Wednesday, 24 June 2015

7 Wishes In Rome by Michelle Jackson

Thank you to Michelle Jackson for providing me with the book in exchange for an honest review.

I have devoured each of Michelle's previous books, so I was very excited to get my hands in this. Like each of the other six, I devoured this book in two sitting.

In 2005 six teachers and thirty-five students from Ben Head Secondary School are about to fly to Rome on the schools history tour. But as they arrive at the airport, they hear the news that Pope John Paul 2 is dying, and this could put they're whole trip in jeopardy. Lucy the oldest teacher going on the trip, is just coming out of a divorce, while Nell is playing carer to her Mother who has been unable to cope with life on her own, since Nell's father left. Then there's Cathy, who feels that her life with her husband and small twins is stuck in a rut and the school trip is a welcome break to her routine. Emily is also a teacher travelling with the school, who is desperately trying to find her birth mother after recently having a child of her own. Sebastian is married to Rena, but they might as well be on different planets, because both of them are as miserable as each other. The last teacher travelling to Rome is Conor, who is a bit of a ladies man, despite the fact that his girlfriend of ten years is working as a teacher on the other side of country, in Galway.

The book follows these six characters as they take the students on a tour of Rome. It also follows each of their stories, as well as letting us get to know the students. I loved how the story flowed between the differnt stories and how at certain points in the book, it showed from the point of view of the students. The book also gave a beautiful description of Rome and even though I've never been there I could see it in my minds eye.  I also liked how the book jumped between Rome and Ireland, so you could see what was happening with the people that were left behind, like Rena and Annie.

I loved each of the main characters equally. You really got to see a bit of their background and really get to known them, which isn't easy in a book with so many characters, but Michelle Jackson did it beautifully in this book. 

This book made me laugh out loud, but also had times where the story was more serious, and Michelle has balanced both of these beautifully. A book to get lost in. the perfect Summer read that will take you all the way to Rome! Beautifully written and unputdownable. Deserves nothing less than 5 stars! 

Tuesday, 2 June 2015

Always The Bridesmaid by Lindsey Kelk


I found Lindsey Kelk's books last year, and I can't tell you how much I love each of them, especially the I Heart series, however, from the word go I thought that this surpassed the I Heart series on so many levels and in my opinion, Always The Bridesmaid id Lindsey's best book to date. 

Meet Maddie Fraser, she hates her job, works all the hours God sends and the love of her life has just left her to have a baby with someone else. When her two best friends simutaniously tell Maddie that they are getting married and divorced respectively, Maddie is torn between organising Lauren's wedding, for free, and helping Sarah to get through her divorce. It seems that Maddie is more involved in their love lives than she is in her own. So when she meets Will at a wedding she is working at and he seems to fall head over heels for her, and she is offered a promotion at work, she thinks that she is the luckiest girl in the world, but Maddie soon realises that things are too good to be true. 

I loved everything about this book, the cover is very eyecatchind with vibrabt colours and the story is perfect for reading on the beach or snuggled up on the sofa with a bar of chocolate on a rainy weekend. The humour in this book is excellently written and had me laughing out loud on so many occasions. The characters are also extremely loveable! I didn't think I could like a character more than Angela and Jenny from the I Heart series, but in my opinion, Maddie is Lindsey's best character yet. The only thing I didn't like about this book was that it ended, because Maddie is a character I could have kept reading and reading about. My finger's are firmly crossed in the hopes that maybe some day there will be a sequel to this brilliant book, so I can have some more time with one of the est fictional characters I have ever met!  

5/5 stars

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