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Hell Hath No Fury By @AnnabellReadLuv #HellHathNoFury #AnnabelleAnders @loveaffairwfict

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Today you are in for a treat, we have a guest review from Kimberly our USA voice. Today, Kimberly has reviewed Hell Hath No Fury by Annabelle Anders. Enjoy.

Kelly xoxo

HHTF Review

“It says ‘historical, romantic comedy’.” Hmmmm, an interesting mix, I wondered what that meant. What it means is delicious, guilty pleasure fun! Think Cinderella devising ways to off her husband because he isn’t quite the Prince Charming he was set out to be. Mix in another hottie in the wings, some best friends that any girl would kill for, and just the right amount of spice and that pretty much sums up Hell Hath No Fury by Annabelle Anders.

A courtly romp during the height of British high society, Cecily learns that no title or amount of money can make her accepted by the ton, and that those of that society certainly aren’t guaranteed the good manners that the word is supposed to represent. Moderate on the heat level, I thought the “steamy” scenes did not override the plot. The story moves along at a great pace, and while there is some fine tuning that I would suggest (Ms. Anders repeats details and descriptives at times), these did not detract from my enjoyment whatsoever. Hell Hath No Fury is listed as book one in the Devilish Debutantes series, so I am excited to see what is in store for Rhoda, Emily, and Sophia in future instalments.

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To keep the money, he has to keep her as well…

Cecily Nottingham has made a huge mistake.

The marriage bed was still warm when the earl she thought she loved crawled out of it and announced that he loved someone else.

Loves. Someone else.

All he saw in Cecily was her dowry.

But he’s in for the shock of his life because, in order to keep the money, he has to keep her.

With nothing to lose, in an attempt to goad the earl into divorcing her, Cecily sets out to seduce her husband’s cousin, Stephen Nottingham.

Little does she realise that Stephen would turn out to be everything her husband was not: Honourable, loyal, trustworthy…

Handsome as sin.

Stephen returned to England for one reason. Save his cousin’s estate from financial ruin. Instead, he finds himself tempted by his cousins beautiful and scorned wife.  

He isn’t sure what to do first, strangle his cousin, or kiss his wife. His honour is put to the test, right along with his self-control.

Amid snakes, duels and a good catfight, Cecily realises the game she’s playing has high stakes indeed.

There are only a few ways for a marriage to end in Regency England and none of them come without a high price. Is she willing to pay it? Is Stephen?

A ‘Happily Ever After’ hangs in the balance, because, yes, love can conquer all, but sometimes it needs a little bit of help.

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The Chilbury Ladies Choir By Jennifer Ryan ~ #GuestReview By Kimberly Livingston @JenniferiRyan @BoroughPress

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Today, Kimberly is here with a review of The Chilbury Ladies Choir, find out her thoughts and which cover Kimberly liked more.

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Review By Kimberly Livingston 

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And so begins The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir by Jennifer Ryan. Luckily for the village of Chilbury and the surrounding area, the women tolerated no such thing. With the encouragement of the new choirmaster, Prim, the women found themselves able to pull together both in music and strength during the impending Nazi invasion. The story of wartime England is told through each of the main characters’ letters and journal entries, a diary of sorts for the reader to glimpse into their private worlds. In the acknowledgements by Ms. Ryan, it was noted that “At the beginning of the war, an organisation known as Mass Observation began, encouraging ordinary individuals to keep diaries and journals and send them into the headquarters, where some would be published in a newsletter.”

While each chapter is in the writing of a different character, the book still reads as the wonderful novel that it is. Mrs. Tilling and Kitty Winthrop’s diary entries, as well as Edwina Paltry and Venetia Winthrop’s personal letters, each add their own voice to the horrors, victories, and celebrations of the time. The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir captures what it was like to be a woman in the 1940’s; having to suddenly work outside the home to help with the wartime effort as all the men had gone to the front and the realisation that they could be independent without those same men.

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When I read I rarely visualise a story in my mind, but this one played like a movie, and what a beautiful movie it would make! (Hint Hint to producers!) This novel is one for my bookshelf!

I admit, I prefer the US cover to the UK one, and will be buying that copy. They both show the village with the warplanes and the music, but the US version, with its sunset colours and sketches of women, captures the story more. I believe this cover speaks to the heart of the book: the women of The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir. These women are rich of character and varied as can be; humorous, romantic, demanding, heartbroken. In the end, each and everyone proves the power of song and love.

 

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Book Jacket 

Kent, 1940.

In the idyllic village of Chilbury change is afoot. Hearts are breaking as sons and husbands leave to fight, and when the Vicar decides to close the choir until the men return, all seems lost.

But coming together in song is just what the women of Chilbury need in these dark hours, and they are ready to sing. With a little fighting spirit and the arrival of a new musical resident, the charismatic Miss Primrose Trent, the choir is reborn.

Some see the choir as a chance to forget their troubles, others the chance to shine. Though for one villager, the choir is the perfect cover to destroy Chilbury’s new-found harmony.

Uplifting and profoundly moving, THE CHILBURY LADIES’ CHOIR explores how a village can endure the onslaught of war, how monumental history affects small lives and how survival is as much about friendship as it is about courage

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After You By Jojo Moyes @jojomoyes @PenguinUKBooks #GuestReview By Kimberly Livingston

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After You By Jojo Moyes ~ Review 

People always say that the book is better than the movie. While generally, this is the case, it isn’t always so, in my opinion.  Me Before You is one of the movies that I preferred over the book. The book has a slightly darker side that they leave out of the movie, one I would rather not have known. The movie also has Sam Claflin, need I say more. Actually, I truly loved Emilia Clarke in the role as Lou as well. She made the character real for me and I’m not sure I could ever have conjured her as well. Even if you have seen the movie, you are going to want to read the novel prior to picking up the sequel, After You. If you have looked at the title you will know, no spoiler necessary, that this book is about Louisa Clark moving on. Jojo Moyes does an excellent job writing a new story with a new set of characters while leaving you still attached to the old one. This doesn’t feel like a sequel for sequel sake. We needed closure, not that (as you learn) there ever truly is such a thing. I miss Will. I think I will always miss Will. And I miss the Lou that blossomed because of Will. If there is one thing I truly disliked about this book, it is that Lou feels like a much smaller character than she was in Me Before You. I felt, in that book, as unconfident and clumsy as she was, she was a larger than life clumsy. In After You, perhaps on purpose from the author, Lou has been made into a shell of her former self. It never felt like that bit resolved.

Hence, there is a third book coming out. Jojo Moyes recently announced a third book will be released. Speaking about the upcoming book, she said, “I always knew that once I committed to write the sequel to Me Before You I would also write a third book; I saw it quite clearly as a trilogy.” There is definitely room for a trilogy here and so, Ms Moyes, get writing. If you don’t feel you can commit to a third in the series, no worries. After You stands by itself, and at least one of the characters, Lily, is one that is worth getting to know.

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When one story ends, another begins.

How do you move on after losing the person you loved? How do you build a life worth living? Louisa Clark is no longer just an ordinary girl living an ordinary life. After the transformative six months spent with Will Traynor, she is struggling without him. When an extraordinary accident forces Lou to return home to her family, she can’t help but feel she’s right back where she started. Her body heals, but Lou herself knows that she needs to be kick-started back to life. Which is how she ends up in a church basement with the members of the Moving On support group, who share insights, laughter, frustrations, and terrible cookies. They will also lead her to the strong, capable Sam Fielding—the paramedic, whose business is life and death, and the one man who might be able to understand her. Then a figure from Will’s past appears and hijacks all her plans, propelling her into a very different future. . . . For Lou Clark, life after Will Traynor means learning to fall in love again, with all the risks that brings. But here Jojo Moyes gives us two families, as real as our own, whose joys and sorrows will touch you deeply, and where both changes and surprises await. After You is quintessential Jojo Moyes—a novel that will make you laugh, cry, and rejoice at being back in the world she creates. Here she does what few novelists can do—revisits beloved characters and takes them to places neither they nor we ever expected.

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