Book Review: The Secret Life of #LucyLovecake, by Pippa James #BlogTour @Pippajames7 @bwpublishing

I’m over the moon to be opening the blog tour for this fresh and delightfully flirtatious comedy about The Secret Life of Lucy Lovecake. It’s a truly wonderful read that will leave you beaming from ear-to-ear…

Publisher: Black and White Publishing

Publication date:  19th January 2017

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lucy-lovecake-cover-onlyThat delicious cover is just the icing on the cake for the incredible feel good vibe that fizzes throughout The Secret Life of Lucy Lovecake. Its flirtatious charm tells the tale of the highs, lows and romantic woes of a budding debut author, Daisy Delaney – and what a little cracker of a book this is!

Daisy, a country girl at heart masquerading as a city dweller, has a chance encounter with infamous TV personality and author, French chef Michel Amiel. He leaves a lasting impression on most people – he certainly did on me! This arrogant man-diva is used to getting his own way and does not like competition in any aspect of his life, particularly when it comes to being knocked off his cookery career pedestal.

The idea of any relationship between the two of them seems as appealing as finding a toenail in your soup, yet something inexplicably intriguing lies behind his rudeness, frequent public outbursts, and his insistence to casually bump into vintage lingerie sales assistant and amateur baker, Daisy.

Although she is bursting to squeal about the publishing deal she’s been offered for her contemporary baking/dating book, her has to kerb her enthusiasm. The true identity of the author must be concealed until the social media frenzy for her book, French Fancy by ‘Lucy Lovecake’, has been whisked up.

The mystique actually works as it sees book sales rise higher than the perfect soufflé, while her personal life is becomes more delicate than a crumbling meringue. All the secrecy places a terrific strain on her relationships as unavoidable situations created by Daisy’s manufactured world spill over into reality creating a recipe for disaster. This leads to the quick fire bakery joviality with continual run-ins with the grouchiest chef in town – man-diva is not a happy bunny as this ‘mystery author’ leaves his own efforts trailing some way behind.

Balancing the necessary ingredients for Daisy’s successful book launch dream against the essential ones for maintaining a happy, contented life involves a succession of little white lies (and a few unrehearsed whoppers!). The unwavering constants are her gorgeous choice of outfits for public appearances, her splendid flatmate friends and not forgetting the ever sulking Monsieur Amiel, of course!

The Secret Life of Lucy Lovecake is fresh and radiant and brimming with a wonderful optimism inviting you to devour Daisy’s story in one sitting, which is exactly what I did during the most perfectly escapist afternoon. Embracing opportunities, sharing your good fortune and taking charge of your own destiny are all part of the Lucy Lovecake experience, as are the unexpected learning curves of life and love.

Rating: 5/5

(I received a copy of this surprising gem of a title from the publisher and Janne Moller with my thanks, for which I am delighted to provide this unbiased review.)

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Daisy Delaney’s life is pancake-flat. A passionate baker and talented lingerie specialist, she has wound up with no one to bake for and a career that hasn’t proved successful. All she wants is to find her happily-ever-after, but navigating her way through professional and romantic life is surprisingly difficult. But when she starts a delicious relationship with famous French author-chef, Michel Amiel, everything begins to look a bit more exciting.

That is, until Michel’s bestselling cookbook is knocked of the top spot by newcomer ‘Lucy Lovecake’. His out-date receipes slide down the charts while the popularity of Lucy Lovecake’s new dating cookbook is rising like the perfect sponge. But all of Daisy’s Christmases seem to have come at once, as the mysterious Miss Lovecake is no other than Daisy herself.

As Daisy teeters on the brink of love, how can she ever tell Michel that she is the mysterious Lucy Lovecake? Does she even want to be with a difficult, egotistical, down-on-his-luck Frenchman just as her career is beginning to take off? Now that her years of hard work are paying off, Daisy begins to wonder whether she really needs a prince after all. Perhaps it’s all about time she took control over her own happy ending?

Filled with romance, baking and lingerie, The Secret Life of Lucy Lovecake is truly a laugh out loud romantic comedy for the 21st Century.

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2017 Spring-Summer.inddPippa James is a full-time writer with a love for food, fashion and all things French. She is best known as Janey Louise Jones, author of the fantastically successful Princess Poppy series, with sales of over 4 million copies to date. Before Princess Poppy took over her life, Pippa James had always intended to write contemporary fiction and this debut novel is the start of a brand-new series, perfect for fans of Jojo Moyles and Sophie Kinsella.

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Book Review: The Reader on the 6.27, by Jean-Paul Didierlaurent

Publisher:  Panmacmillan

Publication date: 10th March 2016 (Paperback)

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the-reader-on-the-6-27By immersing myself in The Reader on the 6.27 I found a little corner of the world where words, either spoken or written, bridge the gap between loneliness and hope. For the briefest moment it can be the most rewarding experience there is.

Every morning during his commute, Monsieur Guylain Vignolles voluntarily reads aloud from the collection of single pages of books that have been orphaned from its parent. A random yet captive audience of strangers listens intently waiting for the next paragraph to begin, and Guylain willingly obliges until the words on the page run out.

This smallest of reprieves is more sustaining than a hearty breakfast. It sets Guylain up for his endless days at the book pulping factory where he works, like a prisoner in his orange overalls sentenced to hard labour. The only crime he commits from Monday to Friday is destroying tonnes of unsold works which he feeds to the machine they call The Thing.

Being both prisoner and executioner the only comfort of his job is when he aides the escape of the pages that are lucky enough to break free of The Thing, so he can recite from these random leafs on the train at 6.27.

This rail connection offers a man with only his goldfish for company an abstract sanctuary. Even though the paragraphs are cut short, the story forever unfinished, it doesn’t matter. It’s the art of reading, irrespective of the content, that makes the reader and his eager audience take these fleeting intervals from their lives. And yet, as the pages turned I could see that the rut he was stuck in was deepening – the skipped meals, his empty home, the endless unchanging routine.

Be it by chance, fate, or pure luck, the lonely operative finds an abandoned USB stick containing the diarised account of a young woman’s life. By candidly recounting all of her own mundaness this unfamiliar woman, known only as Julie, would rescue him from the madness of his own daily grind. As he shares portions of her writing to those who are listening, Guylain and the other thirsty souls lap up every word.

This entire story is something to be cherished, I adore it and I mean everything about it. The tragedy of destroying books, only being able to save a fragment of them like a macabre souvenir of Guylain’s tiresome days, is balanced with renewed optimism as his journey to track down the illusive writer of the diary gives him the courage to step back into the light. And his relationship with the previous operator of The Thing is simply wonderful – I raise a glass of champagne to Monsieur Vignolles and the discreetness of his unwavering emotional generosity.

With its quirky humour giving a second chance to everything that is thought to be lost, The  Reader on the 6.27 is a pure delight.

Rating:   5/5

(Source: My own purchased copy.)

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An international bestseller from French author Jean-Paul Didierlaurent, The Reader on the 6.27 is ready to take you on a journey …

Guylain Vignolles lives on the edge of existence. Working at a book pulping factory in a job he hates, he has but one pleasure in life …

Sitting on the 6.27 train each day, Guylain recites aloud from pages he has saved from the jaws of his monstrous pulping machine. But it is when he discovers the diary of a lonely young woman, Julie – a woman who feels as lost in the world as he does – that his journey will truly begin …

The Reader on the 6.27 is a tale bursting with larger-than-life characters, each of whom touches Guylain’s life for the better. For fans of Amelie and Mr Penumbra’s 24-hour Bookstore, this captivating novel is a warm, funny fable about literature’s power to uplift even the most downtrodden of lives.

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Jean-Paul Didierlaurent lives in the Vosges region of France. His short stories have twice won the International Hemingway Award. The Reader on the 6:27 is his first novel. ” ” ” “Ros Schwartz has translated over 60 works of fiction and non-fiction from French including a new translation of Saint-Exupéry’s The Little Prince. In 2009 she was made a Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres for her services to French literature.

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Blog Tour Book Review: Melody Bittersweet and the Girls’ Ghostbusting Agency (Chapelwick Mysteries #1), by Kitty French

Publisher: Bookouture

Publication date: 14th July 2016

Please note: Sincere this review was published this title has been updated and renamed The Skeletons of Scarborough House and it’s cover has had a makeover too!

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Melody Bittersweet CoverMelody Bittersweet and the Girls’ Ghostbusting Agency is an absolute scream from start to finish!

The Bittersweet’s of Chapelwick possess the all the qualifications necessary to cater for the deceased and their relatives, except they are not undertakers. When a Bittersweet says, “I see dead people,” they’re not joking, as this is just another family trait like someone having hazel eyes, blonde hair, or the ability to casually chat to visiting spirits.

But Melody has other ideas. Time is ticking on and her life desperately needs a change of direction. Not a great move while she’s still delirious from her man-drought after her ex dumped her in exchange for a TV career Derek Acorah would be envious of, and her major redeeming feature, apart from stunning selection of retorts, is a gift that freaks most people out. There’s only one thing for it: launch herself at the most random thought she’s had all day: set up a house clearance business – Welcome to The Girls’ Ghostbusting Agency.

She may regret taking the call offering their first case. At the scene of the haunting she bumps into her gloating charismatic ex (now sporting a dramatic cape and surgically attached entourage). Compared with her Captain America T Shirt and converse trainers, he’s doing a great impression of the phantom of the opera and she’s permanently ready for extreme dress-down Friday. Worse still, the sitting tenants are refusing to walk into the light or even entertain negotiations, preferring to keep the house hostage until their demands are met.

Let the Leo Dark and Melody Bittersweet face-off begin – and may the best ghostbuster vs the Scarborough brothers win. The trio of siblings harbour resentment toward each other for two reasons: 1) For providing the same tiresome company for decades and 2) There’s a delicate issue surrounding one of their deaths, causing accusations against the other two to fly around like the books from the shelves. Their antics are priceless, particularly after being reduced to watching the Disney channel to pass the time and unexpected phrases slip out from time to time! Prepare yourself for a stream of hilarious banter, as their swift exit doesn’t go as planned.

The Scarboroughs’ behaviour won’t faze feisty Melody – she wasn’t at the back the queue when challenging character traits where handed out, yet her technique is nothing like the bailiff method you would expect from her. Assisted by her Sicilian BFF when required, and a young man who turns every shade of beetroot at their uncensored topics of conversation, not forgetting a one eared pug by the name of Lestat, she tries to stay one step ahead of the opposition and sensitively solve a historical mystery. A little snooping here, the patience of a saint there, and plenty of mingling with the ungrateful dead will reveal that more than just their lives were lost.

While Leo Dark and his groupies threaten to disrupt her investigation, their nemesis is heading a campaign to discredit the psychics of Chapelwick. But even his peculiar brand of ‘charm’ has become strangely alluring (it’s just probably the man-drought).

This book is a blast. Should you ever find yourself in dire need of cheering up, this will do the trick – guaranteed! IT’S FUN, IT’S FRISKY and IT’S FABULOUS! I’m already little ‘cray cray’ for the next case. CAN. NOT. WAIT. !!!

Rating: 5/5

(My thanks to Kim Nash for organising the tour for which I received a digital copy of this title from Bookouture via NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review. )

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An absolutely hilarious, totally entertaining, spookily sexy read that you won’t be able to put down!

Life’s tricky for Melody Bittersweet. She’s single, she’s addicted to sugar and super heroes, her family are officially bonkers and … she sees dead people. Is it any wonder no-one’s swiping right on Tinder?

Waking up lonely on her twenty-seventh birthday, Melody finally snaps. She can’t carry on basing all of her life decisions on the advice of her magic 8 ball; things have got to change.

Fast forward two months, and she’s now the proud proprietor of her very own ghostbusting agency – kind of like in the movies but without the dodgy white jumpsuits. She’s also flirting with her ex Leo Dark, fraternising with her sexy enemy in alleyways, and she’s somehow ended up with a pug called Lestat.

Life just went from dull to dynamite and it’s showing no sign of slowing up anytime soon. Melody’s been hired to clear Scarborough House of its incumbent ghosts, there’s the small matter of a murder to solve, and then there are the two very handsome, totally inappropriate men hoping to distract her from the job…

Welcome to Chapelwick, home of the brand new and hilarious Girls Ghostbusting Agency series, where things really do go bump in the night.

This is the PERFECT choice for fans of Marian Keyes, Sophie Kinsella or Lindsey Kelk, with an extra helping of hauntings and hilarity!

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Author Profile - Kitty French

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Kitty French PhotographUSA Today best selling author Kitty French writes sexy, escapist romance hot enough to burn your fingers…

The USA Today best selling Lucien Knight series has been a hit around the world, and Kitty is now writing and releasing the Regular Sex series of half hour erotic reads, a weekly issue to make sure your weekend starts with a bang!

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Kitty is also the disreputable alter-ego of a romantic comedy writer Kat French. She writes full time, and lives in England with her husband and two little boys.

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