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(Un)like a Virgin – Lucy-Anne Holmes

Synopsis

Is Gracie in love for the very first time? You know that bit in The X Factor, when the singer tells everyone about the rocky road they travelled to pursue their dream? Well, that’s Gracie Flowers’ story. Gracie is very focused for a woman of almost twenty-six. Her favourite book is ‘The 5-Year Plan: Making the Most of Your Life’. And her five-year plan is going very well. That is, until she is usurped from her big promotion by a handsome, posh idiot; she is dumped by her boyfriend; and discovers her loopy mother is facing bankruptcy. Hormones awry and ice cream over-ordered, a dream Gracie thought she’d buried ten years ago starts to resurface. A dream that reminds her of the girl she used to be and everything she wanted to become.

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My Review

As you can see from the synopsis, Gracie Flowers relies on her favourite book “The 5-year Plan: Making the Most of Your Life.” And so far everything on her list is going well.

Gracie Flowers is an energetic estate agent, she has a boyfriend and is about to be promoted – that is until everything starts going wrong. Danny, her boyfriend, dumps her and leaves for a job in Canada, her promotion is given to ‘posh’ guy John, who isn’t even from the same store and she discovers her mother is facing bankruptcy.

10 years ago, Gracie’s father died and she idolised him. He got her into music and took her to singing competitions – he was her biggest supporter, but when he died, her mother took her to one competition and she completely lost it on stage, screaming the place down.

So it’s safe to say, she’s given up her dreams of being a singer to become an estate agent instead.

She visits her Dad’s grave weekly, her mother having never been to it and feels safer saying locked in doors, hence her becoming bankrupt. At the grave, she befriends an old pair of siblings and they meet every week at the graves.

The graves become a big part of the story, which I don’t want to spoil, but I was totally on Gracie’s side when everything was happening.

The characters were written fantastically. I enjoyed the friendship between Gracie and the siblings – they were there for her and vice versa and you could see she really cared for the brother and sister, especially throughout the grave story, where her temper for her mother and the men involved flared and she had to stop whatever was happening, not just for her, but for the sibling. It was lovely to read about them.

The end of the book was a great way to end it. Does Gracie finally pursue her dream? Or does she panic under the pressure? You’ll have to read and see.

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Rumour Has It – Jill Mansell

Synopsis

Would you be tempted?

Newly single, Tilly Cole impulsively accepts a job offer in a small town as a “Girl Friday.” Fun job, country house, fresh start, why not? But soon she finds herself in a hotbed of gossip, intrigue, and rampant rivalry for the town’s most desirable bachelor-Jack Lucas.

Rumors of Jack’s “love ’em and leave ’em” escapes abound, and Tilly decides to do the mature, sensible thing… avoid Jack at all cost. But the more time Tilly spends with Jack, the more the rumors just don’t make sense. Tilly doesn’t know what to believe… and Jack’s not telling

 

 

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My Review

After her boyfriend leaves her, newly-single Tilly goes to visit her friend Erin in Roxborough for the weekend, catching-up and partying. When it’s time to go back to the city, Tilly’s train is delayed and she stumbles upon an ad for a job – a “Girl Friday” and decides to call and see what it’s about.

Pushing her way to an interview, she leaves the station and goes to the house, where she meets Max Dineen, an interior designer, father to a teenager called Lou and he’s gay. The “Girl Friday” ad is basically Max looking for someone to help him with his business and errands and raising his daughter. During the interview, it was easy to see that Max and Tilly hit it off famously, so of course she was given the job, meaning she was moving from the city to the little town of Roxborough.

Tilly soon meets Jack Lucas after moving to the town, and everyone she meets warns her that he is a ‘love ‘em and leave ‘em’ guy so that she should stay away if she doesn’t want to be another notch on his bedpost (if you believe the rumours). So that’s what she does, stays away. But Jack cant stay away from her.

We find out that Jack had been engaged previously, but his fiancée had died. Although Tilly continually pushes him away, its easy to see that the attraction is there, for both of them, but no matter what he tells her, she doesn’t want to be another notch.

When Max and Lou decide on a weekend away, Tilly agrees to a date with Jack but unforeseen circumstances come about and it’s the finally straw. Tilly wants nothing to do with him.

Although all this is happening with Tilly and Jack, her best friend Erin is getting shit from the ex-wife of her new boyfriend, but when the ex-wife gets cancer, its Erin, not her friends, that is there until the end.

Jack, who doesn’t give up easily, actually really surprised me at the end of the book. I was not expecting what he did, to happen. But it proved how serious he was about Tilly – even telling his former fiancee’s parents about her, which must have been hard to do.

All the characters were so loveable in their own way. I loved all the different stories interlinked within the book with all the different characters having stuff happening in their lives. It deals with subjects such as death, rumours, homophobia, love but it all adds into the brilliance of how it was written and delivered in the book.

The friendships between the characters were magical especially Max and Jack and Max and Tilly. I loved both these friendships and they had me laughing a lot throughout their interactions. This book is light-hearted and fun to read; it’s a fluffy chick-lit read.

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What I Didn’t Say – Keary Taylor

Synopsis

Getting drunk homecoming night your senior year is never a good idea, but Jake Hayes never expected it all to end with a car crash and a t-post embedded in his throat.

His biggest regret about it all? What he never said to Samantha Shay. He’s been in love with her for years and never had the guts to tell her. Now it’s too late. Because after that night, Jake will never be able to talk again.

When Jake returns to his small island home, population 5,000, he’ll have to learn how to deal with being mute. He also finds that his family isn’t limited to his six brothers and sisters, that sometimes an entire island is watching out for you. And when he gets the chance to spend more time with Samantha, she’ll help him learn that not being able to talk isn’t the worst thing that could ever happen to you. Maybe, if she’ll let him, Jake will finally tell her what he didn’t say before, even if he can’t actually say it.

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My Review

I finished this book in a few hours, and it took me ages to think of a way to express myself. The idea of this book got my really intrigued that I just had to download it and read it. The thought that the main character Jake became a mute due to a accident was a completely different concept to any book I had ever read – I’m mostly into my whole romance books where nothing ever really happens and they fall madly in love, but with this book, i was completely lost in it within the first couple of pages.

From the first page you find out that Jake lives on a small island, he’s one of seven and he has two best friends called Carter and Rain. So of course, everyone knows everyone. But then Jake confesses that he’s been in love with this girl called Sam for years yet he hasn’t had the courage to tell her.

From the synopsis, you get the gist of what happens to Jake and how much it has turned his life upside down. He cant join the Air Force now, due to not being able to speak and he has to either write things down on pieces of paper or sign to people – those who know sign language like Sam and Kiri and some of his family who have learned it.

Sam also has things going on in her life that she finally confesses to Jake one night when she is fed up of him being down when her life is turned upside down too by a tragedy. Together, they both find a way to save each other, and although Sam doesn’t believe in love, you can see that she does love Jake, she just doesn’t want to admit it.I did love what happened after Sam and Jake got back from Prom and what she had done. That was really sweet.

Reading this book, it made me think about if i was a mute, if i had gone through something like Jake and would never be able to speak again. Sometimes its nice not to speak for a while, but for the rest of your life? Not being able to yell or scream, you;d be so frustrated, and although Jake was strong about it; tried not to let it get to him too much, in the end, he found love with the one girl who he had loved for years.