Chick lit

Homecoming – Cathy Kelly

HomecomingTitle: Homecoming
Author: Cathy Kelly
Publisher: Harper Torch
Pages: 440
My rating★★★★✫

There are so many books on my TBR pile and sometimes I really don’t know which one to pick. Luckily I follow some great ladies on Twitter and they’ve got plenty ideas available. So last week I read about reading books with a blue cover and it’s as good a reason as any to pick a book by color if you haven’t picked a new book yet. The first book I came accross was ‘Homecoming’ by Cathy Kelly. I am not sure if I have ever read a book by her before. I think the cover of this book is really pretty and I like stories that are based in Ireland so I had picked my book.

What the book is about

Four women. Four lives. One place they call home.

Eleanor Levine left Ireland years ago with just a suitcase and her mother’s recipe book. And now, a lifetime later, she returns from New York for Dublin’s beautiful Golden Square full of hard-won wisdom. As she watches life unfold from her window, she is drawn into the lives of the women who live in the square…

Beautful actress Megan Bouchier had fame and success in her grasp – then she made the wrong kind of headlines. Now she needs a place to hide.

Big-hearted teacher Connie O’Callaghan is approaching forty and has given up on love. Why does no man match the heroes in her romantic novels?

Rae is a loyal friend and wife, dispensing tea and sympathy from Titania’s Tea Room – until a secret threatens everything she holds dear . . .

What I thought about the book

As the book is about four women, it takes a little longer to find out who they are and what they do, but as it’s such an easy read I was flying through the first chapters. I love how Cathy Kelly starts every chapter with an entry of the recipe book of Eleanor’s mother. They are not just recipes, but pieces of advise and wisdom and they really fit the chapters.

The women all live (or end up on) Golden Square and slowly become a part of each others lives. Even though that are all so different in age and personality, they can learn from each other and help each other. Each of them is facing something tough and is going through a difficult time in life and they all cope in their own unique ways.  I thought it was beautiful how their lives sort of come together after a while and how new friendships are formed.

So this is basically just a beautiful story about life, friendship and love and it makes me want to read more books of Cathy Kelly.

Love me for me – Jenny Hale

Love me for meTitle: Love me for me
Author: Jenny Hale
Publisher: Bookouture
Pages: 290
My rating★★★★★

This book was given to me by my friend Lavender and she told me that I should read it. So that’s what I did this summer. When I was in the backseat of the car on our way back from Switzerland, I started to read this book. I finished reading it before we came back home, because I liked it that much. I don’t often give a 5-star rating to a romance novel, but this one deserves it.

What the book is about

Libby Potter has just lost the perfect job, the perfect apartment and the perfect boyfriend. Moving back to the same home town that she couldn’t wait to escape when she was younger was definitely not on her todo list. Especially as it means running into the man whose heart she broke when she left.
Pete Bennett can still make Libby’s world stop with just the sound of his voice – even ten years on. Only now, she is the last person in the world that he wants to see.
As everyone else welcomes Libby home with open arms, she realizes she’s missed that special closeness that comes from lifelong friendship. And, as Libby tries to make amends with Pete, she begins to wonder whether she made the right choice in leaving all those years ago.
When an amazing career opportunity gives her the chance to leave again, Libby will have to decide what her version of perfect is… and where she really belongs.

What I thought about the book

In the beginning I really felt bad for Libby. I know how it feels to lose everything at once and she still had a plan. The plan was to sell her house and then find a new job in the city so she could leave as soon as possible. Reality turned out to be a little different. Did she really hate her home town that much? Was she sure that she doesn’t belong there? It was really awesome to see the little changes in Libby before she actually noticed them herself.

Peter seemed to be such a catch. I could not imagine why Libby had left him in the first place so from the very beginning I was rooting for him. I wanted Libby to stay and be happy and… well that would not have made a great story of course, as some things just need to happen. The stuff that happened was just how it should be. I could relate to all the choices that the characters were making.

In the end I just found it a really cute and romantic story, with lots of connections to real life. I just loved it.

The California Club – Belinda Jones

Tcalifornia clubitle: The California Club
Author: Belinda Jones
Publisher: Arrow Books
Pages: 517
My rating★★★★★

When I read my first Belinda Jones novel in 2008 I was instantly in love with her style. So far I have read about 5 books written by her and she has never disappointed me. I usually find her characters interesting women that have some qualities I admire, whether they pick up their stuff and go on a road trip or do something else completely, I always end up wishing I had that much courage myself. So when I noticed ‘The California Club’ on a book fair last year, I just had to buy it.

What the book is about

“When Lara Richards jets off to glamorous California, the last thing she’s expecting is to find her old friend Helen transformed from a clipboard-clasping frump into a shimmering surf goddess. The secret of her blissful new life? The mysterious California Club. So the offer of guest membership — one wish, guaranteed to come true by the end of their stay — is one Lara and her friends can’t resist.”

What I thought about the book

The book was everything I had expected it to be, and more. The California Club actually has six main characters, five ladies and one guy. Or five Belles and one Beau, as they describe themselves. Lara is the one who ‘tells’ the story, but as a reader you get a pretty good idea of what the other five are going through. Lara has been in love with her best friend Elliot since forever and even though they’ve known each other for ten years, she has never told him. Now that he is getting married to his girlfriend Elise, she thinks that her chance to get him is over. She is devastated. When she gets the chance to share her true wish, she is scared to actually ask for what she wants and she decides to write something else instead. I am not going to tell you what happens next, because then I’d get into some major spoilers, but I really loved this story. It’s funny, romantic and I loved every bit of it. Once again Belinda Jones has found a way to give her characters the courage they need to change their lives!

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