What I’m Kindle Reading // June 2020

July 3, 2020

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When I set myself the goal of reading 20 books in 2020, I have to confess that I thought it would be yet another resolution that soon fell by wayside. With my Kindle Paperwhite sitting on the sideboard without ever being utilised. Whilst I loved reading as a teenager, the recent years have only really seen me enjoy the occasional adult book (not that kind of adult book!). With the majority of my reading time relegated to whatever the children are reading or what me to read to them.

However, not only have I managed to read 20 books in 2020 – which I achieved before the end of April. I have somehow managed to squeeze in 20 more books in 2020. As I reached this additional milestone I set myself two tasks, firstly to switch my Goodreads target to 100 books for 2020. Secondly, to set up a separate Instagram account to share what I’m reading and gleam inspiration and motivation from the #bookstagram community. That’s how my @What.Im.Kindle.Reading account started and a month down the line I’m really loving seeing other bookishly people sharing their reviews, their ‘TBR’ (to be read) lists and sharing book quotes etc.

What I’ve been reading in June…

Chasing Daisy by Paige Toon

Rating: 5 out of 5.

When it comes to falling in love, Daisy has had her fingers burnt before. So much so that she ended up leaving America and moving to the UK. Where she managed to land a job working for the caterers of a Formula 1 team. Falling in love is not something Daisy is planning on doing any time soon, however, when she meets the drivers of the Formula 1 team she’ll be working for her heart suddenly awakens for two very different reasons. Love and hate!

Hiding from her past she is determined not to let her feelings of love and hate get in the way of her job. But that is easier said than done. Will she crash and burn? Will she discover that there is a fine line between love and hate?

Available to buy from Amazon in Paperback, Kindle Store and Audiobook.

Handle With Care: Confessions of an NHS Health Visitor by Rachael Hearson

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Having previously worked for the NHS and spent time within the children and families sector I was keen to read this insight into a health visitors career. With over 30 years experience Rachael has seen the many sides to society.

Whilst I enjoyed reading about the cases she shares, I did struggle to gain an affection for Rachael. Not quite seeing her personality through the words and feeling uneasy about how she single-handedly saved families. Although it is clear that she has gone above and beyond I don’t feel it is right to claim this acclaim.

Available to buy from Amazon in Paperback and Kindle Store.

Pictures of Lily by Paige Toon

Rating: 5 out of 5.

With just a suitcase full of her clothes and possessions Lily has just arrived in Australia. Making the move from the UK with her mum who is moving in with a man she met online (and hasn’t met in real life!). Lily is not thrilled about the move, however, at almost sixteen she only has to stay for two years before she can head back to the UK on her own.

Moving in with Michael and his son Josh, who Lily fancies immediately she isn’t sure she is going to be able to last the two years. An opportunity to visit the conservation park that Michael works at turns things around for her. Suddenly she is loving the opportunity to be around the animals and taking photos. Meeting Ben a keeper at the conservation park makes her realise that her feelings for Josh were just a crush and that the feelings she holds for Ben are so much stronger. However, Ben is twenty-eight. Their friendship continues and whilst Ben has feelings for Lily he can’t act upon them as she is too young and he is heading to the UK to marry someone else!

Fast forward ten years and Lily is living in Sydney, her boyfriend Richard has just proposed but Lily is hesitant as she still holds a torch for Ben, despite not seeing him since he left for the UK. Whilst her younger sisters are visiting her they head to Sydney Zoo where Lily bumps into Ben again. Finding that her feelings haven’t subsided over the years, if anything, they are stronger than they ever were. How do you choose between the love from your past and the love you have in life now?

Available to buy from Amazon in Paperback, Kindle Store and Audiobook.

A Groom With a View by Sophie Ranald

Rating: 3 out of 5.

I struggled to get into this book. Pippa and Nick have been together more or less since they were sixteen years old. Despite attending weddings of their friends they’ve never considered tying the knot themselves. A drunked night leads to a proposal to each other and the ball starts rolling on their wedding.

A story about relationships (romantic and that with your in-laws), picking your battles and finding a happy ever after.

Available to buy from Amazon in Paperback and Kindle Store

The Bucket List to Mend a Broken Heart by Anna Bell

Rating: 5 out of 5.

As Abi starts discussing plans with her boyfriend Joseph as to what they could do for their year anniversary. Joseph suddenly decides that they should split, telling her that they aren’t compatible. Abi descends into a spiral of self-pity. Taking to her flat and only appearing for essentials.

After a dramatic haircut and returning to work Abi is starting the think that she can attempt to start her life again. However, Joseph leaves a box with all her things in from his house. Finding his things to do before I’m 40 list she decides that the perfect way to win him back is to complete the bucket list. Even if almost all of them make her shake with fear.

Setting out to complete the list she makes a new group of friends via one of her work colleagues. Including Ben who takes pity on her when he hears the real lesson why she is completing the Bucket list and offers to help her.

Available to buy from Amazon in Paperback, Kindle Store and Audiobook.

Our Stop by Laura Jane Williams

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Nadia is coming out the other side of a bad relationship, Awful Ben, was quite frankly awful. Their relationship lasted for six months and it’s taken her six months to build back up the confidence he talked out of her. With her new lifestyle routine of being up and on the 7.30am tube off to a flying start (she only just made it) she is busy texting her friend although happens to notice a cute guy by the doors. As she reaches her stop her friend texts her a Missed Connections advert that she thinks is talking about Nadia.

Daniel is the cute guy by the tube doors, the one who put the advert in the Missed Connections section of the paper. Having noticed Nadia whilst on her lunch break a while back and has spotted her on the tube a few times. Not sure how to go about saying hello, he thought that this might break the ice.

What follows is a story told from both their perspectives, as they weave unknowingly in and out of each other’s lives. Are they ever meant to meet or will it always be a missed connection?

Available to buy from Amazon in Paperback, Kindle Store and Audiobook.

One Perfect Summer by Paige Toon

Rating: 5 out of 5.

During the summer before Alice goes to University in Cambridge she stays in Dorset with her parents. Meeting Jow who lives and works at the local pub, he has a bad boy family, however, there is something different about him. Falling in love her life is turned upside down when he suddenly leaves and doesn’t make contact with her when she gets to university. Whilst she attempts to get over him, she throws herself into uni life, getting a job as a punter on the river and making friends. Meeting Lukas he makes her feel special and loved. Despite their differences in lifestyles and his parents’ opinions they get married and continue to live in Cambridge. However, she suddenly discovers what Joe has been up to in their years apart and her heart still fills with the thought of him. Is it too late? Was it simply just one perfect summer?

Available to buy from Amazon in Paperback, Kindle Edition and Audiobook

One Perfect Christmas by Paige Toon

Available to buy from Amazon in Kindle Edition

The New Guy by Kathryn Freeman

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Sitting in a bar drinking champagne to mourn/celebrate the life of her Grumps (Grandad), Sam attempts to strike up a conversation with the stranger on the stool next to her. He’s not much of a talker, but lucky for him Sam is more than happy to do most of the talking. A fumbling chat-up line and a swift exit from the stranger makes Sam chase after him. Sparks flying she decides tonight is as good as time as any to have a one night stand (and possibly push her ex out of her mind).

It was just a one night stand but when Ryan sees his new boss walking across the foyer the next morning, realising that it was the woman from last night he’s not sure how to handle this. Bantering back and forth it is clear that there is more chemistry between then than just one night. But can you date your boss?

With baggage on both sides, they are thrown into each other’s lives throughout the coming months to get a new app launched. Can it really work between them? – Join Ryan and Sam as they laugh, cry and navigate a boss/employee relationship.

Available to buy from Amazon in Paperback and Kindle Edition

Meet me in London by Georgia Toffolo

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Join Victoria and Oliver as they meet in Chelsea. Both carrying around a suitcase of guilt for very different reasons. Whilst nursing a whiskey in the pub next to his new store, Oliver, sees Victoria (the bar manager) for the first time. He’s had a bad day but here is something about her that pulls Oliver to her. As last orders are called he proposes to her, which, of course, she laughs off.

The next day, they bump into each other, quite literally, sending Victoria’s box of fabric and ribbon scattering across the pavement. Checking that she is OK, they strike up a conversation and chat about the new store. Which Oliver neglects to mention he is the owner’s son and will be running it. They take a trip inside, with Victoria discovering the haberdashery dept. However, Oliver is rumbled by a workman who says hello to him. Furious Victoria leaves.

As Oliver attempts to make it up to her, she goes to see him at the store and after a frank exchange, they come to an unlikely agreement. He will help the local businesses and she will pretend to be his fiancee for one night only.

What follows is a journey through attraction, overcoming guilt and learning how to chase dreams.

Available to buy from Amazon in Paperback and Kindle Edition

The Good Girlfriend’s Guide to Getting Even by Anna Bell

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Lexi and will have been dating for seven years and although they live together and have a joint mortgage, that’s as close as they have gotten to commitment. Life has been kind of stale in the romance stakes, with Lexi somewhat of a sporting widow. Life planned around what sporting event is taking place that week etc.

When Will fakes food poisoning to miss one of Lexi’s best friends wedding she finds out via a text message from a work colleague who spots him on Sky Sports! She is mad, really mad! Instead of having it out with him, she opts for a little dose of revenge. Although things don’t quite go to plan.

An easy read but not one that your desperate to see what happens next.

Available to buy from Amazon in Paperback, Kindle Edition and Audiobook

Bridesmaids by Zara Stoneley

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Four old school friends who are brought together for Rachel’s wedding. With years of history to their friendship, it’s inevitable that there are lots of secrets and skeletons in the cupboard. With the friend who is told everyone’s secrets, the two that can’t be together due to one marrying the others old boyfriend., the bride and of course, the other friend who is hanging on the edge of their friendship circle.

A laugh out loud rom-com journeying friendship, the course of true love and how to react to secrets.

Available to buy from Amazon in Paperback, Kindle Edition and Audiobook

It Started With a Tweet by Anna Bell

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Daisy shares her life on social media. From the antics from a hen night, photos of drinks and everything in between. It’s even part of her job as a marketing manager. However, a cheeky tweet before a Tinder date finds her in hot water as it goes out from her work account rather than her personal one. Needless to say, she is fired.

Fearing that her life is in tatters, her sister convinces her to complete a digital detox. Which turns out to be a rouse for helping her do up a farmhouse she has bought in Cumbria. With her fingers still twitching to access social media, she realises that maybe they both need a little time away from the real world. But can a busy city girl really last in the remote hills?

An easy read, with a journey through sibling relationships, misconceptions and life-changing decisions.

Available to buy from Amazon in Paperback, Kindle Edition and Audiobook

Walk of shame by Lauren Layne

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Life couldn’t be more different for two residents in the same apartment building. Whilst 5am signals the time of day for Georgie to return home after a night of fun and partying. It is the same time of day that Andrew is starting his day, heading out to the gym before work.

Their paths cross each morning and Georgie attempts to tease him in order to add a little sparkle into her otherwise lonely life. Although Andrew finds her gorgeous, she represents everything he despises in life. However, an impromptu kiss caught on camera has everyone asking whether they are really a couple.

Underneath all their banter can they discover the realness that they are looking for in their lives?

Available to buy from Amazon in Kindle Edition and Audiobook

Just Like You by Nick Hornby

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Joseph is twenty-two and works part time in a local butchers. One of his many jobs in an attempt not to have a full time job that would mean selecting a career. One Saturday, whilst attempting to defeat a loud and flirty customers comments he notices that she has a quiet and good looking friend.

Lucy is a forty-two, mum of two, who is going through a divorce after her husband drank too much as well as taking drugs. She starts chatting to Joseph in the butchers and mentions that she is looking for a babysitter. Which Joseph offers his services.

A friendship forms between them but they both want more. However, is the age gap too big, would their respective friends approve of an interracial relationship? Along the way they have hurdles to get over, not to mention Brexit voting and the Trump election.

I persevered through the book but didn’t feel that there was much chemistry between Joseph and Lucy. I feel it might come across more on screen than it does in the pages of the book.

Available to buy from Amazon in Hardback, Paperback, Kindle Edition and Audiobook

Anything but Easy by Susie Tate

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Kira Murphy might only be five foot tall but she has a lot of personality. She’s quirky, unpredictable, a loose cannon. During her role as a ‘sex doctor’ GU registrar at St Thomas’ hospital she speaks her mine to a HIV patient who is non-compliant with his medication. He is shocked to hear a doctor talk to him in that way but somehow it seems to work better than all the other doctors he’s had to deal with since his diagnosis.

Barclay Lucas is a politician, a tory, attempting to save the world. One environmental cause at a time. After hearing what an affect Dr Murphy had on his brother he goes in search to Hire them. Only he wasn’t expecting Kira. She refuses to take on Henry as a patient and as a private patient. She doesn’t take on any paid work on top of her NHS contract. But she agrees to go and see Henry as a friend. Barclay is confused, irritated and unsure what he’s got himself into.

A fake relationship is spun by Barclay’s press Secretary after the press see Kira leaving the house. She agrees to help for Henry’s sake, but like all good fake relationships it’s not quite fake on both sides but they are polar opposites in almost every area of their lives. Although their is more going on in Kira’s life than Barclay’s knows about – will he be there for her when she needs him?

A story of opposites attract, acceptance, dealing with depression and gaslighting. A feeling of Notting Hill and Love Actually runs through the storyline and characters.

Available to buy from Amazon in Kindle Edition

The Love Square by Laura Jane Williams

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Following the life of Penny, who hasn’t been all that lucky in love. With nothing serious since her boyfriend Mo left her as she found out she had breast cancer five years ago. Thinking that her love life is never going to go anywhere she considers motherhood, utilising the fertilised eggs she has in storage from her cancer treatment.

Suddenly, she meets Francesco who delivers the bread order to her cafe one day for a friend. Sensing a spark between them Penny’s colleague gets him to leave his number. However, Penny is too scared to message. A few false starts they start to date, however, Penny suddenly has to leave London to look after a pub/restaurant for her uncle.

Newly single she ploughs her efforts into work, however, manages to find some fun along the way. With not one but two interested parties. Then with Francesco back on the scene, she’s found herself in a ‘Love Square’. Is she destined to life, love and work where she wants? Or is there something more important that she wants?

Available to buy from Amazon in Paperback, Kindle Edition and Audiobook

The Best Man Plan by Jaci Burton

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Two days before her wedding Erin receives an email from her fiancée, Owen. Informing her that he can’t go through with the wedding and that he is heading off on their two-week honeymoon to Aruba alone. Confused and angry she decides to continue with the wedding reception but as a nonwedding reception – after all, everything is paid for, might as well enjoy it.

Jason is Erin and Owen’s best friend, they have all known each other since they were kids. He is on the phone to Erin when she reads Owen’s email. Immediately he tries but fails to make contact Owen but heads over to see Erin to access how she is and if there is anything he can do.

During the nonwedding reception, Erin is dressed to impress and thinks that the best way to get over Owen is by having a revenge fling. And who better to have this with, than Jason. However, Jason doesn’t want a fling, he wants Erin, he always has. Letting her down gently and explaining that this isn’t the best idea she a little put out but can understand where he is coming from.

With more and more time spent together over the weeks that follow, they grow close and that ‘fling’ happens between them. But is it just a fling? Is Erin over Owen? Can she learn to love again? What happens when Owen finally decides to make contact?

Available to buy from Amazon in Paperback and Kindle Edition

Party of Two by Jasmine Guillory

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Olivia has just made the move back to the West Coast (LA) from New York to set up a law firm with her best friend. Her house isn’t ready yet she’s found herself sitting in the hotel bar discussing desserts with the waitress. When a hot man joins in the conversation, Max. They chat about cake, pie and all things good. Including him giving her recommendations of where she should visit for food.

Despite their ease of conversation and a flirty spark be them, neither makes the move to take things to the next level. Once back in her hotel room and listening to the TV she hears a familiar voice. The man from the bar is Senator Max Powell!

A chance meeting two weeks later reintroduces them to each other. With a cake delivery and texts soon starts them on the path of romance. But is this just a fling? Are they too different to make this work? A story touching in overcoming the past, racism, prejudices and life in the spotlight.

Available to buy from Amazon in Hardback, Paperback, Kindle Edition and Audiobook

  • Astrid June 7, 2020 at 10:11 pm

    I’m always looking for great books to read. Thanks for this awesome list.

  • Kristine Nicole Alessandra June 9, 2020 at 10:14 am

    I am glad that most of these books are available compatible with Kindle. So many new titles, all very interesting! Thanks for this list. I will check them out.

  • Louise June 10, 2020 at 11:33 am

    Ooh, I might have to have a read of flat share – it sounds fab!

    Louise x

  • YOLANDA DAVIS June 30, 2020 at 12:34 pm

    Lots of lovely books for me to drool over. Thankyou.

  • Rachel Craig July 2, 2020 at 8:45 pm

    Handle with Care… Sounds interesting. As we learn from experience. Can also learn from others sharing their experiences with us.

    The author Rachael may have had some constraints to deal with :- e.g Maintaining Confidentiality of clients, colleagues.

    “No man is an island ” :- Rachael would not be working in isolation. She would be working as part of a team within the NHS ( National Health Services). Though she would be responsible for her own actions and inactions, errors, good work, etc :- Autonomous Practitioner, just like her colleagues.

    Review seems to make sense to me, and possibly I would feel the same on reading the book. Yet there are benefits in sharing honest experiences with others. They learn, and could enter the profession with some appropriate preparedness, knowledge, information, etc.

    Perhaps the author is new to writing, or this genre of writing. As we can improve with experience.

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