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REVIEW: Dear Lizzie by Annie Lyons

Dear Lizzie by Annie Lyons cover

For a book that opens with a funeral, Dear Lizzie by Annie Lyons turns out to be about the search for happiness, spurred on by the sisterly bond. With the knowledge that she had terminal cancer, Lizzie’s sister, Bea, left twelve letters for Lizzie – one for each month of the coming year after her death. Having been separated from the family for fifteen years, Lizzie’s only friend was Bea, and losing her is like losing a part of her heart. She is struggling with the pain of her grief,…

Not Quite Perfect by Annie Lyons cover

Already a bestseller in ebook format, Not Quite Perfect by Annie Lyons has now been released in paperback in an attempt to introduce more readers to this quirky contemporary romance. The book follows the relationships of sisters, Emma and Rachel, with their respective other halves and the sense of discontent which is sneaking into their lives. Emma is a high-flying book editor on the verge of securing a potential bestseller for the company, and is looking forward to planning her wedding with fiancé, Martin. He adores her, frequently surprising her…

Sea of Love by Susan Donovan cover

Beginning a new romance series set on a holiday island is Sea of Love by Susan Donovan, which introduces us to Bayberry Island and their mermaid mythology. The Flynn family have been living on Bayberry Island for generations, but recent changes to the economy have forced them to turn their fishmonger business into a B&B. This accommodation is currently run by the Flynn’s daughter, Rowan, who was duped by her investor fiancée into signing over what remained of the family’s fortune. She returned to the island in shame, running the…

Happy Birthday

It’s a little difficult to categorise Happy Birthday. I’m not a massive proponent of the books needing to be categorised – if you enjoy them then what does it matter? Besides which, whatever it is, Happy Birthday succeeds at it beautifully. Phoebe Bowler has had better times. After being jilted at the altar by her long term boyfriend she barely has the means to keep hold of what was once their shared flat. Just as she finally seems to be getting her life back on track she finds out that she is living next…

On the Surface

I’ll start this review with something of a disclaimer – I love hockey. I only recently started to go and see my local team but it has turned into what you could call an obsession and since I started going I have been diligently looking for hockey based romance. That might not seem like much of a disclaimer, but I will say that it’s difficult to find one that gets the balance between the romance and the sport right as well as being well-written. On the Surface delivered on all…

A Summer to Remember by Victoria Connelly cover

A Summer to Remember by Victoria Connelly is a contemporary romance set in the heart of the English countryside, as heroine Nina Elliot escapes the city for the Old Mill, integrating into the lives of the Milton family. The beginning of the book sees her grow tired with her office job in the city, as her boss treats her like dirt and expects her to work ridiculous hours with no reward. She has also broken off her relationship with Matt, who frequently used emotional abuse against her to get his…

One Night in Italy by Lucy Diamond cover

A contemporary romance inspired by all things Italian, One Night in Italy by Lucy Diamond is the perfect summer holiday read for 2014. The novel follows the stories of three different women who become connected via their decision to join an Italian language class. First up is Anna, a journalist for the local paper who once had dreams of working for the national press. Now, although she enjoys her job, she is tied down with Pete, who has become a habit instead of a boyfriend, and who likes to record…

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