The Wives – Lauren Weisberger, book review

The Wives is the latest novel by Lauren Weisberger of The Devil Wears Prada fame.

The Wives by Lauren Weisberger

This book continues the life of Emily Charlton, once assistant to Miranda Priestly at Runway Magazine. Now a highly sought after stylist to the stars.

But all is not well…

Emily’s business is taking a hit from an up-and-coming social media whizz. At the same time Emily is avoiding Miranda Priestly who is persistently hounding her to plan a prestigious event. Emily sees an item on the news and escapes to help a friend in need.

Old friend and Model from the Runway days Karolina, is now the wife of a US senator. She is arrested for drunk driving while ferrying children home from a party. She is NOT drunk, so why have the police ignored her plea for a breathalyser and put her in a cell overnight.

Is it a set up? Where is the Senator?

As the story unfolds Emily’s expertise in people management and with the help of their lawyer friend Miriam, they head off into the suburbs to piece together the awful truth.

This novel, although set in a glamorous world, is a tale of friendship, love and family. There are funny situations and heartfelt moments throughout and with the added mystery I found it a very good read.

Although there are some references to The Devil Wears Prada this is a totally stand alone novel, ideal for old & new Lauren Weisberger readers. I highly recommend it.

My Rating ✭✭✭✭✭

The Wives – Lauren Weisberger – pub date 12/7/2018

(USA title – When life gives you Lululemons)

Sunshine and sweet peas in Nightingale Square – book review

Sunshine and sweet peas in Nightingale Square by Heidi Swain

Publication date 31 May 2018

When Kate’s happy ever after marriage falls apart she ups sticks and buys a cottage far away from her ex, her work and her friends. Kate plans to live alone quietly, putting her efforts into renovating the old cottage and gardens. Hoping the move to a place where no one knows her gives her the solitude she craves.

Little did she know the quaint Nightingale Square, a close knit sharing neighbourhood, are determined to include their new neighbour. Wether she likes it or not.

The cottages have a history connected to the old mansion house across the square. When a developers sign goes up the residents fear their little idyll will be destroyed. They soon discover the buyer is far from what they expected.

From nosey neighbours to handsome men, kids, cats, kittens and an unsolved mystery, Kate ends up in the middle of it all.

A heartwarming story of new beginnings and second chances, even when you don’t believe in them.


Firstly I loved the cover of this book, it’s very much the cheery style that attracts me. This is my first Heidi Swain book and I really enjoyed it. A great mix of characters all going through their own issues while weaving their lives together in the square.

You find yourself caring about Kate as she leaves her thriving business to escape from her cheating husband David. You can understand why she’s devastated and  wants to be alone and away from questions about her marriage but she’s quickly drawn in to the lives of her neighbours. When David suddenly reappears it’s more about him than her and Kate’s emotions are once again on a roller coaster.

All of the characters complicated lives are revealed and you find yourself hoping for Kate to find her real happy ever after.

A great read from an author I’m definitely going to read again.

I’m so pleased to be included in this blog tour of Heidi’s latest book, follow the tour below




Welcome to the real world by Carole Matthews – Book Review

book review, welcome to the real world by carole matthews

The sun is shining on my favourite seat, a place I love to sit with a book. So I found my kindle and quickly looked through my recommended reads and wow, I found a treat.

Life, dreams, unrequited love and family drama make this book a great read. Drawing me in and wanting to know what happens next.

Broke barmaid Fern has a regular singing set between bar shifts in the London pub where she works. Singing her heart out to drunken chatting customers night after night.

Always trying to help her family. Fern supports her fed up Mum, selfish Dad and single brother who’s raising a poorly child.  As her best friend and music partner Carl says, never taking time to care for herself.

Living in a shabby flat over an Indian restaurant dreaming of being a singing star while constantly trying to earn extra money. This story takes Fern to a random job as a PA for a renowned opera singer where she sees how the other half live.

Opera singer Evan David has a tragedy in his past that has affected his ability to form lasting relationships. Living in a world of private jets, chauffeured cars and luxurious homes. When Fern turns his world upside down Evan realises he is lonely. Little references to the Operas Evan is starring in and giving brief outlines of their story is an interesting addition.

When best friend Carl talks Fern into their chance to audition for a big tv talent show these events change her life. But not in the way you would expect and certainly not smoothly. Eventually Fern’s voice gets her the life she yearns for, for her and her family.

Welcome to the real world is an easy read, funny in parts and a little predictable in others but overall a good read. I would definitely look for more Carole Matthews books after reading this one.





The year of surprising acts of kindness – Laura Kemp

the year of surprising acts of kindness book cover

Before I start I’ll just say… by the time I had read a third of this book I was reading some words in a sing song welsh accent and loving it.

Set in a small seaside village in Wales, Ceri Price a social media entrepreneur plans on a flying visit to Dwynwen to scatter her mothers ashes. A misunderstanding lands Ceri a job in the pub and she stays a bit longer than she intended.

In the village of Dwynwen Ceri finds kindness, friendship and the chance of love. But mostly a more meaningful purpose than she’s felt in a while.

When a local beloved and protected woodland comes under threat from developers Ceri fears the village and her new found way of life will disappear forever.

Then mysterious acts of kindness start springing up around the village, starting with pretty bunting adorning the buildings. There’s a new focus, the villagers join forces to fight the developers and revamp the tired village in it’s beautiful seaside setting as ’the village of love’.

Laura Kemp has a brilliant way of portraying the personalities of her characters so you get to know them and why they deal with situations as they do. They are emotional and have quirks like all of us, and this draws you into their lives and caring about what happens next.

This is a book that brings a warmth to your heart and the people feel ‘real’ and are very likeable.

I really enjoyed this book and highly recommend it as a cosy sit by the fire with a cuppa read, and I defy you to try reading it without the sound of the lovely welsh voices in your head.


The year of surprising acts of kindness

Orion Publishing

Pub date 11 Jan 2018

This Charming man by Marian Keyes – Book Review

In a recent conversation about Author Marian keyes I said ‘I’ve never read any of her books’ so on recommendation I’ve started with:  This Charming Man

At first I couldn’t get into this book, the opening passages are written ‘diary like’ and very disjointed and I did wonder if this was the writer’s usual style, which I didn’t like at all.

I soon realised this was only for the opening character Lola, as the four main characters, all women, each have their own voice (and font).

Written in sections it flows back and forth between the women all connected by ‘the charming man’ politician Paddy De Courcy.

I thought the characters believable and their connection to each other plausible. I mistakenly thought this book was going to be a light read as it begins with Lola, a fashion stylist to the rich and famous of Dublin. It is not a light read, this book covers domestic violence, alcoholism and depression and the harrowing effects on the women’s lives.

I believe this story isn’t typical of a Marian Keyes book and although it’s not my usual read I carried on to the end, despite it’s length (very long).

I liked Lola and Grace especially and I wanted to know what happened to all of the women, and did Paddy get his come-uppance? Well I’ll leave that for you to discover, but the ending was a surprise I hadn’t envisaged and I enjoyed it.

I am going to read another Marian Keyes book as I do think she’s a good story teller, it will probably be her new book The Break, which started my original conversation about this author.