Sunlounger 2: Beach Read Bliss - Day 6

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Every weekend throughout August I will be reviewing stories from the new Sunlounger 2 book. There will be four reviews on each day (Saturday & Sunday), except for the last weekend that will have six on both days. 
Note: Sorry its a bit late, I have been ill so many of my reviews have been late. 

So, lets start with the next four books:

The Best Gift of All - Margaret James
Destination: Florence

Ellie has never really fitted in with her friends, they have money for starter whereas Ellie gets by with what she has. Her best friends, three to be exact 'The Gorgeous Girls Gang' - Giselle, Georgina and Grace, have not looked at her any differently but Ellie knows she is different. So, when one of the girls is getting married in Europe, Ellie decides to hitch-hike her way there, all the while taking in the sites and exploring what the cities have to offer. When she meets Will, she is smitten straight away with his good looks, caring and charming nature, he feels the same, but they are both different people from two different places, two different lives but it all comes down to one chance, sometimes you have to take it. 
If I had to sum this book up in one word, it would be Extraordinary.

MARGARET JAMES is a British writer of historical and contemporary fiction. She is also a journalist working for the UK’s Writing Magazine and teaches creative writing for the London School of Journalism. Born in Hereford, she now lives in Devon at the seaside, which is great because it means when she is stuck for a plot she can always go for a walk along the beach and be inspired.
Her latest novel was nominated for Best Romantic Comedy by the Romantic Novelist's Association and is called THE WEDDING DIARY.
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You Don't Bring Me Flowers: Milly Johnson
Destination: Venice
Jen has always wanted to go to Venice, one of the most romantic cities in the world, to be there with the one you love on your birthday is just the icing on the cake. Celebrating the big four-O, Jen is exciting to be spending it with Billy, together for years they are great together or were great together. Billy has the habit of forgetting things, doesn't seem to make an effort anymore and Jen is till waiting, hoping that one day he will finally propose to her. It takes a trip to one of the magical places on the earth for Jen to decide what she really wants in life and how she is going to get it. 
If I had to sum this book up in one word, it would be Inspiring

Milly Johnson was born in Barnsley, raised in Barnsley and still lives in Barnsley - although she did study in Exeter for four years and emigrate to Haworth in West Yorkshire in the 1980s.
She trained as an actress, teacher, an accountant, a Customer Services and Suggestion Scheme Manager as well as working in a variety of administrative posts for companies dealing with anything from antique furniture to plastic injection moulded poop scoops. Eventually she found a happy existence writing poems and jokes for the greetings card world - helping to kick off the hugely successful Purple Ronnie project - which she still does on a part time basis whilst penning her novels.

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Don't forget to check out some of Milly's books:-

Capri Blue - Belinda Jones
Destination: Capri, Italy
When I read this story I wasn't sure if I missed the main character's name which in turn made me read it again, but still I couldn't find one. So, I think no name was given, although if I am wrong then I am very sorry! The story is set in Capri, a beautiful place to relax, even more so after a divorce. The scenery, the calmness and the peace, is prefect for forgetting all your problems, the main character has had a few of those, along with Adele who is going through the same situation. There is sun, hot guys and a lot of thinking about the past and the future, as all it takes is a short break to finally put everything into focus.
If I had to sum this book up in one word, it would be Reflective.

BELINDA JONES is the author of 10 vacation-for-the-price-of-a-paperback chick lit novels, one travel memoir ON THE ROAD TO MR RIGHT (which made the Sunday Times Top 10 chart alongside her hero Bill Bryson) and a Peter Andre Annual. Though not remotely summery, her most recent novel WINTER WONDERLAND was short-listed as Best Romantic Comedy by the Romantic Novelists' Association. Prior to writing books, Belinda spent 10 years writing for magazines including New Woman, more! and Empire. She currently lives halfway up a mountain in San Diego, California with her American dog Bodie and US Navy husband Jonathan.
THE TRAVELLING TEA SHOP is out May 2014 - cake & love in New England!
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Don't forget to check out some of Belinda's books:-

Trading Up in Tuscany - Lucy Lord
Destination: Tuscany
Georgie and Christian are both different from each other, Georgie is more laid back whereas Christian is more of a health freak. So, when Christian gets the idea of cycling to Tuscany, Georgie isn't that excited but she is willing to try. Cycling all day really make Georgie want to relax, so when she finally get a couple of minutes to herself away from Christian, bikes and endless healthy food, she is more than happy. Time to herself is soon interrupted by Lucas, a different yet dreamy man who offers to show her around. Spending time with Lucas is effortless, but with Christian, Georgie feels she must be something she is not. It has dreamy men, beautiful backdrop and crazy friends. 
If I had to sum this book up in one word, it would be Incredible.

LUCY LORD  is a novelist and journalist who has written for The Times, Guardian, Independent, Evening Standard, Time Out, Marie Claire and Arena. Aside from reading and writing, she enjoys lying in hammocks, long lunches on beaches, pretty much every genre of music, cooking and throwing parties. She lives in London with her musician husband. If you enjoyed meeting Bella and Poppy in FRENCH FOLLIES, you can follow more of their adventures in Lucy’s books, published by Harper Collins: PARTY NIGHT, a ‘filthy-bright, laugh-out-loud funny’ novella which focuses on one eventful New Year’s Eve and is a prequel to REVELRY, described as ‘This Life for the 21st Century’ and ‘Bridget Jones times 10’ and ‘Exotic, funny and warm’ VANITY, which follows our heroines from New York to LA, Paris to St Tropez, Ibiza to the Hamptons, and culminates in a road trip across the States that they’ll never forget.

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Another day, another book, 

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