Another book purchased in the wake of Fab Mag’s Fabulous Night in – I’ve not read any of Mhairi McFarlane’s books before, but having seen her chat about her work I was intrigued in this book and grabbed a copy from the popular depleting pile.
In who’s that girl we encounter Edie as she attends the wedding of 2 work colleagues, everything is going wonderfully, embarrassing bridesmaid singing aside and then the groom kisses Edie and they’re caught by the bride. The ensuing fall out sees Edie returning home to Nottingham side-lined on a copywriting project. Here she finds ghost writing the autobiography of rising acting star Elliot Owen maybe more challenging than anticipated.
A heart-warming story that looks at the fallout and trolling of someone through social media along with an almost comparison of the negative aspects of fame. The budding friendship between Edie and Elliot is genuine and was great to see the sharing of secrets between the two of them along with the sharing of advice. Edie’s downfall turns out to be a learning experience as she takes a look at her life and learns about herself and her genuine friends, making a decision on how to deal with the future.
A genuinely laughed and cried at this book – the first book in a while that I couldn’t leave till the next day and had to finish in one go. Will definitely check out more from McFarlane
Who's That Girl?
7th April 2016
When Edie is caught in a compromising position at her colleagues’ wedding, all the blame falls on her – turns out that personal popularity in the office is not that different from your schooldays. Shamed online and ostracised by everyone she knows, Edie’s forced to take an extended sabbatical – ghostwriting an autobiography for hot new acting talent, Elliot Owen. Easy, right?
Wrong. Banished back to her home town of Nottingham, Edie is not only dealing with a man who probably hasn’t heard the word ‘no’ in a decade, but also suffering an excruciating regression to her teenage years as she moves back in with her widowed father and judgy, layabout sister.
When the world is asking who you are, it’s hard not to question yourself. Who’s that girl? Edie is ready to find out.
Liv and Adam are about to enjoy the last night of their holiday in Mexico – Liv has pulled out all the stops with her dress and high heels, because though it’s meant to be a secret her best friend Cass let it slip that Adam is going to propose. She’s been waiting all holiday so tonight has go to be the night. Meanwhile Adam has gone to long lengths to make it the perfect proposal, but when a simple error in calculating how long it will take to get the restaurant puts a spanner in the works he starts to second guess his plan and things go from bad to worse when instead of the expected proposal instead he declares he ‘wants a break’.
Neither Adam or Liv can quite work out what’s gone wrong and neither of them are able to work things out, instead things get worse, friends are involved, things are assumed and blown out of proportion and soon it seems like the break could be permanent as they wonder what could be if they weren’t together.
Another wonderful novel by Lindsey which is full of the humour you expect from her style whilst also being true to the characters. There are some real light hearted moments (a cat called Daniel Craig wearing a thong…), amongst other serious moments exploring miscommunication and unneeded involvement by friends and family.
I loved the character of Liv, a hard working vet who doesn’t realise how loved she is by those around her and is made aware of just how unsure she is of what she wants from life. I think I changed my mind throughout the book several times on how I wanted it to conclude – a thoroughly enjoyable read!
We Were On a Break
6th October 2016
I finally got to read the last in the wonderful Liberty Sands series and am now suffering post series blues!
Following directly on from where we left the last book we finally get a resolution to Holly’s love life… and while she may not end up with who you think, for me the ending was perfect! We also see Holly’s career taking off on all fronts, the blog is doing well and she now has now adventures in other fields so she doesn’t have to worry about providing for her children any more.
In the last book I was torn over my feelings for Philippe and whether I wanted him and Holly to make a go of things, but this book cleared my feelings up and I was glad with how the conclusion panned out. I have to say that in this book you really can’t help but be irritated by his selfishness!
Not just a love story there are plenty of twists in the family drama, in this book we finally have Holly’s mother introduced properly and we uncover some pretty major family secrets!
The book is very fast paced and you’ll race through to the conclusion – an enjoyable little holiday from the reall world!
It's Never Too Late To Say
The Liberty Sands Trilogy
26th May 2016
An emotional and at times tragic conclusion to the Liberty Sands trilogy, It’s Never Too Late To Say… uncovers terrible family secrets that have long been buried.
Holly Wilson seems finally to have it all: a beautiful baby daughter, a son about to embark on an exciting career, a glamorous new job in television, and an adoring boyfriend in bestselling novelist, Philippe. But something isn’t quite right…
In another part of the country, Carol has liver cirrhosis and is suffering from alcohol induced dementia causing her to relive memories – dreadful memories – of sins committed against her and those she has inflicted on others. Her carer, Helen, hopes a meeting with someone from the past might help mend Carol’s broken soul, but time is running out and there is something Helen has been keeping secret.
What links Holly to Carol and Helen? And who is Nick, the handsome stranger who has just walked into her life?
If He Really Loved Me sees us meet Holly firstly 2 years in the future, with a happy baby, son and apparently husband, but before her husband is revealed we travel back Picking up from where book one in The Liberty Sands trilogy left us as Holly tries to find a moment to reveal to son Harry that follwing her holiday romance she is pregnant.
Still avoiding Phillippe and determined not to reveal to him she is pregnant it seems history is set to repeat itself. But with the relationship with his mum set to change Harry thinks it’s time to find out who his father is and that every child deserves to know their father.
Phillippe meanwhile is set on tracking down Holly and finding out if they can make things up, but it seems he will get a surprise when he does find her. Can they be honest with each other and make a go of things, or are there too many secrets in the way of the relationship?
There are plenty of twists in this saga and a few characters are developed a little more, with secrets being unhidden and new information revealed – there are some nice surprises in the way that take this away from the holiday romance of the first book and make the characters much more three dimensional with their own problems and histories.
The end of the book leaves you guessing and hanging on to delve straight into book 3 to find out exactly who Holly is going to end up with in her happily ever after! I can’t wait for more!
If He Really Loved Me...
The Liberty Sands Trilogy
25th November 2015
Book one in the Liberty Sands Trilogy, Life's a Beach and Then..., introduced us to Holly, Harry and Philippe; If He Really Loved Me... continues their captivating story, from love to heartbreak. trust to betrayal, and back again.
Single mum, Holly Wilson, and her twenty-year-old son,Harry, have an enviably close relationship but when Harry finds out that she is pregnant and, for reasons unknown to all but herself, intends to raise the baby alone again, he begins to question her decision not to tell him about his own father, who abandoned them before his birth.
Upon discovering his father's name, Harry secretly embarks on his search for the truth, a search which takes him to Los Angeles where he uncovers a tragic story. Still reeling from what he has learned, an extraordinary twist of fate brings Harry and Philippe, the father of Holly's unborn child, face to face. Should Harry tell him about the baby and risk damaging his relationship with his mum forever? If he does, will Philippe want to be a husband and father? And will Holly be prepared to give Philippe a second chance?
Having read the first in this series of books (First Touch) I was eagerly awaiting the next installment to drop on to my kindle and read this within a few days of receipt.
Following on from the reapperance of Amber at the end of the first book Emily now finds herself in a difficult situation – she’s fallen in love with Reeve, but now Amber is back and staking a claim on her ex and Emily is bound by an old promise not to steal Amber’s man.
It’s clear however that Reeve has also falled for Emily but can she trust him? Or will he be drawn back to Amber.
Amber’s return is also overshadowed by where she is been and whether she could still be in danger from the mob and could that danger also affect Emily as well.
Again the book is full of twists and turns that keep you interested in more than just the love story – Emily’s character is developing and she’s stronger in this story and coming out of herself. We also finally get to see the real Amber and it’s up to the reader to decide if she is a true friend or just someone manipulating.
I hope there is more in this series as I want to see if there can be a happy ending for Emily
(First and Last Novel)
St. Martin's Griffin
14th June 2016
A GAME OF CAT AND MOUSE FILLED WITH DARK DESIRES AND DANGEROUS SECRETS
Emily Wayborn has made a decision.
She might not fully trust handsome and deadly Reeve Sallis, but he is the one person that gives her what she needs. With Reeve she can finally be herself. Submitting to him is the only thing keeping her grounded as the rest of her life falls apart. But the hotelier is a master at keeping secrets and as she continues her quest for answers someone is making sure she doesn t find them.
Time is running out and she is questioning everything she thought she knew about friendship and love. She must now make an impossible choice that will determine if she will survive with her heart...or her life."
I can’t believe it’s come to an end :'( Sylvia Day’s One with you is the final in this wonderful quintet – originally planned to be a trilogy the series eventually run to 5 books (yay).
One with You rounds off our favourite millionaire bachelor love series, having eloped previously Gideon and Eva are now ‘coming out’ and letting their family and friends know about their marriage.
The old demons still feature in this book and there are people less than happy about the couple being together, with Gideon’s ex Corrine still pushing ahead with her tell all book, but now Eva is his wife she feels it time to tep up and has a cunning plan to reduce the impact that the book could have. In fact in this book she’s fall of good ideas and we see their relationship taken to a new level of understanding.
Gone are the fights of previous books which saw them split and come back together, this time we see the couple making concessions and working together, and it’s clear that they are ready for the long haul.
Of course there are some twists along the way – I was looking forward to the big official wedding…..
I loved the introduction of Lucky the puppy and how this started to show a softer side to Gideon and it was also good to see his family relationship grow and change.
As a final book to the series this wrapped everything up neatly and was a definite conclusion to the story of Gideon and Eva.
One With You
5th April 2016
Gideon Cross. Falling in love with him was the easiest thing I've ever done. It happened instantly. Completely. Irrevocably.
Marrying him was a dream come true. Staying married to him is the fight of my life. Love transforms. Ours is both a refuge from the storm and the most violent of tempests. Two damaged souls entwined as one.
We have bared our deepest, ugliest secrets to one another. Gideon is the mirror that reflects all my flaws . . . and all the beauty I couldn't see. He has given me everything. Now, I must prove I can be the rock, the shelter for him that he is for me. Together, we could stand against those who work so viciously to come between us.
But our greatest battle may lie within the very vows that give us strength. Committing to love was only the beginning. Fighting for it will either set us free . . . or break us apart.
Heartbreakingly and seductively poignant, One with You is the breathlessly awaited finale to the Crossfire saga, the searing love story that has captivated millions of readers worldwide.