The Age of Misadventure
contemporary fiction, romance, humour
Avon Books UK
February 18, 2019
The gloriously funny new novel about living life to the full, whatever your age, from the author of A Grand Old Time. 55-year-old Georgie Turner doesn’t need a new man. Her daughter, aunt and sister are the most important people in her life (and the most infuriating). But it seems the older they get, the further apart they drift. Georgie’s never been a fan of her sister Bonnie’s husband, so when she learns her brother-in-law has been up to no good, Georgie sees an opportunity to bring the women of her family back together. Along with her 21-year-old daughter and 80-year-old aunt, she packs Bonnie into the back of her car and they leave Liverpool to hide out on the coast of Sussex. With the help of some sun, sea and bottle or two of prosecco, this will be an adventure they’ll never forget. But could the right man find Georgie while she’s stopping the wrong man finding her sister? A gorgeously fun and uplifting novel, perfect for fans of The 100 Year Old Man and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.
Yes, all 3 of us – let’s leave Liverpool and go to Brighton…
Why? Well, there’s the rub – we need to get out of town quick, ‘cos a bad man is after us…
But we can borrow this really smart flat with lovely views. Just one problem – we can’t leave it, because someone’s very stupid husband made a very bad and very dodgy deal and now they are after us to pony up. Which of course we can’t. So we need to stay hidden. 2 sisters and an elderly, but game Aunty.
I wish this story had been quite as amusing as it would seem from the description. I did think that Nan was brilliant but found the sister weak and whiny and very shallow with nothing at all humorous about her. The potential elements were there for a really great story that would make a brilliant film. But it just missed its mark for me.
Gift from the comfort food cafe
Comfort Food Cafe
contemporary fiction, romance, humour
(18 Oct. 2018)
Cosy up at the Comfort Food Cafe for a romance that isn’t just for Christmas…
*Don’t miss out on the new Comfort Food Cafe novel and return to Budbury for a Christmas to remember*
Christmas has never been Katie Seddon’s favourite time of year. Whilst everyone else shares memories of families coming together and festive number ones, the soundtrack to Katie’s childhood wasn’t quite so merry.
But since she moved to the village of Budbury on the gorgeous Dorset coast, Katie and her baby son have found a new family. A family who have been brought together by life’s unexpected roads and the healing magic of a slice of cake and a cupful of kindness at the Comfort Food Café.
This year, Katie’s new friends are determined to give her a Christmas to remember, and with a gorgeous newcomer in town, Katie’s Christmas wish for a happy home for her son might just come true.
I have read this entire series about the Budbury cafe (by the sea) and it makes me feel warm and cosy inside and want to join in their fun.
Each book gives us a view of the village and its inhabitants
from their different story viewpoints, even when the timeframe and occasion is
the same. We learn more about them each time, as the stories focus on one
‘pair’ in each book.
This book, as ever, has a happy ending with a matched pair
and a father – or two -for a young boy.
Fresh ink on her divorce papers and a new job on the horizon. Forty is right around the corner. The time is ripe for reinvention, and Claire Sterling is tired of being the Fat Girl. With the help of her gay best friend, therapist, a new fitness regime and lots of wine and snark, Claire sets out to find her happily ever after.
Will she get the body and the man of her dreams, or is she forever destined to be the Fat Girl?
I have 2
essential points to make:
always wear 2 bras when
undertaking sport – even the slimmest with small boobs do I’ve noticed.
And make sure they are proper sports bras too.
build up the exercise
slowly. Only add when it becomes easy.
What is curvy and what is slim is one of the biggest dilemmas in a women’s life today. I just read an article by someone about the No Diet way of eating – she reckons that we don’t need to diet – and then proceeds to give us instructions on how to eat, when to eat, what to eat and how much to eat. If anything is a diet that is – and her own weight just scrapes into the healthy range at 18.7 (% fat), so whilst she has some good ideas – it’s still a diet to reduce weight to the lowest you ‘should be’ to be considered healthy.
she has a point about calories though, as counting them makes you feel guilty
the whole time. And that is what we have here. Another book where the heroine
is overweight and has struggled all her life to lose weight and she has a
mother who remains extremely thin – but eats nothing – and makes her feel
guilty because she eats. And constantly reminds her of her weight – which is
not the way to go of course.
we do have a romance. But will he still love her if she loses weight?
enjoy the book even though the storyline was not really new. It was nice take
on this trope with fun and humour and a nice heroine you feel for.
Keep Her Close
crime fiction, police procedurals, female sleuths
March 7th 2019
When a young woman goes missing from Jesus College, Oxford, DS Josie Masters is plunged into a world of panic as fear grips the city. Along with Thames Valley Police’s newest recruit, the handsome DS Pryce, Josie must act fast – and when two more students disappear from Oriel and Somerville colleges, she realises the killer is sending her a deadly message in a cruel game of cat and mouse. This time, the case is personal – but who is the perpetrator?
In a desperate race against the clock, Josie hunts for the kidnapper, and soon discovers he could be a lot closer to home than she’d ever thought…
A British police procedural set in Oxford and its dreaming
spires. The previous book explains why the lead female detective has PTSD but
this one can be read as a stand-alone as enough of the back story is given. I have
not read the previous book.
I found the story interesting and compelling reading and the characters involved were complex enough that I never guessed who the villain was, let alone why, although the clues were there.
A good tone of voice by the author made this reading easy enough to follow and to be interested in the characters. I enjoyed this book.
Cheetahs Never Win: A Magical Romantic Comedy (with a body count)
A Magical Romantic Comedy (with a body count) #5
contemporary fiction, romance, humour, fantasy
2 Jan 2019
Witnessing a double homicide dumps Aaron Clinton into the middle of a gruesome murder investigation. To stop the budding serial killer from striking again, Aaron’s forced to join forces with a reformed cop and a colony of cranky cats.
Warning: this novel contains cats, murder, more cats, mayhem, cheetahs, mischief, felines, a serial killer, romance, humor, puns, generalized hilarity, and whipped cream used in inappropriate fashions. Proceed with caution.
story with lots of sniggers and a cherry on top!
know a lot more about Texas than I did before, not necessarily to its benefit
of course, and oh Fire Ants! I suspect I have been a victim of these ants or
their relatives in India when I once sat down in a woodland – certainly
something nasty bit me several times on my behind! And it hurt…
‘universe’ that I am not familiar with and it took a while to understand the
creatures that inhabited it, and I must say that angels that are missing their
heads sounds very creepy. Maybe the author was inspired by The Winged Victory
of Samothrace a famous statue where the head has been lost, or the fables
that say that good deeds result in angels being born – but without heads,
wings, faces etc. Whichever, I found their idea disconcerting.
above, I liked the story and it was long enough to satisfy me, – a lot of these
fantasy novels I find are rather short, but this was a good length which meant that
several of the characters could be developed as well as the two main
This was book 5 in the series and so I went back to book 1 –
Playing with Fire: A Magical Romantic Comedy (with a body count)