The Stylist by Rosie Nixon book review

the stylist

The Stylist by Rosie Nixon, publisher MIRA is available NOW in ebook, hardcover and audio download format.

To buy link:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Stylist-Rosie-Nixon/dp/184845452X/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1457027329&sr=8-1

Product Details (as per amazon page)

When Amber Green, a shop assistant in an exclusive London boutique is plucked from obscurity and mistakenly offered a job working with Mona Armstrong, the infamous, jet-setting ‘stylist to the stars’, she hits the ground running, helping to style some of Hollywood’s hottest (and craziest) starlets.

As awards season spins into action Mona is in hot demand and Amber’s life turned upside down. Suddenly she catching the attention of two very different suitors, TV producer Rob and Hollywood bad boy rising star Liam. How will Amber keep her head? And what the hell will everyone wear?

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

I absolutely loved this book.  I instantly felt transported to the uber glamorous lifestyle of a celebrity stylist.  It was a wonderful, guilty pleasure read that I devoured.  When we see the BAFTAs or the Oscars we can’t help but admire and gape in wonder over the stunning dresses and jewels of the A-listers.  Its easy to get hooked on the glamour of the occasion as it’s so alien to our normal lives.

Amber Green, what a fabulous name, worked in a boutique in London.  When celeb stylist Mona Armstrong desperately needed a new assistant to help her style the stars Amber was in the right place at the right time and agreed to join the roller coaster lifestyle of a celeb stylist for a few weeks.

We follow Amber jetting off to LA and back living the dream, or so she thought.  This was such a fun filled romp of a story with oozes of glamour, fashion and brilliant moments of scandal and humour.  This is the first novel written by Rosie Nixon and I look forward to more wonderful words from her.

Rosie created such fabulous characters with great stories to be told and learned from them all, from our favourite rookie stylist heroine Amber Green to the manic ‘Jekyl and Hyde’ personality of Mona Armstrong to the gorgeous and charming TV guy Rob; Tango Tim; Wannabee Princess Beau Belle and her miniature piggy Pinky.  This book had it all and more, I loved escaping to this wonderful world.  5/5*

About the author (as per amazon page)

Rosie Nixon has been joint Editor of HELLO! magazine for the past five years where she relishes the role of hands-on editor with a love of all things celebrity, royal and fashion-related. She previously held senior positions at glossy women’s magazines including Grazia, Glamour and Red. In her career she has been lucky enough to attend a multitude of glamorous award ceremonies, premieres and showbiz weddings all around the world. Rosie’s experience has undoubtedly enabled her to write her debut novel.

To find out more about Rosie Nixon and her writing please visit the following links:

https://twitter.com/Rosie_Nixon

https://www.millsandboon.co.uk/authors/p3700/Rosie-Nixon

https://www.instagram.com/rosiejnixon/?hl=en

 

Christmas Ever After by Sarah Morgan book review

christmas ever after

Christmas Ever After by Sarah Morgan, publisher MIRA, is out in ebook format and in paperback in Tescos stores (early release) from TODAY!

To buy link:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Christmas-After-Puffin-Island-Trilogy-ebook/dp/B00U1M9C06/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1444287283&sr=1-1

Product Details (as per amazon page)

Skylar Tempest has never understood Alec Hunter’s appeal. So what if he’s a world-renowned historian? He’s also cynical, aloof and determined to think the worst of her. So when a twist of fate finds her spending the lead-up to Christmas with Alec and his family, she’s not expecting the season to be either merry or bright.

Alec has learned the hard way not to trust beautiful women—and Skylar is the most beautiful woman he’s ever seen. But as he watches her throw herself into his family’s festive chaos, Alec realises there is far more to this blonde bombshell than meets the eye.

With Christmas around the corner, Alec and Skylar return to Puffin Island, a tentative bond forged between them. Neither intends to fall in love but as the nights become darker, and the fire between them grows hotter, could this be the chance for Alec and Skylar to find their own happy ending?

i heart puffin

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

This was such a beautiful, feel good winter warmer of a read.  It was a pleasure to read from start to finish and when it ended I wanted to read it all over again.  Sarah Morgan managed to bring so much to this story; there was sex appeal in abundance, stunning idyllic winter locations that you’d quite happily hibernate in, charming fun loving sub characters that you wish were part of your own inner circle, the two main characters: Sky and Alec  were glamorous, sexy, rugged, creative, adventurous, homely, fun loving, honest, hard working, kind and considerate, sensitive but most of all vulnerable.  They were both vulnerable to their inner most feelings of the heart and were afraid of opening up about these feelings and letting in what made them happy.

Sky had two dreams, one was to be an artist designing and making her own jewellery and artwork, the other was to fall in love with someone that would make her heart swell.  On the night of her premier collection on show in a top London gallery Sky knew she’d gone a long way to achieving one of her dreams.  Although, the night was to prove a momentous moment in the quest for her other dream.

Alec is a maritime historian, author and TV presenter.  He was still suffering scars from his failed marriage and was determined to not fall in love and be hurt or hurt anyone again.  Alec and Sky shared mutual friends back on Puffin Island, Maine, USA.  Their paths had crossed many times in the past but you wouldn’t call their relationship a friendly one.  When Alec agrees to attend Sky’s event during his stay in London his presence at the gallery provides a much needed and surprising support for Sky. A friendship of sorts develops between Sky and Alex, and a mutual understanding is reached.

The story develops from London, to the Cotswolds and to Puffin Island where Sky and Alec share many wonderful, sexy, fun, tender moments with a view to finding out what makes each other happy.  Can they be each other’s happy ever after?

Christmas Ever After is the 3rd book in the Puffin Island series by Sarah Morgan.  I have to admit I haven’t had chance to read First Time in Forever (book 1) and Some Kind of Wonderful (book 2), they are sat patiently waiting on my TBR pile.  Christmas Ever After can be enjoyed as a standalone story but now I’ve read this and fallen in love with all the characters and the island I want to read books 1 and 2 to enjoy the full Puffin Island experience.

A gorgeous, sexy, winter warmer of a story you’ll want to read all over again.  5/5*

To find out more about Sarah Morgan and her books please visit the following links:

http://sarahmorgan.com/

https://www.facebook.com/AuthorSarahMorgan

https://twitter.com/SarahMorgan_

 

Letting You Go by Anouska Knight book review

letting you go

Letting You Go by Anouska Knight, publisher Harlequin MIRA, is available in ebook format and paperback from TOMORROW 10th September 2015.

To buy link:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Letting-You-Go-Anouska-Knight/dp/1848454260/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1441820568&sr=8-1

Product Details (as per amazon page)

What if a tragedy occurred and you only had yourself to blame? How do you move on from the past?

Alex Foster lives a quiet life, avoiding the home she hasn’t visited in eight years. Then her sister Jaime calls. Their mother is sick, and Alex must return. Suddenly she’s plunged back into the past she’s been trying to escape.

Returning to her hometown, memories of the tragic accident that has haunted her and her family are impossible to ignore. Alex still blames herself for what happened to her brother and it’s soon clear that her father holds her responsible too. As Alex struggles to cope, can she ever escape the ghosts of the past?

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

This is the third book by Anouska Knight, winner of ITV Lorraine Kelly’s writing competition.  Her debut novel, Since You’ve Been Gone became a bestseller and after finished reading Letting You Go I predict another hit on Anouska’s hands.

A heartbreaking tragedy in the Foster family has, and is still after many years, haunted the lives of Blythe and Ted Foster with their daughters Alex and Jem.  Alex’s way of coping with this terrible event was to move away from home and her family as soon as she could.  After eight years living away from home Alex receives a phone call from her sister informing her that her mother is ill in hospital.  Alex has no option but to face her fears head on and visit her family.

Alex is suddenly hit with reminders of the past and is struggling to cope with this and with the worry of her mother’s illness.  Slowly Alex starts to open up her wounds from years gone by but secrets from all around her are set to explode and change the past she thought she knew.  Can Alex let go of the past and move on with the present?  Can she learn to enjoy what life brings without feeling guilty?

This was such a beautiful, gripping story with so many unspoken secrets that spun the story in a different direction.  What the family had to cope with during this tragic event years ago was utterly heartbreaking.  I could feel the emotions in the words on the page and my heart was breaking.  I loved the sound of the village that the story was set in and enjoyed the celebrated history of the area.  The book was quite a lengthy read, over 490 pages, but I was engrossed so much in the storyline I didn’t want it to end, I would have been quite happy for another hundred pages.  The story was written with such ease, the characters were identifiable and came across as warm and well liked individuals.  The storyline was very moving at times and my heart was breaking for them all but also my heart was aching as I wanted them to let love heal their hearts.

A beautiful, heartfelt, family saga 5/5*.

To find out more about Anouska Knight and her books please visit the following links:

https://anouskaknight.wordpress.com/

https://www.facebook.com/AnouskaKnightAuthor?fref=ts

https://twitter.com/AnouskaKnight

The Last Embrace by Pam Jenoff book review

THE LAST EMBRACE

The Last Embrace by Pam Jenoff, Publisher: MIRA, is out in ebook format 30th July and out in paperback on 13th August 2015.

To buy links:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Last-Embrace-Pam-Jenoff-ebook/dp/B00U1J9GTQ/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1438163467&sr=1-1

Product Details (as per amazon page)

Forbidden love in the time of war, this is essential reading for fans of emotional historical romance, perfect for fans of Katie Flynn and Maureen Lee.

August 1940 and 16-year-old refugee Addie escapes Fascist Italy to live with her aunt and uncle in Atlantic City. As WW2 breaks, she finds acceptance and love with Charlie Connelly and his family.

But war changes everything: secrets and passions abound, and when one brother’s destructive choices lead to the tragic death of another, the Connelly family is decimated, and Addie along with them.

Now 18, she flees, first to Washington and then to war-torn London where she is swept up with life as a correspondent. But when Charlie, now a paratrooper, re-appears, Addie discovers that the past is impossible to outrun. Now she must make one last desperate attempt to find within herself the answers that will lead the way home.

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This is the first book I’ve read by Pam Jenoff and I’d like to thank the publishers and netgalley for an arc in return for an honest review.

This story was so heart wrenching and tragic but also romantic and sensual.  I was gripped with the story from start finish.

It was the summer of 1940 and a young girl was forced on a ship by her parents to escape the war in Europe to find safety thousands of miles away in America under the naïve watchful eyes of her Aunt and Uncle.  Adelia was just 16 when she fled Italy.  She was all alone on the ship that took days to travel to the states.  Her fears of what lies ahead were almost overshadowed of her fears for her parents and what was left behind for them to survive.  Adelia arrived in the states as an outsider and struggled to make friends until her aunt, uncle and herself went to stay at their summer apartment by the sea.  Adelia became curious of the family that had moved into the adjoining house, a mother with four boys.  Charlie the eldest was a little older than Adelia, Jack and Liam (twins) were about the same age as her and little Robbie was a few years younger.  The boys soon included Addie, the name they preferred to call Adelia, in their games and she soon became a regular visitor to their household.

Life was pretty sweet for Addie and the Connally boys but with the war escalating in Europe and America gearing up to get involved the boys, with Charlie most keen, were eager to learn more and be prepared to join up and do their bit.

Addie had built up wonderful, individual friendships with all the boys however, one of the boys held a special place in her heart.  An utterly tragic incident changed the course of events for the Connallys and Addie.  This tragedy was of such a magnitude its unimaginable to think of how they will all recover from it.  Lives are turned into different directions and war beckons both directly and behind the scenes for a few of the characters.  Addie and the boys have to grow up very quickly.

What follows is a wonderful, poignant, heart wrenching, gripping, love story that spans across America and Europe. The author, Pam Jenoff, takes you on a journey which leaves you gasping for air during the air raids and makes you feel like you have time warped into WWII war torn London.  I’ve read many books so far this year but this story has moved to one of my top 3 favourites.  A beautiful cover that leaves you swooning for old fashioned courtship.  I will definitely check out Pam Jenoff’s back catalogue.

A heart wrenching, poignant, gripping 5/5* love story.

I’d like to share a couple of paragraphs from the novel that I particularly liked …

“Twenty minutes later I boarded a bus bound for London and paid the driver my fare.  We pulled away from the devastation of the coast.  Sheep grazed the withered hills, the landscape nearly untouched.  But as we neared the city, I could understand why the immigration officer had been incredulous at my coming here.  At home the war had been big posters in the train stations exhorting people to buy war bonds, grainy newsrools at the cinema.  Aside from Todd Dennison getting killed, it had been almost unreal.

But here the war was everywhere, inescapable.  In London’s outer boroughs like Richmond and Twickenham, the devastation was more sporadic, a house crushed here or there, as though perhaps a tree had fallen on it.  Amidst the wreckage, people were doing strangely ordinary things, going to work and putting out the garbage and hanging wash on the line.”

To find out more about Pam Jenoff and her books please visit the following links:

http://pamjenoff.com/

https://www.facebook.com/PamJenoffauthor

https://twitter.com/PamJenoff