My Sisters and Me by Lisa Dickenson book review

 

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My Sisters and Me written by Lisa Dickenson, publisher Sphere, is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.

The ebook is available to download for amazon kindle, kobo, Google Play and iBooks.

The paperback is available to buy from all good book retailers including Waterstones, WHSmith, Foyles and amazon.

To buy link (amazon UK):  https://amzn.to/2wDUTwI

To buy link (Waterstones):  https://bit.ly/2CfILqR

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They’re fixing up their childhood home. It’s going to get messy.
When Willow Lake asks her daughters for help renovating the family home, each has a reason to hesitate about returning to Maplewood . . .
For quiet and bookish Emmy going back to the town that ridiculed her fills her with dread.
The youngest Noelle is perfectly comfortable in herself now, but once wanted to fit in so badly that she walked away from her first love. A first love who still lives in Maplewood.
And outspoken Rae is painfully aware of how much the townspeople hurt her little sisters growing up. She didn’t protect them then, but there’s no way she’ll let history repeat itself.
The sisters agree to go home and make the best of it. After all if they’ve changed over the years, it’s possible the townspeople have too . . . isn’t it?

image of my sisters and me from instaI voluntarily reviewed an arc of this book. All opinions are my own and no content may be copied. However, authors and publishers may use elements of my reviews for quotes.

I absolutely adored this new book by Lisa Dickenson.  Her stories are filled with fabulous females that are fun, frivolous and a little bit feisty.  My Sisters and Me had all the wonderful formula from previous stories by the author but to me it had much more and I devoured it.

My Sisters and Me is about three sisters that are now in their early/mid thirties successful in their respective careers.  The girls were born and brought up in a small town in Devon.  The house they lived in was on the outskirts of the town in a small wood and at times it looked a little eerie.  The girls’ parents weren’t afraid to live their lives how they wanted, they were free spirited, embraced nature and had a little hippy vibe in the mix.  The sisters when they were younger were ridiculed because of their parents and also for their own individualities.  When the time came for them to leave home they couldn’t wait to escape the townsfolk.  So when their mother asks them to help renovate the house the girls each have their own trepidations about returning to the family home and to the town that left them with bad memories.

Rae, the eldest, very often played the protector of the three and would fight her sisters corners.  Then there was Emmy who was painfully shy and hid within herself happy with her books.  Which left Noelle the youngest who was very much like her parents with her love of nature and hippy vibes but was also aware of her own differences which some struggled to understand.

Moving back to their family home gave the girls time to regress and enjoy the joys of youth again when reminiscing over the memorabilia left in their bedrooms.  Renovating the house also felt like a cleansing process for all of them as it opened up old wounds of the bullying, also the sense of loss but it brought back a whole lot of nostalgic good times.

This two month sabbatical for Rae, Emmy and Noelle was a time to reflect, to grieve, to embrace and to accept.  It was also a time to gain strength from what they have shared.  The renovation project wasn’t without lots of fun and mishaps and the author’s bubbly personality shone through the pages.

My Sisters and Me was such an enjoyable read.  I was totally entertained by the antics the girls got themselves into.  The laughter, the tears, the family spirit and the strength overcoming hurdles left me feeling invigorated and I was quite emotional at the end as I felt like I’d travelled with all three of them through their journey.  A belter of a book!

About the Author

Lisa Dickenson is the pseudonym for Beyoncé. OK, FINE, THAT’S NOT TRUE.

Lisa lives by the Devon seaside, stuffing cream teas in the gobs of anyone who comes to visit, and writing stuff down that she hopes is funny. Her first novel was the copyright-infringing Sweet Valley Twins: The Twins Holiday Horror, which she wrote in primary school and gave up on after five pages. Twenty-ish years later Lisa went on to be a *real author* and wrote the Novelicious Debut of the Year, THE TWELVE DATES OF CHRISTMAS. Since then she’s dropped two summer reads – YOU HAD ME AT MERLOT and CATCH ME IF YOU CANNES – and another festive feast, MISTLETOE ON 34TH STREET. Her fifth novel, MY SISTERS AND ME, will be just the autumnal read you’ll need as the leaves start to rust.

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The Not So Perfect Plan to Save Friendship House by Lilly Bartlett book review

 

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The Not So Perfect Plan to Save Friendship House written by Lilly Bartlett, publisher HarperImpulse with Notting Hill Press, is available NOW in ebook and the paperback format is due to be released in November but is available for pre-order.

To buy link (amazon UK):  https://amzn.to/2Nb66yi

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Meet Phoebe, who’s 28, and Laney, Dot and Maggie, who are 68, 78, and none of your business. Together they’ll prove that age doesn’t matter when it comes to friendship, belonging and an unquenchable zest for life.
A hilarious, uplifting novel about the ties of community, the strength of love and how nobody is truly ordinary.
When Framlingham’s famously all-female senior living home goes co-ed, a war between the sexes is declared.
Stuck in the middle, chef Phoebe Stockton is desperate to help her friends plot to keep the community that means so much to them. It’s become her life raft, too. She finds comfort in her beloved career that might finally make her parents proud. But Phoebe’s darling Nick is lining up on the other side of the battle, and their relationship is suffering collateral damage.
The stakes couldn’t be higher. If the home’s owner can’t improve business by moving the men in, he’ll have to evict everyone.
The women aren’t about to let that happen.

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The Not So Perfect Plan to Save Friendship House is Lilly Bartlett’s fifth novel.  This was a fun, uplifting read and I could easily picture it as a perfect Sunday evening TV two part mini series.  It has all the ingredients to entertain you with warm likeable and easily recognisable characters, great comedic scenes between the generations of characters, a team spirit and romance blossoming in all different directions.

I do love a story with a set of characters from varying ages and backgrounds.  It shows that there should be no diversity within friendship and professional lives.  The mixing of young and older gives different depths to relationships.  The older generation have more life experiences to share and the younger have different views on life, love, technology and bring a new energy to the mix.

Phoebe Stockton has been Head Chef at the care home for a while now but since the recent death of her mother she’s been feeling a little out of sorts.  Her mother was very strong minded and always wanted the best for her children but Phoebe felt like her chosen career of catering wasn’t enough.  Through her grief she is feeling a myriad of confused emotions.  Phoebe also has unclear emotions with matters of her heart.  Since the new Physiotherapist Nick started at the home she’s been harbouring a crush on him.

At the moment the home is a happy place for ladies only but when the owner’s new plans for the home cause a furore the ladies and the staff start a revolt against new development resulting in quite hilarious scenes.

Can the ladies keep their happy home?  Will these new plans bring hope for the future for all?

I loved this story of friendship, of comradeship, of new beginnings.  Lilly Bartlett has created another wonderful tale filled with lots of fun, laughter, tears and love.

About the Author

Lilly Bartlett’s cosy romcoms are full of laugh out loud moments, quirky characters and guaranteed happily-ever-afters.

Lilly is the pen-name of Sunday Times and USA Today best-selling author, Michele Gorman, who writes best friend-girl power chick lit under her own name.

Website:  http://www.michelegorman.co.uk/

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/MicheleGormanUK

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The Mistress of Pennington’s by Rachel Brimble blogtour book review

 

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The Mistress of Pennington’s written by Rachel Brimble, publisher Aria, is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.  The ebook is also included in the kindleunlimited scheme.

The ebook is available to download for amazon kindle, kobo and Google Play.

To buy link (amazon UK):  http://amzn.eu/2SvRcqp

Product Details 

1910 – A compelling tale of female empowerment in Bath’s leading department store. Perfect for the fans of the TV series Mr Selfridge and The Paradise.
Elizabeth Pennington should be the rightful heir of Bath’s premier department store through her enterprising schemes and dogged hard work. Her father, Edward Pennington believes his daughter lacks the business acumen to run his empire and is resolute a man will succeed him.
Determined to break from her father’s iron-clad hold and prove she is worthy of inheriting the store, Elizabeth forms an unlikely alliance with ambitious and charismatic master glove-maker Joseph Carter. United they forge forward to bring Pennington’s into a new decade, embracing woman’s equality and progression whilst trying not to mix business and pleasure.
Can this dream team thwart Edward Pennington’s plans for the store? Or will Edward prove himself an unshakeable force who will ultimately ruin both Elizabeth and Joseph?

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I voluntarily reviewed an arc of this book. All opinions are my own and no content may be copied. However, authors and publishers may use elements of my reviews for quotes.

I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting Rachel Brimble’s new series set in an Edwardian premier department store in the city of Bath. The Mistress of Pennington’s is book one in the series and after reading this story I am delighted that I have more instalments to come so I can continue reading about the characters I’ve learned to love.

City of Bath 1910 the department store Pennington’s was on the verge of change.  A change that would mirror the feelings of many men and women around the country.  A change for the better with equality amongst men and women starting to take the next step forward, a gap between the classes would be shortened with high end goods and services being made more affordable and a change in working conditions boosting morale and production.

The Mistress of Pennington’s is Rachel Brimble’s first instalment in the new Edwardian mini series and her words of fiction took me to the splendour of the glamorous department stores of the early 1900’s with it’s esteemed clientele and bespoke services.  I could picture the scenes of the doorman welcoming the ladies of the city draped in their finery wishing to spend a morning strolling through a beautiful store choosing their next purchase and then enjoying a cup of tea in the store’s restaurant.  Elizabeth Pennington was in her mid twenties and the daughter of Edward Pennington the owner of the store.  Elizabeth was keen to make her mark working at the store, she had so much energy and ideas she wanted to invest in the business.  However, her father was a difficult man, he was a bully and very controlling towards his daughter. Elizabeth has been afraid all her life of her father but she has a determined spirit within her to stand up against her father and not fall for his ways just like her dear mother had.

When local glove designer Joseph Carter approached Elizabeth with a view to Pennington’s selling his designs little would Elizabeth and Joseph himself realise that this meeting would be the start of something too strong to break.  Something that would ultimately open up wounds from the past that could harm the union of two talented individuals.  The future of Pennington’s truly depended on this union but would the old fashioned ideas of Edward Pennington thwart any future plans?

Joseph Carter was passionate about his work and also continuing the legacy of the charity work his late wife Lillian was involved in.  His heart is still broken since her death and he feels the guilt of not being able to save her from her untimely death.  This guilt and heartbreak has given him the need to succeed.  Meeting Elizabeth Pennington has ignited more than a fire of a desire to succeed, it’s ignited a flame in his heart that he felt would never heat up again.

Elizabeth and Joseph were from two very different backgrounds and any form of relationship either professional or personal would be thwarted.  But as secrets from the past are revealed it opens up old wounds revealing more heartache and obstacles for the journey ahead.

The Mistress of Pennington’s is a brilliant start to a new historical romance mini series.  It had a sense of atmosphere from the period, I could feel the political uprising with the hope of new beginnings and new opportunities but there was also fear in some for change.  The story was filled with optimism, hope, inspiration and a desire to change filled with a blossoming romance that sizzled.

I’m looking forward to book two which is due out later this year.

About the Author

Rachel Brimble author picRachel lives with her husband and two teenage daughters in a small town near Bath in the UK. Since 2007, she has had several novels published by small US presses, eight books published by Harlequin Superromance (Templeton Cove Stories) and four Victorian romances with eKensington/Lyrical.
In January 2018, she signed a four-book deal with Aria Fiction for a brand new Edwardian series set in Bath’s finest department store. The first book, The Mistress of Pennington’s released July 2018.
Rachel is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association and Romance Writers of America, and was selected to mentor the Superromance finalist of So You Think You Can Write 2014 contest. When she isn’t writing, you’ll find Rachel with her head in a book or walking the beautiful English countryside with her family. Her dream place to live is Bourton-on-the-Water in South West England.

Website:  http://www.rachelbrimble.com/

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/RachelBrimble

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/rachelbrimbleauthor/

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