Welcome back to #TalkoftheTown, a weekly link-up I am co-hosting with Shaz from Jera’s Jamboree. We’d love you to share your book related blog posts with us. Please visit my Talk of the Town page if you are unsure of how a link-up works. We are looking forward to reading your blog posts.

For this week’s Talk of the Town, I am sharing my review of Claudia Carroll’s newest release All She Ever Wished For. I love Claudia’s books and was hugely excited when this book came through my letter box. I shared an extract of this novel yesterday. In case you missed it, you can read it here.

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ABOUT THE BOOK

One chance meeting…Two lives changed forever.

Tess Taylor is gearing up for a wedding day to remember. And nothing is going to get in her way. That is, until an unexpected summons arrives completely out of the blue for jury service. With a million jobs still to do, the timing couldn’t be worse.

Meanwhile Kate King, celebrity socialite, is going through a very public divorce. As if the heartache wasn’t enough to deal with, Kate now has to face a high-profile case as she goes headt o head with her ex-husband.

On the surface, the two women couldn’t be more different, but their worlds collide as the courtroom drama unfolds. And lessons in love and friendship await them both . . .

MY THOUGHTS ON THE BOOK

All She Ever Wished For is such a gripping and magnificent read. I adored the setting of this book – a courtroom (well, among other things obviously). I studied Law a few years ago and was immediately drawn in by the legal background of this novel. Claudia did an amazing job describing the feel and atmosphere of the courtroom. It felt as if I was in the middle of it all and not in the comfort of my own home. It truly shows how much research must have gone into this book.

I always find Claudia Carroll’ s books special and intriguing. With each and every one, you’ll get a romantic element, but always packaged into a gripping and well thought-out storyline. All She Ever Wished For is definitely no exception.

Claudia’s way of storytelling is fantastic. Each chapter is written from either Tess’ or Kate’s point of view. The chapters feel completely contrasted, not only is Tess’ story told in the present and Kate’s through newspaper articles and flashbacks, but they also have a completely different mood and feel to them. For me, this beautifully set the characters apart, but also showed the similarities between these two women.

I found Kate’s character especially engaging. The media portrays her in such a superficial way, but is this truly her character? I loved how the reader only progressively learns more about Kate and has to make up their own mind about her. I thought that this cleverly tied in with the courtroom setting and Tess’ jury duty.

All She Ever Wished For is an amazing read with lots of little elements that come together to form a brilliant storyline. I cannot praise this book highly enough!

Thank you very much to Avon for sending me a copy of this book for review purposes. All opinions are entirely my own.

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Welcome back to #TalkoftheTown, a weekly link-up I am co-hosting with Shaz from Jera’s Jamboree. We’d love you to share your book related blog posts with us. Please visit my Talk of the Town page if you are unsure of how a link-up works. We are looking forward to reading your blog posts.

For this week’s Talk of the Town, I am sharing our thoughts on the children’s book Chicken Little.

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This book is “slightly” controversial in our household. Our little girl is obsessed with this book and asks for it to be read as her bedtime story at least a few times a week. Whereas my husband and I are already dreading hearing the words “Chicken Little”…

Don’t get me wrong, we also liked this book quite a lot (the first 10 times or so). The storyline is quite cute and there is a fantastic moral in the end. Chicken Little is wandering through the woods, when suddenly an acorn falls on his head. He thinks, however, that the sky is falling down and sets out to tell the King. On this way, he meets several other animals who are all convinced by what he is saying is true, and together they warn other animals they meet on the way to the King’s Palace.

The story goes a little like this: Chicken Little met Henny Penny and Henny Penny met Cocky Locky and so on and so on. On each page the names are recited again and the more pages you read, the more names are being added and repeated – I am sure, you’ll get the idea and probably also understand why this book has become quite annoying for my husband and I. I feel like horrible parents, but we have actually gone so far as to hide this book on the bottom of the book pile, but after tears from our daughter because she couldn’t find her beloved book, we gave in and read it a few more times afterwards.

There are definitely books out there that I really don’t mind reading over and over again, but unfortunately Chicken Little is not one of them. Is there a book that your little ones love, but that you are utterly fed up with reading?

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ABOUT THE BOOK

THE DAY I LOST YOU WAS THE DAY I DISCOVERED I NEVER REALLY KNEW YOU

When Jess’s daughter, Anna, is reported lost in an avalanche, everything changes.

Jess’s first instinct is to protect Rose, Anna’s five-year-old daughter. But then she starts to uncover Anna’s other life – unearthing a secret that alters their whole world irrevocably . . .

THE DAY I LOST YOU WAS THE DAY YOU TORE OUR FAMILY APART

MY THOUGHTS ON THE BOOK

The Day I Lost You is a magnificent read that is totally addictive and mesmerising. I had heard so many brilliant things about the author’s debut novel and was very excited to read one of her books.

I felt for Jess from the first pages onwards. Hearing that dreaded news that your daughter is missing, really must be the worst feeling in the world. Not only does Jess has to come to terms with the loss, but at the same time she has Rose, Anna’s five-year-old-daughter to think of and to protect.

The author’s writing is incredible and it is so easy to get completely absorbed into the storyline. I thought the idea of letting the reader in on Anna’s life by letting us read her blog entry posts is fantastic and very cleverly thought through.

This book explores and examines a mother/daughter relationship and uncovers secrets that make the reader hold their breath. The Day I Lost You is a book I can highly recommend.

Thank you to Jaime at Harper Collins for sending me a copy of this book to review.

Welcome back to #TalkoftheTown, a weekly link-up I am co-hosting with Shaz from Jera’s Jamboree. We’d love you to share your book related blog posts with us. Please visit my Talk of the Town page if you are unsure of how a link-up works. We are looking forward to reading your blog posts.

I love Christmas and it is definitely the holiday I look forward to most each year. Next to decorating the house, doing lots of baking and generally enjoying time with my loved ones, I am also super excited about new Christmas book releases. It has become a little tradition for me, to read as many festive books as I possibly can in the run-up to Christmas. Debbie Johnson’s Christmas at the Comfort Food Cafe was my first Christmas read for 2016.

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ABOUT THE BOOK

Becca Fletcher hates Christmas so much, she’s considering getting ‘Bah Humbug!’ tattooed on her forehead. She has her reasons for being Little Miss Grinch; Reasons that make this the very worst time of year for her.

Now, though, she can’t avoid her version of ho-ho-hell – because she’s travelling to the Comfort Food Cafe to spend the festive season with her sister Laura, and her family. She’s expecting mulled wine, the smell of pine trees, 24-hour Christmas movie marathons and all kinds of very merry torture.

But little does Becca know that the Comfort Food Cafe is like no other place on earth. Perched on a snow-covered hill on a windswept bay, it’s a place full of friendship; a place where broken hearts can heal, and a place where new love can blossom. It’s a place where Becca’s Christmas miracle really could happen – if only she can let it…

MY THOUGHTS ON THE  BOOK

Christmas at the Comfort Food Cafe is a truly enjoyable and addictive read. It is not the first time that the Comfort Food Cafe features in Debbie’s books. The reader was first transported to this wonderful Cafe in the author’s previous release, Summer at the Comfort Food Cafe. I personally love re-visiting characters and places from books I’ve read before and always find it extremely interesting how their story continued. However, Christmas at the Comfort Food Cafe can be read as a stand-alone as this time around, the author focuses on Becca ,who is the sister of Laura (the heroine in the previous book). 

To be honest, during the first few chapters, I wasn’t sure whether I could take a liking to Becca. In these first chapters we get to know Becca as a child and teenager and I found her rather annoying, spoilt and ungrateful. We know that something happened to her in her later teenage years that makes her hate Christmas, but we don’t find out until much later on what that actually was.

However, as soon as the book switches to the present and Becca arrives at the Comfort Food Cafe, my opinion of her changed. I really loved the sisterly bond between Laura and Becca (a bond that is very similar to my own sister and I) and it showed that Becca isn’t as heartless and selfish as I originally thought. She definitely has a good heart, but put up a wall in order to protect herself. 

The storyline unfolds nicely and there are plenty of heart-warming and moving moments packed into this festive novella. I definitely wouldn’t mind a third book set at the Comfort Food Cafe. I just cannot get enough from these lovely and welcoming characters. 

Thank you to HarperImpulse for allowing me to read an ARC of this book via NetGalley.

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Welcome back to #TalkoftheTown, a weekly link-up I am co-hosting with Shaz from Jera’s Jamboree. We’d love you to share your book related blog posts with us. Please visit my Talk of the Town page if you are unsure of how a link-up works. We are looking forward to reading your blog posts.

For this week’s Talk of the Town, I am sharing a review for probably one of the cutest books we’ve ever bought for our little girl. I know that this blog has featured children’s books quite heavily lately, but life has been so busy that I literally had no time to pick up a book for myself. We do, however, make sure that we read a bedtime story for our little girl every single night 🙂

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I have to admit that I sometimes tire of reading the same books over and over again to our daughter, but this one is a complete exception. I love reading this book as much as she likes listening to the story. Starlight Wishes is all about two little bears that instead of going straight to bed in the evenings, like to imagine different adventures they can go on – from riding a rollercoaster (which our little one is a huge fan of, by the way – our little adrenaline junkie definitely hasn’t inherited this trait from me!) to visiting a land where all their favourite princesses live, to flying on a back of a dragon – these two teddy bears definitely don’t lack any imagination.

The illustrations in this book are truly gorgeous which I find to be vital for a good book for young children. Starlight Wishes is the perfect bedtime story and is a book that has taken a very special place on our daughter’s bookshelf.

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