BOMG Book Review: The Summer House (Hannah McKinnon) @HannahMcKinnon @EmilyBestler

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I’ve mentioned before that Elin Hilderbrand is one of my summertime guilty pleasures. I love to lay back and lose myself in her Nantucket stories. It just makes me feel like summer.

The Summer House by Hannah McKinnon gave me that same vibe, but better!

McKinnon breathes new life into cottage living with a little bit of added family drama and dynamics, colourful characters and many heartwarming and humorous moments.

In The Summer House, a different member of the Merrill family narrates each chapter. Clem, the youngest daughter, and a recently widowed mother is struggling with raising her family on her own and with her budding feelings for the boy (turned man) next door. Sam and Evan, trying desperately to adopt a baby. Paige, the know it all oldest sister, struggling to keep her family afloat after her husband loses his job and her children starting acting out. They are all brought together by their matriarch, Flossy, who is trying to throw one last hurrah for her husband’s birthday before their family summer house is sold.

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BOMG Book Review: The Arrangement (Sarah Dunn) @HBGCanada @LittleBrown

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The Arrangement, by Sarah Dunn, was on the top of my TBR list, so, when the library alerted me to the fact that this title was available for me to pick up, I dropped all my scheduled reading and ran like a psycho walked calming into the library, remaining completely serene to pick up this book. I am so glad that I did; this book was downright addicting.

The novel opens with a married couple, Lucy and Owen, having a dinner party with some of their friends. These friends are talking about a scandal in their group of friends; a couple revealed they are having an open marriage.  Following suit, their friends are going to give it a true. Initially, Lucy balks at the idea but what starts as a joke between Lucy and Owen turns into a true experiment, as they agree, that for six months, they will adhere to some guidelines and experience an open marriage.  As each begins their own affairs, they must decide what makes them truly happy and, in the end, if they will choose their original happily ever after or follow their experiment.  Continue reading “BOMG Book Review: The Arrangement (Sarah Dunn) @HBGCanada @LittleBrown”

Blog Tour: Ella’s Ice Cream Summer (Sue Watson) @bookouture @suewatsonwriter

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Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Ella’s Ice Cream Summer by Sue Watson! Today, I have a review for you!

I have been indulging in quite a few summer beach reads and this one has been one of my favourites!

Ella’s Ice Cream Summer by Sue Watson was heart-warming and hilarious. I read this one easily in one sitting as I cozied up on my couch and longed for a warmer climate!

As the novel opens, we meet the single mother, Ella, who life seems to be hitting quite hard. Jobless, loveless, basically homeless and with her children away, she is lonely!   When she receives notice that her recently deceased aunt has left her part of the family business, an ice cream parlour and café in which Ella has fond memories of, Ella packs up her belongings and heads to the seaside town of Appledore to honour her aunt’s memory and open an ice cream stand.   With some bumps along the way and some family secrets uncovered, Ella finds more than what she bargained for during her ice cream summer!
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BOMG Book Review: Public Relations (Kate Heaney and Arianna Rebolini) @GrandCentralPub

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Coming at you today with another Book Outside My Genre (BOMG) palette cleanser book review! When her boss leaves town, PR agent, Rose Reed, is finally given her chance to take the reins

When her boss leaves town, PR agent, Rose Reed, is finally given her chance to take the reins with a client; too bad that client is a hot, rugged, young, international singer-songwriter, Archie Fox.   Ignoring her unexpected, inconvenient and unprofessional budding feeling for Archie, Rose arranges a staged romance with an up and coming indie singer.   Things start to get complicated, and, in the end, Rose will have to decide whether to let her feelings go or to risk her reputation…it’s all just another day at the office…
Public Relations (Kate Heaney and Arianna Rebolini) has been one of my top guilty pleasure reads of this year. Fun and fluffy, this was an easy read that I breezed through. It really reminded me a bit of The Devil Wears Prada with a slightly nicer boss and in PR, instead of fashion. My only regret? I didn’t read it while at the beach.

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Blog Tour: The Beachside Flower Stall (Karen Clarke) @karenclarke123 @bookouture

Screen Shot 2017-04-03 at 3.13.09 PM.pngTen years ago, Carrie Dashwood left her hometown (and never looked back!) after her best friend, Megan, and her first love, Tom, hooked up.   When her aunt calls her, needing her help to run her flower stall (Ruby’s Blooms), in the beautiful seaside town of Shipley, Carrie finds herself with quite the surprise as she is recruited to arrange flowers for a wedding, which happen to be the nuptials of Megan and Tom! Can Carrie keep her cool and find her own happily ever after?

Heartfelt and hilarious, The Beachside Flower Stall by Karen Clarke was the exact read I needed to get into a “spring” mood and break out of my, seemingly never-ending, reading slump.   This book had me laughing out loud and rooting for the underdog.

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BOMG Book Review: Maybe Someday (Colleen Hoover) @AtriaBooks

Screen Shot 2017-04-03 at 3.23.18 PM.pngOn her 22nd birthday, Sydney’s idyllic world is shattered when she discovers an affair between her best friend and her boyfriend. With nowhere else to go, she finds herself in a strange living arrangement with a musician, Ridge, across the hall and his roommates. As Sydney and Ridge begin to write music together and their attraction grows, Sydney cannot help but hope that maybe someday…

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