Tag: chick-lit

Audiobook Review: The Homewreckers by Mary Kay Andrews

The Homewreckers
Author: Mary Kay Andrews

Narrator: Kathleen McInerney
Published: May 3, 2022
Audiobook

Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read: May 25- June 2, 2022
Jessica’s Rating: 5 stars 

Book Description: 

Hattie Kavanaugh went to work helping clean up restored homes for Kavanaugh & Son Restorations at 18; married the boss’s son at 20; and was only 25 when her husband, Hank, was killed in a motorcycle accident.

Broken hearted, but determined to continue the business of their dreams, she takes the life insurance money, buys a small house in a gentrifying neighborhood, flips it, then puts the money into her next project. But that house is a disaster and a money-loser, which rocks her confidence for years to come. Then, Hattie gets a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity: star in a beach house renovation reality show called The Homewreckers, cast against a male lead who may be a love interest, or may be the ultimate antagonist. It’s a question of who will flip, and who will flop, and will Hattie ever get her happily-ever-after.

Jessica’s Review:

I adore Mary Kay Andrews (MKA) and The Homewreckers is the perfect start to your summer reading!  Whether you are looking for that perfect beach read or just a temporary escape, MKA is always a guarantee for an enjoyable read! I have the physical book, but listened to the audiobook because Kathleen McInerney was the narrator like always.  MKA and McInerney go together like PB&J, they are a perfect match for me!

The Homewreckers has Hattie who restores homes in Savannah (As MKA also does in her spare time!), and she ends up on a reality show to flip a house. But this house may be more than Hattie can handle as situation after crazy situation keeps happening! The reader also gets to learn along with Hattie about how reality shows are run and that they are not so real in the first place (If you were not already aware). And of course, the behind-the-scenes drama that can lead to over exaggerated headlines!

We have intrigue, mystery, and even a little bit of romance which is perfect for a summer read.  This is MKA’s 30th book in 30 years and she proves that she still has ‘it’!

Purchase Links:
Amazon US
Amazon UK

I was fortunate to met Mrs. MKA for the second time during her latest book tour for Homewreckers.  She signed books, took pictures, and spoke to us. She is currently fighting CoVID, and I hope she feels better soon! Here are some pictures from the signing:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Instead of ‘Where’s Waldo’, can you find me?:

 

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:
Amazon US
Amazon UK

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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:
Amazon US
Amazon UK 

 

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