Tag: chick-lit

Release Day Review: Lockdown on London Lane by Beth Reekles

Lockdown on London Lane
Author: Beth Reekles

To Be Published: TODAY: February 1, 2022
352 Pages

Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read: January 7-19, 2022
Jessica’s Rating: 4 stars

Book Description:

For the inhabitants of London Lane, a simple slip of paper underneath each of their doors is about to change their lives in a hundred different ways.

URGENT!!! Due to the current situation, building management has decided to impose a seven-day quarantine on all apartment buildings on London Lane.

With nowhere else to go . . .

Ethan and Charlotte wonder whether absence really does make the heart grow fonder when they end up on either side of a locked door.

A fierce debate over pineapple on pizza ignites a series of revelations about Zach and Serena’s four-year relationship.

Liv realizes rolling with the punches is sometimes much harder than it looks after her bridesmaids’ party goes off the rails, leaving the group at each other’s throats.

Isla and Danny’s new romance is put to the test as they jump ten steps ahead on the relationship timeline.

And Imogen and Nate’s one-night stand is about to get six do-overs they never really asked for—not awkward at all.

Through make ups, breakups, love-ins, and blowouts, friendships are tested as everyone scrambles to make it through the week unscathed. Amidst all the drama, one thing remains constant: life is full of surprises.

Jessica’s Review:

Lockdown on London Lane takes place at the beginning of our current pandemic in the UK, without mentioning the dreaded ‘C’ word that we constantly hear now.  The reader knows it is CoVid with the mentioning of certain mainstays throughout the novel.  Though a serious issue with how life had forever changed for us all, Lockdown  is an entertaining read with the unique situations that are occurring in each apartment. 

From a one-night stand trying to sneak out but then forced to stay a week, to a bridal party stuck together for all chaos that could and will happen.  We also have an entertaining debate on pineapple on pizza that a long-term couple faces.  There is a fun and entertaining climax that involves the whole apartment complex that just brings a smile to your face. 

I enjoyed reading this light take on our current world situation. Would you want to find yourself stuck in any of these situations?  Would you be able to handle staying in your apartment for a week with your special or not so special someone?  Will you survive or tear each other apart?  These days it is still happening daily. 

Lockdown is a fun read that takes a variety of circumstances in each apartment and puts the reader in a ‘fly on the wall’ situation to see what happens. This is an entertaining read that we all may need after two years of a seemingly never-ending pandemic.

Many thanks to Bookish First for granting me an arc copy to read and review. 

Purchase Links:
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Book Review: Diary of an Adorable Fat Girl at Christmas by Bernice Bloom

Diary of an Adorable Fat Girl at Christmas
Series: Adorable Fat Girl #4
Author: Bernice Bloom

Published: November 5, 2016
Audiobook

Reviewed By: Jessica
Date Read: December 17, 2021
Jessica’s Rating: 3 stars

Book Description:

Hooray It’s Christmas! It’s the Adorable Fat Girl’s favourite time of year and she embraces it with the sort of thrill and excitement normally reserved for toddlers seeing jelly tots. Our funny, gorgeous and bonkers heroine finds herself dancing from party to party, covered in tinsel, decorating the Beckhams’ Christmas tree, dressing up as Father Christmas, declaring live on This Morning that she’s a drug addict and enjoying two Christmas lunches in quick succession. She’s the party queen as she stumbles wildly from disaster to disaster. A funny little treasure to see you smiling through the festive period.

Jessica’s Review:

The Adorable Fat Girl series is a series of about 14 short novellas with more coming!  These books can be read as the series progresses or as standalone novels.  Our ‘Adorable Fat Girl’ is Mary Brown who is a Bridget Jones type character who is actually overweight and has all kinds of crazy chaos ensues (some her fault, some not!)

This is the fourth in the series, and sadly this one just did not really work for me.  It seems to be missing the ‘magic’ that the others I have read in this series have.  Maybe it was because this is an earlier novel in the series and Bloom was still figuring Mary out?  I enjoyed the section that dealt with the Beckham’s and their Christmas tree, but the rest of the novel just did not really appeal to me. 

Will this stop me from reading more of this series?? Absolutely not!  There is a new one coming out on Christmas Eve called Marvellous Mary Brown gets a Christmas Puppy: Chaos, Mayhem and Madness that I look forward to reading!

Purchase Links:
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A Double Review of The Santa Suit by Mary Kay Andrews


Today Kim and I bring you a double review of The Santa Suit by Mary Kay Andrews!  You guys know we both will read practically anything she writes! We both gave The Santa Suit 5 stars and it also touched me in a personal way, which will be in my review. I listened to the audiobook while Kim read the physical book.

The Santa Suit
Author:
Mary Kay Andrews

Narrator: Kathleen McInerney
Published: September 28, 2021
Audiobook/224 Pages

Book Description:

When newly-divorced Ivy Perkins buys an old farmhouse sight unseen, she is definitely looking for a change in her life. The Four Roses, as the farmhouse is called, is a labor of love—but Ivy didn’t bargain on just how much labor. The previous family left so much furniture and so much junk, that it’s a full-time job sorting through all of it.

At the top of a closet, Ivy finds an old Santa suit—beautifully made and decades old. In the pocket of a suit she finds a note written in a childish hand: it’s from a little girl who has one Christmas wish, and that is for her father to return home from the war. This discovery sets Ivy off on a mission. Who wrote the note? Did the man ever come home? What mysteries did the Rose family hold?

Ivy’s quest brings her into the community, at a time when all she wanted to do was be left alone and nurse her wounds. But the magic of Christmas makes miracles happen, and Ivy just might find more than she ever thought possible: a welcoming town, a family reunited, a mystery solved, and a second chance at love.


Kim’s Rating: 5 Stars
Kim’s Review:

What a perfect way to start out the holiday season!! This is a Hallmark Christmas movie in book form … except it’s better than the movies! The best way to describe it is “feel good”. It’s not a long book, nor is it complicated with lots of drama or conflict. It’s just a sweet story that probably won’t happen in real life, but stirs up all those warm and fuzzy feelings you want around Christmas time. I wasn’t expecting it, but I was in tears by the end. My heart felt so big and happy that I wanted to tell Ivan that we should buy a fixer upper farm house in the country and keep it decorated all year long! I might just add this book to my annual Christmas reading list!

Jessica’s Rating: 5 Stars
Dates Read: November 9-12, 2021
Format Read: Audiobook
Jessica’s Review:

The Santa Suit is a cute novella that will get you all ready for Christmas!  As with many of her more recent novels, MKA has characters that deal with houses that are ‘fixer uppers’, this time newly divorced Ivy buys an older farm house called The Four Roses without seeing it.  Unaware of how much work needs to be done on the house until she sees it firsthand, Ivy finds herself overwhelmed as the previous owners left their personal possessions. This includes a Santa suit which she just can’t throw away. Inside the suit she finds a very old letter written by a little girl wanting her daddy to come from the war.  Ivy then becomes determined to find out what happened to the little  girl and her family.

Ivy becomes friends with a local girl who is engaged to a man she has never actually met, and she isn’t exactly how she described herself to him.   There is also a potential romance and starting over for Ivy.

This is an enjoyable Christmas tale without a complex story to it and everything wraps up nicely in a sweet and cute novella that we need after the last couple of years.  If you are a fan of MKA, do yourself a favor and read The Santa Suit this Christmas season!

The Santa Suit touched me personally, from when I was in middle school on, my own dad played Santa every Christmas. It was something he loved doing. Listening to the audiobook brought back those memories.

The Santa Suit is recommended!

Here are some pictures of my dad in action as Santa:



Purchase Links:
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