Review: Looking For La La

Looking For La La by Ellie Campbell Looking For La La
by Ellie Campbell
reviewed by Kelly Smith

Cathy is a stay-at-home mom (or mum since the book is set in the outskirts of London), who, like many before her and scores more to come after, is utterly bored with getting the kids off to school, cleaning the house before the housekeeper gets there, doing the shopping and all the other assorted mundane chores that encompass a stay-at-home mum’s days. When a mysterious postcard arrives through the mail slot containing a sweet nothing for Cathy’s husband Declan and signed “Love from La La,” Cathy is off and running in her quest to discover just who La La is.

As Cathy tries to find the person behind La La, a myriad of suspects emerge throughout the book. Continue reading Review: Looking For La La

Review: Twenties Girl


Twenties Girl
by Sophie Kinsella
reviewed by Kelly Smith
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When Lara Lington’s great-aunt Sadie passes away at the ripe old age of 105, her family puts in an obligatory appearance at her funeral. No family member has visited the old lady in decades and Lara, suffering from a break-up with her boyfriend, isn’t really sure why she’s there at all. It’s a good thing she was though, because Sadie appears to Lara in her full-on Roaring Twenties ghostly garb and demands that Lara find her necklace. Continue reading Review: Twenties Girl

Review: For Better, For Worse


For Better, For Worse
by Carole Matthews
reviewed by Rian Montgomery
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For Better, For Worse is one of the funniest books I have EVER read. Filled with hilarious and endearing characters, and mad-cap and suspenseful plot twists, I highly recommend everyone read this book, whether you like chick lit or not. An absolute gem of a book, taking place in New York City and London.

A quick plot synopsis: Josie finds out her husband is cheating on her with a woman in his office, and she flees to NYC to her favorite cousin’s wedding. Continue reading Review: For Better, For Worse

Review: Behaving Like Adults


Behaving Like Adults
by Anna Maxted
reviewed by Kelly Y. Smith, Guest reviewer
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Holly is an English girl, running her own dating business “Girl Meets Boy” and treading water in her relationship with her fiancé, Nick. After breaking off their engagement, Holly decides to take the advice of sister Claudia and friend Nige (who are both employees of “Girl Meets Boy”) and go on a date with prospective client. After a frightening first date with Stuart, she elects to give him another chance and that decision changes Holly and her life forever. (I sensed a mean streak in Stuart and wondered why, even though Holly appeared to, she didn’t act on it). Continue reading Review: Behaving Like Adults

Review: I’ve Got Your Number


I’ve Got Your Number
by Sophie Kinsella
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reviewed by Rian Montgomery

Meet Poppy Wyatt. She’s about to marry the man of her dreams, but there is one major problem: she’s lost her engagement ring at a hotel where she is attending an event. It’s not just any ring, either – it’s her fiance’s family’s heirloom emerald engagement ring. A family that seems to disapprove of her, as well.

Poppy’s desperate search begins right at the start of the novel. Things get interesting when she finds a stranger’s phone in a garbage can at the hotel (since she manages to lose her own). She begins texting friends and family frantically, Continue reading Review: I’ve Got Your Number

Review: Adored


Adored
by Tilly Bagshawe
reviewed by Rian Montgomery
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I confess to enjoying rich, glamorous, dishy novels filled with cold and calculating characters from time to time. I anticipated that Adored would be such a novel, especially from the author’s note on the back cover.

There are many characters in this novel, but one major one seems to be Siena McMahon, a spoiled, beautiful girl. Shipped off to boarding school in England, she plots her escape and tries (unsuccessfully) to get expelled. Continue reading Review: Adored

Review: Can You Keep A Secret?


Can You Keep A Secret?
by Sophie Kinsella
reviewed by Rian Montgomery
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Sophie Kinsella is one of my absolute favorite authors of all time. I was excited when “Can You Keep a Secret?” came out. Somehow I knew that it would be as good as the Shopaholic series – and I was right! It was a fantastically funny and touching read.

The main character, Emma Corrigan, is your normal 25-year old and somewhat-insecure woman. She is trying to get a promotion at work, has a fantastic boyfriend, and is very happy with life, or so she thinks. On an extremely turbulent flight back from a business trip from Glasgow, Emma’s secrets unwillingly spill out to a total stranger next to her. Continue reading Review: Can You Keep A Secret?

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