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23 March 2017

Blog Tour: 'Laura Lake and the Hipster Weddings' by Wendy Holden

She'll need a triple-barrelled name for the castle one. She'll need a gallon of glitter for the woodland one. She'll need a lobster-shaped hat for the Shoreditch one.

Laura Lake longs to be a journalist. Instead she's an unpaid intern at a glossy magazine – sleeping in the fashion cupboard and living on canapĂ©s. But she's just got her first big break: infiltrate three society weddings and write a juicy exposĂ©.

Security will be tighter than a bodycon dress, but how hard can it be? Cue disappearing brides, demanding socialites – and a jealous office enemy who will do anything to bring her down...

Today I am really excited to be part of the blog tour for author Wendy Holden's latest novel, 'Laura Lake and the Hipster Weddings'! I had been quite curious to check out this book ever since I stumbled upon the lovely bright cover several months ago, so when I was invited to be part of this tour I didn’t even have to think about it. And, which was actually even quite a surprise to myself, this also happened to be my first Wendy Holden novel! No idea why it has taken me so long to finally pick up a book by this author, but I am glad I finally got the chance to do just that. Be sure to check out my review of the novel below, and visit some of the other blogs that are taking part in the tour by taking a look at the blog tour poster!

Laura Lake has always wanted to step into her father's footsteps and become a journalist. However, her actual life is slightly different from that particular dream as she is living in Paris, taking care of her grandmother Mimi, and trying to get by with her job working for an estate agency. When she is unexpectedly given the chance to start working as an intern for popular magazine Society, Laura knows she cannot possibly say no and moves to London to show what she can do. With the assignment to write an article about three different modern-day weddings, Laura suddenly finds herself in all kinds of challenging situations. Throw in her secondary school arch-enemy, and Laura has more than enough to deal with while trying to prove being a journalist is what she was meant to do... No matter what it might take.

I’m glad to say that my personal first experience with author Wendy Holden was an entertaining one in the form of ‘Laura Lake and the Hipster Weddings’, which was a lovely break from reality and a thoroughly enjoyable novel. I have to say I was already quite excited to pick up this read after having just seen the cover and the book description; I love fun chick lit reads, and I love books about weddings, so I already had a feeling this was going to be a winner. Laura is a great heroine, and from the first few chapters I already felt myself rooting for her and hoping she’d be able to achieve her dream of becoming a journalist, and stepping into her father’s footsteps. Next to Laura, the novel has some fun and interesting characters at its core, adding their own touch to the story.

The novel kind of reminded me of ‘The Devil Wears Prada’ in places; I loved that book, so I really enjoyed the resemblances, even though I have to give Wendy Holden credit, because this is definitely an original novel and not just a knock-off of another one. She does have quite a distinctive way of writing; this is, of course, a good thing as an author, but I personally found it a bit tricky at times and didn’t 100% get into it. However, the story and the characters convinced me, and that’s also why this book deserves the high rating I’m giving it. ‘Laura Lake and the Hipster Weddings’ is a very colourful, quirky and wonderful novel, unlike anything else I’ve read, and quite simply a great chick lit read.
Rating:9/10
 
For more information about this book: Amazon.co.uk / Amazon.com / Goodreads

Thanks to the publisher for providing me with a review copy in exchange for an honest review.


Win free signed copies of Laura Lake And The Hipster Weddings by sharing your own hilarious wedding stories with me! I can't wait to read them! They might even inspire another novel! Please go to https://goo.gl/forms/xYaoaGCgxPpNR23g1  Thank you.  Love Wendy xx

22 March 2017

Upcoming Release: 'The Woman Who Met Her Match' by Fiona Gibson


What if your first love came back on the scene... 30 years later?

After yet another disaster, Lorrie is calling time on online dating. She might be single in her forties, but she’s got a good job, wonderful children and she’s happy. This, Lorrie decides, is going to have to be enough.

That is, until she receives a very unexpected request from France. Antoine Rousseau, who had once turned a lonely French exchange trip into a summer of romance, wants to see her – after thirty years.

But Lorrie is a responsible woman. She can’t exactly run off to Nice with the man who broke her teenage heart...can she?

I'm really excited to see Fiona Gibson is treating us to sparkling new novel next month! I've had the pleasure of reading several of Fiona's reads over the years and I always enjoy her stories. 'The Woman Who Met Her Match' sounds like another promising and enjoyable read and it's definitely a title I've added to my wish list. Hopefully I'll be able to get my hands on a copy as soon as possible, because I'm really excited to give this one a shot!

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21 March 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Top 10 Books That Will Make You Read the Day Away

'Top Ten Tuesday' is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. I love making lists, so this feature fits me perfectly! If you also take part in this feature or have any additions to my lists, please get in touch; I'd love to hear from you!
 
 
Top 10 Books That Will Make You Read the Day Away

Don't you just love getting lost in a novel that is so good you just simply don't want to put it down, ever again? Since I became a book blogger and ended up reading a lot more books than I used to do, I really came to realise how special it is to find books that actually make you feel that way. Today I'm sharing ten of my personal favourites with you; books I couldn't stop reading!

Be sure to share your own TTT's in the comments section below; I'd love to hear from you! 



1. 'Harry Potter' series - J.K. Rowling



I've never had the same reading experience as when I picked up Harry Potter novels. I honestly did NOT want to put these books down and continued reading until late in the night, not caring about anything else than the story <3





2. 'Queen of Babble' - Meg Cabot



I love Meg Cabot, and I remember picking up this novel and enjoying reading it so incredibly much.




3. 'Wickham Hall' - Cathy Bramley



Reading a Cathy Bramley novel is like wrapping yourself in a warm and comfy blanket and not getting out until you're ready to face the real world again; I love it.




4. 'The Notebook' - Nicholas Sparks



I love the romance of Nicholas Sparks novels and love getting lost in his stories. I also feel they work best when reading without too many breaks in between, really results in the best reading experience.




5. 'I Heart...' series - Lindsey Kelk



I've only got love for this series, and whenever a new read comes out I could lock myself in a room and not come out until I've finished the book.




6. 'Something Borrowed' - Emily Giffin



Another one of those chick lit reads that just grabbed me as soon as I picked it up and didn't let me go until I had come to the very last page.




7. 'Twilight' - Stephenie Meyer



Oh, I LOVED this book when I first read it. Really did not want to put it down, I can really remember the feeling I had while reading it.




8. 'Party Girl' - Rachel Hollis



I loved this book. One of the few books in the past few years that I honestly loved from start to finish, and was so glad to hear it was actually the first part of a whole series!




9. 'The Help' - Kathryn Stockett



Another fantastic read I can't recommend enough.




10. 'Love Me or Leave Me' - Claudia Carroll
Another chick lit read from the past two years I loved from start to finish, and I remember having to rush out of the train because I almost missed my stop because I was so lost in this novel, haha.