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Delicious!

Ruth Reichl
deliciousDear Mr Beard,
I sent my Magic Moments off yesterday, and that made me think of you.
I hope the cookies will remind Father of our life here. Or maybe I should say what life used to be, before the war changed everything . . .
Hidden in the library of Delicious! magazine young intern Billie discovers the wartime letters of twelve-year-old Lulu Swan, written to distinguished food writer, James Beard. Lulu’s can-do spirit in the face of food shortages and other hardships help Billie come to terms with her own tragic past. Until one day it occurs to her: Lulu Swan might still be alive…

What were your initial thoughts of the book?
I saw Delicious out of the blue and got completely drawn to the cover. After scouring the synopsis, I knew that this was a book I’d be interested in reading. Thus I decided to give the book a go which I’m glad I did as this book was truly lovely and was such an entertaining read. I was drawn in from the very start and found it very hard to put the book down again. It is a book that has a truly remarkable story at its centre, one that will capture your heart and make you feel warm inside. It is one of the best food-centric books I’ve read.

What was your favourite aspect of the book?
The journey that our main protagonist, Billie, goes on. (I know, you were expecting me to say the food, weren’t you?) I loved her narration and how much she changes throughout the story. I found the writing style was easy to follow and I just got sucked in and really needed to know where Billie’s life would take her next. I really enjoyed how this all came together and how she grew into such a confident, outgoing, and resilient character by the end of it all. This was definitely a character-driven plot!

Who was your favourite character and why?
I’m sure this will come as no surprise to you but my favourite character was Billie. As much as I loved all of the other side characters and all of their own journeys, there was just something about Billie that I completely loved. She was a remarkable character who was well-written and someone who was really relatable. Essentially, this story was a coming-of-age story in which Billie finds her true self and learns to enjoy it all which just made for an entertaining read that was thoroughly enjoyable.

Would you recommend this book?
In a heartbeat. It is the kind of book that will whisk you away to another place and time easily. It is full of language that will warm your insides and mentions of food that will have you salivating. It has a story that is full of heart and warmth and is one of those books that will make you feel really good and blessed by the end of it. So if you like books like that, then you should definitely read this book. I would say it is perfect for fans of Cecelia Ahern and Jodi Picoult!

Summarize this book in one sentence (verdict): A wonderfully warm story about hope, love, food, and finding yourself.

Reviewed by Faye

Publisher: Ebury Press
Publication Date: September2014
Format: Paperback
Pages: 384
Genre: Historical, Fiction, Food
Age: Adult
Reviewer: Faye
Source: Borrowed
Challenge: None
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Finding It

Cora Cormack

finding itKelsey Summers is looking for love in all the wrong places.
Spending a few months travelling around Europe – with no parents, no responsibilities and a no limit credit card – Kelsey’s having the time of her life.
But when she completely embarrasses herself in front of the hottest guy she’s ever seen, she soon realises there’s more to life than the next party.
What she doesn’t realise is that although she’s on a journey to find herself, she will end up finding The One…

Finding It is the third and final full length book in Cormack’s Losing it series*, set around a group of friends as they complete university and take the next steps in to their adult lives.

While each of these books stand on their own, and can be read in any order without any major spoilers, I really would recommend that you reading the entire series in order. Not only so that you can fully experience each characters development, but also that you don’t deprive yourself of a moment of Cormack’s book-hugging romance, smirk inducing wit, laugh out loud humour, or her ability to induce empathetic cringing.

Losing it focused on Bliss as she approached the end of her education and wrestled with which route she wanted her career to take (oh and she met and fell in love with a gorgeous English bloke, by the name of Garrick). Faking it found Cade adjusting to life off of campus (oh and he met and fell in love with a feisty, tattooed chick by the name of Max). In Finding It, Kelsey has decided to put off the inevitable, predictable life and her parents stifling expectations. Preferring to travel around Europe, to live in the now, to collect life experiences Kelsey is hunting down that elusive something more – and if she can do it at the expense and irritation of her father, so much the better!

When we were introduced to Kelsey back in Faking It (book 1) she was simply Bliss’s vivacious, if slightly abrasive friend. A gorgeous, sexually confident party girl, determined to aid Bliss in the losing of her virginity; fun but shallow.

While my confidence in Cormack’s ability to create likeable, relatable characters was boosted by the experience of reading Faking It (book 2) and falling for Cade, for whom I’d felt nothing but irritation in book one, I began Finding It, unsure if I could gel with Kelsey as the main protagonist.

Kelsey is a firecracker with an entertaining voice, a fun loving nature, and a warts and all honesty, which was immediately entertaining and likeable. Unlike the open books of Bliss and Cade, Kelsey’s is a much harder character to get to know, with a darker back-story than Cormack’s earlier protagonists. My commitment to Kelsey’s story however, was rewarded with a greater depth of character and deeper emotional involvement.

Gorgeous, mysterious, and strong, with an artist eye and a poet’s heart, not to mention a gentlemanly moral code despite the undeniable chemistry – Jackson Hunt is Cormack’s scummiest, most swoon worthy book boyfriend yet.

Like Kelsey, Hunt has secrets and a painful history. Unlike a lot of “damaged” love interests, meeting Kelsey is not the turning point in his recovery from his past. In fact that is one of my favorite elements of the book. Both characters have already taken steps to address their histories, and their dissatisfactions with their current lives prior to meeting. While Kelsey and Hunt’s relationship is one of facilitated healing and mutual support, it is not co-dependent. They are not reliant on each other to be whole.

AND… Finding It is a road trip book. I LOVE road trip books – protagonists discovering themselves while they discover new cities – Kelsey travels around Europe the way I wish I had, with an enviable fearlessness. Although I doubt I would have had the stamina, or liver capacity to keep up with all of Kelsey’s antics! She uninhibitedly meets new and exciting people, visits those out of the way (known only to the locals) places and dives (with only a little persuasion) in to unique experiences and once in a life time opportunities. She personifies a life is short/dance like no one is watching philosophy.

Cora’s Cormack’s books simply get better and better. I feel no hesitation in adding her to my list of authors whose work equates to an automatic pre-order. I cannot wait to read All Lined Up, the first installment in her new Rusk University series. Set in Texas and involving “three swoon-worthy football boys” its May 2014 release cannot come soon enough!

Verdict: Cormack has saved the best for last

* The series also includes two e-novellas; Keeping Her (Bliss and Garrick ) and Seeking Her (Kelsey and Hunt) due for publication early 2014 and available for preorder

Reviewed by Caroline

Publisher: Ebury Press
Publication Date: October 2013
Format: eARC
Pages: 320
Genre: Contemporary romance
Age: YA
Reviewer: Caroline
Source: Netgalley
Challenge: None
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Keeping Her: A Message From Cora Cormack

We are delighted to welcome Cora Cormack as she shares a sneaky peek at her upcoming novella, Keeping Her.

Preview Package: Cora Carmack's KEEPING HER by AvonBooks

The Keeping Her ebook novella will be published on 13th of August by William Morrow for US readers and on the 15th of August, by Ebury Digital,for UK readers.

If you would like to learn more about Cora’s work she will be participating in a Goodreads chat along Jay Crownover (author of Jet and Rule)on the 26th of June (click here to go to the site).

Cora will also be hosting a FAKING IT book club on her Facebook page (click here to visit her Facebook page) on the 27th of June from 3-4 p.m. EDT( 19:00-20:00 GMT) where you can live chat with Cora about the book and ask her all your burning questions.

Alternatively, visit the Keeping Her Goodreads page (here).

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Teaser Tuesday: Losing It

Cora Carmack

losing it cover artLove. Romance. Sex. There’s a first time for everything…
As far as Bliss Edwards can tell, she’s the last virgin standing, certainly amongst her friends. And she’s determined to deal with the ‘problem’ as quickly and simply as possible.
But her plan for a no-strings one-night stand turns out to be anything but simple. Especially when she arrives for her first class and recognises her hot new British professor.
She’d left him naked in her bed just 8 hours earlier…

When I was a hormone-riddled teenager my two favorite posters sat side-by-side, on my wood chipped walls (it was the 90’s people). The first was a picture of a gorgeous male model holding a teeny tiny baby in his muscular arms.

The second had a picture of a rather charming *winks* torso, along side which it stated: “I don’t ask for much in a man he only has to be…”
It then proceeded to list an impressive collection of desirable attributes. From the evidence I’ve found within the pages of Cora Cormack’s Losing It I have a sneaky suspicion that Cora may have had the same poster on her teenage wall.

It gives me great pleasure to introduce you to my latest book crush, Garrick:

Gorgeous (and bookish!)

“He looked up from his reading, and suddenly I found it hard to swallow. He was easily the most attractive guy I’d seen tonight-blond hair falling in to crystal blue eyes, just enough scruff on his jaw to give him a masculine look without making him too hairy, and a face that could have made angels sing”

Charming

“You don’t want to finish our drinks?”
He took my hand, and pressed his lips against the inside of my wrist. “I’m already intoxicated.”

Funny

“Are you waiting for an invitation?” I asked, eyeing him standing carefully outside my door. “Is this the part where you tell me you’re a vampire?” He chuckled. “No, I promise the paleness is only because I’m British.”

Bliss’ voice was warm and distinctively kooky, like a modern, American Bridget Jones. I quickly found myself simultaneously laughing out loud and empathetically squirming along side her as she stumble from one deliciously awkward mishap to the next.

“It wasn’t until I’d walked halfway across the parking lot that I realized:
1. I wasn’t wearing shoes.
A. Or a shirt.
2. I didn’t bring my keys
A. Or anything really.
3. I’d just left a complete stranger in my apartment.
A. Naked.
Whoever said one-night stands were supposed to be simple with no strings attached had clearly never met the disaster that was me.”

I absolutely loved Losing It. Funny, romantic and refreshingly free from the “emotional issues” which have featured in many of my recent New Adult reads, it is the perfect feel good, comforting read.

Posted by Caroline

Publisher: Ebury Digital
Publication Date: January 2013
Format: eBook
Pages: 288
Genre: Contemporary romance
Age: Mature YA/ New Adult
Reviewer: Caroline
Source: Own Copy
Challenge: Debut Author

Thanks to those lovely people at Ebury Press we have one copy of the UK Paperback Of Losing It to give away to one luck UK winner!

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Incubus

Carol Goodman

‘This is where all stories start, on the edge of a dark wood…’
Ever since moving to Fairwick to take up a teaching post at the local college, Callie has been having vivid, erotic dreams about a man made out of moonlight and shadows. Dreams she begins to fear as well as anticipate…
She learns that her home – a Victorian cottage at the edge of a wood she bought on a whim – is supposedly haunted. And then her new – and rather strange – colleagues tell her a local legend about an incubus demon with a human past who was enchanted by a fairy queen…

Should be noted that I obtained this book from Netgalley under the title of ‘The Demon Lover’ by Juliet Dark, a pen name of Carol Goodman.

Callie lost her parents at a very young age, sent to live with her cold distant Grandmother she finds solace in an ‘imaginary’ prince who tells her folktales at night. Fast forward a number of years, Callie is now a lecturer in folk law, she has an interview with a small university in the back of beyond. She knows the job could spell professional suicide yet she is drawn to the place, and then she finds the old house by the woods…..

Both the covers for this book are quite deceptive with both appearing to be trying to appeal to the YA market. In fact I bought it for the school library and quickly had to move it to the Sixth Form and Staff library. It is definitely a more adult book and is everything that you would expect from a paranormal romance novel.

This is a rare foray into books for adults for me, and despite the above I was aware that this was for adults when I picked it up. It did make a very welcome change and I have gone on to read the second book in the series since. It has everything that I love in a book. Supernatural and gothic themes, setting described so well that you can picture them and very strong believable characters. It was a book that reminded me strongly of ‘A Discovery of Witches’ by Deborah Harkness and ‘The Witching Hour’ by Anne Rice and I would thoroughly recommend this to anyone who enjoyed these books. Witchcraft, gothic houses and family secrets are all themes that run through each book.

The supernatural has been done to death in recent years. I liked that the mythology of it all was original in this book, something that is hard to do with the proliferation of books lately. I dearly love anything to do with the fey so their inclusion was very welcome.

Callie was a very strong central character, but this wasn’t to the expense of other characters in the book. As a reader you got to know them all. This was through Callie, as the book is told from her perspective, but she was on the whole quite perceptive and even when she wasn’t the plot strongly pointed out how you should feel about a character. There was a ‘twist’ at the end of the book that I found fairly obvious. But I did get the impression that this was done on purpose by the author; that the reader should know what was likely to happen, even if the main characters didn’t. There was also a second twist that I saw coming a mile off which wasn’t perhaps meant to be quite so obvious. I have a feeling that it was my hopelessly romantic side that wanted the result, rather than me actually being able to predict.

A very strong feature of this book is the setting. The town, the house, university buildings and the woods nearly become a character all of their own. They are described in such detail that it is almost cinematic. In many way the old house, with it’s history and eccentricities becomes a character outside of its description.

Overall I really did want to carry on reading and was quite disappointed when the book finished and quickly moved onto the next book. I can’t wait for the third to come out. It has also made me investigate the author further and I will be reading more of her other books. I now have a taste for books for ‘grown-ups’ which will make a nice change.

Verdict: Wonderful characters, amazing setting and great mythology. A really enjoyable read.

Reviewed by Alison

Publisher: Ebury Press
Publication Date: July 2011
Format: Paperback
Pages: 480
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Supernatural, Urban Fantasy
Age: Adult
Reviewer: Alison
Source: Netgalley
Challenge: None
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