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The Wedding Diary (Choc Lit): Fabulously funny, feel good read (Charton Minster Book 4) (English Edition)
The Wedding Diary (Choc Lit): Fabulously funny, feel good read (Charton Minster Book 4) (English Edition)
Preis: EUR 2,99

5.0 von 5 Sternen Amazingly warm, 1. Mai 2013
I was very interested by the title of this book, I am so not bridezilla myself and I just love to read about them, how they go crazy about their weddings and every teeny tiny detail is growing to almost unheard - of problem.
But actually here we don't have such thing. The idea of winning your dream wedding has hooked me from the very beginning, either you don't win anything or you win a wedding, with everything paid for. Wow. I was expecting tears, drama, detailed stories about every little thing that you must do before you get married, I was expecting a real diary, much more about Jack disappearing, much more about the wedding itself, and here is where I was a little disappointed, because it was actually not a diary. And there was not a lot about the preparation for the wedding.
But there were fantastic characters in this book. Cat, although sooo naive, was also very warm, very nice, very friendly and she knew what she wanted. Sometimes she was like little girl, sometimes she took the actions in her hands and was like super - woman. She was tender and had a good heart and tried for everything to be perfect but sometimes was just too weak. And I didn't especially like when she felt that all other people are so much clever as she is. Her first boyfriend Jack was unbelievable, I wanted to kick him hard on his back, open the door and told him to leave. Adam was his total opposite, nice to read about a male character who uses his brain and his hands to work so much. And Fanny was a character for her own book herself, first a witch and then still a fairy - tale.
There were moments that everything was happening out of the blue for me, I was missing more details, explanations, action, but on the other hand it was compelling reading that had me warm at heart. Cup of hot chocolate plus "The Wedding Diary" = perfect evening.

Millie and the American Wedding (English Edition)
Millie and the American Wedding (English Edition)
Preis: EUR 3,09

2.0 von 5 Sternen Not for me, 20. April 2013
So. It will be a very short review. I still actually don't know what this book was about, what was its goal.
From the whole book I remember only the name Millie which was repeated instantly (instead of "she" for example the author used always Millie, in every sentence, it was really annoying), and I had a feeling that the author liked particular words, because when she once used them they repeated themselves in the next sentences.
Apart from Millie there was a lot of drinking and partying. Plot? I didn't find one, I'm sorry.

The Antenatal Group
The Antenatal Group
von Amy Bratley

5.0 von 5 Sternen Brilliant!, 20. April 2013
Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Antenatal Group (Taschenbuch)
I received this book from a publisher in exchange for a review.
To be totally honest about this book I think I wouldn't have been interested in it if I was not pregnant and had a baby myself. I was not so much baby obsessed and I guess I wouldn't have liked it as much as I liked it now.
Actually no, I loved this book. From the very first to the very last page.
It is a book about - surprise, surprise:) - women that meet at the ante - natal classes and stay friends. We are taken on a journey through the last weeks of their pregnancies, a journey full of private problems, not only the ones related to the pregnancies. And there are a lot of problems when one is pregnant, oh yes. I have cried reading this book, I have smiled, I have kept my fingers crossed, I was nodding my head with agreement, I felt this book was in a way also about me. I felt like in my ante - natal classes again, I felt like I know all the girls from the book as if they were my friends, I could pat them on their backs and say that I really, really understand.
Although it was a book about pregnancies, and there were some details that only pregnant women or mum can find interesting, this book was not boring at all, the proportions between the pregnancy problems and everyday life were very balanced and I didn't feel overwhelmed with too many details.
What I like about the book too is the fact that it didn't end after the babies were born. It continued and showed us how all the girls were coping with their new lives and with their babies, and what was nice it didn't show only positives. No, it coped with post - natal depression, with fears and angst and uncertainty. I have laughed when Mel and Leo didn't know what's going on in the night and instead of trying the easiest way, ie. feeding the baby, read a book, looked for illness symptoms. I laughed, because it was so typical and normal for new parents. I have seen myself being portrayed on these pages.
I have liked some of the girls more, some less but I have felt for them and wanted everything to end good for them.
This book is exactly good as a pregnancy bibles:) It's real, it's shows the real feelings, it's about you and me. I think people who are not so much into babies wouldn't enjoy the book but it's just my personal feelings. I loved it.

The Wish List
The Wish List
von Jane Costello
Preis: EUR 7,99

5.0 von 5 Sternen Jackpot!, 17. April 2013
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Wish List (Taschenbuch)
I have waited for this baby sooo long and when I finally got in this in my hands, I put everything that I was doing away and started to read it.
Actually today I have abandoned my child to finish it:) She got some cookies that she normally doesn't get. Well, well, well...
Back to the book. It was all that I love in a book, a typical Jane Costello. My favourite way of writing: short, sharp chapters, a lot happening, lovely and likeable characters and a lot of fun. Although I must say that this book was somewhat "darker" that all the previous books, I don't know, not so carefree but still funny, witty and warm.
I loved Emma, she was a kind of girl that I could be my friend, she was not perfect but she felt good in her skin and accepted herself like she is. She was not afraid to take risk, she was open and full of enthusiasm.
There are also friends of Emma, Asha and Cally, and each of them has her own story which are also very engaging and not so easy to solve. Rob was soooo "meh", really, such a girl, I wanted to shake him sometimes and told him: Be A Man please. But please show me where Matt is living, I'll take him even with his three sons:)
The story itself is really engaging. One can say, what is so original and new in Wish List and trying to achieve it but it is all about what kind of things are on this list and how Emma is going to achieve them. And she is doing it in a hilarious way, she takes us on a roller coaster ride with all its ups and downs. She is so prone to accidents, almost everything ends in a disaster and I was really laughing out loud reading this page - turner book. Especially when I read about her visit at the gyn. Or about the camping - disaster.
This book is thoroughly enjoyable and actually I liked everything in it. Jane Costello is absolutely in my top - ten favourite writers. All of her books were just jackpots. Already ready for her next book.

Cooking Up A Storm (English Edition)
Cooking Up A Storm (English Edition)
Preis: EUR 4,11

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4.0 von 5 Sternen Cooking up a storm, 6. April 2013
I have never read sue Welfare before but since I've got kindle I am "developing" new authors. New for me of course.
It's such a pity that the cover of the book is black and white on kindle, because in reality it is so sweet that I wanted to eat it.
There are many characters in this book but they are very easy to follow. The main character is Sarah who is a very nice ambitious working mum and who from time to time put me on the verge of my patience. There were moments that she was behaving like a little weak lamb, and although - in my opinion - she should and she could stand for herself, she didn't do it, and I mean here her conversations with Colin. Colin is a separate story, oh my God. I think Sue Welfare exaggerated a bit with this character, I guess there are not many men in literature that I despised sooo much. How can one be so self - obsessed with himself and how can he believe in this what he says?
I have actually had some issues with Kit as well, the landlord of Sarah. From one crazy man straight to the second, although in other ways. He was much too cheeky for me, I didn't like the way he was and yes, he was a very nice, responsible, friendly man but he showed it in very strange ways. Sorry, not my type at all. Charm is something other for me. And this is why I was so disappointed with the ending as I was a big, big fan of Shaun. Mrrrauuu :)
But the book is written in an exact pace, there are a lot of things happening and I didn't felt bored at all. Add to this some wonderful recipes and you've got a recipe for success :) This book is full of humour and of feelings. I have just a feeling that the ending itself was a little too sudden, there could have been more. So all in all it was a funny, warm book, worth reading.

Could It Be I'm Falling In Love?
Could It Be I'm Falling In Love?
von Eleanor Prescott
Preis: EUR 10,40

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Simply delightful, 4. April 2013
I received a copy of "Could it be I'm falling in Love?" in exchange for a review.
I haven't read the first book of Eleanor so I didn't know what to expect but let me just mention that the book is already ordered and on its way to me:)
When I started reading the book I was a little confused as I have never met, or hear, or read about self - help group for "former" celebrities. I think it must be the most strange of all self - help groups in the world:)
At the beginning I didn't like the leading character Roxy too much as she was too fame - seeking for my liking but actually it turned out that she is a really amazing person. First I thought she is a typical blonde (no offence!!!! I am blonde as well, both with my soul and hair colour:) ), interested only in partying, clothes, self - tan, and having no dreams but one: doesn't matter how, just still be in the spotlight of cameras. But it turned out that she was a clever, intelligent woman, a super friend and a wonderful businesswoman, although it took me a little time to get used to her and warm to her.
There are other characters in this book of course, actually as important as Roxy, and each of them tells us their own story. The chapters were always dedicated to one of the characters which made the book clear and easy to follow and each of the story was more interesting than the other. All of them are really unique characters and doesn't matter how annoying they are sometimes, how arrogant or how weak some of them are, I just wanted to read and see what's going to happen. They were colourful, real people and their stories were really engaging.
And to be honest, I didn't expect such ending, the book ended with a twist that I personally didn't see coming. The end was actually perfectly wrapped up and didn't let me with any open questions.
This book is about true friendship and what happens with people - people who are used to being famous and celebrities - when the fame actually goes home. It is actually worlds away from me and I have never understood people seeking it in such ways but after reading this book I know such people really exist and I can say, okay, it's your choice and it's your life, and I am not to judge if it is a good choice or not.
Despite being over 550 pages long I wasn't bored at all, it was actually a fast reading, wonderfully and witty written. Eleanor Prescott is a queen of plotting, twisting and intriguing. Wonderful read.

39 Weeks (English Edition)
39 Weeks (English Edition)
Preis: EUR 1,06

4.0 von 5 Sternen 39 weeks, 29. März 2013
Rezension bezieht sich auf: 39 Weeks (English Edition) (Kindle Edition)
Another pregnancy book in chick - lit. A really enjoyable read although at the beginning I was thinking, what the heck, Judy, hello??? I mean, okay, the pregnancy was a surprise for her and she was not very happy with it but sometimes I found her feelings and words describing it a little too harsh. I know that every woman reacts different, I know that not every woman is happy when she learns that she is pregnant but I was thinking about this little, little teeny tiny baby and was feeling sorry for it. It took Judy some time to get accustom to the fact that she is pregnant, indeed.
What I missed a little, I don't know, maybe I am a kind of perverse already?, was more about the pregnancy itself. Okay, the pregnancy was the most important thing in the book, but I hoped for more details, baby:) There were moments that I was nodding with my head with understanding, it often rang a bell to my pregnancy and my feelings and I was really keeping my fingers crossed for Judy. Sometimes I wanted to mentally slap her and shake her but I was feeling for her as well, just thinking how hard it must be for a single woman.
There were some other plots in there as well, so the book had a very nice shape in all and it was a funny read. Some romance, some drama, some problems and we have an enjoyable book. There was a lot happening, this book had its pace and the plot was sometimes really amusing and even if it was a little predictable, all in all it was a great light read.

The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris
The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris
von Jenny Colgan
Preis: EUR 8,99

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4.0 von 5 Sternen Chocolate, anybody?, 27. März 2013
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This book was more than just okay but I didn't love it as much as "Meet me..." and "Welcome to Rosie Hopkin's..."
You can't read this book when you are hungry because it makes you going to the kitchen, opening the fridge and swearing under your nose that there is nothing - especially when you've just read the beautiful and full of taste descriptions of parisian food. This is what I would call the joy of eating and enjoying life. There is also a lot of chocolate, really, can you believe it?:))) My mouth was watering all the time when I read how they were making chocolate and what for chocolate!!! Eat something like this once and then die.
This book was a wonderful guidebook through Paris. I have never been in Paris before, ekhm, ekhm, yes, it is possible, but reading it I have seen it all with my mind. Colgan wrote so beautifully about all these places, there were feelings in these words, not only descriptions.
What I liked most in this book was actually the story of Claire. It was a like a separate story and I couldn't wait to read more about this, actually I'd like to read a book about Claire. To be honest, it was much more interesting for me as Anna's story. It's really easy to keep up with those two stories and they are not confusing, although they both intertwine and have a lot in common.
Anna was really nice, and this is all that I can say about her. She was not a very expressive character and to be honest I couldn't warm to her. There is no particular reason why I am feeling like this, it is just that she was like a princess on the pea, although I may be wrong of course. Just my personal feelings. I just think that from a thirty - something year old woman one can expect a little more and not always tears in her eyes. But nevertheless, it was good to see her developing and blossoming when the story is progressing.
Claire was very nice, strong woman with really interesting past and life and her story was beautiful. I was not the biggest fan of the French heroes as well but I guess that Jenny Colgan has written about typical French mentality and real French men, like they are.
This book made me laugh and sad as well, especially its ending. Would be nice to read about further adventures of Anna. All in all, delicious story from Jenny Colgan.

The Perfect Retreat
The Perfect Retreat
von Kate Forster
Preis: EUR 7,99

5.0 von 5 Sternen Wow:), 12. März 2013
Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Perfect Retreat (Taschenbuch)
I received a copy of this book in exchange for a review.
I haven't read Kate Forster before (shame, shame, I know) so I didn't know what to expect. First of all, I was drawn to this book by its wonderful cover (yeah, I know, how old am I??? But anyway, the cover is brilliant) and then I read a synopsis. And then I started to read.
What can say, this book have me hooked from the very first page. There was not a moment that I've lost my interest or was bored. The writing was just flowing, it is written in a magic way, I just wanted to read, and read and read.
The characters were great and they were really developing through the whole book. At the beginning I didn't like Willow at all, she was so selfish and childish but she must have grow up and it was really great to see how she is fighting. At first I thought, Merritt, oh my, what a bore and then quickly I took my words back. No bore at all. The children were great, Poppy was a real character, I am already scared when I think that my Sophie can be like her in the future:)
There are a lot of characters in this book actually, but each of them brings something with them. All are connected with each other, there is a lot of drama but also a lot of funny moments. What I especially liked about this book is that Kate Forster is writing about really important issues, such as illiteracy and autism, and not only about trivial stuff.
What I missed in "The perfect retreat" is Kerr stirring much more troubles. After his phone call I was expecting much more action about children but there wasn't any, and this is why I give this book 4.5 stars.
It was really a great read, about people who must really fight for their lives, feelings, families.

The Baby Diaries
The Baby Diaries
von Sam Binnie
Preis: EUR 7,99

5.0 von 5 Sternen Great, great read!, 3. März 2013
Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Baby Diaries (Taschenbuch)
This is a second book in the series about Kiki. Still one to go!
"The wedding Diaries" was not a hit with me but I thought I will give a go to "The Baby Diaries". Since I have a baby myself I love reading about pregnancies, even if it is fiction. I must say, I really liked this book. It was really good to read about other person who felt almost exactly like I did, who felt scared, then excited, then scared again. It had me nodding along with agreement because I could sympathise with the Kiki and the way she feeling, I could share the birth stories and I could envy Kiki how easy her birth was. And I totally knew how it is when the hormones are taking us into their possession. This time I loved Kiki, she was much more mature than in the first book, and the conversations between her and Thom were brilliant! He was perfect, and it was really nice to read that he is not afraid to tell how he is feeling in this whole situation.
What I loved in the book is the fact that Sam Binnie has treated the pregnancy with such a humour, not serious: "I am going to be a MOTHER, I am PREGNANT, I am the most important person in the world, and my pregnancy is the one and only" approach. Thanks for that! It was a roller coaster of feelings: ecstasy, doubts, angst about the future. I think that this made the book so real for me, and I think that in reality all the moms - to - be feel like that.
What disturbed me in the whole reading is the part after the baby was born. I'd like to have such a nice and already well - bred baby. Baby that is sleeping soundless, that cries only when it's hungry and stinks only occasionally, ie. when you are going out. And not after every feeding. Kiki found her motherhood from the beginning a piece of cake, she didn't felt depressed, bad, and if - it was just for a moment, good feelings were back in a second.
OK, she felt bored, alone, feeling like her brain is shrinking but anyway, she did really super and I can only be jealous. It is not always like this, all done with flying colours.
This book made me cry and it made laugh out loud, actually it made me shaking with laughter, especially when Thom had his adventure with TENS machine and when Molly was expressing milk after she has broken her milk expresser. Actually, I am still laughing, just when I think about it.
The book is in a diary form and it couldn't be better, it allows to flow easily between the pregnancy months and not to bore us to death with some facts and there is not "too many information" for those who were not pregnant yet.
This book is not only about pregnancy, it doesn't tell a fairy tale story about motherhood like people want to see it, but also about problems increasing, such as maternity leave, fear about your financial security, and how one must deal with all of this and much, much more (situation with mother, friends), even when one is pregnant.
It was a super read, and even the part after the birth of the baby didn't spoil it for me

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