Title: Confessions of a City Girl: Los Angeles

Author: Juliette Sobanet

Pages: 89 pages

Synopsis

Upon her death bed, Hollywood actress Ava Turner makes her daughter promise to host a photography exhibition chronicling the less glamorous times of the stars life. Natasha makes good on her promise and throws herself into the showcase. Besides being a therapeutic project to harbour her sadness at her mother’s passing it also helps her escape from her loveless marriage to Ethan.

When Natasha meets fellow photographer Nicholas Reyes her whole world becomes a drama worthy of a Hollywood film set.

Review

Firstly, let me just get this out. I love Juliette Sobanet. I have yet to read a story by her that I haven’t loved and I genuinely feel that she is one of the most underrated romance writers that is releasing novels today.

That being said, I will admit I was dubious about reading this short story. Mainly, the reason for this worry was that it was so far removed from my comfort zone. Sobanet usually takes me on rip-roaring adventures in the heart of France. How was she going to woo me in LA?

Well, actually, she did so quite easily. Though I shouldn’t approve of the scandalous affair that took place in Confessions of a City Girl: Los Angeles, I couldn’t help but be enchanted by Natasha’s affair with Nicholas. I even began to root for them to get together. It all seemed so deliciously wrong but equally it was so very right.

That is essentially Sobanet’s superhero power as a writer, she draws you into her characters world so quickly that you fail to be impartial; you root for them from beginning to end.

Confessions of a City Girl: Los Angeles is another fine example of her work. I implore everyone to read this and her other book releases.

Confessions of a City Girl: Los Angeles (A Confessions Novella) by Juliette Sobanet is available now.

 

You can follow Juliette Sobanet on Twitter @JulietteSobanet

Synopsis

When Carrie Blake is employed by Adam Fletcher to be a nanny to his two children, twins Olivia and David, little does she realise what a mess the family is in. Adam doesn’t appear to have a relationship with his children; he is a part-time father but main provider for the twins. This breaks Carrie’s heart and, for better or for worse, she makes it her mission to unite the family before her time with the family is up.

Review

A Christmas to Remember is the first book to be read as part of my seasonal feature – Lisa’s 12 Books of Christmas – and if the next eleven are half as good as this book then I am in for a festive treat sweeter than a candy cane pooped by Rudolph….which, on reflection, is not the prettiest of images. However, I feel it adequately expresses how I felt about this book. It was lovely.

You see, I often have a problem with romance books. Don’t get me wrong I love a bit of good old fashioned romance and will often swoon along with my leading ladies but I do worry that chick-lit set at Christmas time can be a sugary overload – too saccharine. Jenny Hale balanced this perfectly.

The story had a slight Dickensian quality to it, with references to A Christmas Carol peppered lightly (and sometimes not so discreetly) but it was a lovely, modernised retelling.

What was especially lovely is that you saw the love story unfold slowly, timidly. Both of the main characters, Carrie and Adam, had both been either burnt before or just lacked self belief but as they got to know each other their relationship became almost tangible as it flew off the page.

The further complications of having a small family, the part time position, beautiful-leggy-red-haired-assistants provided perfect obstacles for the characters love story. What was also rather lovely is that you did not just fall for the main characters and the development of their romance but you fell for Adam’s family too who were just holiday card perfect…even with their imperfections as a family unit.

Having never read anything by Jenny Hale before I now feel that I have found an author on whom I can count for a lovely, realistic piece of escapist fiction.

Brava Jenny Hale!

A Christmas to Remember by Jenny Hale is available from October 10th, 2014.

You can follow Jenny Hale on Twitter @jhaleauthor

A Christmas To Remember

As of tomorrow, it will officially be twelve weeks ’til Christmas day. Yikes. I haven’t bought nearly enough of my presents yet but hey, that is what panic shopping on Christmas Eve is for.

Now, I am an extremely busy lady. Gone are the days when I was off sick and just able to loaf about reading books all the lib-long day…sad times. However, I like a challenge and so this holiday season I have decided to try and review 12 books before Christmas.

The books have to have a festive theme. This will be judged solely on the cover and title of the book. If there is snow on the cover and it doesn’t look like it has been set in the Antarctic then it can be classed as a Christmas text.

So here you have it people. My festive feature! Join in, get involved, put on your Santa hat and throw up the Christmas tree early. It is all in the name of festive fun!

Check out my blog tomorrow for the first festive review – A Christmas to Remember by Jenny Hale.

L x

Man, last week was not my best. I didn’t get through half the books that I wanted to read. I blame the fact that I have to work. Yep, the world would be a greater place if I had lots of money and free time. Ahhh, a girl can dream.

Anywho, the books that I did manage to get through included:

The Supreme Macaroni Company by Adriana Trigiani

1,411 QI Facts to Knock You Sideways by John Lloyd, John Mitchinson and James Harkin

The Snow Globe by Kristen Harmel

A Song for Ella Grey by David Almond

Actually, to be fair four books is quite good.

I’m currently reading three books, they are

Us by David Nicholls (I’m taking my time with this one, I want to treasure very last page)

The First Year: Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis by Jill Sklar (I figure I should probably learn a bit more about my lifelong chronic illness)

A Christmas to Remember by Jenny Hale (The first book in my new seasonal feature)

Other books I have to try and read this week include:

Alice + Freda Forever by Alexis Coe (NetGalley Review) (208 pages)

Fat Chance by Nick Spalding (Net Galley Review) (289 pages)

Love and Other Unknown Variables by Shannon Lee Alexander (NetGalley Review) (352 pages)

Seven Letters from Paris by Samantha Verant (NetGalley Review) (288 pages)

Rocks by Joe Perry (NetGalley Review) (432 pages)

Reunion by Hannah Pittard (NetGalley Review) (288 pages)

Althea and Oliver by Christina Moracho (NetGalley Review) (384 pages)

A Week in Paris by Rachel Hore (NetGalley Review) (358 pages)

Now this may seem like a lot of books but I only have one for review next week so I will pick up the pace then.

Also, this week it is a lovely book bloggers birthday, everyone should show Clare over at A Book and Tea some birthday love.

Have an awesome reading week.

L x

Ps I hang my head in shame, my NetGalley review percentage went down. Woe to the people.

Synopsis

In this modern day retelling of the myth of Eurydice and Orpheus we meet best friends Ella and Claire who spend their youth trying to grow up quicker. Things take an interesting turn when Ella falls for vagabond Orpheus. Their union signifies the end of Claire and Ella’s youth and also brings their impending lives fully into view.

Review

I was so keen to read this book. Having read Almond’s work before I am familiar and I awe how he can take the normal and make it appear mystical and atmospheric. Add to this the fact that the tale of Orpheus and Eurydice is my favourite myth you can see why I was so eager to devour this story.

Sadly, it didn’t blow me away. In fact, having finished the book I’m kind of at a loss to describe how I feel. Heck, all the elements were there; the atmospheric nature of his writing, the story that needed to be told, the amazing way in which Almond can captivate you – it all just didn’t quite connect for me.

I’m a little bit disappointed.

Give it a read and let me know what you think.

The Song for Ella Grey by David Almond is available now.

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