Wednesday, 27 April 2011

The Sweetest Thing by Cathy Woodman

I absolutely loved this book! It is exactly what I look for in a romantic novel. Whilst it is clearly predictable, it is enjoyable to divulge into the world of Talyton St. George again. I loved the character of Jennie, and her two little girls who were incredibly sweet. I wasn't so sure about the sub-plot of her son drinking alcohol when he was down - he was only fourteen - but at least it brought them all together by the end of the book. I loved how each chapter had the name of a cake at the beginning, and then how that cake somehow featured in the chapter. And I also loved all of the animals in the story. I hope Cathy Woodman brings out more books like this as it is exactly what I'd hoped for when I bought it! I even bought a copy from Waterstones rather than wait longer for the cheaper copy to be released because I'd really enjoyed the previous two Talyton St. George novels. It was nice that we saw some of the same characters briefly from those stories, too. I give it 10/10!

Saturday, 23 April 2011

It's Now or Never by Carole Matthews

I really enjoyed this book, it was actually very inspirational. I loved both the characters of Annie and Lauren and felt like I got to know them really well throughout the book. I felt proud of them when they finally achieved what it was they wanted/needed. Although the character Jude was horrible, he was written really well, and seeing the transition of Lauren falling out of love with him was actually enjoyable, because he just kept making more and more mistakes and got what he deserved! I didn't like the character of Greg, though, even when he changed at the end. I'm not sure why, but he just irritated me a little bit. But a good book overall. I give it 8/10.

Tuesday, 19 April 2011

The Ballroom on Magnolia Street by Sharon Owens

When I picked this book up, I wasn't sure I was going to like it because of the synopsis on the back. However, the story wasn't that much like the synopsis at all! There were hints on the back of the book that suggested that Kate was going to hit on Johnny Hogan and this seemed strange. However, she actually intended the double wedding to be with Kevin McGovern. The entire way through the book I was thinking 'When is she going to leave Kevin and go after Johnny?', but she never did and I was glad about that. The synopsis also suggested that Johnny got involved with his newly-discovered son's wedding, when he didn't even go! But despite the fact the story didn't really match the synopsis, I did really enjoy the book. I really liked the characters of Marion and Eddy. At first Sharon annoyed me a little bit but I grew to love her. Kate annoyed me almost the entire way through, but her character needed to be this way to show how she changed towards the end. I give this book 7/10.