​I Heart Series, xoxo

Good books always manage to find you when you are not looking out to read anything. And then when you come to know that that particular book is part of a series, would you not hunt them all down?

Author Lindsey Kelk was inspired to write her first book of this series after returning from a holiday to New York City to her home in London and being unable to get over post-vacation blues. She immediately decided that it would be a series of books, each taking in different cities.

Angela is a fun character – she’s flawed in so many ways yet hilarious all the way. And the easy breezy writing of Kelk makes Angela’s journey sound really like The Adventures of Angela that they are meant to be.

I love how she brings about the essence of each city; almost like the city is a person in itself ( Although strictly speaking, the last two books focus only on Angela).

I heart New York

Angela Clark busts her fiancée cheating on her at her best friend’s wedding. Wanting to put as much space as possible between her and the pain, she boards a plane and takes off to the first destination that comes in her mind – NYC. Here, she befriends Jenny Lopez (not the movie one).

A makeover and a Marc Jacobs satchel later –  Angela moves in with Jenny , is dating two incredibly hot men at the same time and is blogging about her life for a living on the website of TheLook.com. But is New York really her home or is she just running away from her real home?

It’s impossible not to fall in love with New York when it is described through Angela’s eyes. New York is a city where people come to become something new. While reading the book you feel the highs and lows that Angela is going through. If you ever felt like you needed a new beginning sometimes, you will heart this book!!

I heart Hollywood

The glitz of LA is well captured in this one. And if you thought looking good and hanging out with a celeb on a Hollywood weekend was glam, Angela is here to tell you otherwise.

Angela’s magazine is sending her to Hollywood to interview the British heartthrob James Jacobs. But this adventure sparks off new heartaches and headaches for Angela. Can she convince her editor and her boyfriend , Alex,  that all that is printed on newspapers is not as it appears?

I heart Paris

The City of Love is calling… Alex has offered Angela a romantic getaway and Belle magazine has offered an article. But right upon landing at Charles de Gaulle Airport, Angela has a bunch of problems up her sleeve. With her old life in London just a train away, fate is tempting Angela…

All those who have lived away from home and feel that need for a quick home visit just to feel better again will relate to this. Adulting is not the most comfortable ride and Angela’s Parisian adventures tell us just that.

I heart Vegas

 

Angela is out of savings, out of work and in danger of potentially being thrown out of the country. And La Lopez’s solution to all of this is – a weekend getaway in Vegas. And what happens in Vegas……

I liked how the author points out that people have been just using this city as an excuse to explain away their behavior. Vegas toh ainvayi badnaam hai. 

 

 

I heart London

 

The time has come to return home and face all the music. Albeit reluctantly, Angela comes home to her besides-their-minds-with-worry parents, a confused ex, a battle of besties and an impending marriage.

 

 

 

I heart Christmas

 

Christmas is Angela’s most favorite season. And it is all set to be ruined!!! Can Angela bring back her festive spirit?

 

 

 

 

I heart Forever

 

With this book, we reach to the end of the series. Read to find how Angela’s story settles down in the Big Apple.

 

 

 

There are two more supplementary short stories in this series, which need to be read to catch up with Jenny’s life.

Jenny Lopez has a Bad Week(read after I heart Paris)

Jenny Lopez saves Christmas (read after I heart Christmas)

I absolutely ❤️ this series!!!

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​Book Reviews from My Pending Drafts – Book III, IV, V

Continued from Part I and II

Book III – Such A Perfect Sister by Donna Hay

Phoebe Redmond has always lived under the shadow of her dazzling and gorgeous sister Alex. Whatever Phoebe wanted, Alex got it without asking. 
Phoebe always had a crush on Luke but naturally Luke fell in love with Alex. When Alex decides to marry Luke, Phoebe suspects that there is something going on in Alex’s mind that she isn’t sharing. But will this mean that Phoebe finally gets to come out of being “Alex Redmond’s sister”? 

This book is a fantastic entertainer. I really enjoyed it. Those who enjoy sibling rivalry will like this one. I couldn’t put it down – I wanted to know what happened next with Phoebe, Alex, Luke and Will. 

This book is the fastest one I have read. Finished it in a day! 😁

Book IV – Keeping Mum by Kate Lawson

The tagline of this book makes no sense at all. Throughout the book I was waiting for when Nita might behave badly but she’s always helping Cass. 
Cass lives in Norfolk & runs a furniture shop attached to her house. With her boys in university & her mom hitting it off with her toy boy, everything is going as usual. When enters her childhood friend Fioana into her life once again. Cass finds herself getting pestled between Fioana and her partner Andy’s relationship which is in troubled waters. 

Just when Cass thinks that their choir competition in Cyprus would be the perfect opportunity to get away from all this, that’s when the real drama starts. 

This book is slow to start. There isn’t anything much happening until the All Stars get to Cyprus. After that it picks pace and turns out to be a good read. Though with the ending, it nose dives again. 

Book V – Kate’s Wedding by Chris Manby

I have heard that Chris Manby was actually supposed to release another novel in 2011 but after the engagement announcement of Prince William & Kate Middleton, she was suddenly struck by inspiration & wrote Kate’s Wedding in a month. 
No, this book isn’t a tribute to the royal couple. 

The Kate in the book is Kate Williamson. 39 years old, successful partner in a law firm, she was hardly expecting her boyfriend to propose to her. But when he did what should have been the most beautiful moment in her life turns into an almighty source of misery. Kate wonders if Kate Middleton too feels like what in the world has she signed up for? Will Kate make it to the aisle or will she bail? 

Diana Ashcroft on the other hand spent all her life dreaming up about her perfect wedding. She was born at the exact moment when Lady Diana Spencer married Prince Charles & hence was named after her. So it feels like destiny that she should have a wedding as royal as Prince William & Kate Middleton. 

This novel is the kind of stuff that can be made into a good Bridezilla movie! 😁

​Book Reviews from My Pending Drafts – Book II

This post series is for all the book reviews that stayed pending in my drafts. Continuing from Book I. 

Book II – The Time Of My Life by Cecelia Ahern

I guess I was feeling symbolic when I picked this book up as the first thing to read in the new year 2016 as I had decided to basically give some time to myself. 
I was about to give up on this book after reading the first few pages but then soon as Lucy’s Life entered the picture – the book took on a whole new turn. 

Lucy is a mess. She gets fired from jobs, has been dumped by her boyfriend, is living in a one room studio that is barely clean & is ignoring her family and friends. She has spun a whole web of lies to make herself look good to others. And she is OK with it. Thing is her life isn’t! 

And he – her Life – comes calling and throws her a curveball. 

It’s really easy to relate to Lucy. And the concept of ur Life being an actual person is an interesting idea. What if u met ur life face to face? Would you be happy to see it glowing? Or would you be appalled at the state it is in? 

The book touches upon some fundas in life in a most humorous way. At some places, it really made me pause & think back a little. 

Small small pieces of advice by Lucy’s Life like:

We often do not pay enough attention to our lives by busying ourselves in other things – friend’s lives, work issues, car issues, that kind of thing. 

But with your life, you make a few bad decisions, get unlucky a few times, whatever, but you have to keep going right? Nobody can see the underneath part of who you are – how you’re hurting, how you’re unhappy. 

really make sense.  We are responsible for our own life and what happens in it. 

How else do you think life happens? 😊