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The Beachside Sweet Shop by Karen Clarke

The Beachside Sweet Shop by Karen Clarke

Continuing with my British book obsession, allow me to present the first in the Beachside Bay series by Karen Clarke. This lovely little read in an afternoon for a bit of an escape story is loaded with sweets (the candy kind), humor, laughter and a touch of redemption. Please read on for my review of Read more of this post

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The Christmas Cake Café by Sue Watson

The Christmas Cake Café by Sue Watson

What is your idealized ‘first unplanned step’ when breaking out of a rut? What if you are a 40 something librarian, more than slightly Christmas obsessed, and just been dumped by your long-term-this-is-the-man-to-marry boyfriend? Another in the long list of titles I’ve had forever to read, please welcome Sue Watson as she offers up a possible option in

The Christmas Cake Café

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One Christmas in Paris by Mandy Baggot

One Christmas in Paris by Mandy Baggot

If you’ve never been to Paris at Christmas, take a journey with Mandy Baggot as she brings the feel and sights of the city to this romance title. I’ve had this title in my queue to read for quite a while now, and there’s no better time to curl up with a transporting romance full of the holidays. Please read on for my review of

One Christmas in Paris

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Hollywood Sinners by Victoria Fox

Book Review:

If it were June, this title would hit the top of my “beach reads” list: not too challenging with characters that are outrageous, glamorous and a bit sex-crazed, with plenty of “out of the norm” events and activities to engage and entertain.  Newly released with bookouture publishing, Victoria Fox’s chick-lit ‘bonkfest’ has the fun feel of your next must-have escapist read.

Billed as the ‘next’ Jackie Collins, I found that similarity worked only in the amount of intermingled story lines and the setting, and the pure unadulterated fun in reading.  A hefty volume at 600 pages, the story reads reasonably quickly, the few moments that felt padded or overwrought were still entertaining and not distracting.  Read more of this post