Audiobook: Narrated by Jane Collingwood, who did a great job. Book started out ok but became progressively slow and dull. It's a light read, but didn' Audiobook: Narrated by Jane Collingwood, who did a great job. Book started out ok but became progressively slow and dull. It's a light read, but didn't keep my attention as I kept drifting off and had to rewind to listen to chapters again....more
Audiobook: Such a fun book with great characters. Really enjoyed this, and Jane Collingwood narrated brilliantly as usual. Definitely recommend if youAudiobook: Such a fun book with great characters. Really enjoyed this, and Jane Collingwood narrated brilliantly as usual. Definitely recommend if you want a fun, light, entertaining read/listen....more
A fun, entertaining listen. Jane Collingwood narrates beautifully as usual. One negative is that I think the story went on for too long, but overall iA fun, entertaining listen. Jane Collingwood narrates beautifully as usual. One negative is that I think the story went on for too long, but overall it was an enjoyable listen....more
A nice introduction to Carole Matthews as I haven't read/listened to anything by her before. I thought the narrator was really good and I did enjoy thA nice introduction to Carole Matthews as I haven't read/listened to anything by her before. I thought the narrator was really good and I did enjoy the story, I just didn't love it. I would recommend it though, it's a nice easy listen, with fun characters and an interesting storyline.
I gave this book 7/10 on my blog: Book Chick City - but Goodreads doesn't offer half stars.
I don't usually read books in this genre any more, but I wiI gave this book 7/10 on my blog: Book Chick City - but Goodreads doesn't offer half stars.
I don't usually read books in this genre any more, but I will always make an exception for Sophie Kinsella's Shopaholic series. I adore Becky Bloomwood. She's a character I find hard not to like with her scatty personality and her inability to walk by a designer store without making a purchase. It was this aspect to Becky's character that made me pick up the first book in this series, The Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic, as I could identify well (a bit too well!) with Becky and her retail therapy issues. It also cemented Becky as one of my favourite characters.
Mini Shopaholic is basically in the same format as the other books in the series: Becky using every excuse in the book to keep shopping and up to her elbows in secrets, and fighting to keep those secrets from coming out, but of course everything goes horribly wrong.
In this instalment we see Becky as a mother, raising her two year old daughter, Minnie, who is slightly wayward and becoming too fond of materialistic items like her mummy, with her husband, Luke. Becky is still the same fun, vivid character but motherhood has not helped her become more economical. In fact, she now has excuses to shop more by buying items for Minnie. Some of the scenarios are just so funny they had me giggling out loud. Minnie is cute as a button and Luke is as patient as always.
Becky is also trying to plan a surprise birthday party for Luke, without spending any money...which of course leads to complete fiasco and a book which reads like a screwball comedy. There are many more humourous situations and a strew of events that had me shaking my head with affectionate disbelief at what Becky was saying and doing. There's also the usual great dialogue and prose, which is incredibly smooth making Mini Shopaholic a very easy, fast read.
Mini Shopaholic is a wonderful escape from real life and a total roller coaster ride - this book is never dull, and although it occasionally borders on the ridiculous, I just can't help but love it!
There is nothing new here - we have seen it all before in previous books - but I didn't mind, it was like slipping on a comfy pair of slippers and it felt great. I love Becky Bloomwood with all her manic, self-destructive quirks. Sophie Kinsella is still at the top of her game and for me still the best in the genre....more
This is a story following Bella and her partner Jack as they live through the months of pregnancy. I expected humour, scenarios of funny situations thThis is a story following Bella and her partner Jack as they live through the months of pregnancy. I expected humour, scenarios of funny situations that pregnancy and childbirth puts you in. Although this books tries very hard to do these things, it fails miserably. This book is neither funny nor heart-warming.
Bella is a very irritating and unlikable character. In the first chapter we find that she had a one night stand while in a long term relationship. I had no sympathy for her after this and it set the tone for the rest of the book. This woman panicks over everything in an over-the-top manner and winges far too much. And as a grown woman trying to get pregnant, she should know a few things about her body and how it functions. Unfortunately, she does not and instead of it being funny it made the character look completely stupid and uneducated.
"What does the placenta do again?"
"The pregnancy test shows three stripes. Does that mean I'm having triplets?
And her answer to the question:
"Would you like a DVD?" (asked by the nurse when having an ultrasound)
"...but what's the DVD?" I floundered. The receptionist looked at me as though I was mad. "Your baby," she enunciated very slowly. "Yes, I realise that, but it won't actually be doing anything will it?" I mean it's not like the foetus was skulking around the womb carrying on like Robert De Niro in Taxi Driver.
And after the relentless ultrasound appointments, doctor appointments, reading about pregnancy, Belle stills asks the question:
"What does my cervix do again?"
Sadly, there are many quotes such as these as this is how the book continued until the very. bitter. end. There is nothing likable about this book. If it irritated me as much as it did, then I can only imagine what it will do to someone thinking about getting pregnant, is pregnant or has been pregnant and given birth.
Belle also meets up with her ex-boyfriend Charlie, after not seeing each other for years and while she is six months pregnant with Jack's baby. There is nothing in the story, other than Jack having to work a lot of hours as he's a doctor, that really made me understand why Belle would start looking to Charlie for comfort and support. This just rang warning bells for me as I knew she had already been unfaithful. It added to my feelings of indifference to this character and really didn't help me connect with her at all.
Jack, the boyfriend, is okay, but he isn't a particularly strong character. He isn't really featured much in the story other than to argue with about names to call the baby and the fact that he isn't at any of the birthing classes due to working all the time. A valuable point at a vulnerable time, but not enough to secretly see your ex-boyfriend and to question your current relationship.
I'm sure many of the situations in this book do happen, especially with the stress that pregnancy brings but it just wasn't executed in the right way. Unfortunately, I wouldn't recommend this book.
This is the first novel by Lucy Diamond that I have read and I thought it was a fantastic read.
I really liked the characters: Georgia, career minded,This is the first novel by Lucy Diamond that I have read and I thought it was a fantastic read.
I really liked the characters: Georgia, career minded, selfish and sharp-tongued comes to realise there's actually more to life than work when her nan falls ill and she meets handsome Owen. Alice, sensitive and naive eventually fights back with the confidence of a mother protecting her child, even if it's from the man she thought she could never do without, and Katie, once bitten twice shy, lands the guy of her dreams but nearly loses him until she realises that not all man are the same. Three women. Three lives. And I loved them all. I could connect with each one of them on so many levels, which made each of their stories more believable and totally absorbing.
I enjoyed how periods of their pasts were woven throughout the present, as it gave the characters more depth and helped to understand them better. It was well written and kept my attention until the very end. The ending was fairly predictable, but I didn't mind. I cared about these women and wanted them to have a happy ending.
This book shows how three very different women can be the best of friends. It is about family, friendship, love and forgiveness. If you love chick-lit and want a feel-good read, then this is the book for you. Brilliant!
**spoiler alert** The story is narrated in the first person by Fern, who is obsessed with getting engaged before her thirtieth birthday. She is unhapp**spoiler alert** The story is narrated in the first person by Fern, who is obsessed with getting engaged before her thirtieth birthday. She is unhappy with her current boyfriend, Adam, and gives him an ultimatum: he must propose to her on her thirtieth birthday or that's it. As predicted he doesn't propose and so Fern decides to lust after the famous, sexy pop-star, Scott. The first few chapters are a bit slow, and I found the story difficult to get into, but it did manage to pick up when Fern meets Scott and their relationship begins. However, even with a few chapters dotted through out the book that are narrated by Scott, there isn't any relief from Fern and her incessant, repetitive declarations of lust, filling chapter after chapter, which became extremely dull.
It is interesting to hear Scott's thoughts about how he deals with fame and fortune, but he isn't a likable character, but maybe this was intentional from the author. Sadly, none of the characters in this book are particularly likable, with the possible exception of Adam, who we only get to read about in the first few chapters at the beginning and the last few at the end. I found Fern to be fickle, superficial and too obsessed with getting married to be really believable.
The 'twist' of Scott being 'possibly' gay I guessed before it was revealed in the book, and the ending was far too predictable. I did like, however, the fact that the relationship between Fern and Scott did not have the fairy tale ending and end up happily ever after.
The realisation that being a celebrity and having lots of money doesn't necessarily bring you happiness is lost on Fern. What I really wanted was to see Fern realise how shallow and ungrateful she has been and to come to some sort of understanding about how she can be a better person. Instead, Adam takes her back and she hasn't learnt a thing. It all ends a bit too abruptly with quite a few questions unanswered and was, to be honest, a disappointment.
I have never read Adele Parks before but knew that she was one of the most popular 'chick-lit' authors out there, so I had high expectations for this book. Unfortunately, it wasn't light or fluffy, funny, romantic or heart-warming - all the emotions I expect when reading chick-lit. I wasn't transported into another world and I didn't really care about the characters, so for me, this book just didn't deliver.
I really wanted to give this book 2.5 stars but couldn't and 2 was too low.
This is the third book in the Annie Valentine series and the first book I've read by Carmen Reid. The cover is lush and gives all the promise of a funThis is the third book in the Annie Valentine series and the first book I've read by Carmen Reid. The cover is lush and gives all the promise of a fun, warm, summer read. In a small way, it does accomplish this. It's light and easy to read, has a few funny moments and talks a lot about clothes and fashion. But for me it lacked something. There was no sparkle, no laugh-out-loud moments.
I couldn't really connect with Annie, she's in the same age bracket as me, being thirty...*cough*, but with two children I just couldn't identify with her. Although I appreciate that Annie was trying to be a warm, friendly and compassionate person, especially to the women she was dressing for the TV show, but unfortunately came across as fake and patronising, and to constantly end sentences with "babes" and "my darlin" soon became annoying rather than endearing. I also thought that Annie's dialogue put her in her forties rather than her thirties, and when I found out her age I was quite surprised.
The story with Annie's friend Svetlana, and her long lost daughter, felt as though it had been added due to the lack of story for Annie. It didn't make any sense for it to be there and, in my view, didn't tie in very well with the rest of the book. Svetlana's accent was also incredibly annoying and didn't come across as realistic (in fact, Dracula came to mind more than once).
There were some moving moments between Annie and her family and the occasional funny moment between Annie and her boyfriend Ed, which I enjoyed reading. I liked the irony as Ed, broody for a baby of his own, buys a tiny lapdog to replace the fact he doesn't have one. The best character for me, by far though, was Annie's gay friend Connor. He was funny and witty and totally camp. It was such a shame he wasn't in the story more, he would have been a hoot!
This book can stand alone and, in my opinion, the two books preceding it don't have to be read to understand what's going on. With that being said, maybe if I had read the other books I would have grown to like Annie's character. However, I don't think it would have helped me enjoy this book more than I did. ...more