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Blog Tour: The Coco Pinchard Box Set

Today I am part of the blog tour for The Coco Pinchard Box Set by Robert Bryndza. I will be sharing my reviews for the two Christmas novellas in this series.  These were two enjoyable novellas and I look forward to reading the rest of the series! There is also an international giveaway going on to win signed copies of all the books in the series!!! 

**For the first time, all 5 books in Robert Bryndza’s bestselling Coco Pinchard romantic comedy series are available in one! And this box set includes a new introduction by the author. They are currently on SALE:

Amazon UK 99p
Amazon US: $1.99
Amazon AU $0.99
Amazon EU stores €0.99

‘Coco Pinchard has to be one of my favorite female characters. If you love the Bridget Jones series, then you need to check this out!’ Kerensa, Amazon Reader

Book Descriptions:

Book 1: The Not So Secret Emails of Coco Pinchard

If you enjoyed flipping through Bridget Jones’s diary, you’ll love perusing Coco Pinchard’s emails! Coco confides in her quirky, supportive friends as she deals with her life falling apart. Read the emails that tell the heart warming and often hilarious tale of Coco picking up the pieces, in this fun, feel-good Romantic Comedy.

Book 2: Coco Pinchard’s Big Fat Tipsy Wedding

Coco thinks she’s on the road to happily ever after with Adam, until he inexplicably breaks up with her. Will one mistake cost them their whole future? Coco sets out to discover what has really happened, and uncovers a shocking secret Adam has been hiding from her… Full of hilarious twists and turns, Coco Pinchard’s Big Fat Tipsy Wedding is a witty, heart-warming, romantic comedy – the stand-alone sequel to no.1 bestselling, The Not So Secret Emails of Coco Pinchard.

Book 3: Coco Pinchard, the Consequences of Love and Sex

Coco Pinchard has a great life, a bestselling memoir, and a handsome second husband. Things are going exactly as planned — until her adult son runs into disaster, her ex’s mother butts back into her life, and she finds out she’s pregnant! Maybe life is more fun if you throw your plans out the window… The third book in Robert Bryndza’s bestselling Coco Pinchard series (which can also be enjoyed as a stand-alone story) is a hilarious diary with Coco’s trademark wit and honesty, tracing the raging hormones and extraordinary twists that take her to motherhood for the second time.

Book 4: A Very Coco Christmas

It’s 1985, and eighteen-year-old Coco Pinchard is home for Christmas after her first term at University. She’s fallen hopelessly in love with Daniel Pinchard, but Coco’s mother wants her to be with Kenneth, the son of posh friends Adrian and Yvonne Rosebury, who will be joining them for Christmas.

As snow falls softly over the city, and Coco tries to juggle a series of hilarious events, the stage is set for a Christmas lunch like no other. A Very Coco Christmas is a delicious, stand-alone prequel short story to Robert Bryndza’s smash-hit Coco Pinchard series.

Book 5: Coco Pinchard’s Must-Have Toy Story

A sparkling feel-good comedy, which asks the question – how far would you go to get your child the must-have Christmas toy? 

It’s December 1992, and children are going crazy for the Tracy Island toy – almost as crazy as the parents! Christmas day is fast approaching and Coco Pinchard is desperately trying to track one down for her four-year-old son Rosencrantz. 

From dodgy dealings in a motorway lay-by, to extreme shopping in Hamley’s with a Sylvanian Families fanatic, to having a go at the Blue Peter make-your-own Tracy Island, Coco tries everything in the hope that four-year-old Rosencrantz will open his must-have toy on Christmas morning.


Jessica’s Reviews:

Author: Robert Bryndza
Published: June 3, 2015
82 pages

Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read: October 25-26, 2018
Jessica’s Rating: 4 stars

Jessica’s Review:

This is a short novella that introduces us to Coco (AKA Karen).  I knew Bryndza wrote crime thrillers (which I plan to read at some point!) but did not know he also wrote some chick-lit/romantic comedies! Needless to say I jumped at the chance to read it.  This is my first Bryndza novel and I really enjoyed it!

A Very Coco Christmas is a great introduction to Coco or would be a great ‘look back’ at her earlier life if you already know her.  I personally want to read the whole series now!  I can tell Coco will be a character I will enjoy reading with the crazy adventures she is bound to go on!

This short story takes place in 1985 and she has just finished her first semester of college and goes back home for Christmas…. Christmas can be a crazy time of year for everyone and chaos ensues for Coco: She can really find herself in some ‘interesting’ situations! You will need to read this one to know what I mean!  There is even a turkey in this story…. And he has a NAME!

If you are a fan of chick lit and fun yet crazy in a good way stories, give Coco a try! You will be sure to enjoy it!

Author: Robert Bryndza
Published: October 1 ,2015
144 pages

Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read: November 2-6, 2018
Jessica’s Rating: 4 stars

Jessica’s Review:

It is 1992 in the UK and the ‘must have’ toy of the year is the Tracy Island.  Coco’s son wants one: The problem is that these toys are in very high demand and there is a limited supply!  The Tracy Island is so popular that there are also directions available to make a ‘homemade version’! 

This is the beginning of the novella and the many situations Coco finds herself in to locate a Tracy Island. Each time Coco is in a situation to procure one, things fall apart. Each situation is more outlandish (in an entertaining way) than the previous one.

I don’t have children, but I know parents will identify with this Christmas novella’s situation: How do you make your child happy when they want the most anticipated toy out there that is nearly impossible to get your hands on???? What extremes will a parent to go to get their child this particular toy?

This is an enjoyable novella that shows the chaos of Christmas and finding that certain gift.  **What I did not realize until I started working on this review is that the Tracy Island was a real toy in 1992! I cannot help my ignorance in this: I am an American and have never heard of Tracy Island before this novella! I have no idea if this show even aired in the US! I wish I had known while I was reading the novella that it was a real toy! 

These novellas are very enjoyable, and I plan on reading the rest of the series.  Buy these books and get to know Coco; you won’t regret it. I look forward to reading more from Bryndza!


About the Author:

Robert Bryndza is the author of the international #1 bestseller The Girl in the Ice, which is the first in his Detective Erika Foster series. It has sold over one million copies.

The Night Stalker, Dark Water, Last Breath and Cold Blood are the second, third, fourth and fifth books in the series. The sixth book, Deadly Secrets, has just been published.

Robert’s books have sold over 2.5 million copies and have been translated into 28 languages.

In addition to writing crime fiction, Robert has published a bestselling series of romantic comedy novels. He is British and lives in Slovakia.

You can find out more about the author at www.robertbryndza.com and on Twitter and Instagram @RobertBryndza

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**International Giveaway!**

Enter to win signed copies of all the books in the series- You will read one and want to read them all: I do! And since the box set is currently on sale, I bought my copy!!

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Two from the Heart

Author: James Patterson
Published: April 10, 2017
Audiobook

Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read: January 2-11, 2018
Jessica’s Rating: 3 stars

Book Description from Amazon:

Anne McWilliams has lost everything. After her marriage falls apart and a hurricane destroys her home she realizes that her life has fallen out of focus. So she takes to the road to ask long lost friends and strangers a simple question: “What’s your best story?” Can the funny, tragic, inspirational tales she hears on her journey help Anne see what she’s been missing?

Tyler Bron seemingly has it all-a successful company and more money than he knows how to spend. But he has no life. So he hires a struggling novelist to write one for him. There are no limits to the fictional world that Bron’s money can transform into a reality, and he soon becomes the protagonist of a love story beyond his wildest imagination. But will Tyler Bron be able to write the happy ending himself?

Jessica’s Review:

Two From the Heart is made up two novellas: Tell Me Your Best Story and Write Me a Life. They were both decent stories but for me something was missing. It was a quick read at just five discs for the audiobook. There is a theme explored for both novellas: How stories can shape our life in one form or another.

Tell Me Your Best Story:

Anne McWilliams is our protagonist and she has dealt with two life changing events in a very short time.  The first event was her failed marriage.  The second event is what changes her life forever. Her home and darkroom (which is her livelihood) is destroyed by a hurricane.  She is anti-technology so she loses everything with her photography. Instead of dealing with this devastating loss she decides to go on an adventure all over the country. She sees old friends and also meets new people along the way asking “What is your best story?” During this adventure she decides to turn this into a book with these people’s stories and a picture of them.  As with all road trip adventures, it becomes life changing — for the better — for Anne.

I did not like Anne dropping everything with her home. She all but forgets about it and just moves on. No clean up, nothing!  What a way to ignore your responsibilities.  I would be devastated if this happened to me, but I can’t see myself just dropping everything else and becoming carefree.  Now, I did like the premise of the book she decides to write and photograph.  In fact it would be one I would most likely buy. Everyone has a ‘best story’, what is yours?

Write Me A Life:

We meet Damian Crane, a struggling author who is approached by Tyler Bron, an extremely wealthy man, who happens to have no life.  Tyler Bron tells Damian to write him a life and whatever he writes WILL happen, with no limitations.  So begins a “create your own adventure” type story.  Both Crane and Bron wonder what they got themselves into and you wonder how the story will end.  Will Crane continue the story or will Bron be able to create his ending on his own?

I liked the premise of this novella better. Audio may not be the format for this story as the narration goes between Crane and Bron and I had difficulties keeping them straight.  Reading it in print may be clearer as to who the narrator is for each chapter. It did not help that the narrator did not distinguish the two character’s voices in any way. I had to go back several times; I was getting confused as to who each narrator was.  I lost some interest in the middle of the story.  The ending is satisfying.

Though not the best, Two from the Heart is not the worst either. If you want a quick read in between books, I would recommend it.

Purchase Links:
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