What I’m Kindle Reading // May 2020

June 5, 2020

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Life in lockdown has helped with more free time as my blog work has slowed. The children are at home and life itself has slowed down to a steady stroll rather than the hustle and bustle that it normally would have. Although the truth is, I’m quite simply loving opening up my Kindle and enjoy a chapter or two whenever I get the chance. Getting lost in the storylines and connecting with the different characters. Laughing and crying alongside them as they make their journey throughout the pages.

What I’ve been reading in May…

If I Never Met You by Mhairi McFarlane

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Laurie is a lawyer in Manchester, she’s been with her boyfriend Dan (also a lawyer at the same law firm) since she was eighteen. However, eighteen years later there is still no sign of a ring but they are in the cusp of starting a family. Or so she thinks.

Returning after a night out her life as she knows it comes shattering down when Dan decides he’s leaving. Stating that he’s not been happy for a while and needing to ‘find himself’. In the weeks that follow a dramatic turn of events happen and she is left questioning everything.

After getting stuck in the lift with the office love rat, he comes up with a plan that might help them both. But can they pull it off? Will anyone believe the lies?

I had mixed feelings about this book, I worried that it was so cliché to be making a plan with the office love rat. However, you should never judge a book by it’s cover. Discovering that under the rumours there can be a different truth.

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

Lucy In The Sky by Paige Toon

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Lucy is about to fly back to Australia, the place she called home until she was in her late teens. Heading back for the wedding of her two best friends she is excited to be seeing them again, although she did have a crush on Sam when she was a teenager. As she is about to put her phone away on the plane she receives a text from her boyfriend James who isn’t able to make the trip with her. Suddenly her world comes crashing down and she is left unable to contact him to find out what is going on for the next few hours.

James puts the text down to a childish prank by one of his workmates and Lucy attempts to push it out of her mind. However, she keeps thinking about all the silly white lies that James has said over the course of their relationship and she’s not sure whether to trust him or not – especially whilst she is away in Australia for a couple of weeks.

Reunited with Molly and Sam she is starting to feel back at home, when Sam’s younger brother Nathan comes over and suddenly Lucy is feeling all jittery at the sight of him. The more time she spends with Nathan the easier it is to talk to him, joining him for surfing and getting drunk together. But it can’t lead to anything, can it?

Whilst I enjoyed the story, I did feel it was a little hypocritical of Lucy to be judging James for ‘cheating’ when she was lusting after Nathan whilst she was in Australia.

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

The First Date by Zara Stoneley

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Rosie has only ever dated one boy/man and after they break up she is left feeling somewhat clueless about the dating scene. Swiping right on someone she met on Tinder she is looking forward to meeting him in real life. Except he doesn’t show, he doesn’t reply to her messages – he ghosts her.

Whilst sitting at the bar wondering what to do she meets Noah, who appears to take pity on her. A confident man who has had more than his fair share of first dates offers Rosie advice on dating. Rosie hopes that if she can get a few first dates under her belt she’ll feel more confident in the dating world.

Offering to give her dating lessons, Rosie is soon wondering whether these are fake dates or whether she would quite like to be dating Noah. But Noah doesn’t do second dates or love for that matter – will Rosie find the right path to dating again?

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

All About Us by Tom Ellen

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Meet Ben who usually loves December and Christmas. However, with his mother’s death a couple of years ago and his marriage on the rocks, he is beginning to wonder whether he took the right path in life. What if he could go back in time and rewrite his path, would his life be any better now?

A modern-day twist on the classic ‘A Christmas Carol’, in which Ben meets a watch seller in a pub on Christmas Eve. Giving him a gift of a free watch, Ben discovers that it is broken with the time stuck at one minute to midnight. After heading home and drinking more than he should have he decides he must decorate the tree before his wife Daphne gets home. Heading into the loft and falling over he stumbles upon some of Daphne’s memory boxes. One of which contains items from the night that they first met. Starting Ben off on a trip down memory lane as to whether he kissed the right girl that night.

Take a trip with Ben through key areas of his past life, the present day and a glimpse into what the future may hold – if you could turn the clock back, would you want to change your life?

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

In Five Years by Rebecca Serle

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Dannie (Danielle) is a girl with a plan. She loves number, data, control of her destiny. So far she has been able to tick all the key milestones off her life plan. On the night she gets engaged she suddenly has a dream about waking up in another place, with another man and it sets her mind whirling.

Fast forward five years and she’s never quite been able to shake the thought of that dream away. She’s still engaged and for one reason or another they’ve never set a date. Her best friend Bella introduces her to her new boyfriend who is the man from her dream (awkward).

What you think will be a story about romantic love, is purely just the undertone for the book. It is the story of love between best friends that will have you reaching for your tissues.

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

The Boyfriend Project by Farrah Rochon

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Samiah hasn’t been very lucky in love, she’s even started to negotiate down her list of requirements. So although Craig doesn’t tick all the boxes it’s going OK. A few dates in and she’s preparing for another one. However, her sister shares a date going wrong that is being tweeted live – Samiah suddenly realises that Craig is the man this other girl is talking about. It transpires that he’s been dating at least three girls.

Instead of getting angry with each other, the girls form a pact of no boyfriends for six months. A story of friendship, sisterhood and unexpected love.

Available to buy from Amazon in Paperback and Kindle Store.

The Wish List by Sophia Money-Coutts

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Meet Florence, a thirty-two year old woman who lives with her half-sisters in Kennington London. She works in a bookstore in Chelsea and likes things in order. A compulsive counting habit, she plays consequences to decide whether she is going to have a good day or a bad one. Odd numbers are not good, whereas even numbers reflect a positive outcome.

She’s never had a boyfriend, although she’s had some one night stands and someone she scared off in uni. Love is not something that is necessarily missing from her life, but her family feel that it is. With her step mother sending her to see a love coach, who makes her write a wish list of qualities that she’d like in a boyfriend.

Is it the universe aligning or just coincidence that Rory appears in her bookstore ticking the items off her wishlist. Soon she is melting at his touch and almost everyone loves him, but she doesn’t quite feel part of his political lifestyle and social circle. Is he really the man of her dreams? Are they really the qualities that she is looking for in a man?

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

This Time Next Year by Sophie Cousens

Rating: 5 out of 5.

The story starts as Minnie Cooper (yes, that’s really her name) is attending a New Year’s Eve party with her boyfriend Greg. She’d much rather be hiding at home away from the jinx that appears on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day (her birthday). So far she’s already lost her coat, she gets vomited on at the party, knocks into a waiter and ends up locked in a disabled toilet. So as you can see it’s not the best time of year for her.

Finly being released from the toilet after spending the night in there. She meets the man who’s birthday party it was – Quinn who was also born on January 1st – in the same year, same hospital etc. It transpires that there is a history between them (or their mums at least). Minnie’s mum felt that Quinn’s mum not only beat her to the 50k prize of first baby born in 1990 but also stole her name choice.

Follow the story across the course of a year as it flashbacks to key moments in each of their pasts. How their lives have intertwined without them realising.

Available to buy from Amazon in Paperback and Kindle Store

Johnny Be Good by Paige Toon

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Packing up her life in the UK to move out to LA, Meg Stiles has no idea what is waiting for her. Landing a job as Johnny Jefferson’s PA she is aware of who is but he’s not the type of musician that she would usually listen to. Her best friend is jealous that she is going to be getting up close and personal to Johnny – not that Meg is planning on getting that close to him. Especially after hearing about his reputation with woman, drink and drugs.

The job is different from her previous job but soon she is finding her feet and making friends in LA. As well as hearing more about Johnny’s past PA’s and the groupies that hang around. It isn’t long before she is finding herself under his spell and although she knows it would be foolish to get involved with him, there is chemistry between them.

Can Johnny change his ways? Will Meg be able to put up with everything he puts her through?

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

Baby Be Mine {Johnny Be Good – Book 2} by Paige Toon

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Whilst Meg Stiles is attempting to make a new life for herself away from Johnny Jefferson, it appears that the past might just be about to catch up with her. Despite being in a relationship with Christian, Johnny’s best friend and having a baby – little Barney isn’t Christian’s child… it’s Johnny’s!

A chance look at a photograph and Johnny realises that Barney is his baby and this starts Meg’s life to unravel before her eyes. Suddenly she has to break the news to Christian and find a way to let Johnny see his son without reigniting the feelings she held for him. Has Johnny really turned his life around? Is he ready to be a father?

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

Johnny’s Girl {Johnny Be Good – Book 2.5} by Paige Toon

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Meg Stiles can’t believe how well married life with Johnny Jefferson is going, along with their two sons. Still living in the UK, Johnny is splitting his time between the US and being at home with Meg and the boys. Although Meg has reservations about moving back to LA, when Johnny’s former home comes back on the market they go to take a look at it and opt to make the return.

Whilst settling back into LA life, Meg is getting the chance to catch up with friends and the LA scene. However, there is a surprise from Johnny’s past that neither Meg or Johnny was aware of. Given Johnny’s previous lifestyle it’s not wholly unexpected.

Available to buy from Amazon in Kindle Store

The Life We Almost Had by Amelia Henley

Rating: 5 out of 5.

When Anna heads off on her honeymoon with her best friend Nell beside her instead of the groom, she is hoping to escape reality for a while. A chance to put aside all the tears, thoughts and what-ifs. On her first evening, she meets Adam at her hotel, who believes that Nell is her wife after overhearing a conversation at the reception desk.

The story is told from Anna and Adam’s point of view across those first 10 days on holiday. Subsequently, as they decide to make a long-distance relationship work. Marriage follows, however, the much-longed-for baby doesn’t which causes a strain on their marriage. A return trip to the place they first met for their five wedding anniversary brings lots of surprises as well as heartache.

If you were given the chance to spend more time with the one you love would you risk your own life in the process? One that will have you reaching for the tissues.

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

In Case You Missed It by Lindsey Kelk

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Ros has just returned to the UK after a three stint at an American radio show as a producer. She’s keeping quiet as to why she is back suddenly and is in for a shock when her parents have built a garden shed for her to move into rather than staying her childhood home. Whilst she might be jobless and living in a shed she has her wonderful friends to catch up with.

With a new phone, her friend Sumi suggests sending a group text to all of Ros’s contacts to say hi and that this is her new number. Her previous contacts backed up on the cloud, it sounds like the easy option to let everyone know that she’s home. Whilst this leads to a last-minute job offer, it also prompts her ex-boyfriend Patrick to get in touch who she split with before heading to America. Her friends aren’t keen on him, but she is longing for a slice of her old, uncomplicated life and suddenly she is meeting up with him and potentially picking up where they left off.

Whilst things have changed with her friends over the years, not least the bar they opt to meet up in. Which leads to a new friendship with John the owner who Ros finds easy to talk to. Opening up to him more than her friends, could it be that it’s time to move on from the past and look towards the future?

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

The Summer of Wishful Thinking by Eve Edwards

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Gemma – a teenage single mother who had her son Leo at fifteen with her ex Ray. As she approaches thirty she is still very much single and struggling to make ends meet. Which doesn’t help when Ray flits back into her life and taking things from her house whilst she is at work.

Sam – a former Met Police Officer who has plunged all his saves into a castle estate i. Suffolk. Hoping to transform it into a wedding and events venue as well as restore the gardens. Running away from London after his girlfriend Jennifer passed away five years ago.

Join Gemma and Sam as they meet at an Elvis impersonators wedding at the castle which Gemma is one of the registrars. After a phone call to say that Ray has been up to hid old tricks she decides she needs to move home. Only two properties are within her price range, one of which is a run-down cottage on Sam’s Estate. First impressions don’t go well in both sides but soon they find that maybe there is more to each other than meets the eye.

Available to buy from Amazon in Paperback and Kindle Store

The Day We Meet Again by Miranda Dickinson

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Phoebe is setting off on a year long journey around Europe. Visiting all the places that have inspired writers. A delay at St Pancras Station leaves Phoebe in a crowd if stranded passengers when she suddenly bumps into someone. Apologising she realise it’s a statue she bumped into. However, suddenly she hears a beautiful voice attached to a gorgeous man who jokes with her about apologising to a statue.

Sam is setting off on a long awaited year away, heading back to the Mull, the island he was born on. Something he has delayed for some time, its finally time to head back. That is until he is delayed at the station, usually he’d be frustrated but suddenly he sees the most beautiful girl he’s ever seen.

Can you really fall in love at first sight? After spending just six hours with each other Sam and Phoebe say goodbye and head off in different directions. A year apart but with a promise that if they still feel the same way they will meet again by the statue in exactly one year.

The year ahead offers them both the chance to complete the journeys they needed to take. But will they meet again? Will they both be waiting by the statue?

Tissues at the ready as the story follows their individual personal discoveries across the year they are apart. As well as discovering whether they are truly destined to be together.

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

The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Life is busy for Samantha, a top lawyer in London who is hoping to become the youngest partner at the best law firm. However, after discovery a mistake she runs for the hills, well the Cotswolds, in shock of the error.

Stumbling into a housekeeping job that she is most certainly under prepared for. She struggles with everything. She might have a fantastic brain but she is lacking in domestic skills. The gardener Nathaniel takes pity on her and offers to help her learning the ropes.

It took me a good third of the way into the book before I started to get into the storyline. Feeling it was a little far fetched that she couldn’t complete any domestic chores (how the other half live).

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

The Flip Side by James Bailey

Rating: 4 out of 5.

What could be more romantic than proposing to your girlfriend on New Year’s Eve on the London Eye? A private capsule for just the two of you with champagne and chocolates on standby. It would be romantic if your girlfriend said yes instead of no. That’s the situation Josh finds himself in when his girlfriend of three tears not only says no but that she’s been seeing someone else. If that wasn’t bad enough it’s Jade’s flat that they live in and her dad’s hotel that they both work at.

As the New Year rings in Josh has no girlfriend, no job and nowhere to live. After realising that maybe he hasn’t made the best decisions he opts to flip a coin throughout the next year to help guide him through all of life’s decisions. Not always giving him the best decision but at least he can blame it on the coin.

Follow Josh throughout the year as he attempts to rebuild his life. From what he wants to do for a job to finding love again. Told from Josh’s point of view the storyline struggled a little for me. With a funny relationship with his parents, his friendships and then chasing after a girl he’d met once.

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

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