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Remember Me by @Lyndarenham

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Length: 292 pages

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What they say: A new neighbour becomes a new friend. She looks up to you. She admires you, but is it you she wants? You begin to wonder if she wants your husband, or even your child. But then you realise, she wants your life.

When Sharni and Tom move into 24 The Pines, it seems like Clare and Chris have the perfect neighbours. Sharni is always there to help, especially with childcare for Clare’s two-year-old, Ben. But Clare can’t shake off the feelings of anxiety that assail her whenever Sharni is near. Is Clare just being overprotective, or are her feelings justified? As Sharni‘s influence touches everyone around her, Clare finds herself fighting for her sanity as well her family.

The Review: First off, I must direct you to my past experiences with Lynda Renham books (hint, I enjoyed them all!). You will note that these are all of the romantic comedy variety so I was surprised, and excited of course, to see this jump into my inbox one day. 

Little Perran Book  2, A Village Romance here  and Book 3 A Summer Romance here

Phoebe Smith’s Private Blog review here

Rory’s Proposal review here

Perfect Weddings review here

Oh and there was an author interview too … (here!)

I must say I really enjoyed this book. As you can see it’s the story of Clare, a lady who with her husband Chris, and beautiful son Ben. When Sharni and Tom move in next door they quickly become friends although rather quickly it’s apparent that Sharni perhaps looks up to Clare too much, beginning to seemingly copy her appearance and interior design. It was nicely done that we had in Clare a character who was so nervous and on edge, and this, coupled with her being on prescription medication meant that we weren’t sure if what was real and what was paranoia. Add to this that you’re also getting Sharni’s point of view and it made for a real page turner!

The friendship of the two women, and the trust that was built up was great, with Clare’s questioning and self doubt very believable and I liked that anything time-line wise that people may have questioned was quickly put to bed. I also like how you questioned everything, in particular the husband’s part in the story. My only issue was that the ending seemed rather abrupt, but it didn’t affect my enjoyment of the story. I think this is another one for people who don’t read thrillers a lot and want to slip into the genre without having to read anything too tough. All in all I’m beginning to be a big fan of the big switch from rom com to psychological thriller with such a well done ‘debut’ and I look forward to more of same from Ms. Renham.

Thanks to the author and Raucous Publishing for the book in return for an honest review

Rating: 4.5/5

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Phoebe Smith’s Private Blog by Lynda Renham

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First off, apologies that I, once again, have been away for so long. The only consolation is that I now have a string of reviews to share with you, many that must (MUST) be out before Christmas. First off, an author that features prominently on this blog ( reviews include Perfect Weddings , Rory’s Proposal, A Village Romance, and A Summer Romance and there’s an author interview here) with books that always make me laugh!

What they say: Fashion conscious Phoebe Smith wants only one thing: a date for the works party in six weeks’ time.  She embarks on a journey to find her man and keeps a private blog of all her disastrous encounters. But when her four-year-old nephew gets into her account, Phoebe’s problems only just begin. With Tinder calamities, a male escort and a pork pie addiction, Phoebe tackles her biggest problem: the just too irritating Harry Bloom. Come with Phoebe on her search for the perfect man and see who will accompany her to the party in this hilarious romantic comedy novel.

The review: When I read the blurb for this I was thrilled, I mean, who doesn’t want to read a book that is also choc full of blogging? So we meet Phoebe Smith, who’s having trouble in work and has broken up with the love of her life, Ashby, who has very quickly moved on to someone Phoebe has dubbed ‘Essex Earing.’ She is convinced to start a private blog where we get to see her dating experiences as they happen, and we become privy to her true opinions on friends and relatives. The comedy had me at the word ‘go’ and in particular some of the first dates made me laugh out loud.

I had one or two issues, some of the language I found to be a little crass, but then I can be a prude in this regard, also I couldn’t warm to her friends, who were a little overly ‘hoighty toity’ for me.

Look out for Malcolm, who I just loved, and, without giving too much away, I found Harry Bloom to be perfect for his role. I read this book so quickly and laughed and smiled along as I went. Very, very enjoyable, for me not quite Bridget, as all the reviews seem to say, but definitely worth a read.

Thanks so much to the author and Raucous Publishing for the book in return for an honest review.

Rating: 4/5

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A Summer Romance (The Little Perran Romances Book 3) by Lynda Renham

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Length: 150 pages

What they say: A Summer Romance is the sequel to A Village Romance and is the third book in the Little Perran series by Lynda Renham writing as Amy Perfect.

Milly settles into her new job but does her boss, Ashley Wilmot-Fox, have secrets that he is hiding in Briar Lodge? Will he be able to help Milly fight the ghosts from her past? Will Billy’s blundering romance last, and will Rafe’s secret affair be exposed? As the villagers prepare for their summer fete they have no idea what will be revealed on that day.

 The Review: Some time ago I reviewed A Village Romance by Lynda Renham (see review here), part of The Little Perran Series. I actually read the next installment, this one, A Summer Romance, straight away, but things got in the way and so I never got to review. Now, while it wasn’t quite for me, I did enjoy. It begins with a nice little run down on what had happened the last time we encountered the people of Little Perran. I thought this was a nice touch- I always enjoy a nice lead in, to get you back into the spirit of the book, even though I’d just read A Village Romance. We were back to Milly, working away at her pottery, and reminded that there were secrets, and I looked forward to all being revealed.

I have to admit, the place we went to next reminded me that I hadn’t been a fan of a lot of the characters in A Village Romance, with a lot of backward notions on women being ‘made’ to do things that made me roll my eyes.

There was a lot of swoony type romance, and more canoodling, which will definitely appeal to many, however we were also hit with some slang and cursing that took away from the whole homely aspect at times. That being said there was some lovely scenes with the preparations underway for the village fete, and I liked some of the comedy we encountered. There were also characters I did enjoy and the book flew by in a dash.

I’ll be honest, while I think this book will go down very well with romance lovers, it wasn’t necessarily my cup of tea, but I did find it enjoyable. Thanks to the author for the book in return for an honest review.

Check out my previous interview with Lynda Renham and some reviews, including ‘Rory’s Proposal’ a romantic comedy I really warmed to, and  Perfect Weddings which I also enjoyed!

Rating 3.5/5

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A Village Romance (Book 2 in the Little Perran Romance series) by Lynda Renham writing as Amy Perfect

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What they say:

As a heatwave rolls into Little Perran, so does love. Billy Baxter, the has-been rock star, and Rafe Wylde, the hunky farm worker arrive, both destined to cause havoc as they touch the lives of the villagers. Milly finds a new job and things start to look up for her, but she is unaware that a ghost from her past is looking for her. 

Funny, Compassionate and Sizzling Sexy, A Village Romance is a page-turning summer read. A Village Romance is the second book in The Little Perran Romance series by Lynda Renham writing as Amy Perfect. 

The Review: There was a time when I ignored book series, dismissing them straight away as reads I wouldn’t have the time to follow through on, but this year things have changed and I’ve found myself embracing and really enjoying them.

And there was a lot to enjoy about A Village Romance, the second book in the Little Perran Romance series by Lynda Renham writing as Amy Perfect. The start of the book, with two characters I really liked, Billy Baxter,the aging rock star who doesn’t realise his star has faded somewhat. Billy is about as inappropriate as you can get (in a light way, the book doesn’t go over the top with him) and I was happy out. The other was an author, Ash, or if we’re to be correct about it, Ashley Wilmot-Fox, a prestigious young author who’s suffering emotionally as well as physically after an accident. I loved Ash, and felt very much for him and the situation he was in.

Now in the book there were  more characters, Millie, who I loved, so simple and down to earth, and then others who I didn’t warm to so much, in fact I’d go as far as to say that the town had its fair share of people who were, well, to put it in the words of one of the characters “People get too worked up about things in this village.” And that said it all. I felt that a lot of the little mix ups that inevitably happen along the way in a book to create some comedy  were over reacted to and in terms of a book, that means either the events weren’t big enough to warrant a reaction, or the people were over the top. This was unfortunate as it was a very enjoyable, quick read, with so many other pluses to it, namely the three characters I mentioned and the lovely homely descriptions of beautiful scenic settings. In my limited experience (as I’ve said I only started reading series this year), this is my first that wasn’t chick lit and so maybe I couldn’t put it together and warm to it as much as usual, this had a touch of comedy in it but was more windswept romance of the ‘swoon’ type, which will appeal to those of you who like those take her in your arms type book, with some hot scenes thrown in, though more takes place towards the end of the book than at the start which is more concerned with showing us village life in Little Perran. Personally I would read this as part of the series as opposed to a standalone, the first being ‘A Christmas Romance,’ as I think it would serve to let you get to know the characters better.

The book ended on an excellent cliff hanger, and I look forward to the next installment, A Summer Romance, out the 1st July. Thanks to the author for the book in return for an honest review.

Rating: 4/5

Check out my previous interview with Lynda Renham and some reviews, including ‘Rory’s Proposal‘ a romantic comedy I really warmed to, and  Perfect Weddings which I also enjoyed!

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Rory’s Proposal by Lynda Renham

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What they say: When 29-year-old Flora Robson reversed her car into Tom’s Audi she had no idea who he was. Only after she has started to fall in love with him does she discover the gorgeous blue-eyed Tom is the man who is trying to close down her hairdressing business. It seems that Tom will stop at nothing to get what he wants, but Flora is not giving in to anyone. Can she win the battle against her multimillionaire enemy or will her feelings for him get in the way? Follow Flora’s hilarious journey of love, hot chocolate and marshmallows, and the man who changes everything.

The Review: Following a great interview with Lynda Renham, author of many great chick lit books including ‘Perfect Weddings‘ which I reviewed on Wednesday, I have to tell you about ‘Rory’s Proposal,’ which I DEVOURED over the last two days. This review was supposed to be up yesterday, I’m afraid, but there’s times when you get so into a book that instead of firing on to the finish line to see what happens, you simply want to savour it. THIS is one such book. I’ll get the cons out quickly so that I can move onto the gushing bit. There was (whispers) bad language in it, just an ickle bit, and a few slightly (whispers again) rude bits, but they were appropriately placed and so didn’t make me cringe or anything but if you don’t like that sort of thing (I’ve had emails reminding me to put this in my reviews) then you’ve been forewarned. As well as this, there were times when I was slightly editing in my head as I read. It wasn’t that it was badly edited, there was just slight repetition in places and I felt that some of the characters could have been toned down, just a little bit. This was only with the ‘baddy characters.’

Okay (rolls up sleeves). Now for the fun bit. I loved this book. I really, really loved it. There was something homely about it, I don’t mean the descriptive, there’s a fire lighting and cows in the meadow sort of thing, I mean in the ‘it could happen to anybody’ way (I’m sure I’ve said all this before and I apologise if I have!). The characters in general were brilliantly done and brought with them some great colour and comedy. The comedy was right up my street and the ‘battle’ was fantastic, with some great ‘smile out loud’ moments and times I became properly excited for what was to come. Flora was a brilliant character, no matter how bad things were for her she made you smile as she did with all around her. Tom was perfect, I couldn’t work him out and that’s what led to the mystery that made this a page turner for me. The romance was exquisite, Flora’s eating habits brilliant, her team for the fight and their meetings both hilariously done and perfect and the climax wonderful. All in all one I owuld definitely recommend for people to take a look at in particular for chick lit month. Highly recommended.

Rating: 5/5

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Author interview: Lynda Renham: Perfect Weddings

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The Interview: First off, Lynda, a huge welcome and congratulations on a truly enjoyable book (read the review here.) I have to tell you that from the very start I was sucked into Amy’s world. Can you tell us about Amy in your own words?

Thank you very much for inviting me onto your blog. I’m very happy to be here.

‘Every bride wants a perfect wedding and that includes Georgina Winters. Amy Perfect is the crème de la crème of wedding planners so who best to plan Georgina s wedding… except the man Georgina plans to marry is the same man who jilted Amy three years ago. Will her plan to give Georgina the most imperfect wedding backfire on her? Is this the chance for Amy to win back the love of her life, or will insufferable Ben Garret put a spanner in the works?’

How Amy overcomes the difficulties of overcoming a weight issue to seeing her ex love marry someone else makes for interesting and hilarious reading, I think. I wanted love to rule Amy’s head and her heart but to also show how integrity really mattered to her.

I always want to know did you know what would happen in the book from the start or did your characters take control and guide the story?

I only have a vague idea. My characters pretty much take over. Chardonnay, for example was only supposed to have a small part in the book and yet suddenly she came back into the novel at a time I wasn’t expecting her to.

Did you enjoy writing a wedding story? Did you need to do much research?

Yes I did enjoy writing a wedding story. But I also enjoyed writing ‘A Christmas Romance’ as I love Christmas too. I did so some research on best man speeches and that was fun to do.

How did you feel about the change in Amy?

Oh, it had to happen. But I’m not going to say too much else we’ll give the game away.

There were a lot of brilliant side characters, I loved Rosie and Georgina too! Can you tell me were there any in particular that grabbed you and wouldn’t let go?

Yes, Chardonnay was one. I found she kept hovering at the back of my mind, pushing for a bigger role. I also found Lucy grabbed me and she is rather overlooked I think but I did like her personality. The way she handled Amy I found very funny.

And lastly, have you any plans at the moment for your next book?

Yes, I am writing it at the moment. It is the second book in the Little Perran series and follows on from ‘A Christmas Romance

Thanks so so much for being here, Lynda, it’s been a pleasure and I look forward to hearing more from you in the future and hopefully seeing you here again, in fact I have the review for ‘Rory’s Proposal’ for you all tomorrow which I look forward to sharing!

Thank you for having me on your blog. I have enjoyed it.

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Perfect Weddings by Lynda Renham

 

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What they say: Every bride wants a perfect wedding and that includes Georgina Winters. Amy Perfect is the crème de la crème of wedding planners so who best to plan Georgina s wedding… except the man Georgina plans to marry is the same man who jilted Amy three years ago. Will her plan to give Georgina the most imperfect wedding backfire on her? Is this the chance for Amy to win back the love of her life, or will insufferable Ben Garret put a spanner in the works? Arab princes, spoilt brides and wedding catastrophes make Perfect Weddings a page-turning romantic comedy that will keep you guessing until the very last page.

The Review: You probably know by now that I’m a bit of a sucker for chick lit wedding books. I generally devour them and have yet to find one that I haven’t enjoyed. This book is no exception. First off can I bring the above invitation to your attention? Isn’t it just gorgeous? The invite is of course to ‘Perfect Weddings,’ which is the story of Amy, who describes herself as someone who has “mousy brown hair” and “is twelve stone ten and counting” and ready to marry her ‘prince,’ the charismatic Greg . From  the start of the book I was taken with Amy, and leapt straight into the wedding and general excitement, which turned out to be short lived. The wedding itself was perfection, planned to every detail, complete with Amy, beaming as the expectant bride to be. I grinned my way through the first part of this book, happy that I’d clicked with her. I actually laughed out loud in places, getting some curious looks from the girl next to me on the bus.

There is a before and after part to this story which is expertly managed. There was a definite way to see the changes in Amy before and after and when they overlapped I never once found it confusing. The only thing was, in this case, that with the changes came a different personality and I regularly missed the ‘old’ Amy, lamenting the fact that I could find no trace of her in the new and ‘improved’ version. The only other problem I had was that I found at times that the book read oddly, but then I’m terrible for trying to edit as I go, changing words around and adding and subtracting to the dialogue, even when the book is well edited.

The story itself was brilliantly done, with some great romance, twists and turns and in particular some shockers that I definitely didn’t expect and applauded. The comedy was right up my street and will definitely drive me to some of Ms. Renham’s other books. There were some great characters that I warmed to instantly and some epic wedding descriptions that conjured up vivid beautiful imagery and placed me firmly at each of ‘Amy’s’ weddings. May is chick lit month and I think this is one to look out. Extremely enjoyable:) Thanks so much to the author for the book in return for an honest review.

Rating: 4/5

Tune in tomorrow for an author interview with the great Lynda Renham and Friday for my review of Rory’s Proposal which I’m looking forward to devouring tonight!

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