My Week in Books

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I have been so ill this week, I spent most of the time either asleep or reading on the settee; I have lots of new books to read, and I’m all for reading the latest worthy, award winning books, but sometimes I just want to switch my brain off (and I mean that in the nicest possible way) and re-read a chick lit novel.

Now that my dirty little secret is out of the way, I will give you a quick summary on each book, should you care to give any of them a read.

I have a few favourite authors for each genre, my chick lit favourites are Marian Keyes, Sheila O’Flanaghan, Sophie Kinsella, Lindsey Kelk Jo Carnegie/ Ellie Adams, Louise Bagshawe and Tilly Bagshawe.

I recently re-read all of my Marian Keyne’s, Lindsey Kelk’s and Tilly Bagshawe’s so I decided to read the below:

1. Someone Special by Sheila O’Flanaghan 

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Someone Special might be closer than you think…

This is probably the most serious of the six books I read this week.

Romy Kilkenny is enjoying her life in Australia living with her best friend Keith, loves her work as a Forensic Archeologist and is up for promotion. Romy has to go back to Ireland to take care of her mother, who needs surgery on her back, and will need constant care for a few weeks.

Romy’s elder half-brother Darragh Dolan, is busy managing the family business, Dolan Component Manufacturers, and is about to become a father for the second time; her elder half-sister Kathryn has a high powered job as a Forensic Account in New York, and a new husband.

Romy’s siblings feel that it should be their “flighty” sister who puts her life on hold to take care of their mother Veronica.

Relationships between Romy and her half-siblings have always been fraught, in part due to the inheritance left to Darragh and Kathryn by Veronica’s first husband, who died when they were young children. Romy has always felt separate and isolated from the “Dolan’s” which makes her relationship with her mother difficult, however events that took place when Romy was a teenager hold the key to Romy’s resentment towards her mother.

On top of the family tensions, Romy impulsively kissed Keith before getting on the plane home, changing their relationship forever.

I really enjoyed this book, in O’Flanaghan’s novels there are always several subplots, and you get the perspectives of most of the characters.

2. Monday’s Child by Louise Bagshawe

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If you haven’t read any Louise BagshaweIf books you should pick up some of the earlier ones, her latest books are quite formulaic, and are told in third-person style, which makes the story seem more detached; in my opinion you identify more with characters when you can understand their thought processes.

Monday’s child is fair of face…

Anna Brown shares a flat with two beautiful models in London who earn twice the amount she does, despite being a lit younger; she knows that she isn’t pretty or thin, and finds herself the butt of most jokes about appearance.

Anna tries not to mind that she is less than attractive, she knows that she is hard working and intelligent, and dreams of producing a movie. Despite her low salary, Anna is on a career path that should help her to achieve her goals. As a script reader she reviews the scripts submitted to Winning Productions, and passes the best onto her boss Kitty; but promotion has been put on hold time and time again. Kitty is a nightmare to work for, taking credit for Anna’s work and blaming her when things go wrong.

When a less experienced colleague is promoted by a male executive who finds her attractive, Anna starts to reassess her life.

A chance meeting with maverick director Mark Swan changes the trajectory of Anna’s career, and she starts a relationship with a caring, extremely rich gentlemen, who can give her everything she thought she ever wanted.

This is a good story about an ugly ducklings transformation into a beautiful swan, it’s quite believable and very entertaining.

3. Tuesday’s Child by Louise Bagshawe

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Tuesday’s child is full of grace…

Lucy is a proper tomboy; she hates dresses, high heels and the traditional ideal of “femininity” and loves video games, action movies, football and the odd pint with her mates. Even though her friends and family are constantly badgering her to smarten up, life is going pretty well for Lucy; she rents a room in her best friend Ollie’s flat at mate rates, and has her dream job as a features editor at PC Games Universe magazine.

Lucy may not be well paid, but she is paid to do something she loves and gets all the latest games free of charge, as well as an upgraded computer every year – what more could she want?

Then Lucy loses her job in the same week that Ollie’s girlfriend Annoying Victoria proposes; even though she hates Victoria, Lucy tries to be happy for her friend, until he announces that they will be living together in Olli’s flat and need her to move out.

Without a job Lucy can’t afford to live in London, but with no qualifications Lucy realises that she isn’t qualified for any of the roles available; her friend Ollie finds her a job with a property management company, who want a quintessential English Rose as their receptionist. Lucy decides it’s time to eat the sword (Cougar Town anyone?) and do the thing her friends have been begging her to do; it’s makeover time…

Lucy must swap her trainers for heels, her jeans for pencil skirts, and pints for white wine spritzers. It’s basically her worst nightmare.

The plot of this story s pretty much the same as the previous book, but with different character, if that makes any sense. It’s a light hearted and fun read.

4. Remember Me by Sophie Kinsella

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I first read this book in my honeymoon and I found it hysterical, Sophie Kinsella always has me laughing out loud; the people on my train to work think I’m a crazy person.

What if you woke up and your life was perfect?

Lexi is having a pretty crap night; she has crooked teeth, her work friends all received a bonus that was denied her due to a technicality, her boyfriend Loser Dave stood her up, and tomorrow is her dad’s funeral. She’s letting off some steam on a girls night out with lots of banana cocktails and karaoke when she hits her head whilst flagging down a taxi.

When Lexi wakes up she discovers that three years have passed and she is now a successful career woman with perfect teeth, designer clothes, a brand new Mercedes and a millionaire husband who took her to Paris for her honeymoon! Lexi can’t believe her luck, and concludes that She must have Ghandi in a previous life; of course, it is a bit unsettling to have no recollection of the last three years, especially her own wedding, but Lexit now lives in a penthouse loft-style apartment, and her husband runs marathons for charity! Could her life be anymore perfect?

Lexi finds fitting into her new life difficult, and her former friends won’t return her calls; her husband Eric writes her a Marriage Manual to help her get up to speed, but the more she discovers the more she doesn’t recognise herself. What happened three years ago to change Lexi’s life so dramatically?

I have to share my favourite quote from this book, from a conversation between Lexi and Eric:

“‘I’m sure I love you too, deep down some where’ I say at last, clasping his hand. ‘And I’ll remember. Maybe not today. And maybe not tomorrow. But… we’ll always have Paris.’ I pause, thinking this through. ‘At least, you’ll have it. And you can tell me about it.’

Eric looks slightly mystified.”

I defy you to read this book and not laugh out loud; this must be my tenth reading at least, and it’s still amusing.

5. The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella

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The story of a girl who needs to slow down. To find herself. To fall in love. And to discover what an iron is for…

I really identify with this book; Samantha is a lawyer working for a prestigious law firm in London, and is hoping to be made partner. Samantha’s life is stressful, but it’s just a blip, once she gets made partner everything will be fine.

Samantha has no time for a personal life, and her work life is so chaotic she ends up working 20 hour days. Something has to give, and one day Samantha makes a big mistake. Huge. Unable to face the consequences of what she’s done, Samantha gets onto the first train leaving London and ends up in the middle of nowhere.

When asking for directions Samantha unwittingly calls on a couple looking for a new housekeeper; Samantha goes along with the charade and the Geigers hire her immediately. The role is a live in position, giving Samantha somewhere to hide out until her work crisis blows over; the only problem is that Samantha has never done a domestic chore in her life. Samantha has to pose as a Cordon Bleu chef and housekeeper extraordinaire when in reality she doesn’t know how to use a washing machine machine, vacuum cleaner, or even turn on the oven.

In the midst of this catastrophe Samantha finds herself falling I love with the Geigers handsome gardener. Samantha starts to realise that there is more to life than work, and unexpectedly enjoys her new life as domestic help, until her old life catches up with her in the most unexpected way.

Contains all the usual capers and hijinks you expect from a Sophie Kinsella book.

6. Beautiful Creatures by Lulu Taylor 

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This book is just so glitzy; Lulu Taylor’s books usually take place in some uber glamourous setting, and there is some sort of crime being committed. They’re kind of trashy, but so addictive. Love them.

Everyone has heard of the Beaufort twins, but few have ever seen them… 

Flora and Octavia have been brought up away from the prying eyes of the public by their aunt, and on their 21st birthday they are launched into society. Octavia is the most vivacious of the twins, and loves the spotlight, but Flora is frightened by the sudden attention, and longs to return to the security of her over protective aunt’s house. For over 15 years the girls had every aspect of their lives controlled, and the sudden removal of these restrictions affects their lives and relationship forever.

The Beaufort twins discover that they are ludicrously well off; Octavia Is enthralled with her new life and throws herself into the hedonistic lifestyle embraced by the other society darlings. Unable to cope with her new life, Flora becomes more withdrawn, especially since her sister doesn’t seem to need her companionship anymore; one day she meets a handsome stranger, who is kind and generous, and protects Flora from would-be muggers.

As they start their new lives Flora and Octavia begin to drift apart; but everything is not as it seems, and the twins fall victim to dark plots against them. Will the twins reconcile and take control of their fortunes before they lose everything?

Let me know what you’ve been reading, and if you’ve read them, your thoughts on the books I read.

Cheerio!

Stephanie

Xxx

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