#ChickLitMay The End!

This is just the quickest post ever to say thanks so much for sticking with me through #chicklitmay! I didn’t get everything done I wanted to, but a lot of reading was done and in fact I have two more reviews to come in the next few days, The Last Laugh by Tracie Bloom, which I’m devouring at the mo, and The Mum Who’d had enough by my now favourite author Fiona Gibson (spoiler, it’s a five star). I’ve also plans to get to all the books I got when stacking the shelves the other week.

#chicklitmay was great as it got me fully back into jumping for romantic comedies and chick lit, and appreciating laughing out loud and bright colours and Summery series, which I had totally strayed away from. It was detrimental that I had done this as obviously I write chick lit and it would only take a short amount of time before this side of my writer’s brain would be switched off (I honestly believe reading the genre that you write is essential). I never say never but I don’t know that I’d ever write thrillers, I adore them now, but I think some people have amazing wiring that allows them to think up plot twists that are actually viable, and characters that are believable and that have dimensions to them and make us believe it all. I have seen thrillers where it didn’t work and I’d hate to contribute. Add also of course that I feel the need to make something inappropriate happen at every stage of writing, someone falls, hits into someone, vomits (sorry, but has happened in the first two books and in the book I’m writing at the mo, she is very drunk and I really can’t say she’s not going to get sick into someone’s bag, it just seems inevitable:() etc, so no, this is my genre and I’m thrilled that I’m excited about being back to it. Saying that of course an absense of something makes your heart long for it and I’m going to be reading One Click by Andrea Mara and No Safe Place by Patricia Gibney next.

I am sorry, I had expected #chicklitmay to be something more mesmerizing than it turned out to be, and I know I in no way stand up to the bloggers that push themselves all in to a month or a theme (I bow to them actually, especially when I think of for example Jen Med and her Bookouture time), and there’s no way I converted anyone, but I hope you got some form of enjoyment anyhoo:)

 

The Girl I was Before by Izzy Bayliss

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Length: 244 pages

Please note that the cover image leads to a universal Amazon buy link for the book

What they say: When Lily McDermott walks in to find Marc, her husband of just three months in bed with actress Nadia, life as she knows it is over. Lily thinks things can’t get any worse when she sees photos of her husband and his new lover splashed across the glossy magazine pages, but when she loses her job too, she is at her lowest ebb and turns to baking to soothe her soul. Wounded and broken she has to try and pick herself up again with the help of her best friend Frankie and with her encouragement, Lily decides to turn her hobby into a business and sets up Baked With Love. However whatever Lily does, it seems disaster soon ensues and when handsome stranger Sam comes to her rescue, Lily isn’t quite ready to turn her back on her marriage.
Can Lily risk opening her heart again or is she destined to allow Marc to shadow her life forever? 

The Review: I have to admit I have no idea how this book was on my Kindle. Normally I vaguely or sharply remember a book blogger hosting a book, or I remember Amazon recommending it, but the origin of this witty beauty escapes me. And it is that! Not only that, the author lives in Ireland so yay!

This is the story of Lily, who walks in (as you can see above) to find her husband of just three months in bed with an Oscar nominated actress. To make it worse he goes off radar after and doesn’t even attempt to fight to get her back. Izzy works as a call centre operative for a pregnancy test firm, which, come on, is ingenious(I was gutted when she was fired)! There are lots of funny moments in this book, and references to things that were right up my street, Cheryl, Home and Away, Kate Middleton, L K Bennett, Jennifer Aniston, and Your Face or Mine, to name a few(or maybe I’ve used them all, apologies if I have!)! There were also a heartbreaking family backstory and a lovely lovely dad who reminded me of the dad from Bridget Jones (sniff). I loved her friend Frankie and her sister, Clara was, um, interesting. My only thing at all with the book would be with the cover, which I don’t think puts across what a sparkling, bright read this is.  Really enjoyable and I’m most definitely going to read ‘Baked With Love.’

Rating: 4.5/5