Still Me – by Jojo Moyes

5 04 2018

Two years ago I read Me Before You, swiftly followed by After You, and said I’d happily read a third if it was ever written – good news, it has been!

Louisa has just arrived in New York to be a live-in assistant for a wealthy lady in society. It’s a huge lifestyle adjustment, alongside trying to manage a long distance relationship.

It’s a combination of warm fuzzy moments one minute, and heartbreaking ones the next. Predictable in places, some of the major plot points I saw coming a mile off, but there are surprises too. With 50 pages to go before the end I had NO idea how it was going to tie together!





Some kind of wonderful – by Giovanna Fletcher

7 01 2018

My friend bought me this for Christmas, so it was a good book to start the year with.

Lizzy has been dating Ian for 10 years she was 18 and is desperately waiting for a proposal, so when that comes crashing down, she has to rediscover how to function on her own and see how much she’s changed in that time.

There’s no point trying to claim this is sophisticated literature, but it’s a comfortable, easy read (evidenced by the fact I read nearly 400 words in 6 days!), and it’s fairly warm and fuzzy. Definitely enjoyed it 🙂





The House of New Beginnings – by Lucy Diamond

25 09 2017

I visited a friend at the start of the month and she’d just finished this book and so passed it on to me. I already had a large reading pile, but was interested and have *some* manners, so after I’d finished my current book, and a very short related book after, I gave this one a go.

It’s unashamedly chick lit, but I don’t think that’s a bad thing! Essentially the book is about the residents of the five flats in Seaview House in Brighton.

  • Flat one is Jo, and her teenage daughter, Bea. Jo becomes quite unwell early on and Bea has a damaged relationship with her Dad that needs sorting out.
  • Flat two is Rosa. She’s recently moved down from London after finding out her boyfriend was not all he seemed and so is looking for a fresh start.
  • Flat three is Georgie and Simon. Simon’s just got a great architect job so he’s moved down from Yorkshire and Georgie has come with him, without much sense of purpose.
  • Flat four is Charlotte. She lost her baby daughter recently, after which her marriage broke down and so she has moved to Brighton to get away from all that.
  • Flat five is Margot. She’s an old, frail lady who’s likes money to be spent “unwisely” and to talk about her impending death as some old ladies enjoy doing!

The book begins as Georgie and Simon move in, and gradually you see these women trying to suss out what their life in Brighton is going to be. They gradually get to know each other too and we just spend time following the highs and lows with them over their first summer in the house.

It’s an easy read and pretty feel good 🙂





After You – by Jojo Moyes

17 05 2016

Having read Me Before You earlier this year, I didn’t last long before reading the sequel having borrowed it from a friend.

I wasn’t really sure where the story could go after the first book, but it turns out there’s plenty more to happen! We pick up with Louisa 18 months after the end of the first book, she’s travelled a bit and is now working at an airport bar in London. We keep up with most characters from the first book too, and meet some significant new ones.

There’s really not much I can say without spoilers for this or the original book, but needless to say this is just as excellent as the first, and I’d happily read a third if it appears!

after-you





The Marble Collector – by Cecelia Ahern

7 05 2016

Another trip through an airport, another early paperback!

Sabrina is a mum with a young family, and her Dad, Fergus, is in a home/hospital sort of place following a stroke that’s left his memory damaged. The book is set over one day for Sabrina, who tells us her side of the story, whilst Fergus writes from all ages from childhood through to the day Sabrina is living.

It was hard to follow in places – with each chapter you had to remind yourself who was talking, and if it was Fergus, then work out when on earth it was!

I wouldn’t say this was my favourite of her books, but still a good read as Sabrina spends a day trying to work out and investigating what secret it is that her dad’s been hiding from his entire family for his whole life – marbles!

Favourite quotes from this book:

  • “The eye directs the brain, the brain directs the hand. Don’t forget that. Always keep an eye on the target, Fergus, and your brain will make it happen.”
  • “When you’re dead you’d think you’d want to just enjoy being dead without having to worry about the people you left behind. Worrying is for the living.”
  • “The best way to be the best you can be is to be dead.”
  • “Perhaps it’s true that you never know yourself until someone else truly knows you.”

the marble collector





Me Before You – by Jojo Moyes

5 03 2016

This is definitely one of those books you can’t put down. This week I’ve taken it pretty much everywhere with me, just incase I could find 2 minutes to read a bit more.

We meet Louisa who needs a new job, and ends up as a minder/carer sort of role for Will, who is a quadriplegic which basically means he only has use of his neck and head, and ever so slightly one thumb. Will is incredibly bitter about the life he now faces compared with the lifestyle of a rich city boy that he had become used to, and Louisa’s role is to convince him that life is worth living after all.

Most of the book is written in the first person from Louisa’s point of view, but a few of the other main characters get one chapter to speak throughout the book – her sister, the medical carer, and each of Will’s parents. I found it confusing at times because I’d pick up the book halfway through a chapter and forget someone else was speaking, but it was good to round out the picture a little.

I got so involved with the characters as I read this book, getting angry at some, feeling sorry for others, and wanting to give them a hug when things were tough. Jojo Moyes really is an excellent writer! I can’t wait to try the sequel…

me before you





Dream a little Christmas Dream – by Giovanna Fletcher

2 01 2016

Giovanna Fletcher seems to be another author whose books I’ve gotten into the habit of reading, so when she brought out a little Christmas Novella like last year, based on the novel she had published this summer, I thought, why not?!

I was so keen to finish my last book that yes, I have read this one in January, but it’s only 85 pages and I managed it in about 3 sittings.

It’s warm, fuzzy, and predictable – I had the ending pegged from only a few pages in, but that doesn’t mean it didn’t still give me goosebumps at the end, very feel good, pretty much exactly what you’d expect from a mini Christmas chick-lit read. Delightful.

dream a little christmas dream





Dream a little Dream – by Giovanna Fletcher

23 08 2015

It’s just over a year since I read Giovanna Fletcher‘s first novel, and now here’s her third! As expected, it’s pretty much cosy, comfy chick-lit, with a bit of drama along the way. Which really, is all you want in a summer read! (I actually started a book called Paradoxology before this one, but as I was going on holiday, thought it might be worth switching to something lighter! I’ve now returned to the first book…!)

A girl starts to repeatedly dream about a guy she barely knew several years ago, and in her dream, slightly fall in love. So of course he then turns up out of the blue in real life, causing some very confused feelings!

To be honest, there’s not a lot to say about this book, I read it in two weeks which for me is pretty quick – partly because it’s an easy read, and partly because I wanted to know what happened! Predictable as it was, you may have guessed what was going to happen, but you always want to know how!

Definitely a good holiday read!

The author has also just announced that, like she did with Billy and Me, she’ll be releasing a Christmas Novella, based around the same characters. Sadly this time it sounds like it might be ebook only, whereas last time Waterstones sold Christmas with Billy and Me in paperback! To be honest, this means I may well not read it!

dream a little dream





The Other Side Of The Story – by Marian Keyes

13 07 2015

My mum leant me this book and said I should read it. Considering she’s the person that first got me into Cecelia Ahern to whom I am now completely addicted, I thought I’d give it a go.

The book is about three women: Gemma, Jojo and Lily. The first half of the book they each get a third of for us to learn about them, their backstory and where this book is heading for them. The three stories are a little linked – without giving too much away, Gemma and Lily used to know each other, Lily and Jojo will get to know each other, and Jojo will get to know Gemma later – but for the first two thirds of the book or so it really is like reading three different stories.

In some ways this was a bit tricky, because you could go a good sixty pages with one character, before moving to another one. Each character has her own history, her own set of colleagues, friends and family, all of which you’re expected to know by name quite quickly, so it’s quite a lot to take in. Once we get through the first major chunk with each girl, the pace picks up a bit, and we switch between the characters a little more often, and towards the end of the book you might only have two pages with one character before flipping to another. This of course is the point where you don’t want to put it down, and cliffhangers are used far more freely than earlier in the book!

Another peculiarity was that Gemma and Lily’s stories are told in the first person, while Jojo’s is in the third person. It was a bit odd the first time I went from Gemma to Jojo, because that change is more noticeable than you’d think!

All characters go through job stuff, relationship stuff and family stuff, so there’s a lot to keep abreast of, but if you can manage that, it was a good read. I think it was worth persevering through the three long introductions to reach the more interweaving stories later. The further on you get into the book, the more the characters get involved in each other’s stories, and get to know each other. I’d say give it a try!

the other side of the story





You’re the one that I want – by Giovanna Fletcher

25 04 2015

This is Giovanna Fletcher’s second book after Billy and Me which I read last year. That one I described as enjoyable but a little sickly in places; this one was another easy read, but any sickliness was more bearable this time!

The book opens on Maddy walking down the aisle to marry Robert, but with doubts as their mutual best friend was the best man, Ben, and she still had confusion as to her feelings towards him. Flash back seventeen years and we come across the first time Maddy meets them both, and follow them on their lives up to that point. We have two narrators in this book, just Maddy and Ben, with occasional paragraphs thrown in from the grooms speech at the wedding.

Definitely like a warm hug in a book, easy reading, and you do feel like you get to know these people as you grow up with them. Chick lit, most definitely!

you're the one that I want