking about
How I’ll never ever find a man like you
You got me twisted
You must not know ’bout me
You must not know ’bout me
I could have another you in a minute
Matter fact he’ll be here in a minute, baby
You must not know ’bout me
You must not know ’bout me
I can have another you by tomorrow
So don’t you ever for a second get
To thinking…

*** many thanks to Berkley for my copy of this book ***

About the Book

One devoted modern girl + a meddlesome, traditional grandmother = a heartwarming multicultural romantic comedy about finding love where you least expect it 

Raina Anand may have finally given in to family pressure and agreed to let her grandmother play matchmaker, but that doesn’t mean she has to like it–or that she has to play by the rules. Nani always took Raina’s side when she tried to push past the traditional expectations of their tight-knit Indian-immigrant community, but now she’s ambushing Raina with a list of suitable bachelors. Is it too much to ask for a little space? Besides, what Nani doesn’t know won’t hurt her…

As Raina’s life spirals into a parade of Nani-approved bachelors and disastrous blind dates, she must find a way out of this modern-day arranged-marriage trap without shattering her beloved grandmother’s dreams. 

The Besties

Jennifer @ Tarheel Reader

Mackenzie @ PhDiva

*** don’t forget to check out Jennifer and Kenzie’s amazing reviews!

enjoy your Friday! Berit☀️✨