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Books read in October 2015


Life and Death (Twilight tenth anniversary edition) – Stephanie Meyer


The Twelve Dates Of Christmas – Lisa Dickenson


At thirty, Claudia’s life is stale and the romance with long-term boyfriend, Seth, has disappeared. Determined to inject some festive spark back into their love life, Claudia and Seth go on their first date in a very long time. But when the night ends in disaster, Claudia suddenly finds herself facing life – and Christmas – alone.

Life alone is exciting, scary and full of soon-forgotten exercise regimes and ill-advised attempts at crafting sexy underwear. It’s also filling up with dates, surprisingly. With best friends Penny and Nick at her side, a surplus of festive markets, mulled wine and Christmas tunes, Claudia attempts to face all this change with gusto. One thing’s for certain: this year, Christmas is going to be very different . . .

This is the story of Claudia and her twelve dates of Christmas. Hilarious, uplifting and romantic, it’s a story about losing love, finding love, and discovering what’s been there all along. Expect Christmas sparkle, butterflies-in-your-stomach romance and a lot of very funny moments in The Twelve Dates of Christmas.

Did I Mention I Need You? – Estelle Maskame


It’s been a year since eighteen-year-old Eden Munro last saw Tyler Bruce: her stepbrother… and her secret love. Although they called time on their forbidden relationship for the sake of their family, Eden can’t help but feel excited when Tyler invites her to join him in New York City for the summer.

Anyway, Eden is happy with her boyfriend Dean, and surely Tyler has moved on too. But as they spend a long, hot summer in the excitement of the city that never sleeps, it soon becomes obvious that they aren’t over each other. But can they resist temptation?

In Did I Mention I Need You?, the second volume of Estelle Maskame’s phenomenal DIMILY trilogy, Tyler and Eden must face up to their feelings and decide what to do next. Is their love strong enough to face the challenges that lie ahead?

Book of the month:

The Paying Guests – Sarah Waters

If you’re looking for a fun, romantic Christmas read then Lisa Dickenson’s book is perfect for you, it made me feel all warm and fuzzy and definitely festive! I’m really enjoying the Did I Mention I Love You? series and can’t wait for the final instalment next year as book 2 has ended on a cliffhanger! But my favourite read of the month I have chosen ….


It is 1922, and London is tense. Ex-servicemen are disillusioned, the out-of-work and the hungry are demanding change. And in South London, in a genteel Camberwell villa, a large silent house now bereft of brothers, husband and even servants, life is about to be transformed, as impoverished widow Mrs Wray and her spinster daughter, Frances, are obliged to take in lodgers.

For with the arrival of Lilian and Leonard Barber, a modern young couple of the ‘clerk class’, the routines of the house will be shaken up in unexpected ways. And as passions mount and frustration gathers, no one can foresee just how far-reaching, and how devastating, the disturbances will be.

This is the fourth book by Sarah Waters I’ve read and is set in a new era the 1920’s and is at essence a love story with a crime thread to it too. I was drawn in from the first page, she really is an excellent writer, and although it’s a long book I remained captivated for all of it. I must say though that I didn’t think I would be at the end when I suddenly was (there’s extra material in my copy at the back) and so I finished it with a “huh”. I wish there could have been an epilogue as I really wanted to know where the characters went from there, what happened next and it’s because I had spent so long desperately hoping things would work out. For such a long book I suppose I hoped for a stronger resolution but it is a really entertaining story, dark and twisty with strong characters and the typical Waters forbidden lesbian romance that you’ll be rooting for even when you’re not sure you should be.

Has anyone else read it?



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