Author: Katherine Center
Published: May 15, 2018
Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read: May 15-25, 2018
Jessica’s Rating: 5 stars
Margaret Jacobsen has a bright future ahead of her: a fiancé she adores, her dream job, and the promise of a picture-perfect life just around the corner. Then, suddenly, on what should have been one of the happiest days of her life, everything she worked for is taken away in one tumultuous moment.
In the hospital and forced to face the possibility that nothing will ever be the same again, Margaret must figure out how to move forward on her own terms while facing long-held family secrets, devastating heartbreak, and the idea that love might find her in the last place she would ever expect.
How to Walk Away is Katherine Center at her very best: an utterly charming, hopeful, and romantic novel that will capture reader’s hearts with every page.
How to Walk Away is categorized as a romance, but I do not see it that way. Yes there is some romance in the novel, but it is not the sole purpose. It is a novel about a woman who starts out having the best day ever and ends up losing everything in an unexpected and devastating course of events. She has to overcome many obstacles through the course of the novel and How to Walk Away is her journey.
As it is also considered chick lit, there is some crazy (almost silly) drama from other characters throughout the novel. You can’t help but like these characters (except maybe Ian when we first meet him). And you can’t help but root for Margaret to become successful through her circumstances. The epilogue is realistic in that we never know what direction life will take us on, but we can still be successful in that journey no matter what it brings.
How to Walk Away is very highly recommended!
Many thanks to St Martin’s Press and The Girlfriend for my copies I was sent to read and review! This is one of my top reads of the year so far!
Author: Mary Kay Andrews
Published: June 3, 2014
Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read: April 13-27, 2018
Jessica’s Rating: 4 stars
Can this wedding be saved?
Up-and-coming floral designer Cara Kryzik is about to score the wedding of a lifetime—one that will solidify her career as the go-to-girl for Savannah society nuptials. The only problem is, life seems to be conspiring against her. Cara’s implacable father, “The Colonel”, doesn’t believe in Cara’s business savvy and is about to call in his twenty-thousand-dollar loan. Then, on the morning that someone steals her dog, Cara’s refrigerator goes on the blink, turning twelve thousand dollars’ worth of gorgeous blooms into road kill. And if that’s not enough, the dog-napper, Jack Finnerty, turns up at her latest wedding and then mysteriously leaves her stranded on the dance floor.
All this turmoil will be solved if Cara can pull off the lavish Trappnell-Strayhorn wedding. The payday will solve all her problems—even the looming problem of a celebrated florist named Cullen Keane who is moving into her turf from Charleston. But the wedding is in six weeks, the bride is acting strangely (even for a bride) and the stepmother of the bride is becoming Cara’s biggest headache. What Cara needs is to focus, but that’s not easy when Jack is turning up at every wedding in Savannah (the man seems to know everybody), with Cara in his sights and seduction on his mind.
When Brooke Trappnell spirals into a shocking crisis and the wedding is in jeopardy, Cara must come to the rescue and figure out what she really believes in. Is it love? Is it her own strength? In the end, for everyone, “Save the Date” has more meanings than one. Told with Mary Kay Andrews’s trademark wit and keen eye for detail, Save the Date is one you won’t want to miss.
Almost three years ago, Save the Date was my introduction to Mary Kay Andrews (MKA as her fans know her. This will also how she will be referred to in this review.) I was looking for an audio book to listen to next in the car and saw this one and picked it up. Now I love MKA: She is one of my ‘go to authors’ and I have enjoyed almost all of her books that I have read.
MKA writes chick lit, which makes for the easy ‘beach read’ that can be read quickly and enjoyed just as much. I liked Cara this time and before. The humor with the dogs is hilarious. There is some seriousness to the novel as well: Will Cara lose her business? Will she pay her dad back? Will Brooke’s wedding actually happen??? It had been three years since I had listened to Save the Date, so I did not remember a lot of details. I wanted to listen to it again as MKA’s newest book (which is out tomorrow, May 8th) The High Tide Club features Brooke Trappnell.
I enjoyed Save the Date as much this second time around as I did the first time. It takes place in Savannah and I live in Georgia, as does MKA herself. Yay, a local author! You know I am all about sharing the booklove, especially if the author is local to me: whether they are a mainstream author or an Indie author!
If you are looking for a quick, easy, and fun read this summer, grab some of Mary Kay Andrews novels, starting with Save the Date.
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Today I am on the blog tour for Diary of an Adorable Fat Girl by Bernice Bloom. I will be sharing my review. The publication date for Diary was May 16, 2017. This is a novel every woman should read!
Mary Brown is funny, gorgeous and bonkers. She’s also about six stone overweight. When she realises she can’t cross her legs, has trouble bending over to tie her shoelaces without wheezing like an elderly chain-smoker, and discovers that even her hands and feet look fat, it’s time to take action. But what action? She’s tried every diet under the sun.
This is the hysterical story of what happens when Mary joins ‘Fat Club’ where she meets a cast of funny characters and one particular man who catches her eye.
The story is laugh-out-loud funny and will resonate with anyone who has dieted, tried to keep up with any sort of exercise programme or spent 10 minutes in a changing room trying to extricate herself from a way too-small garment that she ambitiously tried on and is now completely stuck in.
Bernice Bloom is the big, new name in comedy writing…this is the first full-length novel after her series of laugh-out-loud mini books.
Diary of an Adorable Fat Girl: The Complete, Full-length Novel: For anyone who’s ever been on a diet (yes – all of us!)
Author: Bernice Bloom
Published: May 16, 2017
Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read: March 8-11, 2018
Jessica’s Rating: 4 stars
Diary of an Adorable Fat Girl is for every woman who has ever been on a diet, tried to be on a diet, has thought about I going on a diet…. Yes, this novel is for every woman out there! She is where Bridget Jones missed the mark: At 130-140 pounds Bridget is NOT actually fat! That’s the one thing I did not like about those novels. Mary actually is very obese. She is also ‘every woman’ out there, relatable and realistic with her imperfections and insecurities that we all have. You can’t help but like Mary!
This novel will make you laugh out loud, and then it has its serious moments. It begins with Mary’s journey to ’fat club’ and takes off from there. She meets several people who become friends and of course the possible love interest. There are hilarious events that happen throughout this novel. You wonder what ‘trouble’ Mary will get into next.
Things take a serious tone towards the end as we find out the events that trigger Mary and what her reasons are for overeating. Mary went through something that no woman should go through.
Diary of an Adorable Fat Girl is one I really enjoyed and look forward to more from Bernice Bloom.
Diary of an Adorable Fat Girl is highly recommended.
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About the Author:
Hello, my name is Bernice Bloom and I am a writer (I write light-hearted rom-com style novels and also work as a magazine journalist and advertising copywriter) and jewellery designer. My recent series of novels is called ‘Adorable Fat Girl’ and it features a heavily overweight woman called Mary Brown. She is bright, funny, friendly and bonkers. She’s also fat. The books blend the comedy of her efforts to lose weight with a more serious backstory about what happened to her in the past that had led to the issues that make her prone to over-eating. I’m fascinated that there are so few overweight heroines in literature. Women can be manipulative, evil, even murderers in fiction, but not fat! Certainly not fat and beautiful with loads of friends! Then along came Mary and she’s developed quite a fan base of people who love the fact that the heroine is large. She gets lots of letters and I have ended up taking her on lots of adventures!