Spandex and the City by Jenny T. Colgan book review

spandex and the city

Spandex and the City written by Jenny T. Colgan, publisher Orbit (Little Brown UK) is available in ebook, paperback and audio download format from 18th May 2017.

To pre-order/buy link:

Product Details (as per amazon page)

Mild-mannered publicist Holly Phillips is unlucky in love. She’s embarrassed beyond belief when the handsome stranger she meets in a bar turns out to be ‘Ultimate Man’ – a superpowered hero whose rescue attempt finds her hoisted over his shoulder and flashing her knickers in the newspaper the next day.
But when Holly’s fifteen minutes of fame make her a target for something villainous, she only has one place to turn – and finds the man behind the mask holds a lot more charm than his crime-fighting alter-ego.
Can Holly find love, or is superdating just as complicated as the regular kind?

purple motorbike

I was first drawn to this novel by the author, I love all Jenny Colgan’s stories but I haven’t read any of her sci-fi romances however, the cover it’s purple so that’s a bonus in my eyes and the synopsis drew me in further.

During a night out with her friend Holly get’s caught up in a traumatic event but is rescued in a rather unladylike way by Ultimate Man.  Holly works at the Mayor’s Office in the city in the publicity department and her night out is soon all over the media in full technicolour.  Holly starts to build up a rapport with the masked man and her feelings become very confused.  Holly inadvertently becomes a target and her life becomes in peril again, the only person who can help is Ultimate Man.  Can Ultimate Man reach her in time?

This is unlike any other story I’ve read but I was drawn in by the outstanding wit and humour and the warmth from the characters that Jenny T. Colgan had radiated across the pages.  Also, I was starting to have a crush on a certain man in purple!  The story was like an updated version of Superman and you get to see all sides of the characters; the damsel in distress (aka Holly), the villain (aka Frederick Cecil) and the hero (aka Ultimate Man).  There’s a side to the story that is quite thought-provoking and I could appreciate why certain actions were taken.  My heart at one point was very much divided between good and evil in this story’s sense and I wanted to bang both their heads together to knock some sense into both our leading men.  I loved the action and the crazy, cool gadgets but amongst all this the author had cleverly interspersed these times with some very tender poignant moments leaving me quite emotional.

A fabulous story that was cool, geeky, fun and a little bit sexy.  5/5*

To find out more about Jenny T. Colgan please visit the following pages:




2nd year Blogiversary and Giveaway

book celebration clipart

How time flies when you’re having fun.  Today marks my 2nd anniversary blogging and sharing my love of reading, cooking, crafting and bargain hunting!

I’ve had a great year reading and reviewing some fabulous books, I read 96 books from 22nd May 2015 to 22nd May 2016.  It’s difficult to point out which books are my favourite from the last year but I’d like to point out a few that I particularly enjoyed:

  • The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick: This was such a remarkable story, a wonderful, charming, life affirming story.  I believe it would make a great movie and I’d love to see Bill Nighy play the character of Arthur.
  • The Ballroom by Anna Hope:  This was a truly beautiful love story, a unique one, one that I’ll never forget.  I was totally heartbroken at the end and couldn’t control my emotions.  A stunning, poignant story that left me shattered with emotions.
  • Ideal Girl by Jenny O’Brien: I absolutely adored this story.  It was fun, flirty, romantic, tragic, emotionally heartbreaking at times but also very heartwarming.  There is a point in the story that left my heart beating fast and I was gripped to find out the outcome from this turn in the tale.
  • The Little Shop of Happy Ever After by Jenny Colgan:  I felt like I was living out my own dreamworld with this story. A gorgeous book I could devour again and again.
  • Dear Dad by Giselle Green:  This was a beautiful story, well written dealing with some difficult subjects.  Although the storyline was very raw and emotive at times the underlining current was heartwarming, inspiring and full of hope.

I’d like to thank both Lynda Renham and Milly Johnson for the kind donations of their books for my giveaway.

Please check out Lynda Renham’s latest book Perfect Weddings, amazon link here.  Perfect Weddings is a very funny book filled with great laugh out loud moments with a wonderful tale of love.  Milly Johnson’s latest is an ebook exclusive book with all proceeds to charity, amazon link here.  The Barn on Half Moon Hill is a lovely, inspiring short story filled with warmth and humour.  Milly also has a new full length novel due out in June titled Sunshine Over Wildflower Cottage, to pre-order link here

To celebrate my blogiversary I’m running a few giveaways with a chance to win a Reading Log and bookmark; a Recipe Journal and bookmark; a signed copy of It’s Raining Men by Milly Johnson; a signed copy of The Dog’s Bollocks by Lynda Renham; .  To enter please click on the rafflecopter links below.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

The Little Shop of Happy Ever After by Jenny Colgan book review

the little shop of happy ever after

The Little Shop of Happy Ever After by Jenny Colgan, publisher Sphere is available NOW in ebook, paperback and audio download format.

To buy link:

Product Details (as per amazon page)

Given a back-room computer job when the beloved Birmingham library she works in turns into a downsized retail complex, Nina misses her old role terribly – dealing with people, greeting her regulars, making sure everyone gets the right books for their needs. Then a new business nobody else wants catches her eye: owning a tiny little bookshop bus up in the Scottish highlands. No computers. Shortages. Out all hours in the freezing cold; driving with a tiny stock of books… not to mention how the little community is going to take to her, particularly when she stalls the bus on a level crossing…

reading image

I’d like to thank the publishers for an arc  in return for an honest review.

Oh my I absolutely and utterly adored this book.  I didn’t want it to end and now I’ve finished reading it I want to go back to the beginning and devour it all over again.  It was such a warm hearted story full of hope, romance and inspiration.

Nina is a book addict she’s just recently lost her job in a library in Birmingham and is feeling lost without being near and working with books.  For a long time Nina has had a vision of owning her own book shop.  She decides to go one step further when she sees a wonderful, charming van for sale in Scotland and dreams of turning this van into a mobile book shop.  On a whim and a dream this petite young woman from the city up sticks and moves to a tiny village in Scotland to transform a van into her ultimate dream job of a mobile bookshop.

Nina’s dream doesn’t go without hitches.  We follow Nina on her journey of making her dream a reality, of settling in a new country, of making new friends and new loves.

When you open a Jenny Colgan book you are guaranteed a book full of wonderful characters and I adored Nina and her head full of dreams instantly.  I also fell for her grumpy new landlord and loved hearing more about him and the banter Nina and Lennox shared.  Jenny had created such a wonderful setting for this novel, I loved the sound of the Scottish village.  I could picture the vast countryside with changing colours, contours and temperatures.  I felt like I was living out my own dreamworld with this story.  Which book fan doesn’t dream of working with books all day and spreading the love of reading?

I have to also point out the cover of this novel, the illustration on the cover was perfect.  Bright, cheerful, dreamy looking.  I love these illustrated covers of Jenny’s novels and the black and white images interspersed within the pages.

A gorgeous book I could devour again and again.  5/5*

To find out more about Jenny Colgan and her books please visit the following links:


Summer at Little Beach Street Bakery and Polly and the Puffin by Jenny Colgan


Summer at Little Beach Street Bakery by Jenny Colgan is available now from all good book retailers and as an ebook via the following link:

This is the second book by Jenny were we follow the lives of the residents living in and around Little Beach Street Bakery. Jenny has had a lovely promotional video made to promote the book.  The video is as delightful as the illustrations on the cover of the book:

I adored revisiting the Little Beach Street Bakery with Polly, Huckle and of course, Neil the Puffin.  This book was as good as Jenny’s first visit to Little Beach Street Bakery were we were introduced to the folk of Mount Polbearne.

Polly’s idyllic life is turned upside down and she has to make decisions on what matters in her work life and personal life.  We meet new characters along the way that have lasting consequences to Polly’s existence on Mount Polbearne.

Jenny Colgan always writes with such warmth and humour.  Her characters are written with such sincerity, you feel like you have stepped into a book with friends.  This was such a lovely story with highs and lows for the residents.  Some quite dramatic scenes mixed in with some wonderful, lovely romantic moments.  I always feel happy and uplifted after a Jenny Colgan book.  As always Jenny provides a few yummy recipes at the end of the book so we can continue reminiscing about the Little Beach Street Bakery while munching on a bun or two!

A great 5/5* read that would make a lovely gift.

Polly and the Puffin

We all fell in love with Neil the puffin in Little Beach Stree Bakery and again in Summer at Little Beach Street Bakery.   Jenny has written the most delightful children’s story based around Neil.  My children are a little too old for this book but I fell for Neil and had to buy the book. I’ve just enjoyed a lovely bit of me time reading this sweet book with the most happy illustrations. I would thoroughly recommend it to all children as a book to enjoy being read to or as a book to read by yourself as it has lovely clear text. And it has great bonus features at the back with recipes, puffin jokes and craft activities.

The book is available from all good retailers including Waterstones, whsmith and amazon.

To connect with Jenny to find out more about her books and future releases please visit the following links: