March Reads

Hello my lovelies! March has been an absolutely incredible month book wise! I read so much, most of it being romance / chic lits which I absolutely love. This coming month I’m going to try and read more genres out of my comfort zone which I am looking forward to!

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Stockings and Cellulite / Debbie Viggiano

As the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Eve, Cassandra Cherry’s life takes a turn for the worse when she stumbles upon husband Stevie lying naked, except for his socks, on a coat-strewn bed with a 45-year-old divorcee called Cynthia.

Suddenly single, Cass throws herself into the business of getting over Stevie with gusto. Her main problems now are making her nine-year-old twins happy, juggling a new social life with a return to work and avoiding being arrested by an infuriating policeman who always seems to turn up at the most inopportune moments.

Then, just when Cass is least prepared, and much to Stevie’s chagrin, she crashes head over heels in love with the last person she’d ever expected.

This was an absolutely fantastic read! So many ‘laugh out loud’ moments. I managed to get it for £1 on my Kindle, BARGAIN. I will definitely be downloading more of Debbie Viggiano’s books as if this one is anything to go by, they too will be fantastic!

 

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Flawed / Cecila Ahern

Celestine North lives a perfect life. She’s a model daughter and sister, she’s well-liked by her classmates and teachers, and she’s dating the impossibly charming Art Crevan. But then Celestine encounters a situation in which she makes an instinctive decision. She breaks a rule and now faces life-changing repercussions. She could be imprisoned. She could be branded. She could be found FLAWED.

In this stunning novel, bestselling author Cecelia Ahern depicts a society in which perfection is paramount and mistakes are punished. And where one young woman decides to take a stand that could cost her everything.

I was recommended this book by a friend who said that because I LOVE Hunger Games, I will enjoy this. AHH it was excellent. Celestine’s character development was incredible and I really felt connected to her. I also grew to really like and admire Summer, Celestine’s mum. Especially in the final chapter! I am SO excited to start reading the sequel ‘Perfect.’ One questions though, where on earth is the video??

 

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The One Memory of Flora Banks / Emily Barr

HOW DO YOU KNOW WHO TO TRUST WHEN YOU CAN’T EVEN TRUST YOURSELF?

I look at my hands. One of them says FLORA BE BRAVE.

Flora has anterograde amnesia. She can’t remember anything day-to-day: the joke her friend made, the instructions her parents gave her, how old she is.Then she kisses someone she shouldn’t, and the next day she remembers it. It’s the first time she’s remembered anything since she was ten. But the boy is gone. She thinks he’s moved to the Arctic. Will following him be the key to unlocking her memory? Who can she trust?

This book has a great plot. I absolutely love Flora’s character in it and I felt so much sympathy towards her throughout the whole book. It really makes you realise the daily struggles of someone with amnesia, I couldn’t even imagine what it would be like to live with the illness. I absolutely fell in love with Jacob and the relationship between the two siblings is amazing. I gave this book 3 stars on good reads because I felt like it dragged a little.

 

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Mad Girl / Bryony Gordon

Bryony Gordon has OCD. It’s the snake in her brain that has told her ever since she was a teenager that her world is about to come crashing down: that her family might die if she doesn’t repeat a phrase 5 times, or that she might have murdered someone and forgotten about it. It’s caused alopecia, bulimia, and drug dependency. And Bryony is sick of it. Keeping silent about her illness has given it a cachet it simply does not deserve, so here she shares her story with trademark wit and dazzling honesty. A hugely successful columnist for the Telegraph, a bestselling author, and a happily married mother of an adorable daughter, Bryony has managed to laugh and live well while simultaneously grappling with her illness. Now it’s time for her to speak out. Writing with her characteristic warmth and dark humour, Bryony explores her relationship with her OCD and depression as only she can.

This book is just so honest. Bryony’s story is both realistic and at times, light hearted. Her stories from her teenage years are just hilariopus. I love reading about different mental health illnesses so reading about OCD and how it affects her daily life was very educational.

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The List / Joanna Bolouri

Phoebe Henderson may be single but she sure doesn’t feel fabulous. It’s been a year since she found her boyfriend Alex in bed with another woman, and multiple cases of wine and extensive relationship analysis with best friend Lucy have done nothing to help. Faced with a new year but no new love, Phoebe concocts a different kind of resolution. The List: ten things she’s always wanted to do in bed but has never had the chance (or the courage!) to try. A bucket list for between the sheets. One year of pleasure, no strings attached. Simple, right? Factor in meddlesome colleagues, friends with benefits, getting frisky al fresco and maybe, possibly, true love and Phoebe’s got her work cut out for her.

[*Novel contains adult material*]

I read the blurb of this and instantly knew I had to download it on my Kindle. This is honestly one of the funniest books I have EVER read. EVER. There are SO many moments in the book when you’re just like ‘ahhhh I know this feeling’ and that’s what makes it so wonderful. I absolutely fell in love with the protagonist, Phoebe. She was fantastic and so so funny. I just want to know what happens next to Phoebe.

 

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A Spring Affair / Milly Johnson

I knew from the get go that I wouldn’t be disappointed in this novel. Milly Johnson never EVER lets me down. And I think this one was even more special because the protagonist was called Lou too! Throughout this book, you want to both laugh and cry as the plot is so heart wrenching. I always love Milly Johnson’s characters and those in A Spring Affair is no different! Ok, I think this might be my favourite of hers so far!

 

 

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It was You / Jo Platt

When life falls apart, friendship will keep you together. Alice Waites has been happily single for almost two years.When her close friends in The Short Book Group gently question her current distinct lack of interest in men, she accepts that maybe it is time to deal with the past and open herself up to new possibilities.Oh yes, the time has come to go dating again.However, things soon unravel for Alice as she uncovers the secret heartache and hopes of those around her. And her most surprising discovery is the life-changing truth which she has kept hidden, even from herself…

I thought this book started quite slowly but unfortunately, it went on just as slowly. I didn’t have any connection to the characters which isn’t like me at all. The plot was good but I just felt there wasn’t enough emotion towards the end of the book and considering the relationships involved, you would think that would be a main focus.

 

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Dear Amy / Helen Callaghan 

In her guise as ‘Dear Amy’, agony aunt for a local newspaper, Margot Lewis has dealt with all sorts of letters – but never one like this…Dear Amy,I’ve been kidnapped by a strange man. I don’t know where I am. Please help me,Bethan Avery.
This must be a cruel hoax. Because Bethan Avery has been missing for nearly two decades.But as the present-day search intensifies for another missing schoolgirl, Margot is unnerved enough to take the letter to the police, hoping they will dismiss it as a sick joke.Instead, they let Margot in on a little secret. One that confirms her darkest fears and tangles her up in the search for the sender, which could save one young girl’s life and cost Margot her own…

This book was completely different to what I thought it would be like. It is absolutely incredible and so so detailed. Disturbing n a few areas but fantastic. All I can say is WHAT A PLOT TWIST.

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The Corner Shop of Whispers / Debbie Viggiano

Romantic Florrie, scatty Daisy and snobby Alison are neighbours, living their married lives in the tiny English village of Lower Amblegate where everyone knows everybody. Together the three friends share laughter, tears, and things they wouldn’t want anybody else knowing. But unbeknownst to them, a scandal is brewing. As rumours circulate, the gossips go into overdrive, rocking marriages and revealing the women have much more in common than just neighbourly bonds…

I absolutely loved this book! The characters are all absolutely different and so like people you can relate to in real life. I absolutely loved the plot and was so so happy with the ending. Florrie is absolutely hilarious in parts but Daisy is my absolute favourite! The friendship between the three girls is incredible.

What did you read last month? Please leave me suggestions!

Much love,

louise-x

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