Sunday, 11 December 2016

All She Ever Wished a For by Claudia Carroll

A gorgeous story of chance meetings and unexpected friendships. Because sometimes what you’ve always wished for isn’t necessarily what life has in store . . .
Marriage. It’s a dream come true. Isn’t it?
One wet winter night, two women meet on a bridge. One is Tess Taylor, a personal trainer on the way to meet her boyfriend for date night. The other is Kate King, a celebrity married to a handsome billionaire who just happens to make her cry. In the cold dark evening, there is nothing to link them together but the bridge they shiver on. Little do they know they’ll both hold the key to each other’s future marriage…
All She Ever Wished For tells the story of what happens when your dream is about to come true. And what happens when that dream turns into a bit of a nightmare…

I loved this book. Tess is crossing a bridge,one of those bridges where lovers place a lock as a symbol of their love. She notices a young woman standing by herself as if visiting a padlock belonging to a lost love. She seems too well dressed to be in the area and as Tess wonders about her she notices how upset she is. As she approaches her she recognises her as a well know celebrity but still stops to ask if she is okay. 
Tess, who is getting married to the much older Bernard is in the middle of her wedding preparations when she is called to serve on a jury. This part of the book gives us some really funny moments as Tess feels she's far to busy to do her jury duty and tries to get out of it. The other members of the jury are all described so well and give us some more laughs.
Unfortunately the court case is against Kate,the woman on the bridge. It has to do with her settlement on her divorce from her ex.Damien. We then hear the story of their relationship and I began to love Kate and was rooting for her all through the book.
Why Tess is marrying Bernard is a mystery as he is the very opposite of her and his family are so pompous compared to Tess's family who are down to earth and lovely. Bernard is not very dynamic but what you might call a harmless character.
Tess and Kate come from different worlds and only meet fleetingly but each have helped each other even if they don't know it. I love a good ending and an epilogue and this book had both. I forgot to mention Will who serves on the jury...keep an eye on him.
Another winner from Claudia Carroll.

All She Ever Wished For

Friday, 9 December 2016

The Holiday Swap by Zara Stoneley

Two women, two very different lives – one perfect solution to escape festive heartbreak!
Tucked away in the idyllic English countryside, Daisy Fischer’s cosy little cottage has always been her safe haven. But when her completely dependable boyfriend issues her an ultimatum, Daisy realises there’s a whole world out there she’s missing out on.
Florence Cortes’s life couldn’t be better – gorgeous apartment right on the beach, fabulous job and dreamy boyfriend, or so she thought. Suddenly, Flo’s life isn’t so perfect after all.
When the girls house swap for the holidays, it’s not long before Daisy is being distracted by sun, sea and sexy Javier while Flo finds herself snowbound for Christmas with only handsome neighbour Hugo and a house full of animals to keep her company.
Love actually does seem to be all around this Christmas, but in the places Flo and Daisy least expect to find it…

Two woman with not so perfect love lives, handsome strangers and Christmas, what could be more perfect? Well, throw in wonderful Barcelona and a country cottage in Chesire and you have a great recipe for a good  seasonal read. 
The grass always looks greener on the other side so when Daisy and Flo swap houses will they love what they had or want what the other has? 
Put on a pair of furry slippers and curl up at the fireside with some wine and chocolate and indulge yourself in other people's lives. You'll love it.