The setting for this story was interesting, I don't know a lot about corporate finance and how businesses are sold, so it was a bit hard to understandThe setting for this story was interesting, I don't know a lot about corporate finance and how businesses are sold, so it was a bit hard to understand some of that side of things, but it was all kind of explained throughout the story as Rachel talked about her job to friends throughout the book.
The main character, Rachel, seemed quite realistic in that she has quite a few flaws, for example staying out late when she has work the next day, I can totally relate to that! But I didn't feel like I got to know her very well and when she makes decisions there was no explanation about why she made those decisions.
I also had trouble believing some of the unrealistic relationships in the story. For example, there's a nurse who is having an affair with at least three men at once, which I guess could happen, but it seemed a bit hard to believe for me.
Overall it's a fun read and I'd recommend it if you're looking for something a bit more intelligent than your average chick-lit.
Book received in exchange for an honest review. ...more
When Cleo finds some old recipes for homemade wine, her and Dylan have a go at making the wine, planning to serve it at the Harvest Home festival. CleWhen Cleo finds some old recipes for homemade wine, her and Dylan have a go at making the wine, planning to serve it at the Harvest Home festival. Cleo obviously fancies Dylan, and even though he's a bit of a player, I found myself really wanting her to end up with him. In a side story Cleo's teenaged friend Elvi is falling in love with Zeb, a rich kid who she knows her father will hate.
The Harvest Home festival is what the whole book leads up to, and it doesn't disappoint. When the wine is served for the first time it turns out to have magical effects on anyone who drinks it. This made for some really funny scenes, but it also revealed the secrets of some of the characters, which brought everything together nicely.
I really loved this book. I felt really involved with the characters and I enjoyed reading about the developing romances. I thought the story was a really original idea and I will definitely be seeking out more books by Christina Jones....more
The Cradle Snatcher is about Clare and how her life changes after she gives birth to twins.
We see the story from several different points of view (ClThe Cradle Snatcher is about Clare and how her life changes after she gives birth to twins.
We see the story from several different points of view (Clare, the nanny, Clare’s husband, etc), which would be interesting if it wasn’t so repetitive. I hated seeing the same event from three different points of view.
There are some fun characters in this book, I especially liked Clare’s mum and brother who both made me laugh whenever they were around.
Overall it was a typical chick-lit book, a bit funny but a bit clichéd too. As usual with this sort of book I got really annoyed with the ending. A good relaxing read if you like chick-lit, but really nothing special. ...more
Tess has brought up her disabled son Dan on her own for seventeen years, and doesn’t see why his dad should be involved now because he’d abandoned herTess has brought up her disabled son Dan on her own for seventeen years, and doesn’t see why his dad should be involved now because he’d abandoned her when she was pregnant and had never even bothered to reply to her letters. But when Phil does show up, Dan worships him.
As a character, I thought Phil was horrible. He was nice and everything, but I thought it was a bit weird the way he just assumed that he was welcome and it seemed like he almost forced Tess to talk to him sometimes. Every time he turned up I just cringed and wished he would get lost!
Another character I didn’t like was Jack’s work colleague, Charlie. She is desperate to go out with Jack and is always scheming to make him like her. But Jack has two daughters, and Charlie hates kids. She seems to think that he’s going to ditch his daughters to go out with her. She was a nasty piece of work.
My favourite character was Emily, Jack’s teenage daughter. She was a typical stroppy teenager, but she was really good at seeing through people like Charlie.
Overall I really enjoyed this book, even though it was slightly predictable. I thought the story did a very good job of showing the relationships between single parents and their children. ...more
Mickey is hiding a lot of things from his wife: his affair, his drinking and his massive debts. The family-run brewery is on the verge of being repossMickey is hiding a lot of things from his wife: his affair, his drinking and his massive debts. The family-run brewery is on the verge of being repossessed by the bank and he doesn’t know what to do about it. Gradually his secrets start to be found out by various characters in the book, and eventually everyone knows what a mess he’s in. Alongside the main story, there are other side-stories involving Mickey’s family members and acquaintances. The book is set in a fictional Cotswold village and I felt like I really got sucked into life in Honeycote, where it seems like there’s always something interesting going on....more
This is one of those books that I want to live in. I loved everything about it; the people, the seaside town, the wool shop, it was all wonderful. ThiThis is one of those books that I want to live in. I loved everything about it; the people, the seaside town, the wool shop, it was all wonderful. This book was really enjoyable and funny, I didn't want it to end!
My favourite characters were definitely the two boys, Archie and Jack; they were so funny at times, and just adorable.
I’m definitely going to be reading the next book in the series, Needles and Pearls. ...more