E-Arc Book Review: The Promise of Summer

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Avon
  • Date (Uk ) : ‎ July 22, 2021
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 416 pages
  • Author: Bella Osbourne
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I received an e-Arc from the publisher and Netgalley for an honest review!

SUMMARY:

Ruby’s life is about to change for ever…

With a terrible track record when it comes to men, Ruby has all but given up on love. She finally decides to take fate into her own hands and boards a train to London to attend the appointment of a lifetime.

When a stranger starts chatting to her, Ruby’s faith in romance is restored as he nervously reveals a sparkling diamond and an extravagant proposal plan. When he leaves the ring behind, Ruby is determined to track him down – but fellow passenger Curtis has other ideas about how best to save the day.

Can this unlikely pair reunite the ring with its rightful owner before it’s too late?

MY REVIEW:

Oh my gosh! I laughed at so many parts in this book. It was so fun to read. Just when I thought the story was going to go in this direction, something else happens! It had the right amount of adventure, friendship and romance.

The main character, Ruby is a woman of many talents! She is great at rearranging flowers, has tons of patience dealing with customers and Curtis. Plus her way with words captured my attention. I love how Ruby’s life changed when Curtis comes into the picture. I really liked the interaction between them. It was like “serious life” meets “vibrant life”. What can I say about Curtis? The character is quite interesting and to me he kind of opens up a bit more but in a turtle pace way. (I keep trying to picture which actor could pull him off.) When Ruby and Curtis are together, they’re opposites. Like that song “Opposites Attract”, anything is possible!

Now Kim is the other a character in the book who is dealing with her life, ex husband and more. Even her story was fun to read. There were twists and turn with her. She also has a great friendship with Ruby. She comes across a man named Adrian who might be a new flame for her but does it happen? Adrian is a nice man who lost his wife a few years ago and has a daughter. I love the interaction between him and Kim. There’s respect and kindness between the two. (For some reason I keep picturing Dermot Mulroney as Adrian. Anyone else think this?) I do have to mention that Kim does take in a dog named Boomerang from the shelter which she ends up nicknaming Boomer. I thought it was perfect for her to take care of a dog.

There are two storylines in this book which worked really well. It was like a movie going on. I loved it! I could keep up with the plot, characters and setting. The pace was perfect for me! I am definitely going to read more from this author!

By the way does Kim and Ruby get their happy ever after or will there be more drama for them in the end?

Read this contemporary romance now to find out!

Snippet from the E-Arc “The Promise of Summer”

Currently reading “The Promise of Summer” E- Arc by Bella Osbourne

“Train? London? Gorgeous man who smells of your strawberry shower gel? Spill,” said Kim, all thoughts of her Vince confession completely superseded.

“It’s not what you think,” said Ruby, hanging up her jacket and pulling out the order for that day’s wedding.

Love Your Life Review

  • Author: Sophie Kinsella
  • Hardcover : 432 pages
  • Date: October 27, 2020
  • Publisher : Random House Publishing Group: The Dial Press

I received a free e-arc from publisher on Netgalley for an honest review!

Summary:
Call Ava romantic, but she thinks love should be found in the real world, not on apps that filter men by height, job, or astrological sign. She believes in feelings, not algorithms. So after a recent breakup and dating app debacle, she decides to put love on hold and escapes to a remote writers’ retreat in coastal Italy. She’s determined to finish writing the novel she’s been fantasizing about, even though it means leaving her close-knit group of friends and her precious dog, Harold, behind.

At the retreat, she’s not allowed to use her real name or reveal any personal information. When the neighboring martial arts retreat is canceled and a few of its attendees join their small writing community, Ava, now going by “Aria,” meets “Dutch,” a man who seems too good to be true. The two embark on a baggage-free, whirlwind love affair, cliff-jumping into gem-colored Mediterranean waters and exploring the splendor of the Italian coast. Things seem to be perfect for Aria and Dutch.

But then their real identities—Ava and Matt—must return to London. As their fantasy starts to fade, they discover just how different their personal worlds are. From food choices to annoying habits to sauna etiquette . . . are they compatible in anything? And then there’s the prickly situation with Matt’s ex-girlfriend, who isn’t too eager to let him go. As one mishap follows another, it seems while they love each other, they just can’t love each other’s lives. Can they reconcile their differences to find one life together?

My Review:
I have read other Sophie Kinsella books before and was so excited to read this one. The main character Ava is a character who likes to multi task with many things and never seems to finish any of them. So her newest thing is to write a book and ends up going on writing retreat. I loved how this character wanted to write a book. It’s one of my dreams to do one day too! Anyways at the retreat she uses a fake name “Aria” and ends up meeting “Dutch.” She and Dutch have an instant spark which I thought was adorable. They become an item which I was excited for. I began to wonder what was going to happen next with them.

While at the retreat she and Dutch find out that they both live in London. They decided to actually meet up and date in the real world. Well things change! Drama ends up coming! Dutch’s real name is Matthias aka Matt and Aria is Ava. Well Ava as I mentioned is a person who multi tasks and is such a free spirit. She’s a vegetarian. Matt on the other hand is completely the opposite. He is more orderly and modern. He even eats meat. There are many more quirks about them that are so opposite.

I love how they are so different from each other. They learn from each other. They began to wonder if this relationship is worth it? Can they live with such differences between them? I love this part of the story: how they see the differences between each other and how real emotions come out to play to seeing their differences. Can they make it work?

I liked this book because it was so different. It showed a relationship with characters that are opposite attract. I thought it was a cute, funny and such a rom con, chick lit adventure. I am glad that I got to read this heartwarming story. If you want something different to read, check this story out!

500 Miles From You

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  • Author: Jenny Colgan
  • Publication Date : June 9, 2020
  • Print Length : 432 pages
  • Publisher : William Morrow Paperbacks

What happens when two medical professionals–ex Army medic from a village in the Scottish Highlands and an inner city nurse from inner-city London—switch jobs for three months and become unlikely pen pals?

Lissa, is a nurse in a gritty, hectic London neighborhood. Always terribly competent and good at keeping it all together, she’s been suffering quietly with PTSD after helping to save the victim of a shocking crime. Her supervisor quietly arranges for Lissa to spend a few months doing a much less demanding job in the little town of Kirrinfeif in the Scottish Highlands, hoping that the change of scenery will help her heal. Lissa will be swapping places with Cormack, an Army veteran who’s Kirrinfeif’s easygoing nurse/paramedic/all-purpose medical man. Lissa’s never experienced small-town life, and Cormack’s never spent more than a day in a big city, but it seems like a swap that would do them both some good.

In London, the gentle Cormack is a fish out of the water; in Kirrinfief, the dynamic Lissa finds it hard to adjust to the quiet. But these two strangers are now in constant contact, taking over each other’s patients, endlessly emailing about anything and everything. Lissa and Cormack discover a new depth of feeling…for their profession and for each other.

But what will happen when Lissa and Cormack finally meet…?

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My Review:
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It took me a few days to read this book.  I checked this book out from my local library.

The summary of the book is up above, I am not going to repeat it.  I think the goings back and forth between Lissa and Cormack is cute and real.  They go on new adventures and have misshaps!  I love how both characters adjust to new settings.   They are both coping with trauma and learning new things about themselves.

The texts and emails between Lissa and Cormack are cute, funny and simple. It made me smile.  Don’t you just love that type of feeling?  I did want more of this interaction and kind of felt like it needed a little more development.  It mostly focused on Lissa’s trauma and trying to cope with it.  Cormace has trauma but I did not find out more about it.  Perhaps the story will continue on in another book?

The story covered a bit of romance, with every day aspects, emotions, laughter and learning how to cope.  I love the quiet of the countryside which made me want to go there.  London makes me miss it since I have visited there once!  One day  I will visit again.

The story was just there.
I do not know how to describe it.
I enjoyed it but didn’t love it to the max.
It was just an okay, cute read to escape.

Finished and Current

Finished Reading:

I just recently finished “The Zeppelin Deception: A Stoker & Holmes Novel”  Book 5 by Colleen Gleason.  I have been waiting to read this book and I am so glad I did.

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Another adventure with Mina and Evaline.   This book had me on my seat.   The author kept me on my toes with twists and turns.  A wedding being planned, a murder going down, a ball being planned and a few other events will keep you wondering what will happen next.  While reading this story  I was trying to figure out who the villain was in the story and honestly had no clue. None!   When the villain was revealed I was very surprised.  I had no indication that it could have been that character.   When Mina, Evaline, Pix and the Constable confronts the villain was amazing and awesome.  I loved how they all worked together.   I really enjoyed this series and hope there will be more.  The ending was adorable and sweet but it was not wrapped up fully.  Adventures could happen again, who knows?

Action, drama, romance, steampunk, vampires and more…from Book 1 to Book 5.  It is a must read series.  Be sure to check Colleen Gleason out on her website and social media.

 

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