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Hubble Bubble

(Yorkshire Romances #3)

3.57  ·  Rating details ·  254 ratings  ·  55 reviews
Be careful what you wish for

Holly Grey only took up witchery to keep her friend out of trouble and now shes knee-deep in hassle, in the form of apocalyptic weather, armed men, midwifery and a sarcastic Welsh journalist.

Kai has been drawn to darkest Yorkshire by his desire to find out who he really is. What he hadnt bargained on was getting caught up in amateur magic and
Paperback, 356 pages
Published June 7th 2013 by Choc Lit (first published May 8th 2013)
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Jun 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I loved reading this magical book. For me it was something so different. A group of friends in to woods to do witcher. The group of friends sit by primus stove and a large saucepan.They put into the pan a real owl's eye, an ex's toenail clippings.They all write a wish list and put that too in side the pan. Be careful what you wish for now!.
I think I've read this before but neither reviewed nor rated it!

I have to be honest I think this was a bit of a miss by Jane Lovering, usually I think she can do no wrong but this one didn't do it for me.

Holly Grey is a location scout for TV programmes, she also spends a lot of time caring for her elder brother who tends to talk to walls and get depressed if he is off his meds. Her BFF Megan is one of life's optimists and forces Holly to join a women's group to do magic and make their dreams
Jun 11, 2020 rated it liked it
Well there certainly was a lot going on in this one! I think Ill 3.5 but not a full 4 stars.

MC Holly is a single independent woman doing her thing, taking care of her older brother and crushing life. Her friend wants to play pretend witches and her life shifts axis and it turns into this story about introspection and truly loving life and not just going through the motions.

Kai was a fun character but, for being 36, had a ton of emotional baggage that felt very teen heartthrob more than grown
Jun 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
When Holly's brother Nick introduces her to Kai she dismisses him as someone of little importance despite his devastatingly attractive looks, most of her concentration is given over to her brother of whom she has been protective all her life.

But Kai is destined to keep cropping up in her life especially when along with her best friend Megan she answers a small ad to join a witchcraft group just for a laugh she tags along and meets a disparate group of women all looking for that missing
Megan Readinginthesunshine
May 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Holly Grey only becomes involved in witchery after tagging along with her friend with the intention of looking out for her. However, the pair dont quite realise what they have let themselves in for. Kai has arrived in Yorkshire desperate to find out who he really is, however he hadnt planned on being caught up in magic either

I really loved this. Hubble Bubble was the first book that I had read by Jane Lovering and I was not disappointed one bit. In fact, Im very much looking forward to reading
Jun 14, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020, ebooks
Yeah it's a 2 star at most lol, might have been a bit too generous with my initial 2.5-3 star rating. It just wasn't really that great, and I felt like I had to force my way through it for a book challenge, and found I didn't really like any of it. The main character seemed cool, but the most interesting thing about her was her relationship with her brother, Nicholas, and I wanted more exploration of that, and less focus on the magic witchy stuff and the romance with Kai, who just felt too ...more
Samantha Montgomery
Oct 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely amazing book, I loved it so much I couldn't put it down! Totally recommend
Shaz Goodwin
May 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Hubble Bubble starts with Holly round best friend Megans. Megan has split from boyfriend Tom. Rescuing an old half eaten takeaway wrapped in newspaper from the fridge (a meal shed shared with him) Megan sees an advert on the newspaper for women to form a group.

Leaving Megan, Hol meets brother Nicholas in a pub and is introduced to journalist, Kai. She looks after Nicholas. We find out that Holly is a location scout and Kai has a gothic property on the edge of the woods. Holly has no time for men
May 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
I have received an ARC from a publisher for review.
To be honest, I didn't know what to expect from this book. Hocus - pocus, witches... I mean, there is only one Harry Potter :) And although this book started a little slowly for me, after some time it took such a pace that I just couldn't wait to turn the page and read, read and read. If I could, I would finish this book in one go, it was a fantastic read.
There is actually everything: comedy, drama, thriller, romance in it. There are some best
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May 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
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I think one of the things I love best about Jane Loverings books is her ability to make paranormal sound so contemporary. In this book, we find Holly practically dragged along to join a rather dodgy womens group that dabbles with the occult. There is something very WI about this group and I found myself pining to join them. Only Jane Lovering could make dabbling with the occult sound like a knitting circle.

Holly is a great protagonist. The
Katey Lovell
Jul 04, 2013 rated it liked it
I had heard good things about publishers ChocLit, so when the opportunity to review one of their books written by award winner Jane Lovering I leapt at the chance. Hubble Bubble sounded an interesting read, chicklit/romance with a supernatural twist.

Holly Grey is a sensible, no nonsense woman. So no one is more surprised than her when she agrees to go along to a witchcraft meeting to keep her friend company. Despite thinking the whole thing is a load of tosh, Holly joins in. The group all share
Jun 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Holly Grey decides to take part in a witchcraft workshop to keep her friend happy. Little do the girls know what they have bargained for. In addition, things dont get any easier when mysterious Kai turns up at the scene. Will the girls dreams and wishes come true?

I really enjoyed reading this book. The story is told from the female main characters (Holly) point of view. Jane uses an extremely descriptive writing style which made it so easy for me to experience the story side by side with Holly.

HelenDolly Plumb
Jun 11, 2016 rated it it was ok
This book was readable enough but essentially more about romance than witchery.
The inclusion of Holly's brother's character was a good idea, he was the most interesting part of the story.
If you want some lighthearted trash to read on the train read it by all means
Rhoda Baxter
May 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
I reviewed this book for Romantic Fiction Online. You can read the full review there.
Jul 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! Good strong characters and some great twists and turns, can't recommend this highly enough and I'm now going to check out Jane's other works x
Sonia Bellhouse
May 04, 2018 rated it liked it
A bright and breezy romance with plenty of humour and sprinkling of magic thrown in. Holly and the other women cast a spell. Holly specifies she wants excitement. She gets that in spades and a couple of hunky men too. Although all are dubious about their magical abilities it seems they have effected change and their wishes are coming true.
Jun 18, 2018 rated it it was ok
Meh. This is a romance with a very very mild whiff of any Hubble bubble
Dusty Schofield
Aug 06, 2019 rated it it was ok
just not my cup of tea
jo freeman
May 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Such a cute story with a mix of anxious moments, magic and love. Really enjoyed this
Jan 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015-tbr-pile

When Holly Grey's best friend books them in for magic lessons, she can't believe her luck and not in a good way. Her bubbly friend Megan says it will be a great idea, but Holly has other opinions of the matter, though despite what she thinks, Holly backs her friend up so she won't be alone.

So when Megan and Holly turn up at the witches house, only to discover that it is an elderly woman gone a bit mad, Holly just can't get over the amount of tripe the old woman says,
Oct 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Jane Lovering is the queen of quirky, innovative and outrageous romantic comedy and she is back with Hubble Bubble, a fabulous new novel that will make you laugh out loud as well as shed a tear or two.

Holly Grey has got neither the time nor the inclination for a long-term relationship. Romance is certainly not on the agenda for the busy location scout who has got to juggle the incessant demands of her demanding job with looking after her brother and trying and failing to keep her best friend
May 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
I really enjoy Jane Loverings novels, ever since her first offering Please Dont Stop The Music, followed by her second novel Star Struck which was even better than her first, if that was possible! Shes such a fabulous author, capable of coming up with book plots most other authors wouldnt dream of, and I like that her novels dont conform to most Chick Lit guidelines, and theyre all the better for it. When I was offered her new novel Hubble Bubble to review I jumped at the chance; Ill be honest, ...more
Feb 16, 2017 rated it did not like it
Picked this one up at the library because it looked fun, something a bit different from my normal historical and science fiction. It's OK if you're after a book to quickly read at the beach (or indeed while you're stuck indoors during a Yorkshire snowstorm), and on the surface it seems fine, a modern comedy-romance novel. I appreciate it's not meant to be realistic, it's meant as escapism, but a few things still bug me.

One is the fact that it relies on the rather dated, stereotypical (and
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Holly doesn't believe in magic, but her best friend is determined to drag her along to this new coven she's heard about. It was founded by a woman who seems convinced that checking out a couple of books on witchcraft from the library and following the instructions will allow them to cast spells and obtain their hearts' desires. Suddenly, Holly is spending too much time wandering around the cold woods, making disgusting concoctions. She's also distracted by Kai, a mysterious Welsh journalist ...more
Hubble Bubble was quite a strange book for me to read and review. After reading the synopsis, I wasnt quite sure if it was a paranormal romance or a chick-lit book, but upon reading the first few chapters I grasped that it was a sort of mixture of both, but more on the chick-lit side.

Holly is a thirty-something woman from Yorkshire who is content without a man or children in her life. She goes along with her friend Megan to a nearby womans house who promises to make all the womens wishes come
Sarah Goodwin
Sep 02, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: chick-lit
It was OK. Sort of like a kit-kat is ok, it's not chocolate, it's not quite a biscuit, but it's alright, in a pinch.

I had a few problems with this book, but none were too big or too bad to stop me finishing it, though I'll admit I skimmed the second half. There were lots of not-quite-sensical dialogue and attempts at humor that had me stumped, it simply made no sense. There wasn't really any depth to the characters, main or side. They had back stories, they had problems, they had seemingly
Blodeuedd Finland
I liked that you could make up your own mind about what happened in this book. Did they really do magic? Or was it just by chance? I will go with magic cos magic is always cooler.

Holly was a practical woman. She takes care of her brother. She does not do long term relationships. She does not see the big problem in her own life. But I liked that about her, it brings the drama in a good way. She needs to think about what she really is doing and then she can move on.

The love interest then, oh how
Felicity Terry
Feb 21, 2013 rated it liked it
A 'busy' book combining elements of an almost fairytale nature with a love story (in fact several 'love' stories of a sort) and, in the broadest sense of the definition, a crime thriller, I found Hubble Bubble to be one of those books in which all of the aspects of the novel, characters, barring one, perhaps two, included, were fair to middling with nothing in particular to recommend any of them and yet, billed as contemporary fiction, it is a light, enjoyable enough read. Be warned though, if ...more
Robyn Koshel
Feb 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
If you could cast a magic spell to get whatever you wanted. What would you wish for? I'd wish for a sequel to this book.
What I really liked, is that the magic is based in reality. Was it magic? Or everything working out for the best. That is what I think real magic is, not having 100% proof but still believing. Not one over the top nose twitch here.
Kai is a wonderful three dimensional character full of angst and smouldering Welsh-ness. Holly is a strong modern heroine who doesn't need saving;
Angela Britnell
Mar 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book Id read by this author and loved the sharp wit and sparkling dialogue running throughout the story. Holly is a cynic where men are concerned and only goes to a womens group whose leader is dabbling in magic to keep her friend out of trouble. But trouble finds them anyway. While shes dealing with armed men and atrocious weather Holly meets Kai, a sexy, intelligent, world-weary Welsh journalist who is trying to unravel the secrets of his past. Their relationship is anything ...more
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Jane Lovering was born in Devon, England but, following extradition procedures, now lives in Yorkshire. She has five children, four cats, two dogs and doesn't believe in housework so the bacteria and dust are approaching sentience and now rank among the pets. Incidentally, she doesnt believe in ironing either, and the children all learned self-defensive cookery at early ages. She works in a local ...more

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