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Saturday, 6 August 2016

20 Books of Summer August

20 Books of Summer




Latest Update!!



I am back!!  Had a little break from blogging about my latest paperback reads so thought I'd just do a quick catch up with my latest reads - books number 13, 14 and 15!  Yep, the housework and real life has been left behind again so I can lose myself in a variety of different stories so here's what i've been reading and my thoughts!


BOOK 13 



THE ONE WE FELL IN LOVE WITH by PAIGE TOON



THE BLURB

Phoebe is caught between a rock and a hard place. Settle down and get married, or return to the French Alps to pursue her passion?

Eliza is in love with someone who is no longer hers. In fact, he probably never was… And her dream of becoming a musician seems to be spiralling down the drain.

Rose is out of a job and out of a boyfriend. To make matters worse, she’s been forced to move back in with her mother…

But these very different girls have one thing in common. Angus. The one they fell in love with…


MY REVIEW

Hadn't read many of Paige Toons' books before but will definitely be adding some of hers to my TBR list after this enjoyable story.  Fascinating to have identical triplets as the main characters, add that to the fact that they all fall in love with the same bloke when they are 17, and you are left with a really intriguing plot as to how the dynamics between sisters can change over the years especially when the object of their affection is in the mix!

Really enjoyed the different characters of the sisters' and it was fascinating to see how each point of view was dealt with so your loyalties were split as their stories unfolded and there were plenty of laughs and tears along the way!


BOOK 14

Return to the little coffee shop of Kabul by Deborah Rodriguez




THE BLURB

The brand new novel from the author of the Top Ten Sunday Times bestseller The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul.

The honest, entertaining and life-affirming sequel to The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul, featuring the same loveable cast of characters, from internationally bestselling author Deborah Rodriguez.

In a little coffee shop in war-torn Kabul, five very different women unite for one important cause: to protect the women in Afghanistan. 

Now back home in the US, SUNNY, the founder, is finding it difficult to settle and dreams of returning to her beloved coffee shop.

SHEA is haunted by a traumatic event that makes her renounce her Afghan heritage.

YAZMINA, the coffee shop's new owner, wants to use her newfound security to help other women avoid the fate she narrowly escaped.

ZARA, promised in marriage to a violent man she's never met, arrives at the coffee shop seeking sanctuary.

And HALAJAN, the grandmother still breaking all the rules, is secretly learning to drive . . .

Together, these five women set out to change their lives, and the lives of women in Afghanistan, for ever.


MY REVIEW


I was such a big fan of the first visit to The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul so was extremely delighted to find out that there would be a follow up, and it hasn't disappointed!!

Some of the favourite characters are back from the first book, but they are all facing different challenges now so it is fascinating to see how they've all adapted and are dealing with the problems they now face in their lives.  It isn't so much focused around the Coffee Shop in Kabul anymore, but when you do get to see what is happening it is just as striking and important to read considering the problems in the world we are all facing today.  Thought certain subjects were dealt with in a very sensitive way.

The new characters we are introduced to are also really well captured in their hopes, dreams and fears for the world they are living in, and Sunny has her own issues as she has moved and is left to try and move on which she struggles with despite the extra freedom she now appears to have

highly recommend both books in this series!


BOOK 15

PRADA AND PREJUDICE by KATIE OLIVER




THE BLURB

He’s a man in possession of a large fortune….but is he in want of a wife?!

It is a truth universally acknowledged that Natalie Dashwood loves to shop. After all, as the heiress to the renowned London department store Dashwood & Jones she’s been wearing designer shoes since she could walk! But a socialite’s life isn’t as perfect as you might imagine… Natalie’s spending is spiraling slightly out of control, her rock star boyfriend is engaged to someone else, and it seems the family business is in financial crisis.

New high-flying business exec Rhys Gordon has been brought in to save the company from ruin, but what are his motives? And infuriatingly even a shoe-shopping spree can’t take her mind off his distracting and oh-so-charming smile…

Couture and confetti mix with scandal and intrigue in this wonderful tale of retail, romance and redemption.
 


MY REVIEW


This was the perfect, quick and easy book to read in the sunshine but unfortunately not for the right reasons!  The set-up sounded promising, but it kind of fell a long way flat and seemed to get too caught up in mixing too many storylines, a couple of which were completely unnecessary, and this just distracted from the main plot.  

I also found the main character, Natalie Dashwood, extremely annoying and I had zero empathy for her and wondered why everyone seemed to fall under her spell in the book instead of telling her to stop being so selfish and bratty!!

There were a few enjoyable moments that gave just a glimpse of what the book could have been if it had just been allowed to focus on the plight of the family department store, the man brought in to save it, and getting Natalie to wake up to herself!



Anyone else read any of these? Always interested to hear others' thoughts on the books I've read so please share any comments!

And how is everyone doing with their 20 books of summer challenge?  5 left to go with mine and just hoping that some of those left on my list will keep me reading and not make me hit a reading slump anytime soon!! A few more sunny days like today will make it a lot easier to hit the target I'm thinking!!

Happy reading!!!

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