If you want to be cheered up in these difficult times, then this is the book to do it. Meddy Chan is about to get married to the man of her dreams, Nathan. At Christ Church College, Oxford, no less. As the family travel to the U.K., the behaviour of the aunties begins to cause her some embarrassment. But that’s just the start of Meddy’s worries. If she’s going to save her wedding, then drastic measures are needed, and the aunties rise to the occasion.
This is a hilariously funny and light-hearted book, guaranteed to cheer anyone up. Jesse Sutanto has the market cornered when it comes to the ridiculous. I loved it. Her aunties are brilliant. The descriptions of the Chinese-Indonesian culture are excellent. How her family choose to interpret it had me in fits of laughter. The women are warm and loving and will do anything for family.
‘A Letter To Three Witches’ by Elizabeth Bass is a delightful story that is sure to be the first in a much anticipated series. Gwen’s family have been forbidden to practice witchcraft by the Grand Council of Witches. Nearly one hundred years ago her great-great grandfather cast a spell that caused havoc and since then his descendants have been watched closely. Any whiff of magic and they are in big trouble. Although Gwen and her cousins, Trudy and Milo, have avoided being caught for minor transgressions, things change when Gwen’s adopted sister puts a spanner in the works. She sends a letter to each stating that she will steal one of their partners by the end of the week. Who will it be? And how will they stop her? The stress results in the magic they have been denying surfacing, with disastrous consequences. Long buried secrets threaten to change everything they thought was true.
This was a lighthearted, funny and totally enchanting read. It was the perfect escapism, and one I really appreciated in these difficult times. It was a wonderfully conceived story, with some laugh out loud moments and some poignant ones too. I loved the characters and the world Elizabeth Bass has imagines. I want more of these characters and I can’t wait to read the next one.
‘Change of Heart’ by Clare Lydon has ALL the feels. The Scottish Highlands, is the perfect setting for this heart-warming romance. Erin runs a decorating business with her friend Morag in Edinburgh. Her parent’s wedding anniversary means a big party in the Highlands, and she doesn’t want to turn up alone. So she hires a fake girlfriend. Steph, a struggling actress, takes on the role. It’ll be strictly business and they’ll part ways at the end of the weekend. What could go wrong? A growing attraction and family secrets throw a spanner in the works. Nothing is ever simple.
I loved Erin and Steph. As with all of Clare Lydon’s characters, I get the feeling we would be friends. They’re lovely women and perfect for each other. Their story had some unusual and very surprising twists and I found myself so invested in them. The wider story was extremely emotional and beautifully told. When I realised where it was going, it was a shock, but as with everything Clare Lydon writes, it was so well thought out and pulled me in. And with some added comedic moments and hot and steamy interludes, who could ask for more? I adored it.
‘Wendy of the Wallops’ by Gill McKnight is an absolute delight. PC Wendy seems to be permanently awkward and embarrassed, especially around attractive women. She has recently come out to her friend and local vicar, Jane and her partner Renata from the first book in the series. She hasn’t quite worked up the courage to tell her family or her work colleagues. When she is asked to keep an eye out on young Lexi, whose father has gone on the run from his witness protection programme, she comes into contact with local artist and Guide Leader Keira. Between being constantly annoyed by Keira, her hot new boss from the Met and her cute doctor, Wendy is surrounded by women who confuse and arouse her. This is a story about a totally adorable character following her path towards accepting and being happy with her sexuality. It is also hilarious and sweet and I highly recommend it.
I was given this ARC in return for an honest review.
I absolutely love The Wallops. Gill McKnight has managed to dream up a village full of characters I can believe in and want more of. Jill is strong, caring and goes way beyond the call of duty. When her ex Renata turns up she is thrown off kilter and old feelings threaten to change the idyllic life she has made for herself. Their very complicated relationship is only part of what kept me reading till the early hours. I loved Bishop Andrew – he was such a mischievous fun character. He was such a counterpoint to the intensely annoying Colin Harper. The mystery of St Poe’s and Renata’s research raised the story to a much higher level. I am so glad that there are going to be more of these novels as the main characters Jane and Renata give me a warm fuzzy feeling. A totally involving read, well written and with scope for a series of wonderful tales.
‘A Taste of Love’ by Clare Lydon is a sweet, heartwarming story set in a picture-perfect Cotswold village. It is the second in a series written by Ms Lydon, T.B. Markinson and Harper Bliss. Once you have visited this particular village, you’ll never want to leave.
Natalie Hill works for the family gin business and has been spectacularly unlucky in love thus far. When a gorgeous Londoner opens an ice cream shop across the street, she can’t help but be affected. Can she ever forget her past failures though? Can she trust an in-comer who might leaves as quickly as she arrived?
Ellie Knap has had enough of the rat-race. A bad relationship has made her realise she has to get out and start anew somewhere else. Will Upper Chewford be a place to call home? Will her beautiful neighbour become more than a friend?
The story is romantic, sexy and of course very funny. It wouldn’t be a Clare Lydon without embarrassing situations and laugh out loud moments. The characters are relatable and feel like family and old friends by the end of the book. And, as with every novel I’ve ever read by Ms Lydon, I was left with a smile on my face. It was a delight.
In ‘Lost for Words’ Andrea Bramhall has created a story that had me laughing out loud and nearly choking on my sandwich more than once. There are two scenes in particular that had me in hysterics. But then she flipped it all around and had me in floods of tears. My emotions were all over the place as I laughed and cried with Sasha, Jac, Fleur and Bobbi.
Sasha works as a massage therapist and lives with her mum, Fleur. She is stuck in a rut but won’t admit it. When her friend Bobbi secretly enters her into a scriptwriting competition it looks as if her life may just change for the better. Jac runs a media company and is on the lookout for great new pieces of writing to film and promote. She never lets herself get emotionally involved – but will she make an exception for Sasha?
This is an exceptional story of two women who find something in each other that completes them. It is funny, romantic, highly emotional and scorchingly hot. The love scenes are off the scale and I’d be wary of reading them in company without a fan to cool you down! But it is the attention to detail and perfect characterisation that really stood out for me. I knew these women. I wanted to know more about them. At one point I felt everything they felt and couldn’t stem the flow of tears. And there in the middle of it all I came across the most beautiful sentences that make me gasp. I loved this book and wish I could give it 10 stars – it’s that good.
Rosie Wilby Has reached a point in her life where relationships don’t seem to be giving her what she needs. Sex and friendship and emotional attachment are her desires but can she find them with one person? Her quest to find the answer is told in an easy-going style that weaves her own story in amongst studies and interviews she has conducted. I like this woman. She is thoughtful and intelligent and I was with her all the way as she tried to discover what would make her happy – and what caused her unhappiness in the first place. She pointed out things that made me really think – about categories we are forced into, about fitting in with the norm and exclusion. Her day job as a stand-up has allowed her to develop her thoughts on the subject over the years and her humour shines through, making this a very enjoyable read. Highly recommended.
I was given a review copy in return for an honest review