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5 STAR REVIEW: The Dress Shop of Dreams by Menna Van Praag

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Blurb

Since her parents’ mysterious deaths many years ago, scientist Cora Sparks has spent her days in the safety of her university lab or at her grandmother Etta’s dress shop. Tucked away on a winding Cambridge street, Etta’s charming tiny store appears quite ordinary to passersby, but the colorfully vibrant racks of beaded silks, delicate laces, and jewel-toned velvets hold bewitching secrets: With just a few stitches from Etta’s needle, these gorgeous gowns have the power to free a woman’s deepest desires.

Etta’s dearest wish is to work her magic on her granddaughter. Cora’s studious, unromantic eye has overlooked Walt, the shy bookseller who has been in love with her forever. Determined not to allow Cora to miss her chance at happiness, Etta sews a tiny stitch into Walt’s collar, hoping to give him the courage to confess his feelings to Cora. But magic spells—like true love—can go awry. After Walt is spurred into action, Etta realizes she’s set in motion a series of astonishing events that will transform Cora’s life in extraordinary and unexpected ways

My Review 

I received an Advanced Readers Copy from  Random House Publishing Group – Ballantine via NetGalley for an honest review. Thank you very much

I LOVED this book and I adored the idea of sewing magic into dresses in fact I found it very very inspiring. This book has everything, magic, love stories (4 in total) and a crime to be solved which kept me guessing right to the very end. It had so many twists and turns along the way. This book is a definite page turner and will keep you up into the small hours of the morning because you just cannot put it down. Also Walt is very good Book boyfriend material 🙂 a guy who owns a book shop what more can you want 🙂

So if you are a fan of Sarah Addison Allen I urge you to get this book and even if you are not a fan of magical realism stories you will not be disappointed as this book has everything.

Happy Reading

5 of 5 stars

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**5 Star Review** The Wish List by Jane Costello

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Blurb 

There are six months left of Emma Reiss’s twenties. . . and she has some unfinished business.

Emma and her friends are about to turn thirty, and for Emma it’s a defining moment. Defined, that is, by her having achieved none of the things she’d imagined she would.

Her career is all wrong, her love life is a desert and that penthouse apartment she pictured herself in simply never materialised. Moreover, she’s never jumped out of a plane, hasn’t met the man she’s going to marry, has never slept under the stars, or snogged anyone famous – just some of the aspirations on a list she and her friends compiled fifteen years ago.

As an endless round of birthday parties sees Emma hurtle towards her own thirtieth, she sets about addressing these issues. But, as she discovers with hilarious consequences, some of them are trickier to tick off than she’d thought.

My Review 

Over the past few months I have only just started to read Jane Costello books. So I am slowly making my way through them.

The Wish list I could especially relate  to as this past year I have turned  the BIG 30.!!!!

This was a very entertaining read with many laugh out loud moments ( do not read on public transport as you will laugh out loud) right  from the prologue it grabbed my attention and had my attention the whole way through! The camping disaster being my favourite  part and had me laughing the most. Like other book bloggers  I also think its shame this is a standalone book as I would love to see how the characters end up

Yet another delightful funny read from the very talented Jane Costello

5 stars

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**5 star Review** Christmas with Billy and Me by Giovanna Fletcher

Christmas with Billy and Me by Giovanna Fletcher

Blurb 

Christmas has come to Rosefont Hill and it’s destined to be a particularly special festive season for Sophie May.

When a smitten stranger emails Sophie to ask her if he can propose to the woman he loves in her little teashop, the romantic in her finds it impossible to refuse. Even though Christmas is her busiest time of year she has her own sweetheart, Hollywood actor Billy Buskin, to lend a helping hand. How could she say no to making someone’s dream come true?

As Sophie and Billy work together to plan the perfect fairytale proposal for this couple, excitement in Rosefont Hill is mounting. Who is this mysterious man? And who is the lucky lady he’s about to get down on one knee for?

My Review 

I was so happy to see this novella in waterstones as I  totally adored Giovannas debut Novel Billy and Me.

This short story in my view is mainly about Christmas, romance and family. It was great being back in Rosefont hill to see how Billy and Sophies Relationship had progressed plus seeing what the supporting characters were up to aswell

This is a very short  and very sweet heart warming read perfect for a quick timeout over the Christmas period.

5 stars

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