What I'm Kindle Reading - September

What I’m Kindle Reading // September 2020

October 9, 2020

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The routine I found over the summer has fallen by the wayside. With the children back at school, lazy mornings are out. Replaced by making breakfasts, juice bottles and preparing lunchboxes. Although I am still privileged enough to have time on an evening to indulge in an hour or two of reading. Opting to switch off the TV as Piglet heads to bed and sitting on the sofa with Tigger each of us reading our books.

I’ve found myself drawn to book series this month. Having read a couple over the summer, they tend to be a shorter book than a full novel so easy to digest over the course of an evening or two. With follow up stories interlinking, it’s a great way to see how the lives of several characters unfold.

What I’m Kindle reading in September…

# No Filter by Maxine Morrey

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Libby is a lifestyle blogger living in Brighton, she has a happy-go-lucky bubbly nature. Focusing on the positives in her life rather than what she is missing. Needing help with her accounts, her best friend arranges for Charlie to pop over one Saturday morning to see if he can help.

Charlie is a risk analyst, a logical thinker and has a reserved nature. As soon as he mets Libby she is unlike anyone he has ever met. Immediately putting him at ease and a friendship blossoms between them. Each giving support, companionship and entertainment to the other.

Told from Libby’s point of view, you are shown the realities of blogging (including the backlash that comes with it), how not everything you see is the whole truth and how sometimes you have to say the difficult thing – even though it might be easier to say nothing.

I would have loved an epilogue chapter to this story. Feeling as though it left me with unanswered questions.

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

Janie’s Secrets: The Harrell Family Chronicles by Sherri Hollister

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Janie Harrell is the smart sister, but she hides behind the safety of her family afraid to take a chance. One mistake has left her crippled with guilt. Mike McKenzie is beginning to doubt he is qualified to be Leeward’s chief of Police. At twenty-eight he barely has the qualifications to be chief and is overwhelmed with all that has happened in his town.

When the two of them attend conferences at the same hotel, they give in to the simmering desire that’s been brewing between them. But second chances often come at a high price…when family secrets come to light, Janie and Mike may find themselves shattered by the truth.

Murder, blackmail, kidnapping and secrets heat up this family drama. Janie Harrell and Mike McKenzie get a second chance at romance, but they could lose everything when a long-held secret is revealed.

In this second book of The Harrell Family Chronicles, Janie, the middle child of seven is the smart, plain girl who plays it safe. She still lives at home with her parents. But as secrets are revealed, we learn Janie has been hiding some secrets of her own. Blackmail, kidnapping, betrayal, romance and more unfold amid the chaos of a town’s sex scandal, arrests and murder. Who will pay the price for her silence? From the author of The Leeward Files.

Available to buy from Amazon in Paperback and Kindle Edition

The Rancher’s Marriage Bargain by Mary Sue Jackson

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Colson’s world was turned upside down a year ago when his best friend and his wife died in a car accident, leaving him the guardianship of their seven-year-old son Adam. Suddenly finding himself a father, attempting to navigate the allergies that Adam has as well as run and manage his ranch. After stumbling along for a year, he has hired a live-in chef to help with Adam’s allergy and diet requirements.

Jolie has been stung by workplace romance in the past so she is determined not to let her heart rule her head when it comes to work and love again. She needs to concentrate on her new job and keep her head down. That is until Colson needs her help in order to keep custody of Adam – a fake marriage. With her enjoying her time on the ranch and developing a relationship with Adam she agrees.

Can they really pull this off to gain custody? Is it just a business deal? What happens when their hearts start to shout louder than their heads?

Available to buy from Amazon in Kindle Edition.

If You Could Go Anywhere by Paige Toon

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Angie has longed to travel the world for as long as she can remember. Asking everyone who goes on holiday or returning home after visiting her hometown to send her postcards. Providing her with inspiration for places to visit. However, at 27 years old she has never left her Australian state never mind the country. Staying home to look after her Nan as well as providing help and support to those around her.

Life changes when her Nan dies and she discovers that she’d hidden details about her father in Italy. Making contact and telling him he has a long-lost daughter she heads to Italy for the summer to get to know him. Alessandro helps her bridge the gap with her father and discovers more secrets about her family. Attracted to Alessandro he gives her mixed signals and doesn’t open up to the darkness that is obviously in his life.

A slow starting book which gets better once she makes it to Italy and gets absorbed into the other characters. One to pull on your heartstrings and understand the difficulty of carrying around guilt and grief.

Married At First Swipe by Clare Frost

Rating: 2 out of 5.

Set over the course of a year following the lives and love of two best friends Jess and Hannah. Jess has been with her husband for twenty years (married for almost ten years), the pressures of family life, financial woes and running a business is taking its toll on her.

Hannah, on the other hand, has returned from travelling the world deciding to stay close to home for her family. Love isn’t something that comes easy to her and has had her fair share of dating app nightmares.

Both working for Jess’s Save The Date dating app – for those looking for long term love rather than a fling. It’s struggling financially and Hannah comes up with an idea to help both the app and herself. She’ll get married to a blind date that Jess chooses from the app.

This book felt as though it was trying to be two stories in one. Focusing on the ups and downs of long term relationships as well as the blind date marriage idea. I don’t think that it worked all in one book. I would have preferred more detail and depth to each Best friend’s story separately.

Available to buy from Amazon in Paperback and Kindle Edition.

The Work/Parent Switch by Anita Cleare

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Being a parent is difficult enough, add a job into the mix and it can soon feel overwhelming. The constant juggling, the tiredness and exhaustion and the niggling feeling that you’re not giving your all to the right areas of your life.

The Work/Parent Switch is written by an expert in child development and psychology who has worked with thousands of stressed-out working parents, the book walks you through an approach to parenting to help transform family life and can be fitted into modern working patterns.

It aims to help you to stop feeling guilty about being at work and give you the tools to create the family life you want to come home to. Split over three main parts:
Meaningful Moments
Calm Homes, Happy Family
Balancing Wellbeing and Workload

A book that will be referred to time and time again as each new challenge, disaster and occasion throws us off-kilter.

Available to buy from Amazon in Paperback and Kindle Edition.

Boots and Mistletoe by Edith Mackenzie

Rating: 3 out of 5.

A last-minute job and favour to her friend lead Quinn to meet cowboy Jackson at a photoshoot in Australia just before Christmas. They chat about how different their Christmases are with Jackson from Colorado and used to lots of snow, whereas Quinn will be enjoying the sun and a BBQ come Christmas Day. Inviting her along to the rodeo to see him in action she enjoys her first experience of a rodeo. However, as she heads to the after party her possessive boyfriend makes an appearance, belittling her and slapping her in the car park. Despite Jackson coming to her aid, she opts to leave with her boyfriend.

Fast forward a few months and Quinn is now in Las Vegas with her friend working in a casino. After leaving her boyfriend and Australia behind she is adjusting to her new job with demanding clients. A visit to the rodeo when it comes into town and she is once again reconnected with Jackson. They have both thought about each other in the time apart and maybe now is their chance at romance.

A feel-good festive romance that will leave you longing to visit a ranch in the snow.

Available to buy from Amazon in Paperback and Kindle Edition.

The First Time We Met by Jo Lovett

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Whilst wearing an elf costume, working in a greasy spoon and putting up with comments and leers from customers Izzy hears the voice that makes her look up and gaze into the eyes of Sam. Straightaway she knows that he is ‘The One’. They have a little banter between them and when he leaves she chases after him to ask him out, however, Sam drops the bombshell that he is getting married that afternoon.

They each go on to live their lives, however, the thought of each other is always there. Over the course of the years, they have several missed opportunities for meeting again. Glances from a distance, a good Samaritan deed, coffee and providing help for Sam’s son. Told from both Sam and Izzy’s point of view you are captivated by their friendship, longing to be together but can’t and the almost chances that they have.

Have tissues at the ready as you read their ‘You’ve Got Mail’ style liaisons and the words that go unsaid for so long between them.

Available to buy from Amazon in Kindle Edition.

What If? by Shari Low

Rating: 4 out of 5.

From time to time we all have those ‘what if’ thoughts, covering the decisions we have made about life and love. Carly Cooper is no different, however, over the course of the past twelve years, she has travelled the world and jumped ship from several relationships. Contemplating her life she looks back at her failed relationships and wonders whether she was too eager to leave them behind.

Opting to go on a voyage of self-discovery she quits her job, gives up her Richmond flat and with credit cards in hand she sets about finding the men she left behind. From the boy, she met on holiday at seventeen, the nightclub owner in Amsterdam, her brothers best friend, the Irish farmer, the platonic friend and the bouncer.

Her dating history is retold in the first part of the book before she sets off on her quest to track them all down. Will she discover she was right to leave or whether any of them were ‘the one that got away’?

Available to buy from Amazon in Audiobook and Kindle Edition.

Crazy Stupid Bromance by Lyssa Kay Adams

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Noah is being driven crazy by his friend Mack who is in full-on groomzilla mode organising his wedding to Live (let’s just take a moment to reflect on how wonderful it is that he’s doing all the organising). Alongside making paper flowers, dance routines and seating plans, he is getting flack about his ‘friendship’ with Alexis. She is just a friend, who has been through so much that he doesn’t want to change things and possibly lose her.

Alexis has had a troubled few years. Between losing her mom to cancer, the sexual harassment scandal with a famous chef and opening her cat cafe / safe place for sexual abuse victims. Luckily she has had Noah in her life for the past 18 months. A good friend who is there to support her throughout the highs and lows but overstepping that line in the sand might make her lose that friendship and she’s not sure she can do that.

Both dealing with past revelations, the guilt, the anger and the loss that comes with that. Will it bring them closer together or push each other away? Can Noah learn about romance and women as part of Mack’s Bromance Book Club?

One that will have you laughing out loud (the spa scene especially) and reaching for the tissues too. 

Available to buy from Amazon in Paperback and Kindle Edition.

Breathless by Jennifer Niven

Rating: 4 out of 5.

A coming of age novel featuring Claudine who is just days away from graduation. Counting down the days until school finishes and summer begins before heading off to college. Chatting to her friends about plans for the summer, boys and virginity.

Her plans go out of the window as her parents announce that they are separating. Forcing her to keep quiet about it, for the time being, walking through her final days at high school feeling as the floor has been taken from beneath her. Instead of the carefree summer, she had planned with her best friend, she is now spending it with her mom on a remote island whilst her mom researches her family history.

She doesn’t want to be there, she doesn’t want to hear from her dad and she’s fallen out with her best friend (who is too loved up to pay attention to her). Then she meets Miah on the island who despite a rocky start shows her the beauty of the island as well as opening her eyes to the world.

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

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