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A PERFECT HERITAGE BY PENNY VINCENZI 5 STARS

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A PERFECT HERITAGE BY PENNY VINCENZI

THE BLURB
The House of Farrell – home of The Cream, an iconic face product that has seen women flocking to its bijoux flagship store in the Berkeley Arcade since 1953.

At Farrell, you can rely on the personal touch. The legendary Athina Farrell remains the company’s figurehead and in her kingdom at the Berkeley Arcade, Florence Hamilton plies their cosmetics with the utmost discretion. She is sales advisor – and holder of secrets – extraordinaire.

But of course the world of cosmetics is changing and the once glorious House of Farrell is now in decline, its customers tempted away by more fashionable brands.

Enter Bianca Bailey, formidable business woman, mother of three, and someone who always gets her way. Athina and Bianca lock horns over the future of the House of Farrell but it is the past that tells its devastating tale of ambition and ego, passion and wonder.

Here is a tale of survival … and a perfect heritage.
WHAT I SAY
I recommend you all read this book it was one my book of the year when it come out in hardback last year i love it so as now out in paperback i want to read again as i love it so much and i still do now

The book is base on a beauty house called The house of Farrell
Athina Farrell started this company in 1953 with her flag ship store in The Berkelery Arcade
She made a product called the cream at home then move into the flag ship store The Cream was so on trend in it time but now the company on a bit of a downer .

The customers want the new spot on trends that are now more fashionable

The House Of Farrell is not right it out of date and a bit of an old fashion brand now

To me Athina loved the cream but she very much like the company to stay as it is now she not up to change it to much but the brand needs it

The counters are dated the products do not look right money not being made the brand old it got to be update to the market now
Athina will get the customers back but she wants to keep it like it is now but she can not

The whole family are working in the company which is so nice her granddaughter Lucy has drop out of college to do a make up course she so good at it she will be a very up and coming make up artist her grandma lets her work sat in the shop

Her grandma supported her all the way she payed for her training she gets her friend to help promote The House of Farrel on her blog

The family got to make money fast so they take on Bianca Bailey she a very good business women but i think sometimes her family needed to come first not her job i really loved how you hear all about the products the pkt , the marketing side of thing the shop the whole House of Farrell is going to be brought up to date i loved hearing about all the set back the staff the way thing were going to be done how it going a modern on trend product you all will want to buy

The spend hours on make up and a perfume for the relaunch hours they spend on getting it right but when it came back it was a shock but then a better shock came long but to me the big shock near the end

Milly is Bianca daughter she having fun but then her so called friends start to bullied her at school on facebook they are so bad to her they make her life hell she tell no one then one day she brought to the house of farrel lucy take care of her a a great friendship is formed the set up doing make on her she then help lucy by going as the model on the blog this is the start of fun times for Milly can she put the bullies behind her the is a very good part of the story very well written it just shows you what kids can be like to each other but she come out on top in the end my heart when out to her

Florence l loved her so much she been with the company from the start but what the secret she got over Athina all these years she keep it she one of the best sales advisor she the shop extraordinaire i loved how you hear about about the shop how it was what it was like working there she a great lady but her secret may help her one day

I like that Athina and Bianca do not see eye to eye on The House of Farrel future

The book about survival ambition and passion i loved all the passion about the company i like how the tried out new things

The whole book so good it got me hooked i could not put it down
I worked for one of the top beauty house the book talks about for 10 years it just how the industry it i could just see my self selling in the shop i think it so well research too
I like how the family life past and present are told
I really did love it i loved how the book talk about doing the relaunch in the queen jubilee doing the red / white and blue very british A PERFECT HERITAGE
When you first pick it up you will be swept along into this fab world of glamour sparkle and pleasure did not want it to end
I love to find out more what happen to lucy milly biance and the house of Farrell after the big day i like to find out lots more the end of the book was very good but sad

The book so well written it packed with action a very well research book i like the writing style so easy to read you get pull into the story it just fab

I like to thank Headlines for sending me this to read
A gem 5 dolls (5 stars)

One of my best reads of this year up to now i read twice now in hardback and paperback one of my favourite books i can not praise this book enough you all must read it so good a brilliant novel
About the Author
Penny Vincenzi is one of the UK`s best-loved and most popular authors. Since her first novel, Old Sins, was published in 1989, she has written fifteen bestselling novels, most recently The Decision and the number one bestsellers The Best of Times and An Absolute Scandal.

Her first ‘proper’ job was at the Harrods Library, aged sixteen, after which she went to secretarial college. She joined the Mirror and later became a journalist, writing for The Times, the Daily Mail and Cosmopolitan amongst many others, before turning to fiction. Several years later, over seven million copies of Penny’s books have been sold worldwide and she is universally held to be the ‘doyenne of the modern blockbuster’ Glamour.

Penny Vincenzi has four daughters, and divides her time between London and Gower, South Wales.

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COVER REVEAL FOR RENE D SCHULTZ HER LATEST BOOK

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THE BLURB
Daniela has lost everything and is all alone in the world…or is she?

After her mother’s death, her life begins to unravel.

Will the brown box she finds in a closet answer those questions to her mother’s mysterious Romanian past?

Desperate for answers, and with nothing else to lose, she begins her search.

Why was her mother forced to leave Romania when she was nineteen and pregnant?

Where was her family?

Who was Dani’s father?

Does that brown box hold the answers to her mother’s past… and Dani’s future?

AS YOU KNOW I LOVE ALL RENE BOOKS I SO LOOKING FORWARD TO THIS ONE I HEAR IT HER BEST JET
WHO GOING TO GET ?

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HOW TO BAKE A MAN BY JESSICA BARKSDALE INCLAN

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HOW TO BAKE A MAN BY JESSICA BARKSDALE INCLAN

THE BLURB
When Becca drops out of grad school, all she has left to fall back on is her baking. With the help of her lizard-booted neighbor Sal, she starts a small business selling her wares to hungry office workers. But things quickly get complicated when she meets the man of her dreams – and an arch-enemy, his bitchy lawyer girlfriend. Before long, she’s neck-deep in office politics, clandestine romance, and flour. Saving her business (and finding true love) is going to take everything she’s got, and more.

WHAT I SAY
Becca decides to start up her own bakery her mum helps her out with the money to do this it seem to happen very fast
I enjoyed hearing about all the biscuits and cakes they all sounded so nice
The book got a lot of humour and romance
I did find Becca a bit hard to read at times everyone has to do want she wants them to do they do not a chose with her
She did not seem to have much of a idea on how to set up the business but within a few day it was all set up and was running i like hearing about all but it would not be that fast
Jeff i did not like him much but i like his girlfriend she was good for him
Jeff and Becca seem to be falling in love with each other
Now his girlfriend not happy she so bitchy to them i enjoy the way She was so funny at time she just got a way with her
The story ok it very well written it so easy to read but i just did not hold me i like a bit more action but you may enjoy it jo love it my friend
3 doll’s ( 3 stars)
Thank you for letting me read and review netgalley

About the Author
Jessica Barksdale Inclan is the author of twelve traditionally published novels, including Her Daughter’s Eyes and When You Believe. Her short stories, poems, and essays have appeared in or are forthcoming in Compose, Salt Hill Journal, The Coachella Review, Carve Magazine, Mason’s Road, and So to Speak. She is a professor of English at Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill, California and teaches online novel writing for UCLA Extension.

Publisher:Ghostwoods BooksRelease date:20 Oct. 2014

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HELLO LOVE BY KAREN MCQUESTION

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HELLO LOVE BY KAREN MCQUESTION

THE BLURB
From the bestselling author of The Long Way Home comes a charming novel about two strangers who find a second chance at happiness when they’re brought together by one extraordinary dog.

A year after the death of his wife, Christine, Dan is barely holding on. But one thing gets him through the long, lonely nights and that is his cherished dog, Anni. When she is stolen from his front yard, Dan and his daughter, Lindsay, are devastated. Meanwhile in another part of town, Andrea Keller is recovering from the heartbreak of a messy divorce. After she rescues a defenseless dog from an abusive tenant, her life changes in ways she never could have anticipated.

Dan and Andrea cross paths again and again, only to keep missing each other and the opportunity of a lifetime. As Anni works to find her way home, can she bring together these two lost souls desperately in need of a second chance at happiness?

WHAT I SAY

I did enjoy this book it a very easy to read book it was a bit sad at times but then it will make you smile and laugh too it packed with action it will pull at your heartstrings too there one or two tragedy in there too

It so hard to write a review with out telling you the plot but i bet you can guess the outcome it just a lovely feel good read you will just love it it very well written so easy to follow you just get pulled into the story you will not want to stop reading it so nice

Any one would enjoy this book it a lovely story of a dog that happens bring a couple together it was just a sweet tale of love

It very charming but a bit predictable at times it got some good old fashioned values my mum would love them

The story got love, loss, family, pets , romance and new beginning

It a life changing story a lovely book to read

About the Author
Karen McQuestion has written books for kids, teens, and adults, and is published in print, eBook, and audio through Amazon Publishing, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and Brilliance Audio. Many of her titles have spent time on the Top 100 Kindle list. Her publishing story has been covered by The Wall Street Journal, Entertainment Weekly, and the national NPR show The Story with Dick Gordon. She has also appeared on ABC’s World News Now and America This Morning. She lives with her husband and kids in Hartland, Wisconsin.

THANK YOU NET GALLEY FOR LETTING MY READ & REVIEW

4 dolls(4stars)

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FRIDAY IS LETTER SECTOR DAY ON MY BLOG AND LYNSEY BLOG WHAT THAT YOU MAY ASK?

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FRIDAY IS LETTER SECTOR DAY ON MY BLOG

I have teamed up with Lynsey to do each Friday Letter Sector

Each week we will pick a letter and review the FOLLOWING FRIDAY
The book we picked to read for that weeks letter

You can read a book with the title that starts with that letter

or the author name starts with that letter
This week we pick A

"Check my blog to see why i got a A"
So you could read this week eg
Alfie the doorstep cat by Racheal Wells
Or
Clover’s child by Amanda Prowse

Who would like to join us ?

Here lynsey blog please check it out too
http://lynseysbooks.blogspot.co.uk/?m=1

BOTH ARE REVIEW FOR THE LETTER A  WILL BE NEXT FRIDAY ON ARE BLOGS

WHO WANT TO JOIN US ?

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SUMMER AT THE LITTLE BEACH STREET BAKERY BY JENNY COLGAN WOW 5 STARS

OUT TODAY YOU MUST READ

SUMMER AT THE LITTLE BEACH STREET BAKERY BY JENNY COLGAN

THE BLURB
Summer has arrived in the Cornish town of Mount Polbearne and Polly Waterford couldn’t be happier. Because Polly is in love: she’s in love with the beautiful seaside town she calls home, she’s in love with running the bakery on Beach Street, and she’s in love with her boyfriend, Huckle.

And yet there’s something unsettling about the gentle summer breeze that’s floating through town. Selina, recently widowed, hopes that moving to Mount Polbearne will ease her grief, but Polly has a secret that could destroy her friend’s fragile recovery. Responsibilities that Huckle thought he’d left behind are back and Polly finds it hard to cope with his increasingly long periods of absence.

Polly sifts flour, kneads dough and bakes bread, but nothing can calm the storm she knows is coming: is Polly about to lose everything she loves?

WHAT I SAY

WOW I LOVED THIS BOOK AS I DO ALL JENNY BOOKS

i like the cover it just makes you want to read i was so happy to start this book as i loved the little beach street bakery last year this just follows on we’re the other book left off but you can read as a standalone book

I like now Jenny creates the perfect setting for her books it was so good to see how polly life was going she still lives in the light house with Huckle oh and Neil the puffin i love him he so cute i love his funny ways what a great character to put in the book he just like polly and Huckle child to them his own book out today too

The story carries on with they lives in mount Polbearne you will just want to hear all about the wonderful bread they make in the bakery you could smell them and see them in your head

polly enjoying her life the bakery doing well you could picture this wonderful seaside town in your head i just want to go there and be part of it all

One day polly boss nephew turn up to cause havoc you will hate him or love him i just wanted to shout at him he could be sweet and kind sometimes i did warmed to him what did you think of him ? But then other times i hate what he was doing to Polly she was so not going to be beaten go girl

Selina back in town how she coping now ? she a great character i like her and polly together

The story packed with action it got a few twist to the story and a few shocks too

The characters become your friends and family i just liked them all they just seem so real to me a great brunch of characters all very different but all so nice

The story was sad at times but it could be so funny too Neil just makes you smile i like that the town now seem to love both polly and Neil

The story got a bit of heartbreak and a tragedy that will change people lives i want to tell you more but you all got to read it just brilliant you will just be caught up in this wonderful community .

I can not recommend this book enough you can read as a standalone but i say read the little beach street bakery first you will just love that book too

Jenny so clever at pulling you into the story it a lovely warm cosy read so brilliantly written your love the seaside town and all it wonderful characters

I will just hook you i read in a day it fab loved this book so much it will just captivate you  just so brilliantly written

Thank you netgalley for letting me read and review

5 dolls (5stars)

About the Author
Jenny Colgan is the author of numerous bestselling novels – most recently Little Beach Street Bakery and the Top 5 bestseller Welcome to Rosie Hopkins’ Sweetshop of Dreams, which won the RNA Romantic Comedy Novel Award 2013. Meet Me at the Cupcake Café was also a Sunday Times Top 10 bestseller, and won the Melissa Nathan Award for Comedy Romance 2012. Jenny is married with three children and lives in London and France. For more about Jenny, visit her website and her Facebook page, or follow her on Twitter: @jennycolgan.

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You Think You Know Me by clare chase review by suzanne

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You Think You Know Me by clare chase
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THE BLURB
Sometimes, it’s not easy to tell the good guys from the bad …
Freelance journalist, Anna Morris, is struggling to make a name for herself, so she’s delighted to attend a launch event for a hip, young artist at her friend Seb’s gallery.
But an exclusive interview isn’t all Anna comes away with. After an encounter with the enigmatic Darrick Farron, she is flung into the shady underground of the art scene – a world of underhand dealings, missing paintings and mysterious deaths …
Seb is intent on convincing Anna that Darrick is up to no good but, try as she might, she can’t seem to keep away from him. And as she becomes further embroiled, Anna begins to wonder – can Seb’s behaviour be explained away as the well-intentioned concern of an old friend, or does he have something to hide?
WHAT SUZANNE SAYS

Anna’s friends are all highly successful, while she’s still at the beginning of her career. She’s just moved to London to have more possibilities. She’s a journalist and is doing freelance work. Interviewing her interesting friends helps her to make a name for herself. That’s why she’s at the launch of a young artist in her friend’s gallery. The owner, Seb, is nowhere to be found, but she does meet a man named Darren. Anna likes him and they immediately have a connection. Unfortunately she receives some strange news about him. Something that will make her doubt his motives.
When Anna later does meet Seb she’s glad to meet her old friend again and to have him back in her life. All of a sudden her future is looking a lot brighter. There’s only one condition, she has to keep her distance from Darren. While she’s trying to find her place in the art scene, which is dark and full of secrets, Anna has to decide with which man her loyalties lie.
Anna is quite naïve, she’s very creative and talented, she’s friendly, but she’s also extremely gullible. That makes her easy to manipulate. She does have two female friends who are looking out for her. They are helping her to find her way and both of them are genuinely interested in her wellbeing. I loved that aspect of the story. Friendship and loyalty are important themes and Anna is way too trusting. Both Seb and Darren are keeping things from her and because she’s curious and she’s a journalist she’s starting to dig. There are secrets she has to unravel, but they come with a price. She can’t stay away from Darren, but she also likes to be around Seb, because of the history they have together. Who is right and who isn’t? I couldn’t wait to find out and I loved the plot of this gripping and interesting read

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THE DEAD WIFE HANDBOOK BY HANNAH BECKERMAN are book club book review

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THE DEAD WIFE HANDBOOK BY HANNAH BECKERMAN
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The blurb

‘Today is my death anniversary. A year ago today I was still alive.’

Rachel, Max and their daughter Ellie had the perfect life – until the night Rachel’s heart stopped beating.

Now Max and Ellie are doing their best to adapt to life without Rachel, and just as her family can’t forget her, Rachel can’t quite let go of them either. Caught in a place between worlds, Rachel watches helplessly as she begins to fade from their lives. And when Max is persuaded by family and friends to start dating again, Rachel starts to understand that dying was just the beginning of her problems.

As Rachel grieves for the life she’s lost and the life she’ll never lead, she learns that sometimes the thing that breaks your heart might be the very thing you hope for.

What Lynsey said
I feel very bad that this book as sat on my kindle since release date last year without it being read so when we decided to read it for February Book club i was happy.

Straight into the story I’m mother like Rachel and I really felt for her watching her baby grow up without her I could not imagine leaving my two babies to grow up without me but if I did I would just want to go I could not imagine watching them not being there to hold,cuddle and wipe the tears away this book got to me and writing this part as brought tears to my eyes so not sure how Hannah held it together whilst writing this brilliant book.

I had to take breaks a lot in this book to compose my emotions never has a book made me feel like this I was an emotional wreck and reading it on the bus on the way to work was a big mistake as a few people stared at me whilst I was crying into my kindle.

The book is split into parts of the grieving process not just for those who are left behind but for rachel to. To be honest the first chapters I read my first thoughts was that rachel was very selfish but when I went to bed I thought about the book before sleeping and I realised I was wrong as me being up there in the clouds watching my two girls without me I would feel exactly the same but still at 65% into the book I still didn’t warm to the main character I think this is because of the subject matter of the book many times during my first night of reading I wanted to switch my kindle off as the book was too upsetting to read and I could not imagine me being in that situation as to me being able to see what Rachel sees would be like hell for me.

This book truly makes us appreciate what we have as you never know when our time will be up and so i will make as many memories as I can with my babies as when I’m up there in the clouds my head will be full of all my beautiful and amazing memories of my family

I never really warmed to this book yes it made me cry lots as its very emotional read and pulls at the heartstrings on every page and i can’t fault the writing as its beautifully written but i’m really not sure it was for me i get pleasure out of reading books i love reading but with this book i didn’t get any pleasure it made me too upset to read and i just wanted to put my kindle down and hold my two babies and never let them go

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Clover’s Child by Amanda Prowse kelly”s review for this fab book 5 stars

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Here her first review

Clover’s Child by Amanda Prowse
THE BLURB
Meet Dot Simpson. She works at Selfridge’s three days a week. She’s Barb’s best friend and she’s the daughter of a cook. She’s an ordinary girl, whose happy with her lot. Then she meets Sol and her life changes forever!

Sol is the son of a rich army Major from St. Lucia. When Sol arrives in London and sweeps Dot off her feet, they both feel that as last Love has arrived. They do everything together, they even get to dance together in front of the Etta James. But they soon discover that life has other plan for them and suddenly Dot’s life comes crashing down around her.
WHAT KELLY SAYS

We follow Dot as she tries to build her life back up and watch her make heart breaking decisions about her future.

This book deals with a lot of topics and really shows what life would have been like in 1961 for a eighteen year old girl. It had the ability to make me laugh one minute and cry the next. Once I opened the book I found it very hard to put down again until it was finished. It kept me interested throughout the story and the story started immediately.

By the end of the book the characters felt like friends and I wanted nothing but the best for them. I found that I was crying when they cried and I laughed when they laughed. Dot was the perfect main character for the book and was extremely likeable throughout. She is a character that will stay with me for a long time. Likewise, I found myself really warming to Sol as the book went on and wanted nothing but the best for him.

I thought this story was heartwarming and heartbreaking at the same time. It was almost bittersweet. A superbly written book, that will stay with me long after the finishing pages. This is must read, especially if you’re a fan of Amanda Prowse’s other books and even if you’ve never read her books before, I think that this is great one to start with.

5/5 stars

About the Author
Amanda Prowse is the author of several novels, including the no.1 bestseller WHAT HAVE I DONE? She lives in Bristol with her husband and two children, where she writes full-time.

THANK YOU KELLY A FAB REVIEW
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ARE FEBRUARY BOOK CLUB READ THE DEAD WIFE’S HANDBOOK BY HANNAH BECKERMAN

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THE DEAD WIFE’S HANDBOOK BY HANNAH BECKERMAN
THE BLURB
The Dead Wife’s Handbook is the stunning emotional debut from author Hannah Beckerman.

‘Today is my death anniversary. A year ago today I was still alive.’

Rachel, Max and their daughter Ellie had the perfect life – until the night Rachel’s heart stopped beating.

Now Max and Ellie are doing their best to adapt to life without Rachel, and just as her family can’t forget her, Rachel can’t quite let go of them either. Caught in a place between worlds, Rachel watches helplessly as she begins to fade from their lives. And when Max is persuaded by family and friends to start dating again, Rachel starts to understand that dying was just the beginning of her problems.

As Rachel grieves for the life she’s lost and the life she’ll never lead, she learns that sometimes the thing that breaks your heart might be the very thing you hope for.

Hannah Beckerman gives an unforgettable exploration of love and loss in her first novel, The Dead Wife’s Handbook.

WHAT I SAY

I NOT SURE WHAT TO WRITE FOR MY REVIEW

The book beautifully written it a good debut novel it packed with emotions some a bit to real and raw for me to read . I found it a very heartfelt tale of grief

I loved the cover it very vibrant makes you want to pick up and read

Hannah descriptions are so vivid it make you question things it shows you how grief can effect you

I got to say i found the book a bit uncomfortable to read i found it very predictable in places and in some places i got bored but then in other places i was hooked

I want my loved ones to be happy if i die i did not like Racheal jealously or her selfness

I may be wrong but I believed as a child and still do think this now that my love ones will look over me and love me they will guide me to

Reading this book made me feel so many emotions but that credit to Hannah and how she wrote the book

I think it hard to imagine that your life can carry on when your love ones die but you do it hard you never forget that person they are all ways in your hearts you do still think of them sometimes a silly comment or you see something that just reminds you of that person you will laugh or cry it never goes away your love

The book captures many things love, sadness, friendships, loss and grief but it all so shows you how to move forward it told in a very unique way

I just not sure if i like it

It a very thought provoking book it take you on a rollercoaster ride

I got to say it brilliant written?

WHAT DID YOU THINK OF THIS BOOK ?

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