That’s What Frenemies Are For by Sophie Littlefield and Lauren Gershell

thJulia Summers is a super wealthy mom of two who, with her gorgeous husband who adores her live on the Upper East Side where Julia’s motto is the more it costs the better!

Her lifestyle and status make her the envy of the mom’s who are beneath her at the very private school her children attend.  She can choose to speak to you while other’s look on enviously, or she can blow you off…her choice.  She is A list and her friends at the school are all A list as well.  She is invited to only the premiere events and fundraisers.  She has a nanny/housekeeper for the family.  Julia lives in a perfect bubble of a world.

But when their Hampton home floods just prior to the summer season and they have to stay in “the city”, Julia decides to take on a project.  Tatum, who is a mousy, shy spin instructor at Flame, an unknown small gym, intrigues her.  She decides to remake her.  Sort of as her protégé.

But the naïve protégé may not be exactly who she seems.  Soon, Julia finds most of her “cool” friends fawning all over Tatum.  Then they begin to distance themselves from her and she sees her status begin to go from A to B to… what is happening?  Then Julia’s husband is arrested and jailed.  Julia is not only ostracized from her group, but she is being replaced by women who were much lower on her grade level.  And now her husband is in the news…and not in a good way!

But as in most cases when you hit rock bottom, you begin to realize just who your real friends are, some who you never thought would ever give YOU the time of day.  You also begin to see what is really important in your life and the lives of your family.  Your priorities begin to change…but you still must watch out for your frenemies.

This was a funny hard to read novel.  By that I mean as the reader, you see Julia’s mistakes coming and all you want to do is tell her to stop!  But you can’t, and all you can do is let her make the mistakes…and she does!  Then you hope she will learn…

Thank you #NetGalley  #BallentineBooks #That’sWhatFrenemiesAreFor #SophieLittlefield #LaurenGershell for the advanced copy.

The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris by Jenny Colgan

16079967The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris by Jenny Colgan is a beautifully written, tender love story that intertwines two women,  Anna, who has her whole life ahead of her, and Claire, whose life is ending.  It is the story of deep love, regret, and strength.  But it is also very funny and expertly written with scenes of Paris which makes the city come to life in the reader’s mind.

Anna Trent worked in a chocolate factory in England.  She thought this is where she would be for the rest of her life.  After a serious work accident which lands her in the hospital, she finds to her surprise her roommate is none other than her childhood French teacher Claire.

As they become friends, they begin to share their life stories.  Both are filled with much love and much sorrow.  Claire sees herself in Anna and wants to help her experience both true life and true love.  Anna on the other hand just feels as if her life is over.

Claire is able to get Anna a job at the premiere Paris chocolate shop.  Anna begins her journey both excited and terrified.  As she begins to acclimate to both the French, the cast of characters at the shop, as well as her hilarious roommate who forces her into the adventures of a lifetime, she begins to come out of her shell. She reluctantly at first begins to live.

What develops are two beautiful love stories which at times are mirror images of each of the women.  The story is told by both Anna and Claire, and with Claire giving us flashbacks throughout her long life, we are able to see the similarities in both of them and also the regrets which Claire has and is desperately trying to help her friend avoid.

The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris is a wonderful funny story with the richness and excitement of falling in love.  There are lessons to be learned for both the characters as well as the readers.  Especially in the City of Love and especially in a chocolate shop!

Thank you #NetGalley #Sourcebooks #TheLoveliestChocolateShopinParis #JennyColgan for the free book.

The Bookshop of the Broken Hearted by Robert Hillman

 

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All Tom Hope wanted was to tend to his sheep farm in Australia and please his wife.  Unfortunately his wife could not be pleased.  She leaves, and Tom being the patient, caring and understanding man, waits for her return.  Which she does.  Only to leave him again for good which breaks his heart.
Then a mysterious woman named Hannah comes to town via Hungary.  She is the total opposite of Tom’s ex-wife.  She is spontaneous, affectionate, smart and motivated.  She decides she wants to open a bookstore in the rural town and asks Tom to build some shelving.
But Hannah has had her own heart broken.  A survivor of the Holocaust, she has witnessed loss and hate.  These two polar opposites begin to fall in love. Tom who is not book savvy at all begins to read books Hannah suggests to him.  And thus begins a relationship of survival.  And just like it seems highly unlikely a bookshop could ever succeed in this small town, is it possible they ever will?
Can these two wounded souls ever find the happiness they both deserve or will their pasts continue to haunt them?  Are they even capable of getting the happy ending they both deserve?
Please visit the Bookstore of the Broken Hearted by Robert Hillman.  You will not be disappointed!
Thank you #NetGalley #G.P.Putnam’sSon’s #TheBookshopoftheBrokenHearted #RobertHillman for the advanced copy.