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Annabel Lewis (Bels) has two days to get to her wedding in Rome but her journey is beset with one disaster after another as fate takes its turn. Will the stranger she meets on the way get her to her wedding on time or will he change her life forever? Come with Bels on her humorous romantic journey to see if she marries Mr Right or if destiny takes her in different directio...more
Kindle Edition, 288 pages
Published (first published December 5th 2011)
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Jane
Lately, I have found chick-lit to be disappointing and have wondered whether I have grown out of it or if I have had a 'not so good' run of this genre. Hence, when I found I was just a few pages into Croissants and Jam and had laughed not once, twice but several times, I realised that this was a breath of fresh air. This book has all the ingredients of good chick-lit, the heroine who is a walking disaster, the domineering, uptight fiancé, the best friend and the interfering mother, for whom no o...more
Nicole
1.5 stars, and could've been a bit higher. Well, you get what you pay for...this book was $.99. I had hoped for mildly diverting and not requiring too much thought. I would have had that--it could've been a nice, light read. Yet, for some reason, the author decided that she doesn't like contractions! I don't know how other people think or talk, but I found it jarring and annoying to keep reading "I do not like to eat that food" (or whatever). They were having English paper conversations. That ke...more
Romancing the Book
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This book was a fun read that kept my interest throughout with lots of outright belly laughter (by me) along with some tears. A lot of the book was set in England, France and Italy while alluding to New York as well and by some of the descriptions you felt like you were there with them in Europe, especially in the French countryside. The scenic descriptions were vivid and you could even taste some of the food and wine of which croissants and jam pl...more
Julia Mould
I took this with me on a much needed holiday a few weeks ago. I had been looking forward to devoting the time to losing myself in an entertaining read as my life is such that at present with the caring responsibilities I have to carry out, I don't get much 'me' time where I can read uninterrupted. This book did not disappoint, from the moment I started reading I didn't want to put it down. It was funny, very entertaining and made me laugh out loud (much to my husband's annoyance as he wanted to...more
JoAnne
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Catherine Flitton


Utter crap. Almost gave up half way through. Should have. Predictable & annoying. Maybe I need to face up to being too old for chick lit.
Caroline
I managed to read up to page 44 of this book. I haven't laughed once. Not even chuckled. In fact, I haven't even smiled a little.
Further I am feeling no connection whatsoever to the characters or story. I'm finding the writing a little annoying and very unbelievable. The main character (who's name I have forgotten right now, that's how much of an impact she has had on me) and the predictable love interest, who predictably gets on her nerves (and vice versa) have thus far sat next to each other o...more
Mary E. Evans
Good romantic adventure

I loved the first half of the book. at the end all I could think was 'why is this half even here?' it was predictable and frustrating. I would read the first half over and over. it was funny and romantic, even if it was not my favorite in the group.
Jo
A little disappointing, I read pink wellies and flat caps, which is a later book, which I thoroughly enjoyed and found funny. I downloaded this and another of Lynda Denham books on the strength of that book, but think I'll leave a long gap before reading the next one in case it too follows a too similar theme.
I felt there wasn't enough difference between the two books and that this one was almost mills & boon'ish in its storyline (but to be fair better written than most M&B books), it w...more
Tarquilla
An amusing story with beautiful scenery. A great bit of escapism.

Jae
This book was such a breath of fresh air. Utter, joyful, escapist fun, I could not put it down and read it in two sessions flat. I loved the quirky characters and particualry enjoyed the descriptions of France and the French countryside. It could not have been easier to visualize the hilarious adventures of poor old Bels with her penchant for saying just the wrong thing in just the wrong place. The perfect foil to a rainy afternoon or the perfect companion to a lazy lilo on a hot day at the pool...more
Book-shelf Shelf
From the first page i was laughing my head off. The hilarious story of Bels and her trip to Rome just so remind me of life....that’s my life. If it can go wrong it will and to boot most people do end up laughing at me. The real jem of Lynda’s book is they remind you of lifes disasters and the way they pop up in life, but Lynda puts them in a way that no matter how bad the situation, there is so much humour there you will find yourself laughing out loud...A lot!!
Michael Holley
I loved this book. It'll be a great summer read for anyone travelling down through France or Italy. Reminded me in a number of ways of Bridget Jones but not too similar that I felt that it had been done before. A good plot and some great humour. If anything, I just thought there was little bit too much internal thought process included but this shouldn't put anyone off buying it. I'll definitely be buying other books by Lynda.
Tracey
What a fabulous book and well worth a read.. It had me laughing from start to finish. I had the pleasure of winning this book and feel honoured to have been able to have read it before it hits the shops.. When it is published you all must buy it.. If you need a chuckle and fancy a really good read.. BUY IT... also the added bonus are the recipes that Lynda has added too... WONDERFUL
Tracey
What a fabulous book and well worth a read.. It had me laughing from start to finish. I had the pleasure of winning this book and feel honoured to have been able to have read it before it hits the shops.. When it is published you all must buy it.. If you need a chuckle and fancy a really good read.. BUY IT... also the added bonus are the recipes that Lynda has added too... WONDERFUL
Tracey
What a fabulous book and well worth a read.. It had me laughing from start to finish. I had the pleasure of winning this book and feel honoured to have been able to have read it before it hits the shops.. When it is published you all must buy it.. If you need a chuckle and fancy a really good read.. BUY IT... also the added bonus are the recipes that Lynda has added too... WONDERFUL
Dornorn
Our March book club book. Not to my tastes but it did prompt some lively debate. I got to do a Q&A with the author on behalf of the group who was a joy to communicate with. I found the writing from the mans perspective to be unrealistic and the characters a bit too fluffy and one dimensional, other than that it was a nice comfortable read and genuinely funny in places.
Kelly
The author contacted me after I had reviewed her other book and said I might like this one so I downloaded it to me kindle. It was a fun, easy read with a good plot. I would recommend it as a beach read if you like the type of read. It is about a woman who turns 30 and is about to marry this guy who she finds perfect and ends up in a mess with her life instead.
Cate Teideman
I thought this book had a lot of good things going for it. An interesting story line that moved at a decent pace. However the characterisation was disappointing, and it was hard to empathise with the protagonist. The chapters from the man's point of view were not good. I don't think any man would think or speak that way, thank goodness.

It was still a fun read.
Heather
What a fantastic read!!

This book had me laughing at so many little mishaps that I would so easily make, and it kept me wanting to read on and find out what exactly was going to happen next.

I fell in love with the characters and the setting of the scenes really made me feel like I was with them on their journey, both physically and emotionally.

Susan
Sometimes when real life is stressful and worries are weighing you down, it's nice to escape with a book like this. I'll probably have forgotten most of it within a short time but like a serving of croissant and jam, it was nice while it lasted!
Laesar
I got this book as a giveaway on goodreads.

I really enjoyed this book. I couldn't put it down. Not only was the storyline, characters and plots fantastically written but it was funny as well.
Blondebunbun
Surprisingly enjoyable book exploring how we do the right thing versus what makes us happy. Bels starts off annoying and grows on you to the point i wanted her to finally have a happy ending.
Megan Ratcliffe


Absolutely loved this book. I have never laughed so much for ages. The author writes with so much humour. A wonderful talent. This book would make a wonderful movie.
Lisa
A lovely story, filled with good humour and a great road trip, another book with some basic spelling mistakes, felt like I was reading an un-edited proof.
Amk256
Brilliant. Loved this book. couldn't put it down. was very funny. light hearted story but captivating nonetheless. well worth reading! a x
Lisa
A quick, funny read that had me giggling, some characters were more likeable than others, Simon and claudine were awfully annoying lol
Natalie
Very predictable chick lit, it was a great distraction from everyday life, and laugh out loud humour in places.
Michelle Wren
Light hearted with plenty of giggles! Getting ready to read Coconuts and Wonderbras hope it matches up to this book
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Lynda Renham has been writing for as long as she can remember and had her first work published in a magazine at age nine and has continued writing in various forms since. She has had several poems published as well as articles in numerous magazines and newspapers. Recently she has taken part in radio discussions on the BBC.

She has studied literature and creative writing and has a blog on her web p...more
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