Review: The Beginners Guide to the Birds and the Bees by Sophie Hart


Title & Author: The Beginners Guide to the Birds & the Bees by Sophie Hart

Published by: Bookouture

RRP/Availability: £1.59 as an ebook
                             £7.99 in Paperback

My Rating: 4/5



THE BLURB:

Let’s talk about sex…
 
Would you share your bedroom secrets if it meant saving your marriage?
 
A refreshingly open and uplifting romantic comedy about friendship, love and sex. Sometimes you need to step out of your comfort zone in order to give a relationship a good dose of TLC…
 
Sex therapist Annie Hall helps couples put the fizz back into their relationships. It’s a shame her own love life is non-existent. When Jamie who works next door catches her eye, she can’t ignore the spark of chemistry.
 
Most men would jump at the chance to skive off work for an afternoon quickie with their gorgeous wife but Nick knows Julia is after only one thing – a baby. Sex shouldn’t be a chore. Can Annie help Julia see that?
 
Newly engaged Zoe and Simon can’t keep their hands off each other. They’ve decided to take a vow of celibacy until their wedding night. Will Annie help them stick to it?
 
Roy and Linda have been married for over thirty years but she’s more interested in the family business than getting intimate with him. Can Annie convince Linda to rediscover her passion for Roy after all this time?

While Annie begins to work her magic with the three couples, she soon finds herself falling for Jamie. But she’s been hurt before – will he be different? It’s time for Annie to take some of her own advice and learn a few life lessons of her own…


MY OPINION:

I loved this book from the very start, and actually read this through the kindle app on my phone which was so convenient for me as whilst I was out waiting in bus stops etc I was able to whip out my phone and catch up with some friends (characters in the book).

The characters are easy to relate to and you feel like you 'know' them and are a part of their life, you really find yourself bonding with them.

Sophie has written something truly wonderful here in that you get to see from EVERY characters perspective, you find out what makes them tick in their mind, and what pulls on their heart. It's also pretty wonderful to be able to see the intricate lives of not just the couples going for therapy, but also that of their therapist, Annie. They say that love comes in all forms, shapes and sizes, and it sometimes sneaks up when you least expect it. All that and more is true in The Beginners Guide to the Birds & the Bees.

Another aspect that I loved about this book was that Sophie didn't let you get bored with one couples story for too long, as the chapters end on mini cliff-hangers that keep you pondering as you turn the page to catch up with another couple, before dropping back in on previous couples and developing their story. There was no time to get bored... only intrigued and at the right dose to keep you turning the page for more.

My absolute favourite "Laugh out Loud" moment was when Zoe and Simon were sending flirtatious texts to each other whilst they were on a lunch break... the thought of Zoe sending saucy texts as she sat next to a Nun, had me giggling like a schoolgirl.... and Simon was rather excited by thee texts and needed a cold shower! It was truly lovely to see the different aspects of what reasons couples could seek the help from a sex therapist.... and NO, she does not get you performing orgies and watch you as you learn the karma sutra! :)

I would love to read more from this author... as she truly is a talent to watch ... and read :)

Book News: Difficult Husbands by Mary De Laszlo



Title: Difficult Husbands by Mary De Laszlo

Published by: Bookouture

Available from: 31st October 2014




We all know just how difficult Christmas can be, and ladies, we all know how difficult men can be right?

Well, Mary has written a book to lift us up and make us smile from the heart outwards this festive season. Let's see what it's all about:


THE BLURB:

Three friends. One surprise inheritance. And the perfect plan to deal with troublesome husbands at Christmas time…
 
Newly divorced Lorna is struggling to adjust to life on her own. When she discovers that her beloved godfather has left her the grand (and crumbling) Ravenscourt House in the heart of Sussex, she soon has a project on her hands.
 
Nathan sells delicious goodies at Mulberry Farm. When he meets Lorna at a Christmas market, neither of them can ignore the chemistry. But as they get to know one another, Lorna wants to know one thing – is he after her or the house?
 
Together with Gloria – whose marriage to alcoholic Adrian has hit rock bottom, and Rosalind – struggling to deal with her womanising husband Ivan, the three friends hatch a plan. They’ll ditch their difficult husbands at Ravenscourt House and enjoy stress-free Christmases with their families. But nothing is ever that simple…
 
 
Doesn't it sound really entertaining, and enjoyable? I know I for one will be looking forward to curling up with my kindle to read this over the coming weeks.
 
An entertaining story of family, friendship and new beginnings that will delight fans of Trisha Ashley, Carole Matthews and Katie Fforde - of which I am a huge fan of all three lovely ladies!

Ebook Review: Chocolate Dreams at the Gingerbread Cafe by Rebecca Raisin

Title: Chocolate Dreams at the Gingerbread Café by Rebecca Raisin

Published by: Carina / Harlequin UK

RRP: £2.99

Availability:
E-Book Only for £1.79

My rating: 5/5


THE BLURB:

Welcome back to the warmth, cupcakes and hot chocolate of The Gingerbread Café – your home away from home

Chocolate…the most irresistible temptation?

The Gingerbread Café is all a buzz! This Easter, Lily and the rest of the town of Ashford, Connecticut are planning a truly decadent Chocolate Festival.

Cooking up a storm, CeeCee and Lily are not just baking a batch of their sinfully delicious chocolate-dipped gingerbread men, but an excess of chocolate truffles, squidgy, cinnamony hot cross buns and melt in your mouth chocolate eggs. 

The Gingerbread Café staff have definitely enjoyed the tasting process! Add in Damon’s cute-as-a-button seven year old daughter, Charlie, up for a visit and Lily’s perfect Easter may just be around the corner. Until her ex-husband Joel turns up demanding twenty thousand dollars…

Suddenly the future of the Gingerbread Café is not so clear…and Lily finds herself eating far more of The Gingerbread Café’s treats than her skinny jeans allow… 

Can Lily concoct a brilliant plan to save her beloved café, convince Damon she has no feelings for Joel and still throw a Chocolate Festival the town will be talking about for years? There’s only one way to find out... 

MY OPINION:

I devoured this e-book in two sittings and found it to be just as scrumptious as the first one. In this second story in the trilogy, we met back with our favourite characters; Lil, CeeCee, Damon and his daughter Charlie.

We're approaching April, four months later in Lil and Damon's relationship.  In the run up to Easter, the town of Ashford are planning on hosting a special event for everyone to celebrate.

Easter eggs are being made, the Easter Bunny costume for Damon has been bought by Lil, and the scent of the gingerbread is wafting through the air. Everything is perfect and Lil is happier than she ever thought she could be.

Until...  Her ex husband, Joel turns up ... and demands his monetary share of Lil's business, profits and livelihood. Even though she  actually should be the one demanding money back from Joel, Lil finds herself in the impossible position of fearing that she may have to sell up. Rather than see her life and precious business be lost due to that.... "bad egg", Lil vows to take out a loan, cash her savings... and will do anything to pay off the scoundrel rather than sell her beloved business. But she won't take charity from Damon.

CeeCee has her own concerns too, with fellow friend and townie Walt's wife being ill, so she brings her beautiful humorous personality into the mix and goes and gives Joel what for.... but is that ALL she gives him?  

I absolutely adore this treat of a read, and was eager to catch up with Lil, Damon, and CeeCee. Rebecca has this special talent that enables you to feel cosy, content and a part of the Ashford/Gingerbread Café community through the flicking of kindle pages. If you are yet to read any of the Gingerbread series, then I strongly urge you to do so right away. You won't be bored or disappointed as they curb your appetite for a good read in the most delicious of ways.

I also loved how CeeCee had another 'vision' with the previous book having CeeCee seeing Lil & Damon romantically involved with each other, this time, she spots the pitter-patter of tiny scrumptious feet... but are Lil and Damon ready for that? and more importantly.... is CeeCee just wishfully thinking for an addition to the gingerbread café?

 In addition to all the boisterous goings on at Easter, Damon has plans of his own for Lil, and they don't need Joel getting in the way. Damon has a special Easter bunny surprise for Lil and it involves a question containing 4 words... Will she say Yes?!  
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EXCITING NEWS!!!

Rebecca's third instalment that will be the final book from Lil's point of view is released today!



Christmas Wedding at the Gingerbread Café - promises to be a delectable and romantic tale of Lil & Damon's wedding... a year after they became a couple that first Christmas Eve.


I am lucky enough to announce that I will be taking part in the Blog Tour for this magical read, and you can check back for more details, treats and teasers in the lead up. I'll be host on November 4th, with the entire blog tour entourage taking care of you from October 29th, to November 12th!  I will be posting calendar details as soon as we have them, so be sure to pop back to A Page of Love.
 



 

Ebook Review : Christmas at the Gingerbread Cafe by Rebecca Raisin



Title: Christmas at the Gingerbread Café by Rebecca Raisin

Published by: Carina / Harlequin UK

RRP: £2.99

Availability: E-Book Only for £1.79

My rating: 5/5



THE BLURB:

The icing on her Christmas cake!

Christmas is the season The Gingerbread Café was made for…but owner Lily couldn’t be feeling less merry if she tried. She’s spent another year dreaming of being whisked away on a sleigh-ride for two, but she’s facing festive season alone – again. And, just to give her another reason to feel anything other than candy-cane perky, a new shop across the road has opened… Not only is it selling baked goods but the owner, and his seriously charming smile, has every girl in town swooning.

But Lily isn’t about to let her business crumble - The Gingerbread Café is the heart of the community, and she’s going to fight for it! This could be the Christmas that maybe, just maybe, all her dreams – even the someone-to-decorate-the-Christmas-tree with ones – really do come true!

MY OPINION:

Having wanted to read this book for ages, the opportunity presented itself to me when Rebecca sent me all three books to read which I promised to review for her. So this is the first of the three in the series.

Lil owns a sweet little shop called Gingerbread Café, whom she runs with her best friend and widow, CeeCee who is just the funniest, most upfront woman I've ever read. She's so relatable and instantly made me think of my best friends Mum and Nan with her honest and protective yet humorous influence on Lil.

It's coming up to Christmas so the whole town is preparing for the festivities, with Lil and CeeCee baking delightful and mouth-watering scrumptious food. I don't know how I didn't devour a whole box of chocolates whilst reading this! The shop over the road from Lil's is recently been taken over by a guy named Damon... he's from a rich family who've lived in the town forever... but Lil doesn't have any idea who he is. Both CeeCee and Lil assume he's selling small gifts.... but when they find out that he's competition, Lil heads over to give him what for!


CeeCee thinks it's time Lil moves on from her ex, Joel and sees sparks between Damon and Lil... but Lil thinks she's out of her mind. With the town not being the big enough for the both of them, how will Lil cope when Damon starts taking her customers, and with them, her profits? She can't let the Gingerbread Café run to ruin, yet she's hardly a match for wealthy Damon is she? How will she be able to match his shop interior? They couldn't exactly join forces could they, so that no one loses out? Could they?

Lil does what she does best, and cooks her heart out, which seems to soften it and before she knows it, she's over at Damon's shop handing him her delicious treats, but is that all he gets of her?


At one point, when I was reading about CeeCee I laughed so uncontrollably, that I had my mother looking at me like I was high on something.... I absolutely loved this little treat of a book, short and a sweet introduction to the beautiful masterpieces of Rebecca Raisin. With two more follow up books to continue to tempt your tastebuds, I can't recommend this ebook enough as a short festive read with likeable, realistic characters whom warm your heart.






Review: The School Gate Survival Guide by Kerry Fisher




Title: The School Gate Survival Guide by Kerry Fisher

Published by: HarperCollins, Avon Books UK

RRP: £6.99

Availability: Paperback for £3.75 
                  Kindle Ebook for £1.49

My Rating: 5/5

THE BLURB:

A hilarious, straight-talking read for anyone who's ever despaired at the politics of the school run.

Maia Etxeleku is a cleaner for ladies who lunch. With mops and buckets in tow, she spends her days dashing from house to house cleaning up after them, as they rush from one exhausting Pilates class to the next.

But an unusual inheritance catapults her into the very exclusive world of Stirling Hall School - a place where no child can survive without organic apricots and no woman goes a week without a manicure.

As Maia and her children, Bronte and Harley, try to settle into their new life, Maia is inadvertently drawn to the one man who can help her family fit in. But is his interest in her purely professional? And will it win her any favours at the school gate?


MY OPINION:

If I were to put on my teacher hat that I used to have to wear, and mark this book, it would have been top of the class! I have never found myself so involved with the characters as I have done in this book. My goodreads status updates throughout reading this book make me giggle just to read them, so you can imagine what reading the book did to me!

Maia, is the main character in this book and you quickly grow to love her like you would a sister. I was rooting for her from day one. She is so down to earth, and despite her social status, is actually quite clever and definitely not one to attempt to walk all over, and that's why I liked her. She was raw, honest and most definitely a loyal character...I am having to actually remind myself that she is a character and not a real person (it hurts me to say it because I so want her to be real!).

We meet Maia when she's received news that one of her clients whom she cleans for has passed away. Professor Rose Stainton was one of her favourite clients who paid so much interest in her which was a change from her partner and father, Colin to her two children; Harley and Bronte. I have to say that Colin really got on my nerves - but that was down to Kerry's excellent writing as she perfectly captured the character of a waste of space, selfish, good for nothing toe-rag! Trust me, once you've got to grips with him, you'll be wanting to give him what for! Maia wants more for herself, she believes she could be more and so did the Prof. Maia wanted to do an Open University Degree (Something that I'm doing myself!) but if Colin wouldn't get off his lazy behind and get a job, how could she ever dream of doing it?

Maia, along with Colin and their children, live on a run down estate with the SD1 postcode, but Maia receives a gift for her children that makes her contemplate sending her children to the uber posh part of town with the SD2 post-coders. Always wanting to do what's best for her children, she agrees to send them to a better school but it doesn't come without consequences! The inheritance might be paying for her children to go to the posh school, but it doesn't account for her debts and basic day-to day living expenses. Still, she never gives up and continues to run her cleaning business.

As she learns the rules of mingling with the SD2 mums, Maia slowly deals with more upheaval in her life when her best friend turns out to be ... well not so friendly (jealousy is not a good look!), Colin shows his true colours... and fists which I am so thrilled that Maia did not stand for (Powerful message to anyone suffering from domestic violence .... even once is one time too many!), and the handsome man at Stirling Hall school... Zac, the head of Upper Year, well to me, he shows that just because one is not born into wealth, does not mean one cannot climb the social ladder and stay grounded. Fighting her corner, she meets a SD2 mum, Clover whom quickly become firm friends with each other and go out of their way to protect each other.


After the children's first term at Stirling Hall, and when Maia feels that she can't continue to afford the extras of their new education and will have to send them back to their old school, a little miracle occurs and Maia finally discovers who she is and the Professor, even from beyond the grave, can't help but offer assistance to Maia.... just when she needs it most. It was reading this part of the book that I posted one of my favourite updates to Goodreads;

"omg best news for Maia, I actually voiced my delight so much that the neighbours wondered what was up with me. almost wanted to give Colin the finger gesture myself. only 24 pages to go"

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, no actually I devoured it! It never disappointed me once, and kept me smiling and laughing throughout.  There's just one thing.... I loved it so much I want more!!! I got so connected to the characters that I can't help but wonder what happens next.

I have a few questions about the life of Maia.... her new life....


  • Did she do her Open University degree? What did she do throughout studying? What did she do after graduating?
  • Did Zac go teach at Morlands Primary?
  • What happened at Christmas for Maia and her family now.... that things have changed....?
  • What did the SD2 parents think of her now?
I could really see a "The School Gate Survival Guide to Christmas" as a follow up maybe ;)  I could see Jen1 totally trying to organise the school Christmas events, and then the holidays to Lapland.... Just an idea Kerry, haha

 

Review: I'll Take New York by Miranda Dickinson




Title: I'll Take New York by Miranda Dickinson

Published by: Harper Collins UK/ Avon Books UK

RRP: £7.99

Available from: 4th December as an E-Book and Paperback (You can pre-order now)

My Rating: 5/5







THE BLURB:

Have you ever given up on love?

When her boyfriend lets her down for the last time, Brooklyn bookshop owner Bea James makes a decision – no more. No more men, no more heartbreak, and no more pain.

Psychiatrist Jake Steinmann is making a new start too, leaving his broken marriage behind in San Francisco. From now on there'll just be one love in his life: New York.

At a party where they seem to be the only two singletons, Bea and Jake meet, and decide there’s just one thing for it. They will make a pact: no more relationships.

But the city has other plans . . .

MY OPINION:

The book begins with Bea waiting with her family for her boyfriend Otis to arrive.... thing is he doesn't show up and like relationships that many of us ladies have found ourselves in at some time, enough is enough. Bea decides to walk away from him and start a year of being single. She's completely off men, and who can blame her when her boyfriend of 5 years lets her down... again... in front of all her family.

Bea decides to throw herself into her business; Hudson River Books in New York- a bookshop she owns and runs with her life long friend Russ. With something to focus on other than her failing love life and men who let her down she' s determined to make a go of it.

At the same time in San Francisco, New Yorker Jake Steinmann has been dished up a not so pleasant meal by his wife... a divorce. He packs up his life and work as a psychiatrist and heads back to home pastures in New York to be near his family, his brother Ed and fiancée Rosie and start again. After ten years of marriage Jake can't believe divorce is what he's facing but on the guidance of family and friends he focuses on moving on.

During a party organised for Ed and Rosie, Bea and Jake meet over the bar and declare to make THE PACT... no more relationships. Over time the meet up and show each other their favourite hot spots in New York - seeing the city through each others eyes as friends. After all, their bon is because of the pact and it really shouldn't be overstepped.... should it?


What I really loved about this book is that it's a tender romance, not one of those wham bam 'I have the hots for you we should be together' and that's it. It details the heartache you endure after ending a relationship without getting to heavy, whilst showing the sweet growth of new friendship.


I would have to say that this is the sweetest 'Fairytale of New York' entwined with love, friendship and hope.

You find yourself rooting for both Jake and Bea and at times your heart is in your mouth as they make some serious life changing decisions.... but are the right ones? If you are looking for a tender romance with a hint of festivity and a promise of new beginnings and happiness, then Ill Take New York is perfect for you.

It's available from 4th December as both e-book and paperback, and you can pre-order now from Amazon, just follow the links at the top of the post that will take you to the relevant pages.

Lots of Love,
Dawn

xx

Author Interview: Amy Griffin ~ Author of "Before You Say Yes"



Amy Griffin, Author of "Before You Say Yes" is on tour right now in the chick lit world - each day from the 29th September until 10th October, Amy will be featured on chick lit blogs to promote her new book >>>>

It's available to buy 6th October (the day after my Birthday!) and I strongly urge you to do so, because it is a fabulous read that you will LOVE!

Today, Amy is dropping by A Page of Love for a nice cuppa and a chat about the things we love most - books, books, and well books! So go grab yourself a cuppa and sit down to this book love chat.

Heads up!! We have an EXCLUSIVE reveal!!!



Dawn @ APOL: ~ Amy, Thank you for stopping by A Page of Love on your Book Blog Tour for Before You Say Yes. Can you tell us a little about your book?

Amy Griffin: ~ Thanks so much for having me, it is a pleasure to be visiting!

Before You Say Yes is romantic comedy about three friends navigating three very different stages of love. Marriage, divorce and that awful phase that we have all been through in relationships -  when you are trying to decide if you should stay or go. . .

Ellie always knew that the sex with Adam would die down one day. Sometime in their seventies, she thought, with the memory  of their steamy years to look back on. Not sometime in their thirties with only one year that could reliably fit in the steamy category. And Ellie can’t help but feel that she is the only one who is worried.

Her best friend is getting divorced – if her husband ever stops sending the papers back unsigned – her sister is planning a wedding, and Ellie is coming to terms with her biggest decision yet. Because when it comes to the big decisions in life, you want to be really sure before you say yes. 

 

Dawn @ APOL: ~ Oooh, it sounds amazing! I love plots that make you giggle, So for you what was the most enjoyable part of writing it?

Amy Griffin: ~ Weaving together the two time periods was challenging but when it clicked it was so great to see it all working together. There is the present day story of Chrissie's wedding plans and Jen's divorce and then the past tense story of how Ellie found herself in a sexless relationship and tried to work out why. Getting the balance right of the good times and tough times in the two stories was hard, but so exciting when it all fell into place.

 

Dawn @ APOL: ~ Time periods are tricky to navigate aren't they? Who is you favourite character?

Amy Griffin: ~ I love Jen. She is feisty and funny and I want to be just like her - if only I didn't care so much about what people think! Jen takes no prisoners, she lives life on her terms but later in the book we see that she is also vulnerable and can been hurt like the rest of us. And then she bounces back stronger and funnier than before. She also has a fantastic collection of shoes.

 

Dawn @ APOL: ~ SHOES?! I love shoes! Jen might be a favourite of mine too, she's so relatable as a character! So how did you know you wanted to become a chick lit author, and how did you go about becoming one?

Amy Griffin: ~ I have always loved books that centre around people, relationships and the choices we make. Or books about what happens when things don't turn out the way we hoped. Chick lit often explores love and happy endings but I particularly wanted to write about the darker things we go through when friendships are tested or when love goes wrong.  I wanted to write honestly about the hard situations we find ourselves in but to do it with humour and with hope.

 

Dawn @ APOL: ~ We certainly do need more humour and hope in our lives. What did it feel like when you finally saw your book in print and the moment you saw your book cover?

Amy Griffin: ~ The first time you see your book cover is a huge moment. It is when your work really comes to life and you suddenly realise that you actually wrote a book! Writing a novel is a big thing- too big to let yourself think about along the way, you just keep going a little bit at a time until it is done - so the moment when it all comes to life is a huge milestone.

 

Dawn @ APOL: ~ I can imagine, speaking of imaginations, as we're coming towards Hallowe'en, would you ever consider a chick lit novel/novella with a scary/Hallowe'en theme?

Amy Griffin: ~ I love the idea of writing a scary book but I am such a cowardy-custard that I can't read a Stephen King book without a torch in one hand and a sink plunger in the other to protect myself from the ghosties.  I have an idea in the back of my little brain for a book about long hidden secrets and what happens to people's relationships when those secrets come out. . . sounds pretty scary to me.

 

Dawn @ APOL: ~ Secrets are definitely scary! For APOL readers who might want to spill some writing secrets of their own, what tips would you give an aspiring author?

Amy Griffin: ~ The most important thing is to be kind to yourself and remember that good writing never happens in the first draft. A finished book goes through many, many re-writes so don't feel dismayed if your first draft is terrible. Most first drafts are. I know mine definitely are. The important thing is to get something down on paper, then tomorrow you will sit down and edit it and gradually your book will start to take shape. But most of all write, even if it is terrible, just write. Then you edit and the story you wanted to tell will start to come to life.

 

Dawn @ APOL: ~  That is really good advice whether you're writing a novel or even an essay, it's important to write. Are you planning any future novels and could you give us a sneaky teaser?

Amy Griffin: ~ Well *glances over shoulder * just between you me and the A Page of Love readers . . . I am working on my upcoming novel about three friends in their thirties and what happens when they challenge each other to give up their bad habits.

Lauren has been clinging to her bad habit for years, but maybe she doesn't need it anymore. Ana is in need of a serious distraction and Cassie thinks she can quit any time she wants, but when faced with giving it up, it seems that her bad habit is something much stronger and darker than anyone ever knew.

Can Lauren let herself be happy in love. Can Ana let go of her terrible ex. Can Cassie give up the habit that threatens everything she loves. And can their friendship remain intact along the way? Tune in next June to find out what happens!

Dawn @ APOL: ~ Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by A Page of Love and chatting with us about your new book Before You Say Yes, and letting us in to your world as an author. We also thank you for sharing some future plot secrets with us - we can't wait to read it already!  We wish you so much love and success with your book and look forward to reading more of your work. We've loved having you stop by, please visit soon!

Amy Griffin: ~ Thanks for having me, I've loved being an interviewee. I hope you enjoy Before You Say Yes. See you soon, Amy x
 

 

My Latest Book Hoard & Why I Heart Chick-Lit


This is me. Dawn. And I am a total book worm, although I really wish I could think of prettier name for myself rather than Book Worm... I've never been all that fond of worms.

I wanted to connect with you in this blog post because I really think it's important for me to do that for you and for myself, it's a kind of chat where you get to know a bit more about me and the general life I live.

I've always had my nose in a book and my mind in a life somewhere imagined (by the author), reading is my sanctuary and when times get tough I grab a book and lose myself in it until I feel ready to surface again.

Today we welcome the first day of October, and for me it's the start of the countdown to my 26th birthday which will be on the 5th October. I feel in the past year I've grown a lot (not in a growth height spurt - I'm happy at 5ft 6in), and I can honestly say that I feel at home with who I am. A lot of that has to do with really throwing myself into not just reading chick-lit, because I've always read chick lit from as far back as I can remember, but the blogging about it has really been only happening this year. Chick Lit lights me up and allows me to be me... the real me and I don't have to pretend to be someone I'm not in order to talk/write about something that really doesn't fill me up.


Speaking of filling up, I filled up quite a few shopping bags today.... full of books! Do you want to see my latest book hoard? It might actually give Rebecca Bloomwood a run for her money, because for her it was shoes, whereas for me, it's books! The more the merrier. I have all my childhood books by authors such as Dick King-Smith, The Babysitters club series, Animal Ark Series, to Heartbreak Café, Megan trilogy - (these actually went round a group of friends of mine in high school - they were gripped just as I was and they always wanted to know if I had the next book for them to read and when I did they needed me to hurry up so they could start), all these books are in the spare bedroom and take up nearly half of the room! Just today Mum and I were discussing getting a new 6 shelf bookcase but we figured we'd need another 2! But I absolutely needed a new booking spree.

 
 
I was so excited when I got home from shopping to find I had book post from publishers and I can't wait to read them! I'm actually getting my Mum on board to help out with the occasional read so that we can get these reviews of all these amazing books out to you because we know that everyone loves a good book.
 
I admit that I'm a super fast reader but this past week I've been a little slow because I'm finishing up University assignments. But once this weekend and my birthday (Sunday if you hadn't worked it out) has gone I'll be back full throttle!
 
I absolutely love being able to share with you a true passion of mine that I hope rubs off on you and inspires you to keep reading, keep escaping, and keep finding that happy place. In a future post I'll be sharing with you significant books that have made a huge impact on my life and I'll be dishing all on why they are so poignant. I'd love to know what books you have read that have helped you through your life. Just pop a comment below and share A Page Of Love in your life.
 
Don't forget to pop back tomorrow for a fab EXCLUSIVE on the blog tour of Amy Griffin's Before You Say Yes!