Chick Lit

The Lemon Grove by Helen Walsh

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Before I get started with this review let me tell you a bit about how I came across this book. After sifting through various sites online I came across the fabulous Books on the Underground. Now this is not a boring website – no, no! Books on the Underground is run by Hollie, she is friendly, helpful and ready to take this project to a new level. Spreading the bookish love by leaving little treats for the general public on the London Underground is only part of her arsenal of tricks – there is a book club now and being of part of it is just fabulous. Sadly I was unable to make it to the meet for the discussion of the book I am about to review. From what I gather however the word on the end of most tongues was ‘unconvincing’. We shall see . . .

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The Back of the Book says

Each summer, Jenn and her husband Greg return to Deia, on Mallorca’s dramatic west coast. This year the arrival of Emma, Jenn’s stepdaughter, and her new boyfriend Nathan threatens to upset their equilibrium. Beautiful and reckless, Nathan stirs something unexpected in Jenn. As she is increasingly seduced by Nathan’s youth and the promise of passion, the line between desire and obsession begins to blur. What follows is a highly charged liaison that puts lives and relationships in jeopardy. For Jenn, after this summer, nothing can ever be the same.

My Thoughts

From E.L. James to Sylvia Day the mummy porn section of the book aisle has expanded ten fold over the past year and a bit. This book would fit nicely in that area. With a softer side sexual exploration this slightly unbelievable tale of a step mother who seems to have tried her very best to fit into the family but goes off the rails. Now when I say off the rails do not get the wrong impression of a party animal young mum, think more along the lines of cradle snatching older lady. Be clear in your thoughts that I am not saying that it has not happened in reality and if it did then it is by no means my business (unless it is my son!) but the way the storyline pans out just makes you think out loud ‘REALLY?!’. This however did not make the book a disaster.

The first couple of pages with their descriptive text pulls you into a dream like state of fantasy with the sun beating down on you whilst you shelter in the titled Lemon Grove and flick through your latest read. The only thing on your mind being where you are going to get the next glass of Chianti and a recent dinner reservation. Then suddenly she remembers the imminent arrival of step-daughter Emma and her new beau Nathan. Big question being – when did she get old enough to have boyfriends joining her on holiday. Asthma pump at the ready and Jenn is suddenly wondering if the invite was such a good idea.

Enter sultry, sulky young Emma and her ‘Adonis’ beau Nathan and all of a sudden tranquility turns into turbulence. Not only is Jenn gobsmacked at the womanly sight of her step-daughter but her knickers need ringing out after the young pound of flesh known as Nathan parades around like the poolside is his catwalk. After much deliberation the debauchery ensues and Jenn has plunged into a seedy world that she must keep quiet and lives in fear of her nearest and maybe not so dear finding out. Can it continue? Well that is why you have to read the book.

Helen Walsh did well here, however it was just slightly too unconvincing with the description Nathan’s ultra manly physique when he was otherwise described as a young boy. Apart from this be prepared for a sizzler of a summer read that you may need a spare pair of pants and if you in the singles club your little black book may get a dusting off!

Rating

rating3* Mediocre Beans

REVIEW: The Vintage Girl (Swept Off Her Feet) by Hester Browne

The Vintage Girl by Hester Browne

The Back of the Book

When Evie Nicholson is asked to visit Kettlesheer Castle in Scotland to archive the family heirlooms, she jumps at the chance. Evie’s passion for antiques means that, for her, the castle is a treasure trove of mysteries just waiting to be uncovered.

But in each heirloom lies a story, and in the course of her investigations Evie stumbles upon some long-buried family secrets. Add handsome, gloomy heir Robert McAndrew and a traditional candlelit gala to the mix, and Evie’s heart is sent reeling with an enthusiasm that may just extend beyond the Kettlesheer silver…

My Thoughts

It has been a while since I finished listening to this particular book. I guess the best place to start is at the beginning.

This book may be better known as Swept Off Her Feet by Hester Browne. The writing was deliciously sweet and listening to the book gave it a completely different dynamic. My bug bear with audio books is that they take the imagination out of reading. When you pick up a book and really get stuck in the voices that you have in your head are yours and only that. When audio takes over you just have to go with it or stop listening. Luckily the reader was delightful and put on a variety of voices that fit the bill perfectly.

Evie is a thirty year old hopeless romantic who loves everything art, vintage, history and quite a bit of old tat. Everything has a back story which fascinates Evie endlessly. Driving her boss mad buying on a whim and hoping that someone will see the beauty that she has seen. Evie lands the opportunity of a lifetime (for Evie!) and she heads up to the beautiful Scottish Highlands. Her sisters other halves family live in the most beautiful (from description) castle in the middle of nowhere. Not everyone can say that they have been a welcomed family guest in a castle. Well some may be able to but I can safely say that I am not one of them.

Whilst taking in all of the beauty of Kettlesheer’s glory the family descend and we meet Duncan and Ingrid a pair that can only be described as nothing other than chalk and cheese. With Duncan’s hefty outbursts and Ingrid’s quite becoming conversation they really are a couple that if I met would be in awe. They say opposites attract and this a testament to exactly that.

This is the point where I just cannot forget Robert McAndrew. You will get to know throughout the story that there is some serious chemistry between Evie and Robert. Quite the modern young scotsman in London, a family man at heart but with his own life and outlook on it. A man that most woman seem to want these days – damn fiction! Between the reeling (dancing!) and shuffling through family heirlooms the build up of sexual tension is ferocious and you will most likely like myself scream at the pair of them to just make something happen and SOON!

There are lots of other delightful twists and turns throughout the book that if you like most chick lit you will most definitely enjoy.

Overall this book is worth the read and I would recommend it as a holiday read.

Thank you to Quercus books for sending me the lovely book and sparking my interest in the first place :D

Rating

rating3*

Mediocre Beans

#IMWAYR

IMWAYR

This gorgeous little meme is something that the lovely Sheila has been keeping strong with over at her blog Book Journey.

It is the one day in the week where all of us book lovers can come together share what we are reading and add books to our forever growing To Be Read lists!

Sometimes I warn you this meme is detrimental to your wallet and book shelves however there are some awesome people out there so GET INVOLVED :D

STILL READING!

The Humans by Matt Haig

 

STILL LISTENING TO

The Vintage Girl by Hester Browne

Last week was not a terribly eventful week for me on the book front.
On the positive side I have been trying to squeeze in some listening so I am making progress on my current audio book!

A LITTLE NOTE FROM AUDIBLE!

On Thursday 5th June it is the London launch of #run2workday. Audible is supporting this great initiative and giving away a free audio download from a fantastic selection of books. This is in partnership with The Evening Standard.

The #run2workday initiative, which will kick off with a London launch on 5 June, is a nationwide campaign designed to inspire people to make running part of their everyday routine and to get London moving this summer. It will encourage Londoners to run to work instead of driving or using public transport, and to donate their usual fare to the Evening Standard’s partner charity, The Dispossessed Fund.

As official partner of the #run2workday scheme, Audible will offering a free audiobook download to all those who sign up to take part, with no strings attached. Runners will be able to select a download from Audible’s extensive catalogue of over 100,000 titles, ensuring hours of listening to keep them motivated and entertained as they run.

Runners World, the UK’s largest running magazine, recently partnered with Audible to examine how listening to Audible audiobooks affected the performance of long-distance runners*. Almost three-quarters of users said that listening to audiobooks made running more enjoyable and 1 in 5 found that listening to audiobooks made them run more often. 4 out of 5 said they would be likely, or very likely to continue using audiobooks in the future, and the same proportion said they would recommend listening to audiobooks to a friend or family member who runs.

In the run-up to the first #run2workday, Audible will also take ownership of ‘Run Hub’, Runners World’s online community. ‘Run Hub’ is an interactive running channel that enables users to log runs, join groups, diarise training schedules, share information and take part in new challenges every month. Audible is taking over the monthly challenge for the next two months, with June’s challenge being to run2work.

Laurence Howell, Director of Content at Audible.co.uk said: “Audible was founded by a runner, who realised that long-form storytelling was the perfect companion to a long run. Ever since then, some of Audible’s most dedicated listeners have been members of the running community, who rely on audiobooks to entertain and motivate them on the road. We are delighted to be involved in the #run2workday scheme and hope that people will be inspired to start pounding the pavements, and realise that it’s also a great opportunity to enjoy a good book!”

www.run2work.com/run2work-day   |   #run2workday

GET INVOLVED GUYS!

#IMWAYR

IMWAYR

This meme is hosted by the lovely Sheila over at Book Journey.

Another week has started and the pages keep on turning over here at Blog A Book.
As I am working today not much reading will get done during the day but I hope to catch up a bit when I get home and on the way home!

Reading

The Humans by Matt Haig

Although I am still reading this I have made a considerable dent and last night I switched off the TV in a bid to get even closer to the end.
As Sunday goes for TV it is pretty dry on anything new and jam-packed with repeats so it was the perfect opportunity to sit by open window with the sun streaming in and read away the evening.

Listening To

The Vintage Girl by Hester Browne

This is one that has been on my To Be Reviewed pile for a while and I just have never got to it.
So, when the opportunity to listen to it on Audible came up why not! I will let you know how I get on!

Finished

One Hundred Names by Cecelia Ahern

REVIEW HAS BEEN WRITTEN CHECK IT OUT HERE

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