​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! 😁

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​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? 😊

​Book Reviews from My Pending Drafts – Book I

I just did a quick draft check and I found five book reviews that I had started writing but didn’t get around to posting. So this post is for those books 📚 😀
Book I – Getting Personal by Chris Manby

The book starts with a rowdy rugger bugger wedding of a loud mouthed bride and her bald patched groom where three single best friends are sitting together playing bingo.
Meet Lou, Martin and Ruby. They decide that time is really running out on their biological clocks & they need to find the right partners and settle down. But given that they are single at everyone’s wedding it isn’t probably working out as they thought.

Then suddenly Lou has an idea. Inspired by the loud mouthed bride’s success at finding her bald patched yet obviously rich hubby via a personal ad, she urges Ruby and Martin to try it out too. To make things fun she suggests that they write ads for each other.

And so, Lou meets this really nice guy Andrew, who is the ideal guy in all which ways – like the guy who will cook for u and carry your shopping bags, the one u’ll definitely take to meet the parents,the one who will be the perfect father to ur kids and the one who will be holding ur hand after u retire and are sipping tea in the back garden in peace. 

So Lou should be happy right? Only she isn’t! Bcoz it’s not perfect that she wants. She wants something different and exciting – like that stranger she glimpsed just once on the tube to work.

Martin meets a Cindy Daniels – all dreadlock hair and snorting Coke types, wild, really wild. However meeting Cindy and the unfortunate events that follow somehow tip fate into Martins lap and he is set to achieve literary stardom. But Cindy is not what he wants.

Meanwhile, Ruby gets real unlucky with her dates! First the loo roll nicking Robin and then the personal ad addict Robert. Ruby is convinced that she is doomed to be eternally single. Either that or flit from one miserable relationship to another. Will Ruby ever meet the Prince Charming she always dreamed of?

Well, this book is slightly predictable except for that one shocker that is pulled at the end. When I read that line, I read it, passed it, came back and read it again. Bcoz I did not see that coming.

Life can be so confusing at times.  Look at Lou. She gets the best of everything but what seems like the perfect thing to us may not be the what that person is searching for. 

Ruby is so innocent and gullible that men find it easy to cheat on her. Being kind all the while can be dangerous for our health only.

What I realised when I read this book is that in today’s world u cannot trust a person to be what they claim they are. 

What sounds good on paper and phone is not really the same when u see him/her in person. While on the other hand actually who you are looking for could have all the while been with you for so long and you hadn’t even realised it. 😊