How to Find Love in a Bookstore by Veronica Henry (Book Review)

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GOODREADS SUMMARY:

“The enchanting story of a book shop, its grieving owner, a supportive literary community, and the extraordinary power of books to heal the heart. Nightingale Books, nestled on the main street in an idyllic little village, is a dream come true for book lovers–a cozy haven and welcoming getaway for the literary-minded locals. But owner Emilia Nightingale is struggling to keep the shop open after her beloved father’s death, and the temptation to sell is getting stronger. The property developers are circling, yet Emilia’s loyal customers have become like family, and she can’t imagine breaking the promise she made to her father to keep the store alive. There’s Sarah, owner of the stately Peasebrook Manor, who has used the book shop as an escape in the past few years, but it now seems there’s a very specific reason for all those frequent visits. Next is roguish Jackson, who, after making a complete mess of his marriage, now looks to Emilia for advice on books for the son he misses so much. And the forever shy Thomasina, who runs a pop-up restaurant for two in her tiny cottage–she has a crush on a man she met in the cookbook section, but can hardly dream of working up the courage to admit her true feelings”

MY BOOK REVIEW:

Magical.

Yup, that’s the word for it alright.
Its a simple and heartwarming story about a small town community in which it tells such different stories about its residents and how they are being connected together by an old fashioned bookstore especially by its owner.

I would also like to point out that as a reader, I was entirely and magically pulled into the story by the writer’s captivating words. A highly recommended novel for all the bookworms (and soon to be readers) out there!

And below this, is a collection of some quotes that I’ve highlighted while I was reading this novel. I hope you’re going to like it as much as I did.

“a town without a book shop was a town without a heart.”

“All the diamonds in the world are nothing in comparison. Books are more precious than jewels.”

“A great cookery writer can make you see the dish, smell it, taste it, with no need for a photograph.”

“Only happy people don’t try and make other people feel bad.”

“Brilliant musicians were brilliant because they practiced, not just because they had talent.”

“Reading gave her comfort.”

“There’s a book for everyone, even if they don’t think there is. A book that reaches in and grabs your soul.”

“The great thing about a book shop was nobody thought it was odd if you lingered for ages.”

“life was complicated, that love sprang from nowhere sometimes, and that forbidden love wasn’t always something to be ashamed of.”

“That’s the trouble with books. You can never choose your favorite. It changes depending on your mood.”

“Thank God for cooking, she thought. Cooking never let her down.”

“So that was why people read. Because books explained things: how you thought, and how you behaved, and made you realise you were not alone in doing what you did or feeling what you felt.”

Well that’s it for now. Till my next book review.

Thank you so much for reading! 🙂

 

 

Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover (Book Review)

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GOODREADS SUMMARY:

When Tate Collins meets airline pilot Miles Archer, she knows it isn’t love at first sight. They wouldn’t even go so far as to consider themselves friends. The only thing Tate and Miles have in common is an undeniable mutual attraction. Once their desires are out in the open, they realize they have the perfect set-up. He doesn’t want love, she doesn’t have time for love, so that just leaves the sex. Their arrangement could be surprisingly seamless, as long as Tate can stick to the only two rules Miles has for her.

Never ask about the past.
Don’t expect a future.

They think they can handle it, but realize almost immediately they can’t handle it at all.

Hearts get infiltrated.
Promises get broken.
Rules get shattered.
Love gets ugly.

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MY BOOK REVIEW:

The whole intense love story of Miles and Tate just blew me away.
Cause from the first moment Ms.Colleen Hoover had made a post about her upcoming novel in all of her social media accounts, I just knew that I’m going to love this book, and according to her, of all the male characters that she has ever written, Miles Archer is the only one that made her so emotional that it truly made her cry while writing the novel.

However, it wasn’t actually in my plan to read it right away after it was published. But a few weeks after it was released, I’ve been seeing tons of top reviews about the book in Goodreads and in Facebook, stating that the story is just simply amazing. So it was a major influence for me to buy a copy. And as expected, it didn’t disappoint me at all. For it was so addictive to read.

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As for the story, it’s definitely your typical kind of love story. There’s this guy who is so emotionally shattered and damaged; who is so afraid of love because of his past. And then there’s this girl who could wake up him from his nightmare, and show him the beauty of falling in love all over again. But what I like about the story of Miles and Tate was their intense and passionate emotions (which were described in such detail in the novel).

So how would I describe it?

I would say that Colleen Hoover had truly given each character the source of their emotions, so that as a reader, we can truly understand as to why they seem to be that way. Like Tate Collins, she seems to be an extraordinary type of person- smart, beautiful, and kind. But when it comes to love, she just tends to feel that like she’s still looking for the biggest spark and momentous moment. Little did she know that on her first day into living temporarily in her brother’s apartment, her life will never be the same. As for Miles Archer, he’s someone who has a haunting past; a young pilot who’s been living a meaningless life for the past six years, and being entirely and only committed to his work like there’s no tomorrow; it’s like living a life without any substance at all. Then everything started to change when he’d finally met Tate. For she was the shining beacon of his life who never gave up on him, even though she already knows that in the long run it might either shatter her, or give her the thing that she truly desire.
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Moreover, Ms. Colleen Hoover did a marvelous job in writing such a passionate love story, because she made a typical story into something that is so unforgettable to all of its readers. And the song that was composed for this book is truly amazing. For it describes what Miles truly feels for Tate; a beautiful story for all the romantics out there.

That’s it for now, and till my next book review.

Thank you so much for reading. 🙂

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows (Book Review)

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GOODREADS REVIEW:

January 1946: London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she’s never met, a native of the island of Guernsey, who has come across her name written inside a book by Charles Lamb….

As Juliet and her new correspondent exchange letters, Juliet is drawn into the world of this man and his friends—and what a wonderfully eccentric world it is. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society—born as a spur-of-the-moment alibi when its members were discovered breaking curfew by the Germans occupying their island—boasts a charming, funny, deeply human cast of characters, from pig farmers to phrenologists, literature lovers all.

Juliet begins a remarkable correspondence with the society’s members, learning about their island, their taste in books, and the impact the recent German occupation has had on their lives. Captivated by their stories, she sets sail for Guernsey, and what she finds will change her forever.

Written with warmth and humor as a series of letters, this novel is a celebration of the written word in all its guises, and of finding connection in the most surprising ways.

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MY BOOK REVIEW:

 

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is a heartwarming and delightful novel to read. The kind of book that you will certainly recommend to every readers out there, and would love to read all over again.

The thing is that I’ am so not into historical fictions (especially when you’re talking about the “German Occupation”). But unexpectedly, I really enjoyed my time getting into the world of Juliet Ashton and the residents of Guernsey. A story that I was looking out into my Goodreads account from time to time – including its ratings and reviews. However, it really took me awhile to give this one a try (years actually). So a few weeks ago, I’ve decided to buy a second hand copy of the 1st edition on eBay for a very good price, and I’m just glad that I took the risk of buying the novel because it was totally worth it.

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For the story wasn’t just unforgettable, but also a very well written historical and epistolary novel. Plus, the way the book was written by its two authors, Mary Ann Shafer and Annie, Barrows, was somewhat easy on the eye, and affable to its readers. Making them feel like they were being transported in a different era of bookworms and writers. A world in which the simple pleasures of reading gives comfort and solace to those people who were unfortunate to experience such hard and difficult times.

And I must say, as a reader of this wonderful tale of a young authoress who’ve found such new friends, family, and home in a small island, I find the story entirely charming, witty, smart, and sweet. Honestly, there a lot of words to describe it. Well apart from that, I would also like to point out that it was a very insightful one to read because it gave me an idea on how each individual (including its society) were changed during and after the war. Moreover, some knowledge of the famous books and authors in the early 1900’s. Hmm, I guess every generation has its own taste of books and genre.
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Then another thing that made me so happy about the book is that the film adaptation is officially on its way starring Lily James (Downton Abbey), Michiel Huisman (Game of Thrones), Jessica Brown Findlay (Downton Abbey), and Matthew Goode (Downton Abbey). For more updates on the upcoming movie you can just check it out on IMDb.com, and at present the current status is filming.

So the excitement was really there when I’ve first heard the news, and I just hope that it’s going to be a well-made film adaptation.

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Well, that’s it for now. Till my next book review.

Thank you so much for reading.

Love and Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch (Book Review) 

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Oh what a beautiful story about a young adult who went halfway across the world to fulfill a promise, and along the way it had made her discover a lot of things about her mother, and especially about herself.

Plus, I was officially hooked, and after reading it, I knew that there was just something fishy and mysterious about Lina’s identity especially about her parents.

Anyway, as a reader of the story, you could totally feel like you were actually there in Florence, Italy. Taking it all in the beauty of the place, imagining yourself walking along the Piazza Signoria while eating your gelato.

Then another thing is that it is such a surprise to know that only a few weeks ago, I’ve just finished reading a book written by Richard Paul Evans. Who is actually the father of Jenna Evans Welch, the author of this very heartwarming novel. I mean, what a coincidence!

And if you’re such a fan of Elizabeth Gilbert’s “Eat Pray Love” then this book is definitely a must read for you especially if you’re totally into traveling. Cause reading this tends to feel like you’re actually exploring Italy even if you’re only within the walls of your bedroom, or laying in your couch. It’s like traveling using your book.

It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover (Book Review) 


IT ENDS WITH US BY COLLEEN HOOVER is an unforgettable story that was obviously written in dedication to all the women who are fighting the same battle like its main character named Lily. Which is a reality ever since the old times. 


 

Honestly, it was kinda hard for me to express my emotions after reading this. For I have read almost all of Colleen Hoover’s novels. But this is so far the most mature and entirely different story from all of her other works. Why? For it is very realistic. Sure, at the beginning of the story it was so exciting and makes you feel so giddy reading its first few chapters but it’s much more than that. For its the kind of novel that would really make you think that if you were Lily. How would act if you were in her situation? Well, of course it’s so easy to say NO. However, it isn’t that simple especially when there are a lot of things that you would really have to consider. Well it’s a good thing that Colleen Hoover was able to pull it off in the end! By writing such very strong and empowering words that would inspire a lot of women to fight not just for justice but also for what is best for you and your love ones when you are in that kind of situation. Oh definitely worth reading all the way. 

Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire (Book Review)

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GOODREADS SUMMARY:

The new Abby Abernathy is a good girl. She doesn’t drink or swear, and she has the appropriate number of cardigans in her wardrobe. Abby believes she has enough distance from the darkness of her past, but when she arrives at college with her best friend, her path to a new beginning is quickly challenged by Eastern University’s Walking One-Night Stand.

Travis Maddox, lean, cut, and covered in tattoos, is exactly what Abby needs—and wants—to avoid. He spends his nights winning money in a floating fight ring, and his days as the ultimate college campus charmer. Intrigued by Abby’s resistance to his appeal, Travis tricks her into his daily life with a simple bet. If he loses, he must remain abstinent for a month. If Abby loses, she must live in Travis’s apartment for the same amount of time. Either way, Travis has no idea that he has met his match.

MY BOOK REVIEW:

Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire is your typical story of a good girl falls for the bad guy. But that’s how the author would want its readers to think of as they would start reading into the story.

Well I have to admit, when I’ve started reading its first few chapters of the book, I actually did find the story a bit disturbing. I guess it’s because that even though the whole concept of it was sort of typical, it’s just way too intense for me. I also find their arrangement of their friendship turned to lovers to be so weird, (you’ll know it when you read it).

As for its two main characters, Travis Maddox is a very complex character. For he’s so intense and full of surprises! Mysterious? Maybe. He may look disastrous on the outside, but the real Travis is a guy who is extremely smart and so passionate especially when it comes to those people that he truly loves. As for Abby Abernathy, now that’s a character that I was totally deceived of. At first, I actually thought that she’s the kind of girl who is totally innocent and doesn’t have any idea of the ways of the world. But I was totally wrong about her. And after getting an idea of these two characters, it really made me think that looks can truly be deceiving.

So even though that I really had a roller coaster ride and had such mixed emotions while reading this book, it was still such a good story to read; but definitely not the kind of story that I would want to go back into. And it is so weird that most of my friends who’ve already read this book really had a great time reading this. I guess I’m just the exception to the rule. I don’t know. But one thing is for sure. The concept of the story is definitely not my typical cup of tea. Although it’s true that there were some similarities from E.L. James’ Fifty Shades Trilogy (which is one of my favorites), but this novel entitled Beautiful Disaster wasn’t able to capture me as one of its avid readers of the story of Travis and Abby.

But just because I wasn’t captivated into the story doesn’t mean that it isn’t a good one. As I’ve already written, it is a good story. And since I’ve already planned to write a review about the book, so might as well write an honest review. It’s just my opinion and I hope you understand. I may not have enjoyed it as much as I wanted to. But for sure, there are quite a number of readers out there who’ve been totally hooked into reading it.

Thank you so much! 🙂

 

 

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith (Book Review)

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It’s kinda hard to write a book review about this young adult novel without giving too much of the story; for I definitely don’t want to spoil those who still haven’t read the book. So here it goes.

I don’t know why it took me so long to read this. I guess it’s because the first book that I’ve read by Jennifer E. Smith was definitely a huge disappointment. What changed my mind to read another of her works was because of Filipino Celebrity Ms. Kris Aquino. It was in her Instagram post that I was so intrigued by it (especially the title of the book), and then I saw on TV that Filipino Actress Kim Chiu was buying the book during one of her special appearance of Kris Aquino’s morning show; so I’ve decided to give it a try. But first, I was doing some reading about its reviews; it’s kinda okay. And then along the way, I’ve also found out that there’s going to be a film adaptation in which its chosen lead cast is Hailee Steinfeld. As for the other main character, that is still to be announced.

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As for the whole story itself, I find it to be very cute and charming. But what really captivated me as a reader is that, everything about these two main characters namely Hadley and Oliver is very UNCERTAIN. For their own mystery of never going to see each other again after a long flight from New York to London is very exciting. Two strangers on the same journey, but without any idea about their complete names or contact numbers! All they know about each other is sort of the idea as to why they’re going on the same destination; Plus, some trivial things about themselves. But upon arrival, something happened that separated them unexpectedly. And then one small slip gave Hadley the chance to find that mysterious guy! Should she go for it? And is it possible to fall in love in just a very short period of time?

There’s only one way to find out!