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‘Chasing Daisy’ by Paige Toon: Book Review

Having been jilted by the love of her life, Daisy makes the decision to pack her bags and move far away in order for her to move on with her life. Making the decision to give up on men and keep her past a secret, Daisy joins a team catering for the highest paid racing drivers in the Formula 1 Grand Prix. Through travelling around the world and getting to know the racing drivers, Daisy finds it hard to keep her promise to herself of keeping away from men when she meets the handsome Will Trust. The only problem is, Will is in a very serious long-term relationship, so will she ever get a happy ever after with him, or is she just kidding herself?

Once again, Paige Toon has failed to disappoint me. The more books of hers I read, the more I fall in love with her writing style.71C29sK5fwL__SL1223_

I absolutely adored this book. I smiled, I cried, I laughed and I gasped… I’m pretty sure I went through every emotion under the sun whilst reading this. The story is very much centred around the Grand Prix, therefore I wasn’t sure whether I would enjoy it very much due to not having a huge interest in race driving. However, although the majority of the book is set within the racing grounds, it is mainly focussed on the characters during that time rather than the actual races which I thought was great as it didn’t make me lose interest!

I loved all of the main characters in this book. Daisy appeared to be a very strong minded character and I found myself able to relate to some of the silly situations she found herself in. From the beginning, both Will and Luis kind of stole my heart! When you first meet Luis, he seems really grumpy and not too nice a person, but I actually saw it more as though he was flirting rather than actually being serious. I can totally understand why Daisy fell for Will – he seemed so handsome and charming from his descriptions, however the downside was that he had a serious girlfriend. Continue reading

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‘The Guestbook’ by Holly Martin: Book Review

Wow… where do I even begin?!

Welcome to Willow Cottage…

Young widow and landlady, Annie Butterworth, lives next door to Willow Cottage and is always on hand to help out and provide guests with anything they need, whether it is tea or just a friendly chat. Guests of Willow Cottage are encouraged to write about their stay in The Guestbook which Annie has left in the cottage. The Guestbook is not only used by the guests staying, but also as a way of communication with Annie. This book provides entries from a huge range of different guests throughout, including Annie herself and the famous writer, Oliver Black, – Although to Annie, he is just plain old Olly… Her first kiss.Holly

What a beautiful book. The moment I entered Willow Cottage, I fell in love with it!

The story is told entirely through the cottage Guestbook which was such a fantastic and unique way of writing a novel. Before I began reading the book, I wasn’t sure whether I would enjoy it that much as I thought I may get confused with all of the separate stories by each of the different guests. But boy, was I wrong! I loved it. I was hooked from the very first entry and didn’t want to put it down at all.

I absolutely adored the main character, Annie. Everybody assumed she was this little old lady because of her name, but she was in fact a young, beautiful woman who had a passion for looking after her guests and the cottage. Annie was so likable, and no matter what was happening in her personal life, she always tried to look at the bright side of things and put her guests before herself. Being widowed, Annie had gone through a lot of trauma in her life, however she appeared to be loved by all of the locals around her which was really nice.

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‘The Best Thing That Never Happened To Me’ by Jimmy Rice and Laura Tait: Book Review

I was really lucky to win a copy of this book on Stacey’s blog, and I am so thankful that I did.

Holly and Alex were best friends and it soon became time for them to part from one another whilst Holly leaves for university. Holly had never told Alex her true feelings towards him, so the evening before she was due to go away seemed like the perfect opportunity to open up to him and tell him the truth. However, this does not go at all to plan, and they are each left wondering what happened..

Forward eleven years…TBTTNHTM

Eleven years on and Holly is living her life in London, working as a PA and sucked up in a secretive relationship with her boss. Alex moves to London for a fresh start, and begins teaching at a London school. London life appears a whole lot different to his previous life in a small town and he is a stranger to everybody.

Holly and Alex end up reconnecting and building up the friendship that they had all of those years ago. Neither of them knew that they were secretly in love with one another, but you can never forget your first love, can you? Have the feelings finally vanished, or is this new reunion going to set off a spark between them?

I have never read a book written by two authors before and I am pleasantly surprised at how well it works! When I discovered two authors, Jimmy Rice and Laura Tait, wrote this book together, I was a bit concerned whether it would get confusing, especially if their writing styles were different. But I absolutely loved it – it worked perfectly.

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‘Billy and Me’ by Giovanna Fletcher: Book Review

This is the first book by Giovanna Fletcher I have read, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Billy and Me follows the story of Sophie May – a girl who has always had big dreams of going to university and travelling the world, but has resorted in staying at home in her little village, living with her Mum and working in the local tea shop.

Sophie May lives a pretty ordinary life, but when Billy comes into the picture, she has no idea how much that is about to change. Billy is an actor who is currently working on a big movie which is being filmed in the town in which Sophie May lives. Sophie May has a secret which she has been hiding away for years, and Billy has big dreams to become a huge Hollywood success one day.billy_and_me_2

However, after he and Sophie May fall for one another, will Sophie May have the courage to step out of her ordinary life and into Billy’s world – a glamorous life constantly in the public eye? Will the constant attention from journalists uncover her big secret and leak it for the world to see?

Firstly, what a beautiful cover the book has. The silhouette of the town against the beautiful orange and yellow sky completely caught my attention straight away, as the colours really stood out and pulled me in. I had read so many positive reviews about this book, so I was really eager to give it a go.

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“Why I write” – Guest Post by Jo

Today, I have a lovely guest post written by Jo to share with you. Here, Jo is telling us about why she writes! I hope you enjoy this post, and please head over to her lovely blog after by here!


Hello! I’m Joana Sofia (but please call me Jo) and my little corner of the Internet is called “Darling, Oh My!” And today the lovely Jenny is allowing me to guest post on her blog. So, I’ve chosen to write about the reasons why I write.01

I write to clear my head. To leave space for new characters and new stories. I write. I write because writing is easier than speaking. The words come easier to me by holding a pen or having my fingers dancing in the keyboard. I write. I write so therefore I won’t explode. With emotions. I put down in a piece of paper what’s on my mind. Good or bad. I write it down. Most of the time I don’t even realize I’m doing it. Not the action itself. But the act of letting go.

The inspiration well, that comes everywhere. Those who know me know that I get inspired by everything. In a phrase read somewhere. In glances exchanged in the middle of nowhere. In strangers walking by. In songs I heard on the radio. Those who know me know I get inspired by a quote said by someone in a television show. In stories started by others but with wide opening endings leaving up to my imagination how that story would end. But what they don’t realize, what I myself sometimes don’t even do realize, it’s that I put into those characters, those that I create, a bit of myself. A bit of my past, of my present. My dreams for the future. Words that I could say out loud. But they came so easy I only notice when it’s all together. When all the pieces are put together. When I re-read the text that’s when it hits.

So, therefore I write. I write to escape. I write to dream. I write so I can keep my sanity sane. Emotions written out, lightness in my soul.


I really enjoyed reading this post written by Jo. Not only is she sharing with us the reason she writes, but she is also inspiring us to write. Well, she has certainly inspired me anyway! 🙂 Please remember to head over to Jo’s lovely blog – http://darlingohmy.blogspot.pt/
Lastly, I would like to say thank you so much to Jo for writing such a thoughtful guest post for my blog! 🙂 xxx