The Summer We Danced by Fiona Harper

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What they say:

Shall we dance?

After a humiliating divorce and watching her former rock star husband leave her for a model live on reality TV, Pippa is determined to disappear. So she returns to the small Kent village where she grew up to make a fresh start. Little did she know that would mean saving her beloved childhood dance school or falling for her old school crush Tom too!

The Review: The Little Shop Of Hopes and Dreams was one of the first reviews I did on this blog (see review here) and when I saw that this book was up I was very excited. I was expecting a warm, inviting, homely read and that was what I got. We meet Pippa who is  back at her childhood abode in the village of Elmhurst after her marriage fell apart very publicly as a result of her rock star ex boyfriend. Pippa is feeling sorry for herself, which usually would lead me to thinking a character is overly negative, and yet you can’t help but like her straight away and cheer her on as she decides she’s going to make her new circumstances work.
Pippa was a dancer in her previous existence and we watch her as she struggles to return to dancing with the help of her old teacher Miss Mimi while helping resurrect the dance school. There were a lot of characters in the book, but they were nicely introduced and you just accepted them as they popped by. The settings, the descriptions, the book itself had so many moments that made me smile, but unfortunately a few that required a few too many pinches of salt, they were just that tiny bit over the top sickly sweet for me. Add to this the fact that I received this as an advance review copy that had a large number of spaces missing, and a few errors, and I’m afraid I began to play editor, lost the sense of romance that had appeared and couldn’t give it more than a 3.5. That being said, I have no doubt the issues will have been rectified, and that this book will appeal to those who want a warm, homely read full of romance and dancing. Thanks to Netgalley for this book in return for an honest review.
Rating: 3.5/5

The Week ahead in books

 

The Girl In The Ice by Robert Bryndzathe girl int he ice

What they say: Her eyes are wide open. Her lips parted as if to speak. Her dead body frozen in the ice…She is not the only one.

When a young boy discovers the body of a woman beneath a thick sheet of ice in a South London park, Detective Erika Foster is called in to lead the murder investigation.

The victim, a beautiful young socialite, appeared to have the perfect life. Yet when Erika begins to dig deeper, she starts to connect the dots between the murder and the killings of three prostitutes, all found strangled, hands bound and dumped in water around London.

What dark secrets is the girl in the ice hiding?

As Erika inches closer to uncovering the truth, the killer is closing in on Erika.

The last investigation Erika led went badly wrong… resulting in the death of her husband. With her career hanging by a thread, Erika must now battle her own personal demons as well as a killer more deadly than any she’s faced before. But will she get to him before he strikes again?

A page-turning thriller packed with suspense. If you like Angela Marsons, Rachel Abbott and Karin Slaughter, discover Rob Bryndza’s new series today – at a special launch price.

Watch out for more from DCI Erika Foster.

She’s fearless. Respected. Unstoppable. Detective Erika Foster will catch a killer, whatever it takes.

I’ve already started this book, but other commitments prised it out of my hands. I am so hooked and cannot wait to properly sit down with it again. It’s the first thriller I’ve read in some time that lets you see the daylight as you investigate the murder, so it doesn’t drag you along in the gloom the whole time. As I said, Cannot wait!!

 

The Summer We Danced by Fiona Harper

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What they say: After a humiliating divorce and watching her former rock star husband leave her for a model live on reality TV, Pippa is determined to disappear. So she returns to the small Kent village where she grew up to make a fresh start. Little did she know that would mean saving her beloved childhood dance school or falling for her old school crush Tom too!

I started this today as it’s out on the 7th April and I wanted to be done ahead of that date. I read The Little Shop Of Hopes and Dreams back when I began to blog and I absolutely fell for Ms.Harper’s descriptions. I’m happy to say that so far not only are they as mesmerizing here, but they’re also joined with a narrator I love, with a narrative I love, and a story-line that has already grabbed me; Pippa has returned to her childhood dance class to lose weight and begin her new life. Bring it on! Out April 7th.

The Rest of my Life by Sheryl Browne

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What they say: You can’t run away from commitment forever …
Adam Hamilton-Shaw has more reason than most to avoid commitment. Living on a houseboat in the Severn Valley, his dream is to sail into the sunset – preferably with a woman waiting in every port. But lately, his life looks more like a road to destruction than an idyllic boat ride…
Would-be screenplay writer Sienna Meadows realises that everything about Adam spells trouble – but she can’t ignore the feeling that there is more to him than just his bad reputation. Nor can she ignore the intense physical attraction that exists between them.
And it just so happens that Adam sees Sienna as the kind of woman he could commit to. But can he change his damaging behaviour – or is the road to destruction a one-way street?

Every review I’ve read of this has been glowing. Cannot Wait. Out April 7th:)

What about you? What are your plans for the week? To the comments!

Stacking the Shelves (12-19 March 2016)

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Stacking The Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga’s reviews and is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. So in my case it’s all the e-books I’ve received from NetGalley, as a request from an author, from Amazon, or as a physical copy from the library or bookshop. Thanks again to Tynga’s reviews in particular for stating that she didn’t mind what genre was involved, I know not all of these will be everyone’s cup of tea, plus thanks to Hayley at Rather Too Fond Of Books, as this is where I’ve become a fan of the stacking the shelves meme:)

To begin with I got the following from Netgalley:

The Summer We Danced by Fiona Harper 

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I loved The Little Shop Of Hopes and Dreams by Fiona Harper (excuse the post, it was my first ever!). Her characters are fresh and interesting and her descriptions vivid and so I was so excited to get approved for this!

The Wedding Date by Jennifer Joyce

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You all know how I felt about The Beginner’s Guide to Salad. Brilliantly homely, with ‘you want to make them your best friend’ characters, funny writing, and in general oh so satisfying. Jennifer Joyce is a legend in my book (not MY book, but, oh, you know what I mean!).

 

And from Amazon:

Saven Deception by Siobhan Davis

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The ‘True Calling‘ series was my first foray into YA and I ADORED it! Amazing writing, twists and turns with constant questions in the air as to who could be trusted. Siobhan Davis was in the IWI writing group with me and I’m so proud of how amazing she’s doing, but you’re hearing this from someone who is speaking as a reader not just a friend. Cannot wait to get back to these. (The first books of both her series are free on Amazon at the moment).

Love Muffin and Chai Latte by Anya Wilde

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‘Love Muffin and Chai Latte follows the journey of Tabitha Lee Timmons as she deals with financial stress, loony relatives, some crooks, an unhappy bride to be, a grumpy old man and two heartbreakingly handsome men.’ Yup, the blurb got me.

Any Way You Slice It by Monique McDonell

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A marraige of convenience to sort out PLUS is free on Amazon at the moment. Nuff said.

Izzy’s cold feet by Sarah Louise Smith

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I think the cover got me here, I remembered seeing a lot about Amy and Zach and was going to go looking for that but then got sidetracked when I ‘peeked’ inside this. As you’d guess from the title it’s about someone having cold feet on their wedding day, Izzy can’t stop thinking of the ones that got away. Add in that the blurb tells us her sister went missing when she was young and I had to click!

So, a good week (em, maybe too good-shifts nervously from foot to foot;)) Happy reading everyone:)