Sunday, 15 October 2017

Weekly Wrap Up #14

Hi everyone, with Rachel and I's crazy work schedules, we miss sharing whats going on with us. We used to have a lot of fun with our Showcase Sunday posts, so thought we'd do something regular on the blog, where we share bookish news and life news in general as a weekly recap! We've decided to link our weekly wrap up's with The Sunday Post hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated reviewer.

Jasprit 
This week has just been kicking my butt big time, I've been hoping to come home and relax, but just have so much work to do, and then because my commute is taking extra longer, I've been having to leave extra earlier, when all I want to do is stay in bed all day long! So this is one of the reasons that I read 0 books this week, I know I can't even believe it myself, I have several on the go at the minute too, but just haven't had the time. I started Roni Loren's The Ones Who Got Away and I really did have high hopes for this one, but so far it hasn't been working out for me at all. But on the upside, I did renew my membership at the gym this week, I'd been telling myself for a while that I'd go and so was happy that I made it into a circuits class too and I could tell how unfit I was by the end of it, by how exhausted I was! 


WHAT I READ/REVIEWED 
Rachel:
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I loved my re-read of Devil in Spring especially after reading the previous books in the series first.  Sugar Pine Trail was super sweet.  Depth of Lies had a lot of surprises and twists, but I had a feeling of sadness upon finishing. I was looking forward to The Queen and the Cure, waiting for the audio to come out.  The narrator, Steve West, was excellent, but I wasn't pleased with the turn of events half-way through the book. There was a lot of action and plot movement, so I was distracted by the frustration, but still it dampened my pleasure.  I liked the first book better.  I'm still not sure how I'll rate The Ones Who Got Away. I think my feelings toward the story were based a lot on my mood at the time, but I will say it's not my favorite Roni Loren story.


BOOKS RECEIVED 
Jasprit 
(Click on title for Goodreads link)

 
I'm really late when it comes to the Lisa Kleypas bandwagon, as I haven't read a single book of hers! I thought it was high time I changed this by getting myself a copy of Cold Hearted Rake from the library!

Rachel:
 (Click on title for Goodreads link)


I really enjoyed Sugar Pine Trail so I added these from Netgalley.  

NEW TO MY TBR
Jasprit 
(Click on Book for Goodreads link)

 

Karma Brown just popped up on my Goodreads feed this week, and I just added her books to my tbr pile straight away, I checked and quite a few of my friends have been fans of her books too. I was thinking of trying her books on audio, but I'm still in two minds about whether I want to try the paperback or just get the audio version. And despite not having the greatest run with Kasie's books lately, I couldn't resist adding Listen to Your Heart to my tbr, the cover is also super adorable! 


Rachel:
Nothing other than the books received above. :)






  WHAT I'M WATCHING:

Jasprit  


 
Of course I'm still loving the heck out of Strictly Come Dancing, it's the highlight of my Saturday. And I was ecstatic with the return of Riverdale season 2, there was so much I needed to know from the end of Season 1 and I was pleased to say it didn't disappoint, bring on Thursday (Netlflix UK shows it a day late) for more Bughead! 


Rachel:

I went to the movies and watched the new Lego movie with my family, and bits and pieces of one Longmire episode.  Haven't watched much else.
 
EVENTS OF THE WEEK

Jasprit 
I had my first personal training session this week, and I actually really enjoyed it! My teacher I've know for a while, as he does my classes during the week too, but he's good because he proper pushes you, like I'd normally just stick within my limits on the machines, but afterwards I was proper feeling it and sweating like no man's business! But because I enjoyed it so much, I've decided to book another six sessions! Wish me luck! 





Rachel:
My half-marathon is scheduled to go on October 28th. Two weeks away, but I'm wondering if the race will even take place with all the wildfires in the region (Wine Country, California).  I've read the fires are only 25% contained so far.  I can't believe the death toll and devastation!  So very tragic!  I'm in Central California right now, at our vacation home and the smoke from Wine Country is blowing over here making it extremely smoky in this valley!  I guess we'll see what happens.


How was your week?

Friday, 13 October 2017

Paperback Release & Giveaway: Paris For One by Jojo Moyes

Both Jasprit and I have read and loved Jojo Moyes writing so I'm pleased to alert readers to the Paperback Release of Paris For One as well as offer up a giveaway!  Jasprit read Paris For One a few months back (her review) and really enjoyed it, and I know Jojo Moyes can weave an entrancing tale. 



Publication Date: October 3rd 2017 (Paperback)
Publisher: Penguin Books
Purchase Links:

Book Description:

From the #1 "New York Times" bestselling author of "Me Before You" and "After You," a sensational collection featuring the title novella and eight other stories. Quintessential Jojo Moyes, "Paris for One and Other Stories" is an irresistibly romantic collection filled with humor and heart.
Nell is twenty-six and has never been to Paris. She's never even been on a romantic weekend away to anywhere before. Everyone knows travelling abroad isn't really her thing. But when Nell's boyfriend fails to show up for their romantic mini-vacation, she has the opportunity to prove everyone including herself wrong. Alone and in Paris, Nell uncovers a version of herself she never knew existed: independent and intrepid. Could this turn out to be the most adventurous weekend of her life? Funny, charming, and irresistible, "Paris for One"is vintage Moyes as are the other stories that round out the collection."

Paris for One
Between the Tweets
Love in the Afternoon
A Bird in the Hand
Crocodile Shoes
Holdups
Last Year's Coat
Thirteen Days with John C.
The Christmas List

 Reading Group Guide click HERE.

 Also, for fans of the Me Before You series, don't forget about the continuation of Louisa's story in Still Me coming January 2018. 


 (click on cover for Goodreads link)

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35791968-still-me



About Jojo Moyes:
Jojo Moyes is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of After You, The Horse Dancer, Me Before You, One Plus One, The Girl You Left Behind, The Last Letter from Your Lover, Silver Bay, and The Ship of Brides. She lives with her husband and three children in Essex, England


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The publisher generously provided a Paperback copy of Paris For One to one lucky reader.  Simple fill out the rafflecopter for a chance to win.

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Review: Now That You Mention It by Kristan Higgins

Now That You Mention It by Kristan Higgins
Publisher: Harlequin Books
Publication date: December 26th 2017
Jasprit's rating: 4 Stars  Rachel's rating: 4.5 Stars
Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | TBD

 https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33199875-the-good-daughter
One step forward. Two steps back. The Tufts scholarship that put Nora Stuart on the path to becoming a Boston medical specialist was a step forward. Being hit by a car and then overhearing her boyfriend hit on another doctor when she thought she was dying? Two major steps back.

Injured in more ways than one, Nora feels her carefully built life cracking at the edges. There's only one place to land: home. But the tiny Maine community she left fifteen years ago doesn't necessarily want her. At every turn, someone holds the prodigal daughter of Scupper Island responsible for small-town drama and big-time disappointments.

With a tough islander mother who's always been distant and a wild-child sister in jail, unable to raise her daughter--a withdrawn teen as eager to ditch the island as Nora once was--Nora has her work cut out for her if she's going to take what might be her last chance to mend the family.

But as some relationships crumble around her, others unexpectedly strengthen. Balancing loss and opportunity, a dark event from her past with hope for the future, Nora will discover that tackling old pain makes room for promise...and the chance to begin again.

Jasprit's Thoughts:
Yeah so I tried writing a mini review, but that didn't happen, as I had far too much to say about this beautiful book! Sorry in advance!

I’ve really been struggling lately with the beginning of books, I don’t know if it’s just that they’re unable to keep my attention, or they’re just lacking that big event to reel me in from the beginning. Thank goodness this was not the case with Now That You Mention It, it was refreshingly unique as I found myself flying through the pages from the very beginning, Higgins was really able to capture my attention with Nora’s life and weave such a beautiful story. With the turn of events, I was totally for Nora going back home and spending time with her family, however, as we don’t really know Nora’s back story or of why she left Scupper Island in the first place, I was really overwhelmed with the turn of events. I wanted Nora to rush back to Boston and be with Bobby, I know he was a complete and utter douche face, but you know with certain characters you want to give them a second chance and honestly with the way things were going I honestly thought Bobby was redeeming himself. And with the stuff Nora had to deal with back home, with a mother who wouldn’t really open up, and a niece who didn’t want to know her, wasn’t Nora just better off in Boston?

The revelations came kept coming in Now That You Mention It and I was so glad that I was reading this book with Rachel as I constantly wanted to discuss what the hell was going on! The revelations bought on so many different feelings; my heart just broke with had happened, but I appreciated the way Higgins gave the story to us, as I so wasn’t expecting it, so I was completely left reeling. Nora’s story was captured so well in this book, I felt as if I’d really got to know her as a character and I loved how strong she was and just how far she came over the course of the story. Nora never had an easy time, she had experienced a tough life, been pushed to her limits, but I admired her ability not to give up, and the way things ended up in the end. I liked how friends cropped up when she was least expecting them, and she was willing to try and try again until she made some breakthroughs with people she cared about. Although overall, I really enjoyed this book, as all I wanted to do was devour all the beautiful pages, I felt as towards the end of the book, it was a little anti-climactic, the big reveal, wasn’t that big to me, may be because I was left in shock whilst experiencing Nora’s journey. But this aside, Now That You Mention It was truly a wonderful read, I loved all the shocks and surprises along the way, how Higgins was able to take me through feelings of anger, hurt and love in one incredible journey. Also, just a heads up, don’t assume that you know anyone, I thought I was a good judge of character, but Higgins completely had me fooled! Now That You Mention It was my first book by Higgins, but it certainly won’t be my last!





Rachel's Thoughts:
I loved Nora! I was completely sucked into her story; unraveling the past, and hoping for a satisfying future for her! I felt bad for all that she went through.  God, high school can be so hard! The kids were awful to her, yet Nora rose above it and became an accomplished woman.  Leaving Scupper Island, where she grew to become a doctor in Boston, she hasn’t returned for fifteen years, and who could blame her?  After an accident leaves Nora banged up and without a boyfriend (good riddance, Bobby!) she returns home determined to get closer to her mother and her fifteen-year-old niece, Poe.

There was a lot going on, but it wasn’t confusing, and I couldn’t put the story down.  At first Nora seems like a woman full of confidence, just dating a complete douchbag.  I couldn’t stand Bobby! What kind of boyfriend starts picking up on another woman while you lay unconscious in a hospital bed? (Not a spoiler, it’s in the book description) I do have to say there was a moment where I thought he might change, but, yeah, no. I loved Sully, Nora’s high school-mate now all grown-up with a daughter of his own. Nora and Sully had a bit of a rough start, but I completely swooned over this man!

When she returns home, we discover Nora wasn’t always the strong confident woman portrayed at first.  She’s dealing with so much!  Nora’s relationship with her mother and sister, Lily, are strained and we start to find out why.  I was riveted!  Even though Lily’s not present really, except for flashbacks, I honestly couldn’t stand her. Yes, she was in pain and had issues, but so did Nora! Yet, Nora was nothing but loving towards her, hopeful they would draw closer and lend support to each other.  I like that when Nora realized it was time to accept there’s no changing some people, she got support and love from others to make up for it. 

Nora’s journey sorting out the past, mending fences, and making peace with her life was at times heartbreaking, but also heartwarming, and I loved every minute!  Out of the three Kristan Higgins novels I’ve read, Now That You Mention It is my favorite to date.

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Review: Sugar Pine Trail by RaeAnne Thayne

Sugar Pine Trail (Haven Point #7) by RaeAnne Thayne
Publisher: Harlequin Books
Publication date: September 26th 2017
My rating: 4 Stars
Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks

 https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33199875-the-good-daughter
An unlikely attraction brings comfort, joy and unforgettable romance this holiday season!

Librarian Julia Winston is ready to ditch the quiet existence she's been living. She's made a list of new things to experience, but falling for Jamie Caine, her sexy military pilot neighbor, isn't one of them. Julia's looking to conquer life, not become the heartbreaker's latest conquest. But when two young brothers wind up in Julia's care for the holidays, she'll take any help she can get—even Jamie's.

Happy to step in, Jamie reveals a side of himself that's much harder to resist. Not only is he fantastic with kids, he provides the strength Julia needs to tackle her list. She knows their temporary family can't last beyond the holidays, but the closer she gets to Jamie, the more she wonders if things could be this merry and bright forever…

My Thoughts:
Julia Winston is the town librarian with a secret long-time crush on sexy pilot Jamie Caine.  She never imagines that he’d look at her twice, but when a friend suggests he rents the upstairs level in her large, historic home, and they can’t help but bump into each other.  When two kids, eight and six-year-old Clint and Davy, need her to take them in, Jaimie steps up to help wrangle the boys, melting Julia’s heart in the process.

Jamie is surprised by the attraction he feels for the demure, uptight librarian, but he can’t let his attraction go anywhere.  Julia’s a forever-type of girl, and he hardly ever goes on a second date.  This might make you think Jamie is the usual player-type jerk, but he’s a sweetheart, plagued by guilt over the past. Soon spending time with Julia and the boys feels vital and he can’t hardly stay away.

Both Julia and Jamie were lonely in their own way, but you know there’s an end in sight when they lay eyes on each other. Clint and Davy, the two boys who need a home when their mom disappears melds them together into a makeshift family, one that completely tugged at my heart strings!  Julia has such a big heart full of love, she helps both the kids and Jamie without an ounce of judgment or expectation. 

Jamie stumbles on a sort of bucket-list of Julia’s, who’s lived the last few years helping ailing parents, and he can’t help but make it his mission to secretly help her check everything off.

I previously read Serenity Harbor by RaeAnne Thayne and it wasn’t my cup of tea, but that was more because of the circumstances of the book than because of the writing, so I was determined to give her another shot, and I’m glad I did.  Sugar Pine Trail was a sweet, heartwarming story of love and finding the “one” when you least expect it. A perfect holiday kind of read!



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Sunday, 8 October 2017

Weekly Wrap Up #13

Hi everyone, with Rachel and I's crazy work schedules, we miss sharing whats going on with us. We used to have a lot of fun with our Showcase Sunday posts, so thought we'd do something regular on the blog, where we share bookish news and life news in general as a weekly recap! We've decided to link our weekly wrap up's with The Sunday Post hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated reviewer.


Jasprit 

This week was just so tiring, I was planning on going to circuits class, but then I didn't, I was planning on going to the gym, but I didn't go there either. I've just been coming back from work completely exhausted. And then when I plan to go bed early, I end up staying up super late and only getting like 5 hours sleep and being all exhausted again. Me and my cousins a few Summer's ago did a mobile phone ban, some of us, mainly my sister were addicted to their phones, so we put all of ours away in a box and hid them away. We needed a break from them and just be social for once, I think I so need to do this again, as I plan to read or watch something, but then I find myself scrolling through Twitter and then my Instagram and before you know its like 1am? Does anyone else get like this? Well next week I'm definitely going to try and change this around and read instead of procrastinating and try and fit in more hours of sleep somehow! 


WHAT I READ/REVIEWED 
Jasprit 
(Click on title for Goodreads link)


This was my first book by Higgins and it was such a surprising read, I know a few of my blogging friends are fans of Higgins work and I can definitely why! I can't wait to pick up more of her books soon.


Rachel:
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I've had a great reading week.  Jasprit and I buddy-ready Now That You Mention It and I couldn't put it down!  My favorite Kristen Higgens so far.  I listened to Cold-Hearted Rake and Marrying Winterborne by Lisa Kleypas after noticing my library had the audios and I LOVED them sooo much! I'm doing a re-read *listen* of Devil in Spring now and swooning all over again! Lisa Kleypas writes so beautifully!  Unfortunately, I had a bad apple in the mix.  Second Chance Girl was a complete disappointment with one-dimensional, and frustrating characters. I should give the author another try, but I kind of doubt I will.

BOOKS RECEIVED 
Jasprit 
(Click on title for Goodreads link)


I first came across this book this week thanks to Leanna, I read the blurb and was like oh my god I need to read this book, I don't know why but it's giving me Gillian Flynn vibes, (I loved Gone Girl and nothing has been able to compete ever since), so I have my fingers crossed that this will be a great book! 

Rachel:
 (Click on title for Goodreads link)


The Lucky Ones sounds dark, and mysterious; supposed to be a Gothic mystery, perfect for this time of year! I accidentally clicked the widget for With This Christmas Ring, but it was the one book of the group that I wanted to read the most, so we'll see. I got a copy of The Girl in the Picture after reading Lily's intriguing review. Past and present mysteries collide.  I'm supper curious! Roomies sounds exactly like my kind of romance. Can't wait!

NEW TO MY TBR
Jasprit 
(Click on Book for Goodreads link)

The Woman in the Window was actually the only book I added to my tbr pile this week, Leanna like I mentioned did an excellent post of new reads on her radar, I may have to go back and check more of them out. You can see her post here.


Rachel:
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A Goodreads friend started reading The Mountain Between Us which has been turned into a movie (I had no clue since I never watch TV). Anyhow, I read the blurb and it sounded like On the Island but set in the mountains. I'm buying an e-copy and audio copy.  The e-copy for my husband and the audio for me.  My husband and I both devoured On the Island several years ago and it continues to be one of our favorite books ever.  The narrator, George Newbern, is a narrator I really enjoy!


  WHAT I'M WATCHING:

Jasprit  



With so many shows returning this Autumn, its so hard to keep up! I've managed to keep up with Strictly Come Dancing, I swear last week's episode was like 2 and a half hours, but I just can't get enough! This week is Movie week and I can't wait! The Apprentice is also back and I absolutely love this show, I love Claude and Karen and how they just have the candidates up. The candidates appear really ridiculous already, it's early stages yet, but I'm hoping they'll get clued up and fast! 


Rachel:

I haven't watched a single thing this week (I seriously have had NO time) but upon closing the computer I'll be watching Gone, Girl. We'll see how it turns out. :)


EVENTS OF THE WEEK

Jasprit 

So this week I did something to my back, I think with all the weight I have to carry to work, I'd overstuffed my bag, and honestly it was just killing me, by the end of week I was carrying two bags, which was so much easier, but I'm thinking I may need to invest in a wheely trolley! So I've been trying to do as much yoga as I can to help ease the pain, but also when I'm super stressed and anxious, it proper helps me to calm down. I normally follow Adrienne, as her yoga is superb! I noticed that she had a special calendar for the month, so I've been doing as much as I can this week! 






Rachel:

Got the stomach flu on Monday. Drove to work and then turned the car around and went home. It was that bad.  I couldn't run on Tuesday and then I still felt week for my runs on Thursday and Friday. It sucks getting sick, but I'm glad it was short-lived. I run 10 miles tomorrow.  My half-marathon is 3 weeks from tomorrow!!  I'm nervous and excited.


How was your week?

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