Chick lit

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.

Coming Home for Christmas – Jenny Hale

Coming home for christmasTitle: Coming Home for Christmas
Author: Jenny Hale
Publisher: Bookouture
Pages: 304
My rating★★★★✫

On Christmas Eve I started reading this story and my idea was to finish it during the holidays, but then I stopped reading for a couple of weeks. Recovering from surgery, being pregnant and getting the flu weren’t very helpful. It had nothing to do wiyh the book though. I thought it was wonderful. Now that I have read it I still want to share my review, even though the holidays season is over already.

What the book is about

Christmas is a time for family – isn’t it?
Allie Richfield loves Christmas, so when she lands a job as House Manager for the amazing Ashford Estate—which includes organizing the Marley family festivities—she is in her element. With a budget bigger than her life savings and a team of staff, how hard can it be?

As one-by-one she meets the Marleys, she’s about to find out…

Allie’s new boss, Robert, might be gorgeous, but he’s also colder than the snow outside and refuses to come home for Christmas. Robert’s playboy brother, Kip, flirts with her relentlessly; and his sister, Sloane, arrives home with baggage—both the divorce-kind and the Louis Vuitton kind. Their ninety-two year old grandmother, Pippa, spends her day grumbling at everybody from her mobility scooter.

With Robert intending to sell Ashford, it’s the Marley’s last chance to create some happy memories in their family home—and Allie is determined to make it happen… even if it takes a little Christmas magic! With the festive spirit in full swing, she might even discover a little happiness of her own…

What I think about the book 

The characters Allie and Robert make an appearance in ‘A Christmas to Remember‘ as well and that made this story a little harder for me to read. I kind of knew where the story would end up and I somehow wanted to fly straight to the end. I knew that I needed to let that feeling go in order to enjoy this book. So I put it away for a few days and then picked it up again. That really helped me see the actually very sweet story that was inside this novel.

What I love about Jenny Hale’s characters is that they are genuinely open to any changes that come along. That’s life. People enter our life and that often means that something will change. In this case the family was driven apart by some tragic events in the past. Money did definitely make their lives any better. But having Allie around makes it much easier, she seems to be the glue that puts this family together again, even if it’s just for one Christmas…

So if you need a sweet holiday story for next December, I would definitely recommend this one.

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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