Is there Hygge?

Hygge and Kisses Book Cover Hygge and Kisses
Clara Christensen
#NG, #Romance, #contemporary, #womensfiction
Simon & Schuster UK
(30 Nov. 2017)

For readers everywhere who are embracing the Danish art of hygge – the first warm, wise and romantic hygge novel! 

The perfect feel-good novel to curl up with - light some candles, wrap yourself in a blanket and relax ...

Bo, 26, has always been careful, cautious. However, she's just been made redundant and her life plan is beginning to unravel. Before she starts immediately applying for other jobs in a panic, her friend Kirstenpersuades her to take a holiday, to visit Kirsten's mother's house in Aslbrog, North Jutland, a part of Denmark Bo is ashamed to admit she has never heard of.

'What's the weather going to be like?' she asks Kirsten hopefully, scrolling her cursor over the budget airlines webpage. 'Terrible,' Kirsten replies, 'London is positively Mediterranean by comparison, and of course it's November so it'll be dark seventeen hours a day. But no one goes to Denmark to get a tan. You need a change of scene and to blow away the cobwebs, and trust me, Skagen will do that. Besides, the summerhouse is cosy whatever the weather, and you never know who else will be around.'

A few clicks later and there is no going back. And Bo's life plan is about to be entirely rewritten.

It was difficult to know how to judge this as I discovered when I had completed it, that I had not got the full book, just a sample.
As it went, it was fairly typical of the genre, but the reason for the title had not yet been made clear. when the sample ended.
I would probably give it a 3 star rating if it were complete, but feel that I can only give a sample 2 stars as I cannot be sure of where the story was going.

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Weddings need help

Kiss a Bridesmaid Book Cover Kiss a Bridesmaid
Always a Bridesmaid
Courtney Hunt
romance, contemporary, women's fiction,
Kindle

Wedding caterer Shortie Campbell partnered with Always a Bridesmaid’s professional bridesmaid’s service to create the premier bridal business in Savannah. The Always a Bridesmaid staff will do anything to ensure picture-perfect nuptials—including chasing a mischievous canine ring bearer through crowded Forsyth Park.

When Abigail Browne strolls through romantic Forsyth Park on the first sunny spring day in Savannah, she never expects to catch a runaway puppy's leash—or to end up covered in mud with a twisted ankle. After Shortie escorts her home—and discovers that she is out of a job—he offers her a chance to work with Always a Bridesmaid.

Now, as Shortie and Abby work together to make wedding dreams come true, will their blossoming friendship become their own happily ever after?

Here we have a shrinking violet hiding a lovely girl with curves and excellent  skin and personality which shines through when she encounters real kindness.

And so she becomes a professional bridesmaid and finds romance.

A very sweet (! – think wedding cake icing) story. 

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Messy? or just Chaotic

Hot Mess Book Cover Hot Mess
Lucy Vine
friendship, women's fiction, relationships, family
Orion
July 13, 2017
304

Hot Mess [n.] - someone who is often in a state of disarray, while remaining attractive in spite of their flaws, and repeatedly finds themselves in uncomfortable predicaments. Ellie Knight is just like you. Her life isn't turning out the way she thought it would. Some people might say she's a hot mess but then who really has their s**t together before they're thirty? It's Valentine's Day and Ellie Knight finds herself eating Nutella in the bar stockroom after a no-show date. But single doesn't have to be the loneliest number, does it? She goes back home to her flatshare and weird flatmates. It's ok there's black mould everywhere, right? With a hangover from hell, she goes to the office job she thought she would have quit by now. Doesn't everyone hate their job? Maybe Ellie isn't following the *official life plan* but perfect is overrated. For fans of Fleabag and Girls, this is a fresh and funny coming-of-age story with a single-girl heroine that everyone will relate to - a modern Carrie Bradshaw meets Bridget Jones.

 

I’m not quite the right age group for this I realised when I didn’t understand some of the references – clearly some were rather naughty, but perhaps I’m best off not knowing?

Still, I found it a enjoyable and funny book to read.

I loved the children and the office loos and had to read the section about the ‘virgin’ cocktails out to my husband as I thought it brilliant, as were the questions about periods. And oh, if we all could have not had them and had a choice…

For someone in the 20s and 30s I think that the adventures of the characters will really resonate. But as reader over 60 I object to having our smooches as being thought yucky! We still quite like kissing… and more…

4 stars

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‘Buying’ a bride?

Rock Star's Email Bride Book Cover Rock Star's Email Bride
Romance Island #2
Demelza Carlton
romance, contemporary, women's fiction, romantic comedy
Lost Plot Press
(15 Sept. 2015)

A mail order bride and a rock god: can they make fairy tales come true?
In the final year of her business degree, Phuong has her future all mapped out. Finish studying, then go home and save her family's business. Until her father dies and it all falls apart. Broke and jobless, she stumbles on a solution: find herself an Australian husband. Fast.

She's not looking for love - Phuong doesn't believe in fairy tales. Her marriage will be a business deal, pure and simple. But when she meets her husband-to-be and discovers he's a reclusive rock star living at Romance Island Resort, maybe it's time to believe a girl can live happily ever after.

A tiny taste of what's in store:

Idly, she clicked on one of the unread messages from some other man whose profile was a sculpted, headless torso, like something cropped from the cover of a romance novel.

Mr Six-Pack's message was short:

"I'm looking for a woman who knows all fairy tales are lies, but who still hopes one might come true."

Reflexively, Phuong clicked on his profile. Mr Six-Pack was a gym junkie, he admitted, who went by the name of Lucky Jason. He worked on a remote island, but it was lonely and he wanted to share his living accommodation with someone who could brighten the darkness at night. Or so he said. She laughed softly before clapping a hand over her mouth at the thought that she might wake Norman. His snores continued, like he was sawing down a tree with his nose in his sleep, so she breathed a sigh of relief and returned to ogling Jason's abs. Desire flooded through her for the first time in months.

She hit the reply button. "Which fairy tale did you have in mind, and which character are you? The big bad wolf, the woodcutter or Prince Charming?" Before she could think better of it, she sent the message.

The response came back almost instantly: "What would you like me to be? I can cut down everyone keeping you from me, carry you off to my castle like Prince Charming, then turn into the big bad wolf and eat you all up until you scream for joy."

"That only happens in books," she whispered to herself, then typed the words and fired them off.

Lucky Jason had an answer for that, too: "One day, some romance author will write books about us and a million lonely women will crave the sort of sex you only have to ask for."

Arrogant much? "No one's that good. What if I'm after Prince Charming, a man who loves me, listens to me and wants to take care of me, and I'm not interested in sex?"

"Prince Charming is a prick who'll smother you and turn jealous if you look at anyone else. He'll lock you in a tower and never let you out. And he wouldn't know what to do with his own c*ck, let alone your body. Prince where-do-I-put-my-prick. That's not me, babe."

"No? You don't get jealous? What do you do when your girl looks at another man?"

"Grin and wink at the guy while my arm's around her. He'll never be me and never have what I do, but that's cool. Not everyone's as awesome as me. Let me show you, babe."

Phoung the naive – or so she claims, needs a husband so she can extend her visa. So she finds one – although she claims she [book written through her eyes] that they were not actually married – through an  email bride site.

This ‘husband’ mistreats her and keeps her like a sex slave.

So she runs away and has several adventures.

There is a cliff-hanger at the end which really makes you want to find out what happens next.

3.5

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Er, last night?

About Last Night ... Book Cover About Last Night ...
Catherine Alliott
women's fiction, humour, romantic comedy, rural life
Michael Joseph
March 9, 2017
400

The funny, enthralling and heartwarming story of a woman who gets a second chance in life - but will she have the courage to take it?

Molly has moved from London to rural Herefordshire chasing the Good Life. Swapping the tube for the saddle, she is living the country dream.

Apart from it isn't really her dream. It's her husband David's. And David is, well, rather dead now.

Then a distant relative of her late husband kicks the bucket, leaving a London townhouse in her possession, and Molly dares to consider chucking it all in. Quitting the Good Life and going back to her good life.

But there's a problem. A rather tall, handsome problem. In the shape of a man already living in Molly's new house. And when a face appears from her past, Molly is more confused than ever.

Will Molly's London dream replace her muddy reality? Do any of the men in her life really have honourable intentions? And has she said goodbye to country life too soon?

So David wants to live the ‘Good Life’ and moves his family down to a small holding raising sheep and getting muddy and cold and wet and…

But he dies and leaves his widow without enough means to live on – she learns to be a sheep midwife; she learns to be a rather shady horse dealer; she sells sexy knickers by post and by every possible means tries to keep the bailiffs from her door. Luckily the main bailiff is her friend from the book club!

All the time a rather irritating vet hovers around telling Molly what she is doing wrong.

The main action however happens when Molly receives an unexpected inheritance and thinks about moving back to her old London life. And romance enters her life from an also unexpected source.

A feel good, jolly, amusing, enjoyable story of just how chaotic life a life can be, and how women cope when left in rather sticky circumstances through no fault of their own.

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