Thursday, 23 March 2017

Review: Dead Simple, a Quick Reads Crime Anthology

A woman reports a crime to the police, with unexpected results
The grieving widow who finds that she's about to lose more than just her husband
When a man attempts the perfect murder, it's not quite as easy as he thinks
Two men in prison play a deadly game of Scrabble
A young woman tries to trick an old man and gets more than she bargained for
Sometimes crimes are solved in ways you can't explain
A murderer about to be hanged finds that's not the worst thing that can happen
You never know who's going to turn up at your door
Original stories from Mark Billingham, Clare Mackintosh, James Oswald, Jane Casey, Angela Marsons, Harry Bingham, Antonia Hodgson and CL Taylor - specially written for Quick Reads.
Review: This crime anthology contains 8 stories. I'm not going to cover each one but look at the Quick Reads book as a whole. Last year Quick reads released an anthology of short stories as part of its anniversary and I really enjoyed that particular read so I was pleased to see that they had done it again this year. i was even more excited to see that it was a collection of crime stories because that is a genre i read very little of but when I do pick something up, I tend to enjoy it. I was excited to discover new authors!

Of course I didn't love every single story, but there really is something for everyone here. I definitely preferred reading more of the psychological thriller stories than the police procedural, but there was even one which covered the historical crime genre, not entirely my cup of tea but it was great to have it included. I think my favorites were the stories by Clare Makintosh and James Oswold!

I did read this book in one sitting, but this would be great to dip in an out of, a story for each day of a commute, or a story before bed, although with the genre type, perhaps reading before bed wouldn't be the best idea. I think this book is great for people like me who read little to no crime novels and want to get into that genre or discover new authors. I would highly recommend this book and it is definitely something that would appeal to a wide range of audiences!

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Review: This Love by Dani Atkins

Sophie stopped believing in happy endings a long time ago, but could this love change all of that?
Sophie Winter lives in a self-imposed cocoon - she's a single, 31-year-old translator who works from home in her one-bedroom flat. This isn’t really the life she dreamed of, but then Sophiestopped believing in dreams when she was a teenager and tragedy struck her family.
So, to be safe, she keeps everyone at arm’s length. Sophie understands she has a problem, but recognising it and knowing how to fix it are two entirely different things.

One night a serious fire breaks out in the flat below hers. Sophie is trapped in the burning building until a passer-by, Ben, sees her and rescues her.
Suddenly her cocoon is shattered - what will be the consequences of this second life-changing event?

Review: I picked this book up knowing that there was a lot of hype surrounding it but not really knowing an awful lot more about it and I think that was a really good move. Dani Atkins really knows how to write a story that comes of the back of a tragic event but she has really celled herself with this novel. I spent the first third of this novel a little bit terrified as to what was going o happen to either of the main character, the next third loving life and really loving a blossoming relationship and then the last third being terrified that something awful was going to happen and trying to work out what. What a literary roller coaster-so much fun!

This book starts with a fire and Sophie, our main character, being trapped inside her apartment. As I mentioned above, this is incredibly tense and not something to read if that is a trigger to you bit I was so compelled by the first part of this book that the first 150 pages just flew by. I felt like I got to know Sophie fair quickly because of this major event and I think that this was an excellent way to open the move. We know from the blurb that something else tragic has happened to Sophie and this has effected her. From the beginning of the novel, I felt I could empathise with her as a main character and really rooted for her  to get her life together again following the tragic events. 

Ben comes into Sophie's life right at the beginning and seems to be one of life's rarities, a genuinely nice guy,  but we can see right from the word go that there is a little more to him than meets the eye but we're not sure what. The fun of working out what the mystery was with Ben, coupled with the fact that he helps Sophie to put her life back together again made for the middle of the book to be truly enchanting and just as compelling as the beginning of the book. I loved Ben as a character and really hope that some of his wonderful optimism rubbed off on me from reading this. 

The end of the book is really difficult to talk about without giving away any spoilers. Needless to say it is just as compelling as the previous sections of the novel and will definitely have you on the edge of your set. I reached the final few pages in a public place and had the common sense to leave them until I was back in the privacy of a hotel bedroom because you will definitely need tissues for this one and, should you wish to avoid crying in public, I would advice reading the final few chapters on your own or with an affectionate pet to keep you company. 

I loved this book so much more that I thought I would. I've read Dani's previous novels and this is definitely her best yet. If you are looking for a new book to pick up this week, something to take you away from the really world for just under 500 pages then this is definitely something you should be adding to you list right now. You will gasp, you will cry and you will come away from this read valuing life just a little bit more!

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Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Review: The Escape by CL Taylor

Look after your daughter's things. And your daughter…"
When a stranger asks Jo Blackmore for a lift she says yes, then swiftly wishes she hadn't. The stranger knows Jo's name, she knows her husband Max and she's got a glove belonging to Jo's two year old daughter Elise.
What begins with a subtle threat swiftly turns into a nightmare as the police, social services and even Jo's own husband turn against her. No one believes that Elise is in danger. 
But Jo knows there's only one way to keep her child safe – RUN.

Review: I was unbelievably excited for this new book from CL Taylor and as such wanted to allow myself time to read as much of this as possible in one sitting. I ended up reading all but the first few pages all at once and I am glad that I did. The storyline of a CL Taylor book is so tense and so gripping that I strongly believe all of her novels are best read in one sitting so that you can fully immerse yourself in the action and get the proper reaction to every moment in the book. That being said, I feel sure that this storyline will sick with you so much when you put the put down that you will absolutely be ready to dive right back into again upon picking it back up. 

One of the reasons I love CL Taylor's Psychological thrillers so much is because they generally have a slightly more domestic setting than other psychological thrillers I have read, meaning that there is a story that I can relate to going on alongside the action. The events take place in a normal household in a normal street or with a normal group of friends and I think because they are so relatable I find them so easy to read. This particular storyline surround a mother and her need to protect her daughter. There are a few issues with her anxiety and a few other issues in her home and work life but aside from that this is essentially what the storyline surrounds. 

I really liked getting to know the character or Jo, we experience the very first moments that this fear grips her, the need to escape is there right from the beginning and so we get to know what Jo is like and how she handles things very quickly. Husband max and their daughter are also in the action right from the word go and then we have the mystery situation for which Jo is trying to escape. I think Jo is like every other mother but also experiences the anxieties that a lot of us experience whether or not we are mothers and so we get  a very clear picture of Jo right from the beginning. 

A lot of this story is set in Bristol, with escapes to other cities which actually exist. The setting means that the story gets under your skin a lot more easily because we can picture the scenes taking place and imagine them happening just down the street from us, in our neighbourhoods and workplaces. I also loved the link with the title and the need for escape in the book. I loved the way the escape was interpreted throughout the story and without giving any spoilers away, I'm sure you will too. 

If you're not usually a psychological thriller fan, as I am not normally, then CL Taylor is a great place to start because her novels are so very easy to relate to but at the same time so compelling. I read this basically in one sitting, just like her previous 3 novels, which speaks for itself really. Her writing and her ability to twist and weave plots and characters just astounds me and I highly recommend picking up her latest novel right now!

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Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: top ten books I read in one sitting 21/3/17

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because they are particularly fond of lists over there at The Broke and the Bookish. I'd love to share my lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

This was an interesting one this week, did I pick short books or amazing books that I've simply not been able to put down? I answered my own question though, by of course chasing a mixture of both. I love a top ten like this and, as always, these are in no particular order!

(This one represents basically all of the Geek Girl Books!)

I Hope I've included a nice mixture of genres and themes there for you. I loved all these books and that's why I read them in one sitting but if you would like a similar list of short books that I really enjoyed then please do let me know in the comments and I'll put one together for you!

Monday, 20 March 2017

Review: Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty

Despite their differences, Erika and Clementine have been best friends since they were children. So when Erika needs help, Clementine should be the obvious person to turn to. Or so you'd think. For Clementine, as a mother of a two desperately trying to practise for the audition of a lifetime, the last thing she needs is Erika asking for something, again. But the barbecue should be the perfect way to forget their problems for a while. Especially when their hosts, Vid and Tiffany, are only too happy to distract them. Which is how it all spirals out of control... 

Review: Ok, full disclosure, this wasn't my favourite Liane Moriarty novel. I absolutely flew through her previous novels, most of which I listened to on audio book, waiting in the car for them to finish or staying up late to hear the end of a particular scene but this book took a while to get going for me. Liane Moriarty's novels are always very character heavy and so it can take a while to understand who is who and how they all relate to each other, but this book seemed to take extra long for that to happen. Once I worked out who all the characters were and what their individual quirks were, it was definitely easier to read/listen to and I really got into the storyline. 

The structure of this book is that there is a neighbourhood BBQ and we know right from the beginning that something happened at this BBQ but we don't really know what or who was involved and so this is where the thriller aspect of this novel, something which is ubiquitous with Liane's writing, really comes in. We have scenes set in present day and we also have flashbacks to the day of the BBQ. I think this may have been slightly easier to follow, had I read the print version of the book and not the audiobook, but sometimes it was hard to adjust back to the current storyline after the BBQ flashback because I had to work out which character's storyline it was. 

The storylines themselves are all very relevant. People having to struggle with being the second wife, with being a working mum. There are story lines dealing with mental health and hording, IVF and pregnancy, and what happens when an elderly neighbour suddenly hasn't been seen. I found all of the plot very interesting and I liked the way it was woven in with this thriller/mystery aspect of what happened at the BBQ, I think the clarity only becomes a little muddy when working out which mummy and daddy were which. 

I found all of the characters easy to read, once I had worked out who was who and for the second half of the book I was definitely rooting for them all. This author has a skill at spending part of the book portraying a character to be a little spoiled, or a bit of an outsider and then turning a corner and making you really sympathise or empathise with them and you really start to love them where you once hated them. I think my favourite character in this book was Erica. I liked her relationship with Oliver, her husband and I really liked the issues that Erica had to deal with. I think all the characters go on a journey over the course of this book, but I liked Erica's the most. 

If you are a Liane Moriarty fan then I definitely think you will enjoy this book. If this is going to be your first foray into this author's work then I would recommend picking up one of her other novels before this one as they are a little more fast paced and better reflection of her awesome writing. Not my favourite Liane Moriarty but I definitely enjoyed it from the half way point onwards!

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Blog Tour: Book News: Cards from Khloe's Flower Shop by Isabella Louise Anderson

It's time for another blog tour, this time focussing on some exciting new book news!
I am so excited to announce the tour for Cards From Khloe's Flower Shop by Isabella Louise Anderson!
"Cards From Khloe's Flower Shop is perhaps one of the most memorable stories I have ever read. The characters are a huge plus, but the main star was the wisdom hidden within this profound story."
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"Engaging, heart-warming, and full of romance, this one is bound to please readers."
As the owner of a successful florist shop, Khloe Harper trusts her instincts. She has a strong bond with her family and friends, but after being betrayed by her last love, she's kept herself at arms’ length from romance. When dashing entertainment attorney Derek Thomas walks into her store, Khloe’s interest is piqued. What at first seems like a business relationship quickly turns into romance, and Derek slowly plucks away the petals she’s been hiding behind. Just as Khloe lets down her guard, she discovers that Derek may not be worthy of her love after all.

Frumpy Connie Albright has a faux fascination with an imaginary man named Walt, thinking that by sending herself flowers from him she’ll feel less out-of-place with the “mean girls” she works with. When she comes face to face with her possible prince charming and thinking she might have a happy ending, when a truth is revealed, she wonders if she’ll ever have a Cinderella story.

A recently widowed senior, Gabby Lewis, isn't ready to give up on love—which means releasing herself from survivor's guilt and taking a chance on finding happiness and companionship again. After signing up for an online dating site for senior citizens, much to her surprise, she’s matched with Harry, an energetic and loving man, who quickly eases himself into her heart. Will Gabby take the leap of falling in love again, knowing it’s possible to have two loves of her life?

As each woman’s story develops through flowers and cards sent from Khloe's shop during the Fall months, they begin to learn that love can only truly blossom when you trust your heart.
"In Cards From Khloe's Flower Shop, author Isabella Louise Anderson weaves a delightful tale that follows three women's journey of self-discovery and finding an unexpected second chance at love."
"Cards From Khloe's Flower Shop is a wonderful novel about finding love and happiness that will leave a smile on your face."
about the author
Isabella grew up with a book in her hand, and to this day nothing has changed. She focuses her time on featuring other writers on her blog, Chick Lit Goddess, along with organizing Goddess Book Tours, and is a member of the Romance Writers of America.
She lives in Dallas with her husband, enjoys spicy Mexican food, margaritas, gin on the rocks (with a splash of lime). She loves spending time with family and friends and cheering on the Texas Rangers. Not only is Isabella an author, she’s also a Scentsy consultant and hoarder.
Isabella is the author of The Right Design and Cards From Khloe’s Flower ShopHer short story, “Meet Me Under the Mistletoe,” was featured in Simon & Fig’s Christmas anthology, Merry & Bright. She’s currently working on another book.
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Friday, 17 March 2017

Review: The Troublesome Tiger by Tamsyn Murray (Tanglewood Animal Park Book 2)

Zoe can't wait to meet the park's newest arrival, Tindu the tiger. But Tindu seems sad, and refuses to leave his den.

Can Zoe dream up a plan to help Tanglewood's tiger feel happy in his new home?

Review: This was just such a good read! This is the second book in the Tanglewood Animal Park series and I wouldn't say that you have to have read the first book in the series to be able to read this one, but its such a good book so I would definitely recommend it! This book sees Zoe and her family welcome a new tiger to the zoo. But fear not, this book is not all about a tiger. We get to revisit the baby zebra from the previous book in the series as well as some of the other favourite animals, the guinea pigs, the meercats and even a new stray cat!

What is wonderful about this book is everything I learned from it. I didn't go into this series expecting to take away so many facts from it about wild animals, but when I went to the zoo last week, I was able to see some of the creatures there in a whole new light thanks to Tamsyn Murray's fantastic research!

This book is also great because everything is seen through Zoe's eyes so we see the park though her curiosity and it means that it is even easier for the intended audience to identify with her and explore the park the way in which they would see it. Just like the previous book in the series, we also see aspects of Zoe's friendships and also her relationship with her family and the other people who work at the zoo, something for everyone!

As an educator, I would definitely recommend adding this book to your classroom, it would be a great book to share with a class or a reading group. And as a reader, I would definitely recommend adding this book to your TBR now, you will learn lots and it is a highly entertaining read too!

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My 4 Year Blogiversary

Happy Friday! And a very happy four year blogiversary to me! Yes I have been blogging on this site for 4 years today... My very first welcome to my blog post went up on 17th March and then my first review-The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris by Jenny Colgan-went up the day after that-aww happy days!

To celebrate my blogiversary I just wanted to let you know about a few changes that I have been making to the blog and Fabulous Book Fiend in general to mark this occasion.

You may have noticed that I have updated the layout a little, given it a little spruce. I did consider changing the name slightly as well and would therefore have gone with a complete re-brand but I did a pole on Twitter, the best things are decided that way I find, and people like the name so the same brand is sticking BUT some of the eagle-eyed amongst you may have noticed a little change when I post links and things...this site is now officially...

How cool is that? The site was actually a valentines present from my lovely husband and I decided I would officially announce it right here on this date!

You may also have noticed me sharing lots of videos recently too. Now that I have a little time on my hands I am trying to post videos regularly on my YouTube channel, so if you haven't already subscribed to that then head on over and check that out.

I'm also trying much harder with Instagram. I love posting pictures of what I am reading on there and you can expect my feed to be full of books and coffee because those things are just my favourite! You can find me HERE!

And if you are ever wondering where I am when I'm not on Twitter, it'll be because I am out and about exploring this country that I now live in and so you can usually catch up with what I am up to on my Snapchat so if you aren't already linked with me on there then feel free! I am SHOEFEIND on there-I know it is the wrong spelling but the right spelling wasn't available, c'est la vie!

I feel like last year's blogiversary just passed by in a blur, I was so busy with other things and that's ok because I loved moving forwards in my career but I also love the fact that I have had more time to put the work into this site, discover some amazing books and sharing my enthusiastic teaching style with you on my YouTube channel.

If you've been with me from the beginning then thank you from the bottom of my heart, a big shout out to those bloggers and publishers, you know who you are! And if you're new here then welcome! It is so lovely to have you. Please do leave me a comment letting me know some of your favourite posts and moments from the past few years and it would be lovely to connect with you on here, on YouTube, on Twitter, on Instagram or on Snapchat!

Happy Reading!

Thursday, 16 March 2017

The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett by Chelsea Sedoti

Hawthorn wasn't trying to insert herself into a missing person's investigation. Or maybe she was. But that's only because Lizzie Lovett's disappearance is the one fascinating mystery their sleepy town has ever had. Bad things don't happen to popular girls like Lizzie Lovett, and Hawthorn is convinced she'll turn up at any moment-which means the time for speculation is now.
So Hawthorn comes up with her own theory for Lizzie's disappearance.  A theory way too absurd to take first. The more Hawthorn talks, the more she believes. And what better way to collect evidence than to immerse herself in Lizzie's life? Like getting a job at the diner where Lizzie worked and hanging out with Lizzie's boyfriend. After all, it's not as if he killed her-or did he?
Told with a unique voice that is both hilarious and heart-wrenching, Hawthorn's quest for proof may uncover the greatest truth is within herself. 

Review: There was a lot of hype surrounding this book and sometimes that means that one picks up a book which has been championed by the hype and is somewhat disappointed by what they read. I wasn't hugely disappointed by this one but I wasn't as blown away by it as some people seem to have been.

This book was very easy to get into and was definitely a real page turner in the beginning because of the nature of the missing girl and trying to work out where she was and what had happened the night she disappeared. At the same time, we have Hawthorn's own storyline, her position as an outsider at school, seeing her relationships with her classmates and her family. For me though, the book starts to slow down after this initial rush of action. We get to see Hawthron's take on the disappearance and how her reaction compares to others in the community. But that's all that really happens. Obviously by the time we reach the end of the novel, we get to find out some answers about both girls and the pace definitely picks up again, but there was definitely  slump in the middle in terms of the storyline and the pace for me.

I thought Hawthorn was an interesting character and i could definitely relate aspects of her life back to my own time in high school. I think the main crux of Hawthorn's story is that she is having a bit of an identity crisis, as so many of us are as teenagers and so she sees Lizzie's disappearance as a chance for reinvention herself, but she ends up mirroring a lot of what Lizzie did in an attempt to be liked. There is much deeper forces at play throughout this storyline and I liked the story of Hawthorn's self-discovery much more than I liked the mystery aspect of the book.

There is also a little romance at play here and, of course, I really loved that story. There were some really cute moments and some other moments that were appropriately cringe-worthy given the fact that this is fist love territory. I really like the way the book ended and I was highly satisfied with the way all aspects of the plot wrapped up. This was a good read but unfortunately it didn't live up to the hype!

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Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Guest Review: Rome is Where the Heart is by Tilly Tennant

Can a holiday romance ever have a happy ending? Escape with Kate to the sun-drenched city of Rome where a love affair is just about to begin …

When Kate’s husband Matt dumps her on Friday 13th she decides enough is enough – it’s time for her to have some fun and so she hops on a plane to Rome. A week of grappa and gelato in pavement cafes under azure blue skies will be just what the doctor ordered.

What she doesn’t count on is meeting and falling for sexy policeman Alessandro. But the course of true love doesn’t run smoothly – Alessandro has five meddling sisters, a fearsome mama and a beautiful ex Orazia. They’re all certain that Kate is not the girl for him.

Can Kate and Alessandro’s love last the distance? Or will she return home with the one souvenir she doesn’t want – a broken heart 

Review: I have really enjoyed everything I have read from Tilly Tennant, so I was looking forward to reading this one, and, indeed, wasn't surprised to find myself spellbound by this title too. Once I got started, I found it difficult to put down, so there were quite a few late nights Kindle in hand. I have never been to Rome, although it is on my list of places to visit, but Tilly brought the city to me nicely, with her descriptions of the famous landmarks, the gorgeous food and wonderful restaurants, and the people themselves. 

The story revolves around Kate, who suddenly finds herself free to do as she wishes after her long time marriage to childhood sweetheart Matt comes to an end when he walks out. Kate has always wanted to travel but been held back by Matt's unwillingness to venture far. She sets off for a holiday in Rome, a city she has longed to experience more than anywhere. There she first encounters Jamie, an American who helps her find her way around and introduces her to some of the Roman culture, and then meets the incredibly handsome Alessandro, a local policeman. By the end of her week, she finds that she has not only fallen in love with a city, but also with a man and has made a new friendship that is made to last. When she finally has to return home, Kate is torn between a desire to up sticks and return to this place she has become incredibly drawn towards and her family, especially her sisters Anna and Lily with whom she has a close relationship. 

Although this is a beautiful love story, all is not plain sailing for the main characters. There is quite a bit of drama going on throughout, with a few mishaps at home and in Rome for Kate and her fiends and family. It all adds up to a book which, as I said at the beginning, is difficult to put down. I'm glad to see that there is a sequel on the horizon. I'm looking forward to finding out how things progress for everyone and experience a little more of life in Rome. 

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Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books by my Favourite YA/MG Authors

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because they are particularly fond of lists over there at The Broke and the Bookish. I'd love to share my lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

So a couple of weeks ago I did a video on my top ten favourite books by my favourite authors. That was the adult edition. These are my top ten favourite books by my favourite YA and MG authors. I did cheat a little bit on the last one!

John Green

Robin Talley

Holly Smale

Geek Girl (Geek Girl, Book 1) (Geek Girl Series) by [Smale, Holly]

Gayle Forman

Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

Tamsyn Murray

Laura Dockrill

Darcy Burdock by [Dockrill, Laura]

RJ Palacio

Sophie Kinsella

Rainbow Rowell-not a YA book I know!

Attachments by [Rowell, Rainbow]

Monday, 13 March 2017

Review: The Queen of Wishful Thinking by Milly Johnson

When Lewis Harley has a health scare in his early forties, he takes it as a wake-up call. So he and his wife Charlotte leave behind life in the fast lane and Lewis opens the antique shop he has dreamed of. Bonnie Brookland was brought up in the antiques trade and now works for the man who bought out her father’s business, but she isn’t happy there. So when she walks into Lew’s shop, she knows this is the place for her.

As Bonnie and Lew start to work together, they soon realise that there is more to their relationship than either thought. But Bonnie is trapped in an unhappy marriage, and Lew and Charlotte have more problems than they care to admit. Each has secrets in their past which are about to be uncovered. Can they find the happiness they both deserve?

Review: This was such a fabulous book to be absorbed in over a weekend and definitely one to banish those rainy springtime blues. Milly Johnson has a great gift of being able to weave serious issues and humour together with the help of characters you can easily relate to and relationships you can easily fall in love with and this book is a great example of that. This is a great book for die-hard Milly fans but also fabulous if this is your first foray into the wonderfully Yorkshire world that this author creates!

I was definitely hooked on this story right from the word go and found it really difficult to put down once I had picked it up. The story surrounds two people who are going through a great deal of changes in their lives and they each get a chapter at a time to deal with their own personal stories and then sometimes their tales overlap and we get to see the way they react to each other as well as the way they deal with their issues on their own, I loved this structure and it made for a very easy read. 

This book also deals with the antiques business and a little bit with the law, both of which I have limited knowledge of, but this wasn't a problem, as I was afraid it might be. I came away from the book feeling like a knew a little bit more about both and I really do look at the antiques industry in a completely different light now. I think if you have any interest in the business of antiques then this is definitely a must-read for you, but if you are new to that whole aspect of life, Milly will guide you through it, don't you worry. 

The issues of domestic violence, divorce, miscarriage and starting again from scratch are all covered in this book and yet you don't feel like this is a book about 'issues' and those things aren't forced down your throat at any point. Because this book has such strong main characters, these things are happening but are just a part of their lives and you get to deal with them alongside the characters so nothing seems to heavy or unnecessarily dramatic. 

Speaking of those characters, I loved those two main characters. Bonnie is a woman who is stronger than she realises and it was wonderful watching her grow and develop over the course of the book. She doesn't appreciate the sunshine that she brings into the lives of those around her and it is great seeing how she affects her friends and colleagues. Lew also doesn't seem to realise how strong he is. I loved how laid back he was throughout the whole of the book. I would love to have a boss like him and I really enjoyed seeing his transformation as the book went on. 

There were some seriously funny moments in this bit, particularly the misprinted newspaper headlines and captions that are interspersed throughout the pages. There were also a few moments when this book made me cry, sometimes through happiness and sometimes through sadness, but being able to laugh and cry at the same read is the sign of a truly good book and that's just what this is! I love how typically Yorkshire some of the phrases are and they were just the icing on the cake for me in what was a fantastic read and another win for Milly Johnson. 

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