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Book review: The Breakup Doctor by Phoebe Fox



*Copy provided by publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

What a great debut this was! Being a debut, I really had no expectations though I must admit, being such a sucker for pretty covers, I kind of had a feeling this would be totally up my alley. Once again, I was right.

Brook (Real name Brook Lyn – HA!) is the owner of a private practice and seems to have it all, till one day she looses her offices and is forced to start over again. All her life, she’s been counseling her friends on relationships, so it only seemed natural to Brook’s friend, Sasha, she should pursue a career on this field. With a bit of help from her friend, Brook sets on this new venture, becoming a Breakup Doctor, advising people in person, in columns and on the radio. BUT, what happens when things turn ugly and Brook is no longer able to listen to her own advice? How can you advise people on how to have a healthy love relationship when your own love life sucks?

This was such a fun read! I did expect few more laughs, but despite not being hilarious, it totally was my cup of tea. I loved the writing, so easy to follow and most of the story was fast paced. There were couple of times I wish the author didn’t go into so much detail, but overall it was an enjoyable read that I devoured in one (or two?) sittings. I really liked Brook, who’s not the every day chick lit heroine. She’s mature and knows exactly what she wants. She’s very good at her work and is a fantastic friend and daughter. She’s very down-to-earth and exactly the type of girl I would love to be friends with. Unlike her, Sasha is the more sassy one, but they make such a great team.

The Breakup Doctor was a surprisingly good read, honestly. I loved how the author manages to balance between humor and seriousness, getting me invested in the story totally. Would I read more from this author? Absolutely! Do I recommend it? Of course, it would be a perfect thing to bring with you on your summer holidays. Great beach read, perfect for your lazy, sunny days.

My rating: 4/5


Book review: The Divorced Not Dead Workshop by CeCe Osgood



*Copy provided by author in exchange for an honest review*

Dorsey Bing got divorced five years ago. Since than, boyfriends come and go, no one is “the real thing’. So she has an idea, to create a workshop for divorced people, how to move on after the divorce. Her only supporter is her friend Pilar. But Dorsey’s widowed stepfather is getting married and the bride, Audrey,wants Dorsey to be her bridesmaid. They organize the wedding on a cruise, the very same weekend when the workshop starts. Plan B: The workshop moves on the cruise. But Pilar is nowhere to be seen, so Dorsey starts on her own. But she never planned her ex Theo to show up on the boat. Also, that horrible Finn, Audrey’s nephew is there for the wedding. And Dorsey has to run the workshop all by herself.

Dorsey Bing is such an adorable MC. Always clumsy, with so many bright ideas, always there for the others. She is really a nice person, but when it comes to men, she always listens to others. After the break-up with Theo, her recent boyfriend, she doesn’t trust men anymore. But there is Finn, Audrey’s nephew who’s always been the bad boy, according to Theo. He shows up on the wedding, and there is Theo again, trying to gain her heart again. Dorsey reminds me a lot of Elizabeth Bennet from Pride and Prejudice. Who is Mr. Darcy, well, I’ll leave you to read the book.

The adventureon the boat is full of emotional moments, but funny ones too. There were many scenes that made me laugh so hard. Dorsey and Pilar are such a dynamic duo. And the boys, well Finn, with that British accent, mmmm! And Theo has such a gorgeous body.

Overall, it’s a enjoyable read with a serious theme to discuss, how to move on after the divorce. I loved all the characters and the plot, which reminded me a lot of Pride and Prejudice, as I mentioned before. It’s an interesting mix and I totally enjoyed it.

My rating: 4/5



Book review: Deathbed Dimes by Naomi Elana Zener



*Copy provided by author in exchange for an honest review*

Joely comes home one day and finds out that she was robbed and her fiance was kidnapped. But in fact, he left her because he was gay and took all the furniture with himself. Things to be worse, her lousy collegue Chip gets the promotion instead of her. So she leaves. Going home to her mom is not that easy as it seems. Her mother is a former actress and her father is former director who has a lot of mistresses. Her mother thinks that only good career for a woman is to be mother and wife. Trying to escape from her family issues, Joely start a law firm with her two best friends, Coco and Ethan. First case, Esty’s legacy. Joely meets Esty on her airplane to home, and they talk to each other. Joely remembers that she has seen the file while working in the previous law firm. And she remembers the details. A revenge for Chip is such a good thing for Joely.

I love Joely as a MC. I love her attitude, her way of coping with the ups and downs in her life. I adore Coco, her best friend and Sylvia, Joely’s  mother. Both are so hilarious, so funny, but also so loyal and always there when you need them (in their own way).

What started as a really good chick lit story, soon switched into a legal thriller. At first I enjoyed reading about Joely and her friends and her family, but soon after that, the whole story turned into a legal thriller full of law terms. I was expecting classical chick lit story, and it started that way. But soon the story got in another direction and it wasn’t chick lit anymore. Somehow it splashed to the end. I got lost in all those law terms.

But that didn’t stop me from enjoying the book, most of the time. Overall, it’s an enjoyable read full of goofy characters that will make you laugh most of the time.

My rating: 3.5/5


Book review: Party Girl by Erin Shaw



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Ladies and Gents! Cinderella is in town and she’s here to rock your worlds! Just like any other girl I guess I’m still after fairy tales, though I was pretty much a tomboy. Yet, I always believed in happily ever afters, in princesses who would find their prince, have his beautiful (always blond, not sure why, but I always imagined them blond) kids and so on and so on. Well, ‘Party Girl’ by Erin Shaw reminded me of those beautiful and carefree times growing up, when the only worry I had in this world was if mum would find out I was secretly trying on her shoes. 

Erin’s book is so sweet and original, and I must admit it surprised me how much I loved it. Much of the story is based on Erin’s own experience working as a party entertainer, and I always love those stories which reveal a bit about the author’s real life. The story is centered around Audrey who comes to The Big Apple to make all her dreams come true. But life is not always pink (though we’d all want it to be like that that), so she finds herself in a position to either succeed in this big, competitive city or go back home to her parents. After finding out party entertainers get well paid, she decides to take on this new venture and see where that would take her. But she’s a natural, let me tell you! She’s smart, young, talented and loves kids (and kids love her too) so these parties she attends become a huge success.

I really loved ‘Party Girl’. I felt a strong connection to Audrey and thought she is such a lovable character. She works hard, doesn’t whine, and makes one hell of a lemonade when life gives her lemons!
It’s an easy, quick and fun read yet at the same time it’s inspirational. Though sometimes our life doesn’t follow a certain path we thought it will, what really matters is we have fun walking on that path which will lead us to the place we belong. I’m sure there are many people out there who think they are on the wrong path, yet you gotta listen to that ‘little’ subtle voice inside of yourself, telling you which way to turn. And before you know it, a struggle will become fun and you’ll be leading your own show.

I can’t compare this book to any of those I’ve previously read (and I’ve read quite a few). I found the idea very original and the writing is great. It keeps you invested in the book throughout and I’m sure you won’t be bored even for a second. I really enjoyed Audrey’s adventures and am surely gonna be on a watch out for Ms. Shaw’s new books. Fantastic debut that will leave you craving for more!

My rating: 5/5



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Book review: Synchronized Breathing by Tara Ellison



*Copy provided by author in exchange for an honest review*

Scarlett thinks that she has everything, a gorgious husband, a lovely little son, a job. That’s until she finds out her husband’s little secret, and decides to leave him. Under her mother’s roof again, with a little boy in the package, Scarlett has to start all over again. But being a single mum is not an easy job at all. Finding a flexible job (bills have to be paid), looking for the One, starting all over again, takes a lot of efforts. Her mother CeCe is not a role model for a mother. She moves a lot, jumps from one man to another all the time. Even if she is little crazy, she loves her family very much and always has a good advice in store (well, sort of).

Scarlett is a strong person as a MC, most of the time. She longs for that everlasting love, for the life she never had, for the place called home she never had. But you have to kiss many frogs until you find the prince. She longs for that moment when you lay with your man together and breathe as one, being one. But she has a son, a cute little boy named Oliver, and not all men want commitments. Scarlett is a good mother, her son always comes first.She wants to be a better mother than CeCe. So when Scarlett has to choose between the man she loves and her boy, she does what every mother would do, chooses her son. Even if I doubted her from time to time, I really respect her for that.

Overall, Synchronized Breathing is a loveable emotional read about starting anew, about coping with issues being a single mother. You have to take every chance to rebuild your life again. I had some doubts while reading some parts, but overall, it’s a great debut.

My rating: 3.5/5


Book News: Pretty in Ink by Lindsey Palmer



For years, Hers magazine has been a fixture on newsstands–relatable, reliable, and ever-so-slightly frumpy. But with sales slumping, Hers’ editor-in-chief soon finds a pink slip in her inbox. And her ruthless, blisteringly high-heeled replacement may not be finished cleaning house yet.  .  .

Leah Brenner suspects she won’t be on the payroll much longer either. A telecommuting, breast milk-pumping mom of three doesn’t mesh with her new boss Mimi’s vision of a sleeker, younger-skewing Hers. Not content with nabbing Leah’s office, Mimi’s protégée, Victoria, is itching to take over Leah’s duties too–and she’s not alone. As the summer rolls out, and staffers are asked to give up even their sexiest secrets to save the brand, everyone at Hers–the sycophantic new assistant;the photo editor who’s sleeping with her boss;the Ivy League intern with oversized aspirations–will fight to keep her career, and some shred of dignity, intact. 

Smart, perceptive, and hilarious, Lindsey Palmer’s debut delivers an all too true-to-life tale of very different women faced with high-stakes choices in a rapidly changing–yet utterly familiar–world.

“A sharp, hilarious romp through a spot-on believable women’s magazine.” –Sally Koslow, former Editor-in-Chief of McCall’s

“An essential novel.  .  .engaging, sensitive, and so much fun.  .  .I wanted to hang out with the women of Hers Magazine long after I’d turned the last page.” -Diana Spechler, author of Skinny 

‘Pretty in Ink’ is Lindsey Palmer’s debut and will be released on March 25th 2014 by Kensington Books.

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Book News: The Tea Chest by Josephine Moon



Kate Fullerton, talented tea designer and now co-owner of The Tea Chest, could never have imagined that she’d be flying from Brisbane to London, risking her young family’s future, to save the business she loves from the woman who wants to shut it down.

Meanwhile, Leila Morton has just lost her job; and if Elizabeth Clancy had known today was the day she would appear on the nightly news, she might at least have put on some clothes. Both need to move on.

When Kate’s, Leila’s and Elizabeth’s paths cross, they throw themselves into realising Kate’s vision of the newest and most delectable tea shop in London, The Tea Chest. But with the very real possibility that The Tea Chest may fail, the three women are forced to decide what’s important to each of them.

An enchanting, witty novel about the unexpected situations life throws at us, and how love and friendship help us through. Written with heart and infused with the seductive scents of bergamot, Indian spices, lemon, rose and caramel, it’s a world you won’t want to leave.

‘The Tea Chest’ is Josephine Moon’s debut and will be released on March 31st. Take a sneak peek here.

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Book review: Never Google Heartbreak by Emma Garcia


*Copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review*

Actual rating 3.5/5

It usually doesn’t take me long to settle for a rating, but this particular book gave me a bit of headache. While it had great potential to be even a 5* one, there were couple of things that did trouble me. At the end, I’m rounding it to 4 stars while it’s more of a 3.5*.

It does still mean I liked it, because I really did. I don’t have a different criteria for debuts and I always try to approach a book totally unbiased, even those that are written by my fave authors. I have to admit I’ve read quite..ummm…not good debuts and every time I pick up one I get strangely nervous and a bit anxious. But good thing from reading lots of debuts is discovering new authors, fresh stories, different writing styles. So it’s a bit of challenge, but overall is a pleasant experience.

I would never tell ‘Never Google Heartbreak’ is a debut. The writing is fantastic and you can tell the author sure put all her heart into this book. The title is brilliant and the cover is stunning, and as much as everyone says those stuff don’t matter..still they are a great bonus right?

All Viv wants is to marry Rob, the love of her life. But seems every time they get close to an engagement, Rob gets cold feet. Viv is full of understanding, but the last time Rob says they need a break, she fears something else is happening. Is a new woman involved? Was he unhappy with her all this time? Why would anyone need a break from a steady, lovely relationship? She’s devastated and appears she’s not able to let go of Rob. Is Rob the right guy for her, or is there someone else waiting to give her the love and respect she deserves?

Some parts of this book were simply hilarious! I was laughing and laughing, I just couldn’t stop myself. I loved the whole idea of setting up a website to ‘heal’ and help other heartbroken people. But when it comes to the characters, I have to say as much as I wanted to LOVE Viv, I simply couldn’t. I did like her and sympathized with her (and am forever grateful to her for making me laugh so hard) yet at times all these attempts to get Rob back felt too tiring. She’s trying so damn hard and obviously he didn’t appreciate it, so those bits really annoyed me a bit.

As for the story, as much as I enjoyed it, I was surprised with some parts (not in a good way), but I wouldn’t like to spoil the book for you and I’m not gonna comment on them.

Overall it was an enjoyable and funny read, one I’d definitely recommend. I’m not sure if there’s a sequel coming (I read that some place) but if there is one, I’d definitely want to read it.

My rating: 3.5/5


Blog Tour: Tiny Acts of Love by Lucy Lawrie – review + INT giveaway


Published by Black & White Publishing on 6th March 2014


Surviving motherhood? It’s all about having the right support network.

Lawyer and new mum Cassie has a husband who converses mainly through jokes, a best friend on the other side of the world, and a taskforce of Babycraft mothers who make her feel she has about as much maternal aptitude as a jellyfish.

Husband Jonathan dismisses Cassie’s maternal anxieties, but is he really paying attention to his struggling wife? He’s started sleep talking and it seems there’s more on his mind than he’s letting on. Then sexy, swaggering ex-boyfriend Malkie saunters into Cassie’s life again.

Unlike Jonathan, he ‘gets’ her. He’d like to get her into bed again, too…

And on top of all her emotional turmoil, she also finds herself advising a funeral director on ghost protocol and becomes involved in an act of hotel spa fraud, never mind hiding cans of wasp spray all over the house to deal with the stalker who seems to be lurking everywhere she looks. Marriage and motherhood isn’t the fairytale Cassie thought it would be. Will her strange new world fall apart around her or will tiny acts of love be enough to get her through?

Funny, perceptive and real, Tiny Acts of Love portrays the rawness of motherhood, the flipside of love and the powerful lure of paths not taken.

My review:

*Copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review*

This is the book everyone on twitter has been talking about lately. Everyone was so excited to read it, of course including me. When I was given a review copy and a chance to be part of Lucy’s blog tour I couldn’t be happier. But I must admit, at the same time I was a bit worried about what I would feel like if this book didn’t live up to all the hype.

Well, now that I’ve read it, I can say it’s an excellent debut. Lucy is obviously very talented and great in creating interesting, well devolved characters.

The opening is simply hilarious! I could help but laugh out loud in the middle of the night. Cassie’s just become a mother to a lovely baby girl, and though when it comes to law and business she’s simply a shark, she’s so scared of her new mother role. A year and a half ago I had my second child, and though I didn’t experience that much anxiety as Cassie has, I could understand her and all her fears. That feeling every new mother has, will she be a good mother, will she provide everything her baby needs..gosh, that’s so overwhelming, yet quite normal and what everyone woman goes through.

To be honest, maybe Cassie was overreacting, but that brings so much humor in this book. She’s over analyzing everything, her baby’s behavior, her relationship to her husband, her boss’ demands..everything! Couple of times I wanted to give her a shake, telling her to stop being a drama queen. But as I said, there were so many times when I could connect to her, I guess every mother will.

I must admit I had a bit of a problem with the pacing, I’d enjoy it more if it was faster and there were more things happening. But that’s just my opinion, it doesn’t necessarily mean this is a slow book.

I’d hate to spoil and say more about the ending, but I loved the prologue. I found it so touchy and beautifully written, and that’s the main reason why I settled for a solid 4 star rating. Otherwise it would be still rounded to 4 but actually between 3.5-4/5. I really enjoyed it, it’s an interesting story not just about motherhood and parenting, but also about believing in yourself and fighting your worse fears.

My rating: 4/5


About Lucy Lawrie

 Lucy Lawrie was born in Edinburgh, and gained an honours degree in English Literature from Durham University before going on to study law. She worked as a lawyer in Edinburgh for several years, specialising in Employment and Pensions law. When Lucy was on maternity leave with her first baby, she unearthed a primary two homework book in which she’d stated, in very wobbly handwriting: ‘I want to be an AUTHOR when I grow up.’ To appease her six-year old self, she began writing her first novel.

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Blog Tour: Hopelessly Devoted to Holden Finn by Tilly Tennant – Review + Giveaway



There’s only one man for Bonnie, and that’s Holden Finn.

The problem is that Holden Finn is a twenty-three-year-old pop megastar with his boy band, Every Which Way, and has no idea she exists. Not only that, but half the women in the world want to be Mrs Finn, including Bonnie’s teenage daughter, Paige. The real men in Bonnie’s life do nothing but let her down, but a man you can’t possibly have can never do that… right? She’s safe inside her fantasy bubble.

Then Paige wins a radio competition to meet Holden and the band, and Bonnie’s carefully-constructed world starts to unravel. She is about to find out that you should be very, very careful what you wish for …

My review:

*Copy provided by author in exchange for an honest review*

Actual rating 3.5/5

‘Hopelessly Devoted to Holden Finn’ is an interesting and fast read. It’s centered around Bonnie, a 35 year old woman and a single parent to Paige. She’s got a huge crush on Holden Flinn, who’s not only a mega star, but is much younger than her. Bonnie and her friend win a competition and they are about to meet Holden Finn. Dreams do come true, e? Well after Bonnie gets to meet Holden, the plot starts really to get interesting and drama starts happening. And then there’s Max and Bonnie’s ex Henri.

Well, personally I did find this whole crush thing a bit silly, because I’m almost 35 and I certainly do not daydream about celebrities. Maybe it’s because of this that I couldn’t really connect to Bonnie, though she’s an interesting character. But I loved her relationship with Paige and it was really wonderfully described.

The writing is lovely and makes the book a real page turner. It’s quite a short read, and perfect for fans of romantic comedies.

My rating: 3.5/5



Bonnie lay in the bath, staring up at the ceiling. It needed painting, she thought vaguely, as she gazed at the bubbled plaster and clouds of mould that had gathered in the corner by the window. The walls weren’t much better. If she was completely honest, the whole room needed to be ripped out and started again, but that wasn’t going to happen any time soon on her budget.  She had dropped massive hints to her mum that she needed a visit from the DIY SOS team, but Jeanie had stubbornly refused to notice.  Paint was going to have to do, but even that would have to wait. With a school trip to Belgium to pay for and a list of bills that never seemed to be under control, it was just another promise to herself that would not be delivered.

True to her forecast, Paige had taken herself into her bedroom as soon as they walked back into the flat and had been in there for the two hours they had been home. Bonnie could hear the odd stifled giggle, and the low hum of conversation, but what was being discussed she could only guess at and, despite the fact that Paige would probably be unaware of it, eavesdropping didn’t seem right.  With that in mind, she wasn’t rushing to get out of the bath only to sit in front of the TV alone and watch the endless stream of pointless drivel that counted for entertainment. It seemed like a long time ago since Paige had wanted to sit with her and chat in an evening.

Dear Holden,

Please rescue me.

Love, Bonnie.


Bonnie’s thoughts were interrupted by a hammering at the door.



‘The internet’s gone down again!’

Bonnie frowned. ‘What do you want me to do about it? I’m in the bath!’

‘I was in the middle of an important conversation with Annabel.’


‘Well, now I don’t know what she wanted to say.’

‘Have you turned off the router and started it up again?’

‘Yeah, that didn’t work.’

‘I don’t know what it is then. I’ll have to phone the cable company or something later.’

‘What about Annabel?’

‘What about her?’

‘I need to speak to her.’


Bonnie heard a loud, theatrical sigh and then Paige’s footsteps as she stomped away.

Wine was in order, lots and lots of wine. Tomorrow was Sunday and there wouldn’t be anything better for Bonnie to do than nurse a well-earned hangover.

Reaching for the towel, Bonnie hauled herself out of the bath. She ought to go and look at that router before Paige exploded with rage.  Knowing her daughter’s volatile temper these days, it wasn’t completely unimaginable…

That was when she heard the high-pitched squeal.

Wrapping the towel around her dripping body, Bonnie rushed into Paige’s bedroom.

‘Mum!’ Paige shouted as Bonnie burst in the door. ‘What the hell’s the matter with you?’

‘I could ask you the same thing!’ Bonnie thundered as she saw that Paige was lounging on her bed with the phone, just ending a call and clearly not injured or in any sort of peril at all.

‘There’s nothing wrong with me.’

‘I said I would ring the cable company, but you could at least let me get out of the bath.’

‘Who cares about the stupid internet? Annabel phoned me when she couldn’t get through.’

‘What’s with the screaming then?’

Paige sat up, her face now glowing and her eyes suddenly alive with excitement.

‘Annabel’s just told me about an amazing competition.’

‘Competition?’ Bonnie asked with some exasperation, now aware that she was making quite a wet mess on the carpet.

‘Yeah! To meet Holden!’

Bonnie’s mouth fell open. Her gaze travelled to the poster above her daughter’s bed.  She didn’t need to ask which Holden. Suddenly, her pulse seemed to run that little bit quicker. ‘Holden?’ she repeated.

‘Yeah, Holden Finn… from Every Which Way.’

‘I know who you’re talking about,’ Bonnie said in a dazed voice.

‘I’m going to enter; it’s dead easy; all you have to do is text his middle name.’

‘Gabriel!’ Bonnie squeaked.  As soon as she had, she felt the colour rush to her cheeks.

‘OOOH, get the oldie in the know.’

‘I’m not that old,’ Bonnie laughed awkwardly, relieved that her moment of embarrassment had gone unnoticed.  But inside she was a whirlwind of emotions. She might be as close as a text message away from meeting Holden Finn. But then she saw something of her own excitement reflected in her daughter’s face and realisation came crashing in on her. Even in the incredibly unlikely event of her winning if she entered this competition, how could she not give her place to Paige? Paige, who would want her best friend, Annabel, to go with her, not her embarrassing, almost grey-haired mum.

‘Anyway, it costs, like, about two quid to text, that’s alright though, yeah?’ Paige rattled off, already tapping away on her phone without waiting for her mum’s reply.

‘I suppose,’ Bonnie said. ‘Maybe I should text too, from my number, double your chances and all that?’

Paige looked up in surprise. ‘Would you, Mum? That’d be epic.’

‘Hmmm, epic… I suppose it would be,’ Bonnie murmured to herself as she went to get dry.

About the Author:


Tilly Tennant was born in Dorset but now lives in Staffordshire with her slightly nutty family. Tilly is married to Mr Tennant (not that one, though a girl can dream). After years of dismal and disastrous jobs, including paper plate stacking, shop girl, newspaper promotions and waitressing (she never could carry a bowl of soup without spilling a bit), she decided to indulge her passion for the written word by enrolling on a degree in English and creative writing. She wrote her first novel in 2007 during her first summer break at university and has not stopped writing since. She also works as a freelance editor, and considers herself very lucky that this enables her to read many wonderful books while getting paid for it.

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