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Rae reads... Fearless Flying by Karen Gordon

About the book:
Book Title: Fearless Flying  Author: Karen Gordon Publication Date: 14th July, 2016
Vivienne Ramsey is fearless.

At work and in love she always gives 110%. There is no goal she can’t reach by sheer will and determination. 
But life can surprise you, plans change, and all her over-thinking skills can’t bring back the man she loved. She needs a new plan, new dreams and the right people to help her (if she’ll let them). 
She’s the uber-smart boss babe who climbs to the top of the private jet all-boys club in this innovative chick-lit series. Vivienne is every woman working to break the glass ceiling, balance work and home, and find a man who’s her equal. 

My thoughts:
Vivienne is an interesting character she is so strong and capable in her work life but it is a completely different story in her personal life. I think because of this I instantly liked her and her personality. I would love to be half as organised as she is! Vivienne is determined to get her man and even though the…

Rae reads... Caillou Goes to School by Anne Paradis

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About the book:

Sarah invites Caillou to a special day at her school. Caillou packs his school bag and a lunch and is off to first grade! He feels like a big kid. Caillou’s favorite things are recess, lunch hour and drawing on the blackboard. He doesn’t enjoy all the bells and rules as much. Caillou may not be quite ready for school, but he is definitely ready for an afternoon nap when it's time to go home!


My thoughts:

My little boy watches the Caillou TV programme and I have read a Caillou story to him before. So as soon as I saw this book I knew it could be a hit. My little boy will be starting school next year so I thought it might be a good thing to introduce the idea of school to him.

I really liked the concept of its not all fun and play time at school but that it can still be an enjoyable thing to experience. The story is just about the right length namely being fairly short. It kept my sons interest but was still long enough to have a decent story. The illustrations were brig…

Rae reads... Coffee, Tea, The Caribbean & Me by Caroline James

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About the book:

From Cumbria to the Caribbean...

Flying solo again in their middle years, can life really begin again for Jo and Hattie? Is there hope for the newly single baby boomers and can romance happen?

Continuing the Coffee Tea... series, Join Jo and Hattie as they romp into their future and prove that anything is possible! 



My thoughts:
Jo and Hattie are great characters and their friendship made the book even more entertaining. My favourite character has to be Hattie though. She is really comical and at times she reminded me of myself with her appetite! I think that the grief Jo was going through after losing John was well written. Jo knows that she has to move on but it is easier said than done. 
I really enjoyed the story it moved at a brisk pace and once I started reading I hardly put it down. It was lovely to read from different points of view I think it definitely added to the story. The story is packed with emotion but also has its funny moments that help lighten the tone. Th…

Rae reads... Four Weddings and a Fiasco by Catherine Ferguson

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About the book:

Katy Peacock lives a life as colourful as her name.

As a wedding photographer, she spends her days making other people smile as she captures all sorts of fun and capers at celebrations that range from the wacky to the wild.

But her own life isn’t looking quite so rosy. Her mum is acting out of character, her menacing ex is back on the scene, and she is torn between two gorgeous men. And that’s before we even get started on the trouble her sister is causing . . .

As Katy weathers the ups and downs of the season, she revisits problems from the past, discovers new friendships and finds that four weddings and a fiasco have the power to change her world beyond measure.


My thoughts:

At first sight I loved the cover to be honest I am very tempted to buy this book in paperback too. I think it would look lovely on my bookshelf!

After reading the prologue I couldn’t wait to read more I was definitely hooked. At the start of the book we see Katy struggling. I would say that in life most…

Rae reads... Not Quite Sheer Happiness by Melissa Baldwin

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About the book:

Sienna Harris is back and appears to be on top of the world! Her company, Sheer Happiness Events, is booming, but personally she’s a mess. She never imagined that with amazing success would come tremendous pressure. Although her professional life seems in disarray at times, her relationship with the dashing Ace Eckelund is finally progressing.

Friendships are tested and so is her relationship when—once again—the past collides with the present. Sienna begins to question everything in her life and wonders if she should throw out her desire for constant certainty and live life on the edge for once. But, will she be able to change the person she has always been for who she wants to become?


My thoughts:

After reading the blurb for this book I was very pleased to take part in the release day blitz and to read and review.

First of all I should mention this book is part of a series but I personally didn't find this to be a problem. I easily got into the story and I found Sie…

Rae reads... The Second Chance Shoe Shop by Marcie Steele

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About the book:

Riley Flynn is still looking for Mr Right but after her last break up she is starting to believe he might not exist.

Sadie Stewart is still trying to come to terms with losing her husband. The anniversary of his death is approaching and her grief is still raw.

Both women work at Chandler's shoe shop which is in danger of closing. Along with their co worker and friend Dan can they save the business and also find a bit of happiness too.



My thoughts:

I was instantly hooked mainly due to the fact that all of the characters were so likeable. The three friends had a lovely bond that was captured brilliantly by Marcie Steele.  Their interactions in the shop were great I could almost imagine I was there. Now if I had to pick a favourite character it would be Sadie. I can't even begin to understand how difficult it must be to lose your husband. I think because of her vulnerability it made me become more attached to her character. I wanted to see her happy but could also…

Rae reads... The Little Village Bakery by Tilly Tennant

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About the book:

Millie has just arrived in the village of Honeybourne and is determined to open the old bakery and settle into a happy life in the village. The bakery isn't in the best condition but the locals are lovely and all pitch in to help especially Jasmine and her brother Dylan. However Millie is running from her past and it soon catches up with her when an unexpected visitor turns up. 

Will Millie realise her dream of opening her little village bakery and will her blossoming romance with Dylan survive?


My thoughts:

I was instantly hooked by what secret Millie could be hiding, she seemed such a likeable character. So I couldn't wait to find out what had happened in her past. I thought Ruth was a brilliant character with her slightly too much information conversations. The flirtation between Millie and Dylan was great and they had lovely chemistry. 

The story moved at a good pace and Tilly Tennant made Honeybourne sound like somewhere I would like to live or at least visit. …

Excerpt & Giveaway - Love on the Nile by Ellie Gray

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Love on the Nile by Ellie Gray is released today. Read on for an excerpt and giveaway.

Love on the Nile by Ellie Gray 

Contemporary Romance Release Date: 15th June 2016 Publisher: Tirgearr Publishing


Natasha embarks upon the holiday of a lifetime with her brother, looking forward to exploring the ancient sites Egypt has to offer. What she hasn’t bargained for is spending her holiday cruising along the Nile with Kyle Richardson, a handsome but moody archaeologist. Despite taking an instant dislike to Kyle, Natasha finds herself increasingly drawn to the man, particularly as his interactions with her brother reveal a gentler, more caring side to his character.
Having lost everyone he has ever loved, Kyle is a loner, believing himself to be cursed. He now spends his life moving around Egypt, ensuring he never lingers anywhere long enough to form meaningful attachments. Despite his better judgement, he finds himself drawn to this feisty young woman, but is afraid of the deeper feelings she stir…

Rae reads... The Reflections of Queen Snow White by David Meredith

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About the book:

Queen Snow White has been depressed since her husband Prince Charming died. Not even the wedding of her only daughter Princess Raven can bring her out of it.

When Snow wanders up to the forgotten tower she finds her stepmothers magic mirror. This is the beginning of a journey for Snow White as she confronts her past. Will Queen Snow White ease her grief and maybe even find some peace?


My thoughts:

Snow White was left desolate after losing Charming and this book tells the story of how she looks back on her life to find perspective in her future. It was really interesting to read a story set after the happily ever after. This story was thoughtful and kept my interest. The flashbacks to Snow Whites past were entertaining and more darker than the Disney version. Definitely more in keeping with Grimms fairy tales.

Overall:

I really enjoyed this story it was very descriptive and entertaining. I was happy to spend time reading about Snow White and her life after the happily e…

Rae reads... The One With the Engagement Party by Erin Lawless

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About the book:

Nora Dervan is getting married... but her four bridesmaids are more full of secrets than champagne.

Bea has barely gotten past the fact that her two best friends are seeing each other, and now they’re engaged, and Cleo is rather distracted by the hot new colleague she absolutely, definitely must not sleep with. Daisy is dreading the singles’ table, whilst Sarah’s own marriage hasn’t turned out to be all she hoped it would be...



My thoughts:

I have been looking forward to reading this for a while. I definitely wasn't disappointed as I loved all of the characters. I would probably say my favourite was Cleo, as I liked the interactions between her and Gray. Although each character has a good part in this book. I loved the idea of the long held friendships within the story. Then you also had the impact of newer friends and how they fit into a already established group of people.

It was a nice touch to read from multiple points of view. I thought at first I may have gotten a…

Release Day Blitz - Not Quite Sheer Happiness by Melissa Baldwin

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A very Happy Release Day to Melissa Baldwin!
Book Information
Title: Not Quite Sheer Happiness Author: Melissa Baldwin Series: Event to Remember Series #3 Standalone?: No Release Date: June 8, 2016 Genres: Chick Lit/Romantic Comedy


Summary
Sienna Harris is back and appears to be on top of the world! Her company, Sheer Happiness Events, is booming, but personally she’s a mess. She never imagined that with amazing success would come tremendous pressure. Although her professional life seems in disarray at times, her relationship with the dashing Ace Eckelund is finally progressing. Friendships are tested and so is her relationship when—once again—the past collides with the present. Sienna begins to question everything in her life and wonders if she should throw out her desire for constant certainty and live life on the edge for once. But, will she be able to change the person she has always been for who she wants to become? Find out in this captivating third installment of The Event to Remember se…

Rae reads... Working It by Leah Marie Brown

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About the book:

When Fanny trades her high fashion lifestyle for a teaching position in Alaska it's the start of an amazing adventure. Meeting Calder, the brave search and rescue pilot who once loved her best friend is just the start.

Can she find her happily ever after or is stepping out of her comfort zone a big mistake?


My thoughts:

I loved all of the characters in this book they were funny, charming and likeable. When Fanny accidentally sabotages her job it's the beginning of a journey of self discovery. It was great to see her character develop and grow. Calder is great he is strong, direct and I think most women would fall for him. Fanny has some great friends in Vivia and Laney they were both very funny at times. I thought the text messages that Vivia sent were a fun addition to the story.

The plot is straightforward and moves at a good pace. I pretty much read the book in two sittings. I would very much like to read the other books in the series. If this story is anyth…

Rae reads... Don't You Forget About Me by Liz Tipping

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About the book:

Cara Dunham feels trapped in her hometown, she really needs to escape. So when Cara is invited to her school reunion she decides it is the perfect opportunity to start afresh and get her happy ending. 

Her school crush Daniel will be there but Cara needs help so she enlists her friend Stubbs to teach how to be just like Molly Ringwald. 

Will Cara get her dream man and what happens if she realises he might be closer than she ever imagined?



My thoughts:

I loved the premise for this book. I love 80's films so I knew I would enjoy reading this. 

Cara is a lovely character she is a bit insecure and unsure about who she really is. However she also comes across as capable and resilient. I was entertained as Cara began to figure out who she was and what she wanted from life. There were times when Cara was a little annoying due to her insecurities. Overall though I could get past this and enjoy the story. However some people may find Cara a bit too much at times.

I really liked a…

Rae reads... Octopus Pirate by Jane Yates

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About the book:

Octopus Pirate is a time-travelling steampunk tale set in the Victorian period. It's the story of a foundling who discovers he has unusual talents, such as camouflage, squishing into small spaces and the ability to communicate with octopuses! Follow Coco on his adventure to become a pirate. 



My thoughts:

You first meet Coco as a baby and see him grow up, he is an interesting character due to his special skills. He is likeable and I definitely found myself intrigued by his character.

The plot is straightforward and managed to keep my interest without my mind wandering. I liked that you saw Coco grow up throughout the book. I had to keep reading to find out what would happen to him next.

Overall:

I don't normally read this genre but the synopsis caught my attention and I am really glad it did. There is plenty of adventure as we follow Coco growing up. All of the characters brought something to the story. I think the length of the book was quite good, not too long or sh…

Rae reads... Summer At Skylark Farm by Heidi Swain

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About the book:

At the start of the book Amber is a career minded city girl. However when her boyfriend Jake suggests moving to the countryside to help out on the family owned farm, she is not sure what to do. Work has become quite stressful and maybe a change of scenery would be good.

Will Amber decide farming is for her or will she struggle to fit in and what will that mean for her relationship with Jake?


My thoughts:

I thought Amber was a great character she was capable, strong and likeable. The friendship with Annie was especially lovely along with Harriet and Jessica they made a great group of characters. I did like Jake and I found him more likeable especially as the book went on.

The plot was well thought out and progressed at a good pace with no slow parts. I found that I read the book in no time so it definitely kept my interest. Skylark Farm was described perfectly and I could just picture myself there. It even crossed my mind at one point that I would love to have some chic…