The Beach Cafe – Lucy Diamond

The Beach CafeTitle: The Beach Cafe
Author: Lucy Diamond
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Pages: 490
My rating★★★★

After reading the first two books in the Shifters series, I was in the mood for something else. Not because I didn’t like the series, but I just figured it had been a while since I have been reading a chick lit novel. I found ‘The Beach Café’ on my Kindle and decided to read that one first.

What the book is about

Evie Flynn has always been the black sheep of her family – a dreamer and a drifter, unlike her over-achieving elder sisters. She’s tried making a name for herself as an actress, a photographer and a singer, but nothing has ever worked out. Now she’s stuck in temp hell, with a sensible, pension-planning boyfriend. Somehow life seems to be passing her by. Then her beloved aunt Jo dies suddenly in a car crash, leaving Evie an unusual legacy – her precious beach cafe in Cornwall. Determined to make a success of something for the first time in her life, Evie heads off to Cornwall to get the cafe and her life back on track – and gets more than she bargained for, both in work and in love…

What I think about the book

At the start of the story I was quite annoyed by Evie and her attitude. You inherit a wonderful beach cafe, so go for it? The place sounds like a dream come true to me. Who cares about the opinions of others, especially that boyfriend who doesn’t seem to get you. I would never be able to have a relationship like that. I would have ran away screaming way before that point. So here’s what I was thinking: Girl, if you don’t like your life, just quit and go somewhere else! I just had the feeling that she was going to change and I wanted to see how that would happen, so of course I didn’t put my Kindle down. Instead I kept reading.

That was a good decision. Once she had made up her mind, Evie turned out to be a wonderful and compassionate woman. She is really trying to make a success of the Beach Cafe and while doing that, she is touching the lives of so many other people around her. Her beloved aunt Jo would have been proud of her for how she is handling things.

After an initially bumpy start The Beach Cafe turned out to be a lovely and light summer read. A great book to take with you on a beach holiday or for your own sunny balcony or garden.

The Other Story – Tatiana de Rosnay

The other storyTitle: The Other Story
Author: Tatiana de Rosnay
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Pages: 320
My rating★★★★✫

The other story has been sitting on my bookshelf for a while. Since Sarah’s Key I have been a fan of Tatiana’s books and so far I have read them all. I like the way she combines (family) history with a contemporary story. Her characters are usually full of secrets and emotions and they seem very real to me. With The other story I was hoping for yet another great novel.

What the book is about

Vacationing at a luxurious Tuscan island resort, Nicolas Duhamel is hopeful that the ghosts of his past have finally been put to rest… Now a bestselling author, when he was twenty-four years old, he stumbled upon a troubling secret about his family – a secret that was carefully concealed. In shock, Nicholas embarked on a journey to uncover the truth that took him from the Basque coast to St. Petersburg – but the answers wouldn’t come easily.

In the process of digging into his past, something else happened. Nicolas began writing a novel that was met with phenomenal success, skyrocketing him to literary fame whether he was ready for it or not – and convincing him that he had put his family’s history firmly behind him. But now, years later, Nicolas must reexamine everything he thought he knew, as he learns that, however deeply buried, the secrets of the past always find a way out.

What I think about the book 

Nicolas Duhamel is a bestselling author who is struggling with family secrets… so far he is like any other characters written by Tatiana de Rosnay. The difference is that I found him an arrogant and unengaging man. I didn’t like him at all. He is addicted to communicating with his fans with his fans via his Blackberry and he doesn’t pay any attention to the people around him. Those people either love him or despise him since his recent fame.

Still when you read more, it is obvious why he became who he is these days and why he is having trouble writing his second novel. Even if that doesn’t make me like him, I understand why it happens and it makes it easier to read on. I wanted to know more about his history and the family secrets he has been unraveling in the past few years.

The novel only describes four days in the life of Nicolas and therefore it isn’t very fast paced. Until the end. Suddenly there is a major plot twist which changes everything.

Tatiana de Rosnay did a great job here. She has managed to write a book about a man I don’t like and I have finished it in two days, because I was curious of what would happen. And I actually liked the book. If you are a fan of her books, you should definitely read The other story.

One Hundred Proposals – Holly Martin

One Hundred ProposalsTitle: One Hundred Proposals (100 proposals #1)
Author: Holly Martin
Publisher: Carina UK
My rating★★★★★

I am trying to read as many Christmas novels as I can this month and so far I am doing great. In order to read ‘One hundred Christmas proposals’ I wanted to read ‘One hundred proposals’ first.

What the book is about

‘Is there really such a thing as a perfect proposal?
Over the next hundred days I intend to find out. I will find one hundred ways to propose to our Chief Proposer Suzie McKenzie and post the results here for your enjoyment. One thing’s for sure, not one of my proposals will be on top of the Eiffel Tower with a dozen red roses.’

Best friends Suzie and Harry are partners in romance. That is, they run, coming to the aid of would-be grooms to create the ultimate marriage proposal.

But when Harry decides to catapult the business into the big leagues with a PR stunt all Suzie can see is a hundred days of heartbreak stretching ahead of her. But however exotic the location, or breath-takingly romantic the setting, Suzie has to keep remembering that ‘Marry Me?’ is the one question she can’t say yes to.

This business proposal should come with one hundred broken heart warnings…

One hundred proposals, one hundred chances to say yes.

What I think about the book 

What a wonderful and romantic story! Even I thought that all the proposals were really cute. I mean, I get accused of having no romantic bone in my body, but a man going through this much trouble to tell a woman that he loves her. That must be worth something. Harry sounds like a real catch.

That being said… every now and then I wanted to shout at Suzie and Harry that they needed to stop thinking and just tell each other “I love you”, because it’s very clear from the very beginning that they love each other and that they’re both too scared to say so. I think that it’s a normal thing for people to hide their true feelings when we think that the other person doesn’t love us, but we’re not always right and true love does exist. If this isn’t meant to be, it’s better to just know, right?

Well even if the hundred proposals are just a publicity stunt, it is just an awesome idea. I mean, if something like that would happen and there would be a blog about it, I would be hooked. I’d want to know if she’d say ‘yes’ and what would happen next. Therefore I loved this book. It’s different and yet it’s still a cute love story where a girl falls in love with a boy.

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