Revell/ISBN-13: 978080073865/ISBN-10: 0800735234/Publication date 5th May 2020
Hadley Beckett’s Next Dish is a new romantic comedy from the author of The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck and Wooing Cadie McCaffrey. It tells the tale of two chefs who start out as rivals and, through competitions, self reflection and plenty of banter, end up becoming a lot more than that.
“The book was falling… I was reaching for it, and …. your lips were in the way” – I loved this line, it made me laugh so much.
Ah the joy of buying random books from Amazon for my Kindle. I saw this book initially on Goodreads and thought ah well, give it a go. I downloaded the sample chapter and had to download the rest of the book immediately. Now when I say I had to download immediately it was more to do with me being intrigued as to what was actually going on.
So this one has been on my Netflix queue for a while but as with all book to tv/film adaptations I prefer to read the book first, I wasn’t supposed to be buying books while in Waterstones the other week but hey ho I was in a bookstore so it was inevitable. While I was in the YA section staring longingly at the hard cover edition of Kingdom of Ash (I already have a normal paperback edition and a signed paperback edition – I CAN NOT buy the hardback edition as well) I saw a trio of teenage girls browsing the books when one of them spotted ‘The Kissing Booth’ and they all fangirled in a ‘OMG, I didn’t know it was a book’ kinda way, so clearly they had seen the movie and their reaction to it was enough for me to pick it up and head to the till (along with a copy of Dumplin’ – my next book to film read).Read More »
Every so often we like to do a book swap. Kate likes YA mainly and Becca enjoys thrillers. It’s good to try something different, so we came up with a book swap where we each give each other one of our reads and see what the other thinks.
This month we did ‘The Single Girl’s To Do List’ by Lindsey Kelk (being Kate’s chic lit choice) and ‘Pretty Girls’ by Karin Slaughter (being Becca’s thriller choice). Here’s what we each thought of our respective swaps!Read More »
So after my long and very rambling review of A Discovery of Witches, I hope to make more sense with this one – but no promises.
Shadow of Night is the second instalment in Deborah Harkness’ All Souls Trilogy and picks up right where ‘A Discovery of Witches’ left off, as Matthew and Diana journey to the past in order to unravel the mysteries of Ashmole 782 and to find a witch to help Diana embrace her magic. It sounds quite simple when I say it like that, but of course for a book that stretches over 630 pages it is not going to be as simple as that.
Now this is a funny review to write as even though I have left it a week since finishing the book – I am still not entirely sure how I feel about this book. I even have notes on this book and I did some research into the author and events mentioned in the book as I wanted to get my facts right before I wrote this review.
So, let me start with saying that this book (and the second in the series) has sat on the bookcase in the spare room since 2014! And if it hadn’t been for the advert showing the TV adaptation, the books would have probably stayed on the shelf until I eventually caved and read them or donated them to charity.
But once I properly started it, I was racing through it and was hooked.Read More »
I am going to say at the start of this that I often find Lindsey Kelk books to be a bit like Marmite – I either love them ( The Single Girls To Do List) or find them to be a bit ‘blah’ ( About A Girl springs to mind), but I really like Lindsey Kelk – I follow her on social media and I love how warm and bubbly she comes across and how she shows ‘real life’ , so as I like Lindsey whenever she brings out a new book I can’t help but want to read it.
The Woman in the Window by AJ Finn. This was sent to me by Harper Collins Publishing in early December. I’m a little late to the party as the hardback hit the shelves back at the beginning of the year. However, I’m glad I finally got round to this, as although I had some quibbles with it, by the end it was a good read, and is out in paperback on 27th December 2018.
What is it about? Well, Anna lives in her big, expensive house all by herself, since her husband and daughter left her. She doesn’t leave the house, as she is agoraphobic, and going along the lines of becoming an alcoholic too. Anna spends her days looking out of her windows at her neighbours, spying on what they are doing, and generally living her life through them. One day, Anna sees something criminal happen in one of her neighbours houses and that’s when her life becomes embroiled in this slow-burn, suck-you-in-by-the-end thriller!Read More »