Title: Wishful Drinking

Author: Carrie Fisher

Pages: 178 Pages

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

The Blurb

Born to celebrity parents, she was picked to play a princess in a movie called Star Wars when only 19 years old. “But it isn’t all sweetness and light sabres.” Alas, aside from a demanding career and her role as a single mother (not to mention the hyperspace hairdo), Carrie also spends her free time battling addiction and weathering the wild ride of manic depression.

It’s an incredible tale: from having Elizabeth Taylor as a stepmother, to marrying (and divorcing) Paul Simon, and from having the father of her daughter leave her for a man, to ultimately waking up one morning and finding a friend dead beside her in bed.

Carrie Fisher’s star-studded career included roles in numerous films such as The Blues Brothers and When Harry Met Sally. She was the author of four bestselling novels, Surrender in the Pink, Delusions of Grandma, The Best Awful and Postcards from the Edge, which was made into a hit film starring Shirley MacLaine and Meryl Streep. Carrie’s experience with addiction and mental illness – and her willingness to talk honestly about them – made her a sought-after speaker and respected advocate. She was truly one of the most magical people to walk among us.

 (AMAZON BLURB)

The Review

If I am honest, I have never really paid much attention to Carrie Fisher. Sure, I knew who she was, I had seen Star Wars and I love When Harry Met Sally and that random episode of Sex and the City that she had a cameo in. Oh and she was also in a really funny episode of The Big Bang Theory but Carrie Fisher was someone who I genuinely didn’t really think about.

However, when her book Wishful Drinking was discounted on Kindle one day and I thought to myself “Why not give it a read?” I bought it and man I am really glad I did. After reading it I come to the realisation that I really wish that I had paid more attention to Carrie Fisher before she had died. She was so funny. I laughed out loud to her witty and brutally honest accounts of drug abuse and her “normal” Hollywood upbringing.

Even if, like me, you are not a fan of the Star Wars franchise this book is still a brilliant and engaging read. With direct comments to the reader Carrie Fisher, even whilst being dead, makes you feel like you are her friend and having a conversation. She makes you feel like part of her story. It is reasons like this that you cannot deny her talent.

Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher is available now.

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Title: Hello, Sunshine

Author: Laura Dave

Pages: 256 Pages

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

The Blurb

Sunshine Mackenzie has it all…until her secrets come to light.

Sunshine Mackenzie is living the dream—she’s a culinary star with millions of fans, a line of #1 bestselling cookbooks, and a devoted husband happy to support her every endeavour.

And then she gets hacked.

When Sunshine’s secrets are revealed, her fall from grace is catastrophic. She loses the husband, her show, the fans, and her apartment. She’s forced to return to the childhood home—and the estranged sister—she’s tried hard to forget. But what Sunshine does amid the ashes of her own destruction may well save her life.

In a world where celebrity is a careful construct, Hello, Sunshine is a compelling, funny, and evocative novel about what it means to live an authentic life in an inauthentic age.

The Review

Hello, Sunshine by Laura Dave was a fascinating piece of fiction that focuses on the negative impact of celebrity and social media.

Sunshine Mackenzie is an internet sensation who is about to hit the big time with her cooking skills that has been championed over YouTube. Days before the announcement of a brand new TV show in which she will star Sunshine’s dirty little secrets are revealed to the world.

Within minutes her life is ruined.

Hello, Sunshine is a book about redemption, making the best out of a bad situation and also rediscovery. It was an absolute delight to read and was perfect for one sitting in the sun.

Hello, Sunshine by Laura Dave is available now.

For more information regarding Laura Dave (@lauradave) please visit www.lauradave.com.

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Title: While I Was Sleeping

Author: Dani Atkins

Pages: 560 Pages

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

The Blurb

I don’t remember what happened or what has changed.

I can still hear your voices but you can’t seem to hear me.

I was about to be married and had everything to look forward to.

Now I have to find a way back – to you, to our family, to us.

(AMAZON BLURB)

The Review

Firstly, I would like to thank the team at Book and the City who sent me a copy of While I Was Sleeping. I wasn’t able to attend their social due to work commitments but they made me feel included by sending me some party goodies.

Secondly, I would like to ask Book and the City what the heck did they think they were doing? This Book – While I Was Sleeping – has broken me. I mean, I am a shell of the person I was before!

While I Was Sleeping is the story of Maddie. At 28, her life seems perfect. She is set to marry the man of her dreams, she is living her best life until tragedy strikes. Then the world as she knew it comes crumbling down at her feet.

Through fear of not wanting to give too much away I will just tell you how this book made me feel rather than content or storyline within the book. I was crushed. I felt frustrated with the unfairness of it all. You cannot help but feel broken for our protagonist and become quite angry with everything.

In a style that I equate to Jodi Picoult, Atkins then shifts focus and you feel frustrated afresh with unfairness from a different point of view.

When I read While I Was Sleeping I laughed, I cried and I put the book down because I couldn’t read any further without losing another night sleep.

All in all, it was fantastic but be warned, While I Was Sleeping will break you.

While I Was Sleeping by Dani Atkins is available from 23rd August 2018.

For more information regarding Dani Atkins (@AtkinsDani) please visit www.facebook.com/DaniAtkinsAuthor

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Some Like it Hot at the Picture House by the SeaTitle: Some Like it Hot at the Picture House by the Sea

Author: Holly Hepburn

Pages: 100 Pages

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

The Blurb

Part Four in the brilliant new series from the bestselling author of The Star and Sixpence series. Perfect for fans of Cathy Bramley.

After several months in Cornwall helping her grandfather run the family business, Gina has almost forgotten what London life is like, and her boyfriend Max has most definitely noticed…. With all her energy going into the newly renovated Palace picture house and the ever-successful Ferrelli’s ice-cream business, he’s not getting much attention. To make matters worse, Gina is spending more and more time with her friend and co-renovator, Ben, and old feelings are starting to resurface.

But as Gina’s time in Cornwall draws to a close and she starts thinking about returning to life in London with Max, the cinema’s very future comes under threat from a developer with greed in his eyes. Will Gina stay in Polwhipple? And can she help owner Gorran save the Palace before it is too late…?

The Review

Ahh, the final part of The Picture House by the Sea series has come and gone and I have that pleasantly comfortable feeling that you can get once you have read a good book. I like to think of it as the hot water bottle feeling. I feel snug.

Some Like it Hot at the Picture House by the Sea has the cinema reopening to much applause but before then there has been some dastardly plots afoot that Gina, Ben and the gang have had to try and fix but in the grand tradition of rom-com books it all works out in the end.

I am so glad I read this series. It really has been a warm hug on a cold day.

Well done, Holly Hepburn.

Some Like it Hot at the Picture House by the Sea by Holly Hepburn is available now.

For more information regarding Holly Hepburn (@HollyH_Author) please visit www.hollyhepburn.com.

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3 Stars

Dirty Dancing at the Picture House by the SeaTitle: Dirty Dancing at the Picture House by the Sea

Author: Holly Hepburn

Pages: 100 Pages

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

The Blurb

Part Three of the brilliant new series from the bestselling author of the Star and Sixpence series. Perfect for all fans of Cathy Bramley.

The picture house by the sea is the Palace at Polwhipple – a lovely art deco cinema, nestled in front of azure Cornish seas.

Gina is now in charge of Ferrelli’s, her grandfather’s ice-cream business, and is determined to modernise things.  Change has come to the Palace too and there’s a ‘closed for refurbishment’ sign hanging across the doors. But just because the picture house is closed, doesn’t mean there can’t be a movie screening… and there’s only one place for it! Will Gina pull off her biggest event yet…? And with Rose Arundell sinking her claws further into Ben, who will be the Johnny to Gina’s Baby…?

The Review

Out of the four books in The Picture House by the Sea Series this has been the one that I have looked forward to reading the most.

I love Dirty Dancing. It is my favourite film of all time ever. I have posters, limited edition DVDs, books, t-shirts. It is, without a shadow of a doubt, the sexiest movie of all time. True fact.

In the latest instalment the renovations of the picture house are well under way but when Gina learns that the picture house is under financial pressure she knows that she has to do something to help raise funds. With that in mind and it being a glorious summer the cinema moves to the beach where they show the 80s classic Dirty Dancing. Things become fraught with tension when Rose Arundel tries to do everything she can to destroy all of Gina’s hard work.

Even more worrying is that Rose and Max seem to have a relationship that Gina doesn’t know about; worrying times for the people of Polwhipple.

Dirty Dancing at the Picture House by the Sea is great. It shows the more determined side to Gina in the face of a seriously bad situation and it makes you fall more and more in love with Cornwall….and make you want to watch Dirty Dancing all over again.

Dirty Dancing at the Picture House by the Sea by Holly Hepburn is available now.

For more information regarding Holly Hepburn (@HollyH_Author) please visit www.hollyhepburn.com.

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4 Stars