This book is one of those books that can be read in one setting - it is fun, light hearted and funny while reminding the reader of ten of the most fanThis book is one of those books that can be read in one setting - it is fun, light hearted and funny while reminding the reader of ten of the most fantastic romantic comedy films ever made!
Kensington Shaw (Kenzi) has just got engaged and is on her way to her parents, along with her fiance, to show of her engagement ring and to celebrate, however, as always seemed to happen at such times of celebration in Kenzi's life, her friend, Ren, who has became like a second daughter to Kenzi's mum, announces she is pregnant with her first child. Add to this a facebook request from her first love who dropped her in strange circumstances, and Kenzi begins to question her life - did she really have the perfect life? Does she want to marry Bradley? Why has Shane got back in touch? Is she happy in her work
Shane comes into Kenzi's life again through work, with Kenzi trying to win the contract which will keep her job at the ad agency, as there are cost cutting measures being discussed. However, it is not as simple as just giving a good pitch, Shane promises to sign the contract as long as Kenzi re-enacts scenes from their favourite romantic comedies which were:
Sleepless in Seattle Pretty Woman Bridget Jone's Diary 27 Dresses Dirty Dancing Sixteen Candles Love Actually Say Anything You've Got Mail My Best Friend's Wedding I have heard of most of the films except Sixteen Candles and Say Anything and they are all firm favourites of mine - I would love to have seen Notting Hill in the list though. It was great to read lines from the film throughout the text and i also enjoyed spotting the scenes from the films too. It has definitely made me want to watch the films again.
The story was a great read. It is full of funny scenes, I especially enjoyed the competitive run on the treadmill in the gym and also the crafty ambush at the paintballing event, followed by the car chase. Although the ten movies do play a part within the story, I do not think it matters if readers are not aware of the story lines as the story has a strong story-line with the film story-lines being additional to the story. It was a believable tale and I would love for someone to try to sweep me off my feet by recreating these famous scenes. I also liked the characters, although some of the characters turned out to be devious - I did not like Ren at the start of the book, seeing her trying to outdo Kenzi at every turn, however my opinion had changed for the better towards the end. ...more
I know that when I pick up a Milly Johnson book that I am in for a good read, full of strong women who each have a story to tell and who I will feel II know that when I pick up a Milly Johnson book that I am in for a good read, full of strong women who each have a story to tell and who I will feel I have known for ages by the end of the book. The Teashop on the Corner is no exception - I sped through this book, it was a joy to read and I am proud to be a part of #TeamMilly.
One characteristic of Milly Johnson's books is that she has a cast of many, who all appear to have their own story to tell, but that become entwined within each other's lives effortlessly and the result is a fantastic read!
The Teashop on the Corner begins with Carla attending her husband's funeral - as the ceremony progresses, a woman enters and tells the congregation that actually she is Martin's wife! Molly is a twin, her sister living with her husband and going off on a cruise, leaving Molly to fend off her daughter in law who appears to want her to sell up and move into a residential home and Leni, who I think has set up the perfect business, a cafe which also sells Literary based stationary and goods, which is called The Teashop on the Corner. This teashop becomes a place where people come to get away from their own problames and soon friendships are made and problems cured.
I have only highlighted the female characters above, but there are also a number of male characters - a wayward teenager from a problem family with a reputation that precedes them and Pavitar Singh, another frequent visitor to the teashop, a top surgeon who has retired and recently widowed.
I don't want to spoil the rest of the story for my blog readers but I really do urge you to pick up this book. It is a great read, one which could be slipped into holiday luggage or put on a tray to read while partake afternoon tea in a garden over the summer.
I want to find my own local Teashop on the Corner - it sounds like their is a fantastic atmosphere within and that the regulars would welcome newcomers with open arms. I do think though that I would spend a fortune on the merchandise within!
I found myself smiling to myself when I reached for my book, I devoured it on a weekend away and found myself wishing the family to go to sleep so I could return to the Teashop. I was sad to finish this book and I really hope that Milly will revisit these characters in a future book.
I am lucky enough to be meeting Milly tomorrow at a Girls on Tour event and will be asking her them to consider revisiting the teashop soon. I will report back later in the week.
Thank you to the publishers, Simon and Schuster, for sending me the book to review....more
If I want to ensure that my son will pick up a book to read, give him a book which contains football! Therefore this book is perfect for him.
Charlie MIf I want to ensure that my son will pick up a book to read, give him a book which contains football! Therefore this book is perfect for him.
Charlie Merrick is the team captain of North Star Galaxy and all he ever thinks about is Football. However, he has a problem, all his good team players have left. He also has another problem: he is better in his head at playing football than his feet can actually manage. However, he is determined to get his team selected to play in the exhibition matches at the tournament. To do this, he must find new, good, players and fast.
My son is a big fan of Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Tom Gates - he loves the style of those books, a great story which is told around cartoon style inserts and interesting random page layouts which break up the story. This book is all of that but also contains match reports and great facts that any football fan will digest with interest.
The story is about football, but also is about friendship, teamwork and perseverance - important skills to learn when part of a football team. It is perfect for readers age 9+ years, but would also be great for younger readers to read with their peers.
It also has a bonus added extra - a full colour wall chart for The World Cup 2014 making it an ideal gift to give this summer.
Perfect for any budding football players or footie fans...more
as ever a fantastic read from milly. full of free fantastic everyday characters who I as a reader could imagine living next door to. I really liked thas ever a fantastic read from milly. full of free fantastic everyday characters who I as a reader could imagine living next door to. I really liked the characters,but also the location. I would love...more
great short read. I hope that we meet Selina and Angie again in a book as this story felt like the start of a great book.
A great short read from Millygreat short read. I hope that we meet Selina and Angie again in a book as this story felt like the start of a great book.
A great short read from Milly Johnson. Set aboard a cruise ship heading on a short cruise disaster strikes when, following a day trip on dry land, two ladies miss the ship settings. forced to face days of travel across land they are surprised to find they used to be best friends before Selina stole her best friends man. It is a great quick read and left me wanting to find summer Sun very soon as well as a waiting for Milly's next release, The teashop on the corner, which is out very soon!...more
I have been waiting for Paige Toon's next release for a long time and I am happy to say that Thirteen Weddings was definitely worth the wait! This isI have been waiting for Paige Toon's next release for a long time and I am happy to say that Thirteen Weddings was definitely worth the wait! This is a great summer read which will have have readers split - #TeamLachie or #TeamAlex ?
Paige's books always have great characters and Thirteen Weddings has a number of great ones: Bronte, the main character, is a magazine editor, who also has recently started a weekend job of an assistant wedding photographer. She had a one night stand at her best friend's hen night, who she saw again eighteen months later when she transferred from Australia to the English edition of the magazine for which she worked. What follows is the story of Bronte's life over the following twelve months: Alex is back with his girlfriend, now his fiancee, and then there is Lachie, a fellow Australian, who is funding his stay through both pub work and the odd gig as a wedding singer. Who will win Bronte's heart, Alex or Lachie - I know who I hoped would win it but I will not give away the ending.
I also liked many of the other characters, Polly, Bronte's friend who was getting married and whose hen party Polly met Alex at, had a great storyline. Although it was only a small storyline I think that the alcoholism was treated with respect and reminds the reader of the ease that it can creep up on people.
The two males within the story, Lachie and Alex, were very different to each other, but they were both likable in their own way. I think Lachie would be the first choice, he appeared to have a happy go lucky outlook on life and went where ever the work was whereas Alex was a hard worker, dependable and didn't want to upset anyone.
I really enjoy Paige's books and I like how characters from her back catalogue pop into new books - the books do not need to be read in order, they just appear, and their back story does not matter to the reader, but to fans it is nice for them to appear.
The story was believable and I am sure that readers will be able to identify with some, if not all, of the story. It is not only the story of Bronte's love life, but includes other characters, all with their own story, which adds extra depth to the book - something for readers to get their teeth into!
In summary, another fantastic read from Paige Toon. Perfect to add to any holiday luggage this year or to curl up with one Sunday evening!!
I really enjoyed this book - it was a great read, a quick read, and one which transported the reader to a remote Scottish island, where the reader canI really enjoyed this book - it was a great read, a quick read, and one which transported the reader to a remote Scottish island, where the reader can be lost in its beauty and village life.
Kate was a great character. I think that I could see myself as one of Kate's friend - although I don't think I would want to be the best friend, who's wedding saw Kate end her relationship with Ian! When she upped sticks and moved to Auchenmor, Kate not only left her boyfriend and family but also the hustle and bustle of everyday life. I envy people who can do this, I am too much a family girl and would be lost without family, friends and modern day conveniences.
The story is a true rom com - however, there is more to this book. I loved the love story but there is also one of seal rescue which was adorable. There is a good mix of humour and romance, making it great to add to any holiday luggage - perfect for a beach read or to while away long journeys, transporting its readers to the remote island, Rachael's narrative depicts a beautiful setting with idealic landscapes, in a peaceful location.
The setting of this book is also very important, a remote Scottish island which has a close community - no one can sneeze in Auchenmor without everyone knowing, and this is important to the story where the village community are often involved in the fate on its members. The characters were also very believable and I would love to live in a close knit community such as this one.
I read the book in two sittings and was left wanting more. I hope that Rachel revisits Kate and Rodderick in a future book as I felt this book was only the beginning of their story....more
As soon as I started reading this book I was hooked - laughing out loud but also shouting at the characters to get a grip!
I love reading about pregnaAs soon as I started reading this book I was hooked - laughing out loud but also shouting at the characters to get a grip!
I love reading about pregnancy, births and babies, I am sure it is the closest I am ever going to get to having number three and this book was something different to my usual pregnancy/birth books as I love to read about a midwife's career choices and path. This book had me laughing, crying and sympathising with Katy.
It was a quick and easy read, one which didn't need much concentration but was a good companion after a long day. I really liked the storyline to the book and I am sure that I could see it being made into a sucessful film one day.
This is a book that I could see myself recommending to my friends as a chick lit funny read!...more
This book is not my usual type of book, however there was something about it that made me give it a go and I was glad I did!
The book starts rather stThis book is not my usual type of book, however there was something about it that made me give it a go and I was glad I did!
The book starts rather strangely in a detention room, where there is Ape - who I thought was an ape, but was actually the nickname of a pupil. Something strange happens while they are in that detention because when they leave, there is no one else around, the whole world's population appears to have disappeared.
As I said this is not my usual genre of fiction but I did enjoy the book in some ways. I liked that the characters were average school children, nothing special about them - although they had been given detention so I suppose they were all 'unruly children'. The fear that they felt when they left the detention and realised that there was no one else around was real - some showed it while others went on a rampage around the local supermarket, where others still thought it was wrong to take items and therefore left IOU's at the supermarket.
I must admit I was not keen on the descriptions of the burning flesh etc when other people were discovered - however they were not overly graphic, just not what I like to read and should not deter others from reading.
I would recommend this book to fans of Antony Horowitz and Charlie Higson. It is a great read for young adults - and I think that this is a series that will grow in popularity....more
I would love to live in Mulberry-on-sea, it sounds like a fun town to live in and with Carrington's Department Store at its heart, a real traditionalI would love to live in Mulberry-on-sea, it sounds like a fun town to live in and with Carrington's Department Store at its heart, a real traditional town. Carrington's has lots of history but is also very much a part of modern day life due to a reality show series being filmed there in the last book.
Angie Hart used to be on the designer bags section but following an appearance in the reality series, she has now become a personal shopper and her department has gone from strength to strength, as has her personal life as she is in a relationship with Carrington's owner. Her best friend is Sam, who owns the cake shop within Carrington's, and a mother of twin girls.
This is the third book in Alexandra Brown's series about the seaside department store and this one is based more on the community outside of the store. A festival is taking place in Mulberry-on-sea and Georgie wants to make sure that Carrington's is well represented there - not only does she want to prove to her partner that she can do this, but also his mum who has dropped anchor in the town for the festival.
The festival sounds like an event I would of loved to have visited - lots of fun for young and old and a celebration of Mulberry-On-Sea and its history. however, as is often the case, behind the scenes of the festival there are disagreements, arguments and cat fights - however these disputes end up affecting the festival, is it really Georgie's future mother in law who is to blame??
I really enjoyed leaving Mulberry-On-Sea and following Georgie on her travels and also on finding out more about other characters within the book. Alexandra Brown has tackled issues in this book and I think it adds depth to the book.
I think this book should be the book for the summer - slip it into holiday luggage or take it in the garden to while away the afternoon.
I am already looking forward to the next installment of life at Carringtons, although I have seen that Alexandra Brown is writing a three-book series , all set in the fictional picture-postcard village of Tindledale, with the first one entitled The Great Christmas Knit Off, which I also look forward to reading soon. ...more