Tag: chick-lit

Surprise Me

Author: Sophie Kinsella
To Be Published: Tomorrow, February 13, 2018
432 pages

Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read: January 25, 2018- February 5, 2018
Jessica’s Rating: 3.5 stars

Book Description:

After ten years together, Sylvie and Dan have a comfortable home, fulfilling jobs, and beautiful twin girls, and they communicate so seamlessly they finish each other’s sentences. They have a happy marriage and believe they know everything there is to know about each other. Until it’s casually mentioned to them that they could be together for another sixty-eight years . . . and panic sets in.

They decide to bring surprises into their marriage to keep it fresh and fun. But in their pursuit of Project Surprise Me—from unexpected gifts to restaurant dates to sexy photo shoots—mishaps arise, with disastrous and comical results. Gradually, surprises turn to shocking truths. And when a scandal from the past is uncovered, they begin to wonder if they ever really knew each other at all.

With a colorful cast of eccentric characters, razor-sharp observations, and her signature wit and charm, Sophie Kinsella presents a humorous yet moving portrait of a marriage—its intricacies, comforts, and complications. Surprise Me reveals that hidden layers in a close relationship are often yet to be discovered.

Jessica’s Review:

Sophie Kinsella is one of my ‘go to’ authors. In fact, her novel Can You Keep a Secret is the book that got me reading again.  It was laugh out loud funny.  So much so a coworker asked if she could borrow it.  Many thanks to my aunt for giving it to me all those years ago!

I have enjoyed most of Kinsella’s books that I have read.  If you want an entertaining chick lit read, she is an author I recommend. Sadly, Surprise Me will not be a favorite. Surprise Me starts out promising, but failed the mark with me.  It starts out with our couple Sylvie and Dan(who have been married 10 years and have twin girls) finding out that they could live another 68 years together. Instead of joy and excitement that would be expected they have the opposite reaction: Panic.

They work on surprising each other in order to spice up the marriage. It becomes like a Bridget Jones or Becky Bloomwood type of novel with some hilarious results.   Then here come secrets and the novel takes on a more serious unexpected direction.  When I read a Kinsella novel I expect lighthearted fun, but this was not.  In the end everything is fine and the message about marriage is clear. There is also light hearted humor again at the end, but the middle just doesn’t come across as a Kinsella novel.  It is not her worst novel, but it is far from the best. I will keep reading Kinsella and hope her next one is better  for me.

Thank you to the publisher for sending an e-arc via NetGalley for me to review.

Purchase Links:
Amazon US
Amazon UK

One Plus One

Author: Jojo Moyes
432 Pages
Published: March 31, 2015

Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 4 Stars

Description from Amazon:

Suppose your life sucks. A lot. Your husband has done a vanishing act, your teenage stepson is being bullied, and your math whiz daughter has a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that you can’t afford to pay for. That’s Jess’s life in a nutshell—until an unexpected knight in shining armor offers to rescue them. Only Jess’s knight turns out to be Geeky Ed, the obnoxious tech millionaire whose vacation home she happens to clean. But Ed has big problems of his own, and driving the dysfunctional family to the Math Olympiad feels like his first unselfish act in ages . . . maybe ever.

Kim’s Review:

Another great book by Jojo Moyes! I got through this book very quickly. I enjoyed the story and had a hard time putting it down. It was an easy read with lots of emotions! I fell in love with little Tanzie and all of her quirks. She’s definitely smarter than I was at that age, but I identified with her eagerness to learn and to do well with her schoolwork. I can also identify with being different. Although Nicky accentuates his differences with mascara and eye liner, there’s still the underlying message of “why try to fit in when you were born to stand out.”

Moyes managed to capture that without making her characters whiny and childish. And Jess is a downright inspiring character! Until the pile of wrong has completely engulfed her, she never lost her optimism, she never lost faith. Her theme seemed to be “everything’s going to be fine, everything will work out.” I really liked her! Ed is not my favorite leading man, but he and Jess had a nice chemistry. The sexual tension was subtle and that kept Jess from looking like the chick who jumps into bed with every man that comes along.

By the time the book was over, I was emotionally invested in the characters’ lives. I cared whether or not Tanzie got to the Olympiad, whether she won or not. I cared whether or not Nicky’s tormenters were caught and punished. I cared whether or not Jess and Ed managed to identify their feelings and decided to stay together. After reading Me Before You, I didn’t know what to expect at the ending! Thankfully, I didn’t completely break down in tears with this book, but I did get a little misty. The only reason I gave this 4 stars, is because of the timeline. A true love story in less than a week smacks of trashy romance novel to me. But I still loved this book, I enjoyed reading it, and I recommend it to anyone who wants a heartwarming, emotional story.

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Blog Tour: The Queen of New Beginnings

Today I am one of the two blog stops on the blog tour for The Queen of New Beginnings by Therese Loreskär! She is published by Bombshell Books. Today I will be sharing my review. The publication date for it was yesterday, August 11th.

Book Description:

Kajsa lives in a large house in Stockholm along with her three children and their dog. Since coming clean about lying on her popular blog she no longer has any work. Not only that but she has kicked her husband out because of his sex addiction.

While her husband is in rehab trying to fix his little problem, Kajsa’s mother-in-law is thrown out of her retirement home and comes to live with her.

Then Kajsa receives an unexpected offer to move to a fashionable part of London. But having to look after her mother-in-law makes life complicated.

Can Kajsa rid herself of her baggage and make a fresh start with her children in England?

This laugh-out-loud comedy looks at the daily struggles we all face with our families and asks if starting again is ever really possible.

Author: Therese Loreskär
Published: August 11, 2017

Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read: July 17-23, 2017
Jessica’s Rating: 5 Stars

Jessica’s Review:

In The Queen of Blogging we were introduced to Kajsa, who can be described as a modern day Bridget Jones: She is quirky yet flawed. I loved The Queen of Blogging, and it was one of my top reads of last year. My review for it is here. Now Therese Loreskär brings us round two of Kajsa’s adventures with The Queen of New Beginnings which picks up three months after the end of The Queen of Blogging.

The Queen of Blogging was written ‘blog style’ and The Queen of New Beginnings is similar to a diary style, but without the “Dear Diary” part.

Kajsa has lost almost everything due to a huge lie she told: She lost her career which was run through her fitness blog. She has also lost the fame, freebies, and salary that came with the blog. She lastly lost her husband, but that was due to his own fault. She still has her kids and dog…

Kajsa  is having to adjust to life as a single mom and then things get turned upside down as her ‘future former mother-in-law’ comes to live with her. With that, we are back in Kajsa’s crazy and often hilarious life in The Queen of New Beginnings.

All the characters from The Queen of Blogging are back in their glory for round two and we also meet some new characters (Just WHO is Brad!?!?).  We are in for a roller coaster of an adventure with Kajsa (sometimes through her own fault and sometimes not) and you never know what will happen next. You think her life can’t get any crazier then something else happens!

You can see Kajsa slowly get her life back together as the novel reaches its conclusion, to where it feels like she is finally in a position to be The Queen of New Beginnings. I loved this novel and the optimistic ending and I really look forward to seeing more of Kajsa in a third novel.

About the Author:

Therese Loreskär started her career in 2010 as a Swedish author. She self-published her first novel which was very well received and quickly sold out!

In 2014 she signed up to a publishing house. Her novel called “The Queen of Blogging” was released and the feedback was overwhelming! People referred to the book as a modern “Bridget Jones” and couldn’t get enough of the main character, Kajsa. The next book “The Queen of Blogging 2” was released shortly after to all the reader’s delight.

Therese has since then published 4 bestselling children’s books as well. She often does tours at different schools and talks about her books. The children love her visits and Therese always enjoys talking to her little readers.

“The Queen of Blogging 1 & 2” have also been recorded and launched as audiobooks in addition to paper backs in Sweden. Her biggest dream is to have “The Queen of Blogging series” made into films, and she secretly keeps a list in an old drawer of presumptive actors that would do the characters in her books justice.

Her never-ending energy for writing and entertaining people with her characters is her biggest trait.

Therese lives in the countryside along the west coast of Sweden. She has a rather big and busy household, with (one) husband, two children, one deaf cat, five hamsters and a grandmother.

When she’s not busy making up stories and writing silly things, she enjoys the nature, people, history, redecorating the house without asking anyone for permission, and all other kinds of creativity.

Contact Therese:
Website
Facebook
Instagram @loreskar

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