Review – The Summer Getaway by Tilly Tennant

Synopsis – Ashley Moon is all set for a dream holiday with her daughter in the glittering French Riviera. But nothing can prepare her for the shock of discovering who’s staying in the villa next door…

Ashley Moon got much more than a suntan on her first ever foreign holiday; one whirlwind romance and nine months later she had a daughter,Molly.

Too heart-broken and proud to ever contact the father, Ashley made a decision to go it alone and raise her daughter herself. Fifteen hard and lonely years later, she finally has the chance to take Molly on her first ever holiday; a gorgeous, all-expenses paid trip to the charming French resort of St Raphael. 

It is the perfect setting for a week of quality time together; they plan to cycle through the sun-drenched vineyards, lounge by the glistening pool and practice their French on friendly locals. And just when Ashley thought things couldn’t get any better, comes the news of a handsome new occupant to the villa next door. 

But fate has other plans for Ashley. One look in to her neighbour’s dark hazel eyes is all it takes to give her the shock of her life. Standing in front of her is Haydon, Molly’s long lost father and the holiday fling she thought she’d never see again. 

As the temperature on the Cote D’Azure steadily rises and Ashley and Haydon begin spend more and more time together, will Ashley find the courage to tell him who she is – and more importantly, who Molly is? 

Title – The Summer Getaway

Author – Tilly Tennant

Published by – Bookouture

Release date – 11th July 2018

Genre – Romance, Women’s Fiction

Format – ebook review copy


Review – An easy summer read that will get you booking your our French holiday. 

It was nice to read a book where a single mum does get her happy ending. I enjoyed getting to know the characters although I found Sue a bit annoying and she should had left Ashley deal with it her own way. The setting of the book was lovely.

This is the second book I have read by this author and I will be reading the next one soon. 

I received an ARC copy of this book from Bookouture Press via Netgalley in return for an honest and fair review.

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WWW Wednesday 20/6/18

WWW Wednesday meme is by hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words and is a great way to do a weekly update on what you’ve been reading and what you have planned.

To take part all you have to do is answer the following three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

Currently Reading

I’m currently reading The Summer Getaway by Tilly Tennant. It’s been over a year since I read my first book by this author. I enjoyed Rome is Where the Heart is so much that I planned to read the sequel but never got round to it. I have however ordered the sequel and still waiting for it to arrive.
California Summer


Recently Finished

I’ve recently finished an ARC which was published yesterday. California Summer by Anita Hughes is a lovely, summer, showbiz novel. I always enjoy reading the fantastic locations Anita’s stories are set and I’m looking forward to the next one. Here is the link to my review.


Reading Next

The next book I am hoping to read is A Wedding in Italy by Tilly Tennant.

A Wedding in Italy

25 NetGalley Reviews

Today came to a surprise that I have received and reviewed my 25th ARC from NetGalley. I have been a NetGalley member for almost 2 years and I still enjoy receiving ad reviewing books. As part of sharing this achievement with you all, I thought I would share top 5 popular ARC’s I have received and reviewed so far to this day. I did try and make a book tag out of this last year but it was unsuccessful. Will still be doing this every year but not as a tag. It’s something I’m interested in finding out the stats on GoodReads.

Here goes:

  1. Heartless by Marissa Meyer currently has 53,074 ratings and an average star rating of 4.06. This is great as Marissa did a fantastic job of this book following the Lewis Carroll version of Alice in Wonderland.

2. WindFall by Jennifer E.Smith. This book currently has 7,054 rating with an average star rating of 3.71. 

3.  Don’t Stop Me Now by Colleen Coleman. This is Colleen’s debut novel and since reading this I’ve have read and reviewed every book by her, I will continue to read her books. So far this book has 2,795 rating with an average star rating of 3.88.

4.  Here We Are Now by Jasmine Warga. I believe this is the last YA ARC I have reviewed. So far this book has a rating of 933 and an average star rating of 3.56.

5. I’m Still Standing by Colleen Coleman. This is Colleen’s second novel. This book currently has 781 rating with an average star rating of 3.88.

I’m thrilled to have received the 25 review badge. 

If you are a NetGalley member I would like to hear what are you 5 most popular books you have received from NetGalley?

Review – Califonia Summer by Anita Hughes

Synopsis – Anita Hughes’s California Summer is a charming and beautiful love story about a former Hollywood producer who trades her cast list in for cookbooks in the hopes of following her dreams and finding new love.

Ben and Rosie are Hollywood’s newest director/producer dream team. After hitting it big at Sundance, it seems that their ten years of love and hard work are finally paying off. Rosie is happy making independent films, but Ben wants the A-List celebrity package: a house in Beverly Hills, fancy cars in the driveway, and his name on the biggest blockbusters. He’s willing to do anything, even sleep with the most famous producer in town, to get them.

Rosie is devastated by Ben’s affair, and she decides to take a break from show business. She accepts her best friend’s invitation to spend the summer at her parents’ estate in Montecito. It’s far away from L.A., the perfect place to start over.

In Montecito, Rosie meets a colorful cast of characters including Rachel, who owns a chocolate shop, and Josh, a handsome local who splits his time between surfing and classic cars. Suddenly Rosie has new friends and a new purpose. She starts a business in the village, and her luck seems to be turning around. But Rosie knows all too well that success comes with a price, and the price might be losing love…again.

California Summer is a touching and romantic story about following your dreams but not letting them get in the way of love.

Title – California Summer

Author – Anita Hughes

Published by – St Martin’s Press

Release date – 19th June 2018

Genre – Women’s Fiction

Format – ebook review copy


Review – After reading this book, I think everyone needs a best friend who’s parents own a luxury estate near the coast. To spend time in a place when you have hit a bump in the road and need support in order to pursue your dreams and ‘throw away the rule book’. 

California Summer is a lovely summer read and a story you can easily get lost in the plot and easily start picturing in your head the wonderful locations mentioned. For me this plot would be a great romantic film. Rosie shares her love of romantic movies that include stars like Audrey Hepburn. 

I liked all the characters that become Rosie’s friend and giving her support and confidence to achieve her goal opening her own fish taco shop. I liked the friendship between Morris and Rosie the most as Morris knew exactly what to say and do to get Rosie back on her feet whenever she had a bad day.

I’m looking forward to Anita’s next novel mainly to find out the next location she will transport us.

I received an ARC copy of this book from St Martin’s Press via Netgalley in return for an honest and fair review.

 

WWW Wednesday 13/6/18

WWW Wednesday meme is by hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words and is a great way to do a weekly update on what you’ve been reading and what you have planned.

To take part all you have to do is answer the following three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

Currently Reading

The ARC I’m currently reading is California Summer by Anita Hughes. I’m halfway through and so far so good. This book will be published on the 19th and I will make sure I finish and share my review before the date.

The Life-Changing Power of Sophrology: Breathe and connect with the calm and happy you

I’m also currently reading The Life Changing Power of Sophrology by Dominique Antiglio. I came across this book in the Marie Claire magazine (May Edition). At first I was going to follow the techniques as I read the book but I’ve change my mind. My plan now is to read the whole book before I follow the power of Sophrology.

 

As I have failed to read a Classic book so far this year I have finally choseThe Great Gatsbyn to change this. On Sunday I started reading The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. My goal is to read this book every Sunday. So far I have only read the first chapter and I can say that this genre is going to take me time to get used to.

 

 


Recently Finished

Since my last WWW post, I’ve recently finished Summer at 23 The Strand by Linda Summer at 23 The StrandMitchelmore (link to my review click the title). This is book that is best to know nothing about before reading it. This was my second summer read of the year.

 

 


Reading Next

This is difficult for me because at the moment because I’m behind on my reading goals. When I finished California Summer, the next ARC on my list is The Summer Getaway by Tilly Tennant.

My 2018 reading goals check in

I cannot believe we are halfway through the year that is 2018. I thought I’d check in and log my progress on the reading goals I set at the start of the year. I don’t know why I’m bothering because I know I haven’t done that well. Having said that, it might motivate me to read more.

1. GoodReads goal of 43 books – So far I’ve read 13 books and I’m currently 4 books behind schedule. Since I became a member of GoodReads, I’ve always been 4 or 5 books behind schedule and it’s something I’ve just have to put up with  because it happens naturally. 

2. Reading one ARC a month –  I would love to read more ARC’s a month by I want to enjoy reading and not feel forced to read. So far I’ve read 6 ARC’s which is one a month and I’ve seemed to have read two in one month. This goal works well for me and I will continue with ease.

3. Classics – Now here it all goes down hill. My goal was to read at least 1 classic every 3 months and I haven’t read a single one. 

4. Beat the Backlist challenge – So far I have crossed off 7 out of 16 books off my list. Two books I took off my tbr list and I’ve read 5. So far I’m pleased with this progress. 

So here is want I have read in the first half of 2018. It’s not much but to be honest I haven’t been picking up books as much as I did last year. My mind has been else where so far this year but I’m planning to read most this second half of 2018.

Review – Summer at 23 The Strand by Linda Mitchelmore

Synopsis – A delightfully uplifting holiday read, perfect for fans of Lilly Bartlett, Tilly Tennant and Eve Devon.

Escape to the seaside this summer!

Title – Summer at 23 the Strand

Author – Linda Mitchelmore

Published by – HQ Digital

Release date – 5th June 2018

Genre – Romance, Women’s Fiction

Format – ebook review copy

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WWW Wednesday 30/5/18

WWW Wednesday meme is by hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words and is a great way to do a weekly update on what you’ve been reading and what you have planned.

To take part all you have to do is answer the following three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

Currently Reading

Two weeks later I’m still reading Summer at 23 The Strand by Linda Mitchelmore. I’ve got used to the long chapters and can’t wait finish and share my thoughts in a review. So far I have read 67% of an ARC copy.


Recently Finished

I’ve recently finished reading Calm by Fearne Cotton. I have read this book over a periodCalm: Letting go of stress and searching for a happy centre of two months and since then, my thoughts have change a lot. At the start of the reading the book I was enjoying it. By the end of the book I didn’t enjoy it as much because I was looking for deeper answers. The reason behind this is that i have done a bit of research and bough other books on calm and dealing with stress. I will keep this book in order look back on the tips and strategies recommended.


Reading Next  

The next book I hope to start reading soon is California Summer by Anita Hughes. This will be my fourth book I have received via Netgalley by this author.

 

WWW Wednesday 16/5/18

WWW Wednesday meme is by hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words and is a great way to do a weekly update on what you’ve been reading and what you have planned.

To take part all you have to do is answer the following three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

Currently Reading

First I am currently reading Geekerella by Ashley Poston. This book of choice is from my Beat the Backlist challenge. I so glad to finally get round to reading this book and it’s the retelling I have read in a long time. The start of this book does remind me of the film Cinderella Story that stars Hilary Duff and Chad Michael Murray.

The ARC I am currently reading is Summer at 23 the Strand by Linda Mitchelmore. I haven’t read much but so far I am enjoying it. I will share my review after I have read the ARC. If you are interested to know, this book will be published next month.


Recently Finished

I am not one for non-fiction but I must say, I’m so glad I chose to read Eat Sweat Play by Anna Kessel. By reading this book I feel as if I’ve learnt a lot and I’m proud of myself for developing a habit in going the gym once a week for the last two years. I would love to read another non-fiction book on a topic I am interested.


Reading Next

The next I have on my tbr list is California Summer by Anita Hughes.

Review – One Summer in Rome by Samantha Tonge

Synopsis – To Rome…with love?

Mary Smith is turning her very ordinary life upside-down! She’s bought herself a one-way ticket to Rome and is ready for a summer she’ll never forget.

Men might be off the cards for waitress Mary, but within hours of arriving at the utterly charming family-run La Dolce Vita pizzeria, she’s already fallen in love with the bustling capital!

Only Dante Rossi, the mysterious (and drop-dead gorgeous) chef seems displeased with her arrival. And in the heat of the kitchen, it doesn’t take long for long-buried secrets to surface and sparks to fly…

Title – One Summer in Rome

Author – Samantha Tonge

Published by – HQ Digital

Release date – 9th May 2018

Genre – Romance, Women’s Fiction

Format – ebook review copy

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