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Louise loved .. Nearest Thing to Crazy – ELIZABETH FORBES

Nearest Thing to Crazy is written by Elizabeth Forbes crazyand published by Cutting Edge Press.

Dan and a group of his friends enjoy a Sunday lunch together on a perfect summer’s day. They’re pleased to welcome their glamorous new neighbour and novelist, Ellie, who has rented a house in the village to work on her book. She likes to place herself in the centre of her plots, she says, although it’s hard to see what she’ll find to write about in a quiet country backwater.

As Ellie slots effortlessly into the village social scene, Dan’s wife begins to feel increasingly alienated from her friends and isolated from her family, but, for the life of her, she can’t fathom why…

Ohh .. what a book! You are straight into the thick of it on page one. In walks an unknown lady into a quiet Village life wearing red shoes. That straight always smell of trouble!!

You follow Cass who is a mother of a grown up daughter, A very liked woman in her community. She seems to have it all, the husband, the family, her own little gardening business with plenty of friends around her … an idyllic life. Well, that’s before Ellie walks into the village!

The Author has very cleverly written an extremely gripping novel that is easy to read and one that you won’t want to put down. I found myself on a couple of occasions shouting ‘NO!’ at the words on the pages in front of me! There are some very light elements to it which makes it even more cleverly put together. How can one person have such an effort on people around her!

A brilliant novel and one that I give my highest award of  Louise loved….!

Available via Amazon UK Nearest Thing to Crazy

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Louise loved ….. Billy and Me – GIOVANNA FLETCHER

billyBilly and Me is the debut novel written by Giovanna Fletcher and published by Penguin Books.

Sophie May has a secret.

One that she’s successfully kept for years. It’s meant that she’s had to
give up her dreams of going to university and travelling the world to stay
in her little village, living with her mum and working in the local teashop.

But then she meets the gorgeous Billy – an actor with ambitions to make
it to the top. And when they fall in love, Sophie is whisked away from the
comfort of her life into Billy’s glamorous – but ruthless – world.

Their relationship throws Sophie right into the spotlight after years of
shying away from attention. Can she handle the constant scrutiny that
comes with being with Billy? And most of all, is she ready for her secret
heartbreak to be discovered and shared with the nation?

Well, what a flipping good read this was! Totally unexpected as I knew nothing about the author and therefore no preconceptions of what to expect. The story on the back cover looked light and very chick lit, so with a cuppa and a chocolate biscuit in hand, I sat down to start the book. Two hours later and a cold cuppa, I was nearly half way through. That to me a measure of a great book!

I just love Sophie the lead from the first page. She is just like us, real! I also have to make a special mention to Molly, the tea shop owner, everyone should have a Molly in their lives!

Emotional, funny and thought-provoking in places, it isn’t just a light breezy novel but it certainly flows very well and helps you get lost into the pages very easily.

I definitely will be looking out for future novels by this lady. I am giving this my highest award of Louise loved …..!

Available via amazon UK

Billy and Me

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LOUISE LOVED …. The Perfume Collector – KATHLEEN TESSARO

perfume The Perfume Collector is written by Kathleen Tessaro and published by Harper Collins

An inheritance from a mysterious stranger . . .
An abandoned perfume shop on the Left Bank of Paris . . .
And three exquisite perfumes that hold a memory . . . and a secret

London, 1955: Grace Monroe is a fortunate young woman. Despite her sheltered upbringing in Oxford, her recent marriage has thrust her into the heart of London’s most refined and ambitious social circles. However, playing the role of the sophisticated socialite her husband would like her to be doesn’t come easily to her—and perhaps never will.

Then one evening a letter arrives from France that will change everything. Grace has received an inheritance. There’s only one problem: she has never heard of her benefactor, the mysterious Eva d’Orsey.

So begins a journey that takes Grace to Paris in search of Eva. But these three perfumes hold secrets. And as Eva’s past and Grace’s future intersect, Grace realizes she must choose between the life she thinks she should live and the person she is truly meant to be.

Illuminating the lives and challenging times of two fascinating women, The Perfume Collector weaves a haunting, imaginative, and beautifully written tale filled with passion and possibility, heartbreak and hope.

The first thing that made me pick this book off my to be read pile was the cover, it just seemed so elegant and striking. I know you are not meant to judge a book by its cover, but i do (often!).

What is inside this cover is a brilliantly written engaging novel following the follows the lives of two women over two different time periods, one in the 1950’s and the other back in the 1920’s. Both Eva and Grace are such wonderful characters that really capture you in from their very first introduction. Neither ladies have it easy, making mistakes along the way, but you can’t help but support them through those times as awell.

This book has many twists and turns and certainly Eva doesn’t have an easy journey and you are not sure why until the very last chapter.

I have never read any of Kathleen Tessaro’s books before but if they are anything like this, i certainly will do again. I have given this my Louise loved … award and highly recommend it!

Available via Amazon uk in Paperback and Kindle versions  The Perfume Collector

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Louise loved …. A Cottage by the Sea – CAROLE MATTHEWS

A Cottage by the Sea by Carole Matthews   cottage

Grace has been best friends with Ella and Flick since university. The late-night chats, shared heartaches and good times have created a bond that has stood the test of time. Now in their thirties, Grace is always a bit disappointed about how little time they get to spend together, so when Ella invites them all to stay for a week in her cottage in South Wales, Grace jumps at the chance to see her old friends. She also hopes that the change in pace will help her reconnect with her husband, Harry. Unfortunately for her, Harry isn’t as enamoured with Cwtch Cottage as she is. Then Flick arrives; loveable, bubbly Flick, accompanied by the handsome and charming Noah, and suddenly the week ahead looks as though it may be even more confusing for all the residents of Cwtch Cottage.

There are very few certainties in life sadly these days, but one that I can say with confidence is that you know when you pick up the latest Carole Matthews you will happily miss the whole of that day whilst your absorb yourself into her latest world and devour it from cover to cover. That is exactly what I did on a Saturday….Hot chocolate, Onesie, Daughter at her Dad’s … I didn’t move (other than the odd snack!!)

Yet again, Carole has written a believable book with such strong characters that you warm too straight away. This time you are transported to the gorgeous coastline of Wales where we meet three Uni friends and their associated ‘Partners’. What starts out as weeks break from the troubles of home actually turns into a heartfelt emotional rollercoaster with friendships tested and boundaries crossed.

Written with such confidence and beautiful detail this is exactly what you’d hope it to be. I can’t help think that Carole’s writing is just getting better and better with every book she releases and I’m a big fan. ChicLit at it’s best and absolutely worthy of a Louise Loved …..

Available from 28th March 2013.

Via Amazon – A Cottage by the Sea

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Louise loved …. Don’t Want to Miss a Thing – Jill Mansell

Don’t Want to Miss a Thing is the latest book by author jillJill Mansell
and published by Headline

Dexter Yates loves his fun, care-free London life; he has money, looks and girlfriends galore. But  everything changes overnight when his sister dies, leaving him in charge of her eight-month-old daughter Delphi. How is he ever going to cope?

Comic-strip artist Molly Hayes lives in the beautiful Cotswold village of Briarwood. When it comes to relationships, she has a history of choosing all the wrong men. Leaving the city behind, Dex moves to Briarwood – a much better place to work on his parenting skills – and he and Molly become neighbours. There’s an undeniable connection between them. But if Dexter’s going to adapt, he first has a lot to learn about Molly, about other people’s secrets…and about himself.

This is the first Jill Mansell book that I have read before. I have seen very positive review of her previous books, but never quite got round to reading one myself… so many books, so little time! I am so glad that I did read this as it was a brilliantly written, easy and a very enjoyable read.

Set in a little village in the Cotsworlds and with all the benefits (and twitching curtains) that it contains. You meet a large selection of character which in their own way are very endearing and people who you want to know more about. I loved the way that everything and everyone interconnected and situations that you never saw coming sends you off course. Molly, Frankie and Lois were my favourites, Elements of humour, sorrow and twists all packed into the 400 pages. Throw in a attractive, ex City type single man trying to raise a baby on his own, you know you are onto a winner!

This really a fab read and something I sat and devoured in a day as I just didn’t want to wait to see what came next! That is why I have given it my highest award of Louise loved .. highly recommended!

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