Perfect Beach Reads - Book Reviews

Because it's started to feel a little more like summer (well some days are, right?) and everyone is starting to talk about going on their summer holidays I am going to start doing more weekly book reviews and features as there is no better time than a summer holiday to get stuck right into a good book.  I thought that I would start with a couple of the newest titles in the chick-lit genre that have just been released or are just about to be.  Just a quick note though, some of the books  that I feature may have been sent to me by publishers for consideration for reviewing, so they will be proof copies, therefore have different covers and sometimes even titles, just in case your wondering why some of the covers I feature may vary in appearance to the ones you buy.  Also even though some books may be sent to me, I only feature books that I read, enjoy and think are appropriate to everyone who reads my blog, so all these views are my own, as they say on twitter haha! And anything on my blog that I ever get sent is always marked with an * too. Phew, well now all that business is done, on to the books....

The Summer Without You - Karen Swan*
'Rowena Tipton isn't looking for a new life, just a new adventure; something to while away the months as her long-term boyfriend presses pause on their relationship before they become engaged. But when a chance encounter at a New York wedding leads to an audition for a coveted house-share in the Hamptons - the beach scene for Manhattan's elite - suddenly a new life is exactly what she's got.
Stretching before her is a summer with three eclectic housemates, long days on white-sand beaches and parties on gilded tennis courts. But high rewards bring high stakes and Rowena soon finds herself caught in the crossfire of a vicious intimidation campaign. Alone for the first time in her adult life, she has no one to turn to but a stranger who is everything she doesn't want - but possibly everything she needs.'

I have to admit as soon I pick up a book that's set in the Hamptons I'm already sucked in.  As a result of watching far too many episodes of The Real Housewives of New York and seeing their annual trips to the luxury vacation destination, its pretty much my dream setting.  The author manages to paint such a vivid picture of the resort that you feel like you are there or rather you end up wishing you were there.  The story is full of twists and turns and you will find yourself rooting for Rowena the whole way through, wanting to know what is going to happen to her.  This is a really great beach read, you'll find yourself not wanting to put it down and it's beautiful Hamptons setting is the perfect backdrop that will make you feel all summery even if your reading it with the rain battering off the windows (which let's face it, can sometimes happen during our summers).
You can buy the paperback HERE £5.51 and the kindle version too for £3.49 both versions out now.

One Night In Italy - Lucy Diamond*
'Is Italian really the language of love? A new class of students hopes to find out.
Anna's recently been told the father she's never met is Italian. Now she's baking focaccia, whipping up tiramisu and swotting up on her vocabulary, determined to make it to Italy so she can find him in person.
Catherine's husband has walked out on her, and she's trying to pick up the pieces of her life. But she'll need courage as well as friends when she discovers his deception runs even deeper than infidelity.
Sophie's the teacher of the class, who'd much rather be back in sunny Sorrento. She can't wait to escape the tensions at home and go travelling again. But sometimes life - and love - can surprise you when you least expect it.
As the evening class gets underway, friendships form and secrets from Italy begin to emerge. With love affairs blossoming in the most unlikely places, and hard decisions to face, it's going to be a year that Anna, Catherine and Sophie will never forget.'

I was so excited when this book dropped through my letterbox as I LOVE Italy and I always get so excited when books are set there in case it's places that I have visited, so that I can be all 'I've been there' when I'm reading them. Yep, I'm a little geeky when it comes to things like that haha! But this one threw me a little because even though the whole story is based around all things and people Italian, it's not actually set there, it's set in Sheffield.  Don't be disappointed  though as Italy plays one of the biggest roles in the book as it's what brings all the main characters together when they start taking Italian lessons and it's also a link through all of their stories too.  This is such a warm hearted, really feel good book.  All the individual stories of the lead characters are woven together perfectly and you'll find yourself relating to the women and their trials and tribulations that they are going through.  This book really made me smile and I think this is definitely one you should pack in your suitcase as it has 'beach read' written all over it! 
The hardback is out now for £15.10 or if you wait till June 5th you can buy the paper copy for £3.50 and the Kindle copy for £4.31.  You can buy them all HERE


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