Little Gray Dress by Aimee Brown #CoverReveal

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Title: Little Gray Dress
Author: Aimee Brown
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Publisher: Crooked Cat Books
Release Date: August 2nd, 2017
Pre-Orders Available: Early July

Blurb

Emi Harrison has avoided her ex-fiance, Jack Cabot, for nearly two years. Her twin brother Evan’s wedding is about to end that streak.

From bad bridesmaid’s dresses, a hyperactive sister-in-law, a mean girl with even meaner secrets, and too much to drink, nothing seems to go right for Emi, except when she’s wearing her little gray dress.

When she speed-walks into Liam Jaxon’s bar, things get more complicated. He’s gorgeous, southern, and has no past with Emi. He may be exactly what she needs to prove for the last time that she doesn’t need or want Jack!

Her favorite little gray dress has made an appearance at nearly every major event in Emi’s adult life. Will it make another grand appearance when she least expects it?

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About Aimee Brown

Aimee Brown is a writer and avid reader, often blogging her thoughts on chick lit books. Little Gray Dress is her first novel published. She’s currently studying for her Bachelor’s degree in English Writing. She spends much of her time writing her next book, doing homework, raising three teenagers, binge watching shows on Netflix and obsessively cleaning and redecorating her house. She’s fluent in sarcasm and has been known to use far too many swear words.

Aimee grew up in Oregon but is now a transplant living in cold Montana with her husband of twenty years, three teenage children, and many, many pets.

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Second Chance Tea Shop by Fay Keenan #BlogTour #Q&A

 

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What’s it about?

Second chances, new loves and scrumptious cakes, in this heart-warming novel. Perfect for all fans of Fern Britton, Katie Fforde and Cathy Bramley.

Folllowing the tragic death of her beloved husband, Anna Hemingway decides it’s time for a fresh start. So Anna and her three-year-old daughter Ellie move to a picture-perfect cottage in the beautiful village of Little Somerby, and when she takes over the running of the village tea shop, Ellie and Anna start to find happiness again.

But things get complicated when Matthew Carter, the owner of the local cider farm, enters their lives. Throughout a whirlwind year of village fetes and ancient wassails, love, laughter, apple pie and new memories, life slowly blossoms again. But when tragedy strikes and history seems to be repeating itself, Anna must find the strength to hold onto the new life she has built.

This beautiful, life-affirming debut novel marks the beginning of the Little Somerby series, and promises to make you smile, cry, reach for a cream tea, and long for a life in the perfect English countryside.

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About Fay Keenan

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Fay Keenan was born in Surrey and raised in Hampshire, before finally settling back in the West Country. When Fay is not chasing her children around or writing, she teaches English at a local secondary school. She lives with her husband of fourteen years, two daughters, a cat, two chickens and a Weimaraner called Bertie in a village in Somerset, which may or may not have provided the inspiration for Little Somerby.

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Q&A

Firstly, could you please tell us a little about yourself?

Well, I’m a nearly-40-year-old author and I also teach English at a local secondary school, as well as being a mother of two small daughters and surrogate mother to a large Weimaraner! Oh, and I’m a wife, as well, so I wear a lot of hats. When I’m not being all those things, I love reading, watching films and, of course, writing.

What was your favorite scene to write?

That’s a tricky one! I think it was Matthew and Anna’s first proper kiss on top of the cider vats – I had that idea in my head from quite early on, and I wanted to make it a really intense moment for them.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

That there is always a silver lining, even in the darkest of times, and that sometimes that lining can appear when you least expect it. Hope is a powerful thing!

How did you come up with the idea of writing The Second Chance Tea Shop? What inspired you?

I’m inspired by the landscape and the features of Somerset, where I’ve lived on and off for twenty five years. It’s a county full of quirks and idiosyncrasies and I wanted to put some of those in a book. I also had a very specific memory of the massive cider vats at one of the local cider producers, that pretty much triggered off the whole story.

Was it difficult to write about the subject of loss and death of a loved one or did the words and emotions come easy? Was it difficult or not to find the right balance between laughs and tears in this novel?

It was difficult to know if I was striking the balance correctly, as I was writing from the heart, so I knew it felt right to me, but I hoped it felt right to other readers. Loss is something that everyone experiences, unless they’re incredibly lucky, and although I’ve not been through (thankfully), what Anna has, I’ve definitely felt the loss of people close to me, so I tried to draw on that. I found that a lot of the time my characters spoke for themselves, so all I had to do was listen very hard to them!

What’s the best compliment/quote you’ve received about The Second Chance Tea Shop? / Any funny critisism yet?

A couple of people have mentioned a particular scene with a particular piece of furniture to me, which raised an eyebrow or two, and that was pretty funny, although definitely not a criticism! So far I’ve had ‘I couldn’t put it down,’ quite a lot, which I take as a huge compliment. I’m sure there will be actual criticism at some point, it’s inevitable, but as an English teacher I’m well used to giving out constructive criticism so I’m pretty well able to take it, too.

Are you working on a new novel yet? Can you tell something about it?

I’m currently working on the next of the Little Somerby novels, which will pick up on an existing character’s journey. This character is definitely someone who is great fun to write, and, hopefully, fun to read, too!

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Love Me Tinder by Nicola May

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What’s it about?

Cali Summers decides that the only way to get over her broken marriage is to hit the world of fast love on a dating app.
Using room 102 in the hotel where she works as her dating ‘lair’, she quickly discovers that passion and excitement are mixed with danger, lies and deception.
With a charming F1 engineer, a handsome army officer and her adulterous ex all on the scene, a predictable love match is far from on the cards.
Will she choose dull security or risky freedom ? Join Cali on her dating adventures and see if a modern Cyber Cupid’s arrow is still on aim.

You can buy a copy of this novel on Amazon UK | Amazon US.

Review

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I’ve never tindered in my life. In my younger years you only met your new love interest through friends or you just had to pluck up the courage to step up to a complete stranger. That’s also how Cali met Jamie, but after 12 years and being married a little over a year he traded her in for ‘their’ personal trainer. And now times have changed and Cali has to catch up with modern dating if she doesn’t want to spend the rest of her life stuck at home with a foul-mouthed parrot.

I loved that Cali’s emotions are not your usual cliche which I have to read about more often than not. She’s angry at Jamie but still loves him too, her feelings are clear and she’s not trying to hide it from herself or the reader. She doesn’t get hung up on a revenge angle though nor trying to get him back at any cost.

This novel isn’t a string of all the weird dates she finds through this dating app.. well the first one inevitably is but soon after there is some real potential. There’s Will, the handsome military officer, there’s Mario, a very hot Formula 1 pilot and I had a feeling that Jamie aka Big Boy J, as her hilarious parrot calls him, might be having second thoughts too as he seems to find all sorts of reasons to turn up at her place unannounced quite a few times. Who will she choose?

While she’s making her way through a few dates, learning through trial and error that some men aren’t really looking for love, there’s also a thing or two happening at work with her colleagues. The drama and entertainment level was quite high in this novel and I couldn’t wait to find out what was waiting around the corner (or page here). The only thing that was extravagantly outrageous was Lady P, the parrot – well African Grey – with her foul mouth. Lady P was a fantastic addition to the story and that bird was able to make me smile every single time something came out of its mouth.

Even though I wouldn’t have made some of the choices Cali makes – she is a bit naive after all and I’d like to think that I’m not – I could connect very well with her. I was on pins and needles to see if she’d make the right choice and choose the right guy in the end but I can only say all’s well that ends well eventually. This was a perfect distraction and a serious beam of sunlight on what originally started out as another dull day.

I received a free copy of this novel from the author in exchange for my honest opinion.

The Difference Between You and Me by Celia Hayes #BlogTour #Excerpt

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What’s it about?

Can stepping out of your comfort zone lead you to ultimate happiness? A feisty rom-com, perfect for fans of Mhairi McFarlane and Tracey Bloom.

Trudy Watts has everything she’s ever dreamed of: a job that she loves, a successful boyfriend and an ultra-modern apartment in one of the most fashionable parts of London. With a long-awaited promotion due to come her way and her wedding just around the corner, Trudy’s life is just perfect…

That is until catastrophe strikes and her life is turned upside down. She’s transferred to Turriff, a remote Scottish town to manage a small, struggling bank branch.

Her arrival is traumatic and she wishes she was anywhere but here… Until she sees him – Ethan, the charming pub landlord, who seems to enjoy nothing more than to tease her. And it’s right there, in that pub, that her life will suddenly change…

Buy links

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Celia’s previous book, DON’T MARRY THOMAS CLARK is out now!

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Excerpt

“When I said I loved you, I didn’t mean,
‘Please come into my life, completely destroy it and then leave without looking back’
It was more just a way of saying ‘Do you fancy a shag?’”

Happiness is an elusive concept that, if we wanted to, we might compare to a haute couture fashion show – exclusive, expensive and, if you’re lucky, lasting a full season. It’s a pervasive feeling that makes you perform weird, wiggly dances of celebration, in thrall to devastating mental imbalance. So, I wonder, am I really happy? Can I actually, in all honesty, say that I want to burst into I Feel Good using the TV remote as a microphone? No, I guess not.

Or maybe I’m wrong. Maybe this really is happiness, but at a more affordable level. A sort of off-the-rack happiness…

Oh God, why do I think so much?

Trying to suppress my thoughts, I leave the building and walk out onto the busy pavement.
It’s a wonderful day. After two weeks of continuous rain, the sun has finally started shining and the atmosphere is warm and welcoming like an early summer’s day should be.

“Oh… sorry,” I apologize after carelessly bumping into an old man.

The streets are so crowded at this hour. I had no idea.

When was the last time I took a walk during working hours? I’m generally quite an early bird, but I spend all week in the office and on Sundays I’m always either too tired to get up or I’m in church with my family, who wouldn’t miss a sermon by Father Anthony even if they’d been invited to dinner by Queen Elizabeth in person.

The result is that I’ve forgotten what it feels like to be outdoors, and rediscovering it gives me a deep sense of well-being.

Thrilled by this, I breathe in the city air and suddenly remember that I haven’t read the news yet, so I stop to buy a tabloid newspaper. Another thing I haven’t done for ages. I usually read the news online and I have a couple of subscriptions to some online journals in my field that keep me updated via email. Today, though, I grasp in my hands a proper newspaper, realizing that I don’t even know how to hold it without crumpling it. Very anachronistic – or at least, it is for me: I’m usually joined at the hip to my tablet. Browsing through the paper reminds me of when I was a kid. Back when I used to wear Doc Martens, dyed my hair blue and would rummage through my mother’s stuff in search of her old flares. I was a pretty busy bee on the political front as well – there wasn’t a demonstration that I didn’t take part in. I went around with thick glasses and was trying to work out who I was by wearing black nail varnish and getting a navel piercing.
It seems like an eternity ago…

“You’re welcome,” I hear a voice say on the other side of the counter. It’s the girl in the newsagents holding out a handful of change, waiting for me to take it so she can serve another customer. Thanking her, I adjust the strap of my bag on my shoulder and walk back into the stream of people.

For once, I just want to take it easy.

I have the whole day to myself.

I take a deep, relaxed breath, lean against a lamp post and browse through the headlines.

Stab-Vest Tester Sentenced to Six Months for GBH.
Man Dives into Burning House to Save Beer Collection.
Wetherspoon Pubs Refuse to Serve Canadian Customers until They Take Justin Bieber Back.

“Hmm… Maybe next time I’ll buy an antiques magazine.”

Discouraged by the disheartening effect of the news on my momentary optimism, I pull my nose out of the newspaper and find the equally dramatic realities of my own life suddenly coming to mind: yesterday I lent my car to my sister, Kat.

“Bloody hell…” I mutter.

I hadn’t thought I’d need it, because I only live a few minutes away from the bank. However, Horace’s office is situated right across town.

“What now?”

I can’t miss this opportunity. When am I ever going to be lucky enough to have another free day when I’ve actually managed to put on a bra the same colour as my knickers?

About Celia Hayes

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Celia Hayes works as a restorer and lives in Naples. Between one restoration and another, she loves to write. Her book, Don’t Marry Thomas Clark reached #1 in the Amazon Italian eBook chart.

 

 

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Brake Failure by Alison Brodie

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What’s it about?

“Brake Failure is a contemporary romance with humour, suspense and a kick-ass heroine.  The story is set in one of the most fascinating periods of America’s history:  the months leading up to Y2K “melt-down.”

“Is it too late to tell him you love him when you’re looking down the barrel of his gun?”
Ruby Mortimer-Smyth is an English debutante, destined for Ladies Day at Ascot and taking tea at The Savoy. She knows the etiquette for every occasion and her soufflés NEVER collapse.

She is in control of her life, tightly in control.  Until fate dumps her down in … Kansas.
Ruby believes that life is like a car; common-sense keeps it on the road, passion sends it into a ditch.  What she doesn’t know is, she’s on a collision course with Sheriff Hank Gephart.

Sheriff Hank Gephart can judge a person.  Miss Mortimer-Smyth might act like the Duchess of England but just under the surface there’s something bubbling, ready to explode.  She’s reckless, and she’s heading for brake failure.  And he’s not thinking about her car.

With the Millennium approaching, Ruby gets caught up in the Y2K hysteria.  She joins a group of Survivalists, who give her a gun and advise her to stockpile basic essentials, such as gasoline and water-purifying tablets.  So she bulk-buys Perrier, Gentleman’s Relish and macaroons.

Ruby, far from home, is making Unsuitable Friends and “finding herself” for the first time.  She falls in with a gang of Hells Angels and falls foul of the law.  At every turn, she comes up hard against Sheriff Hank Gephart, whose blue eyes seem to look deep into her soul.  She desperately wants him but knows she can never have him.
She’s angry and confused at the emotions he arouses in her.  Pushed to her limit, she bursts from her emotional straightjacket.

As the clock strikes midnight of the new Millennium, she’s on a freight train with three million dollars, a bottle of Wild Turkey and a smoking gun. What happened to Miss Prim-and-Proper?   And why did she shoot Mr Right?

You can buy a copy of this book as from today on Amazon UK | Amazon US | Amazon CN and is only $1 for the next 5 days !

About the author

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Alison Brodie

Alison Brodie is a Scot, with French Huguenot ancestors on her mother’s side. Alison was a photographic model for a wide range of products, such as Ducatti motorbikes and 7Up. She was also the vampire in the Schweppes commercial. Alison lived in Kansas for two years. She loved the people, their friendliness, the history and the BBQs! Now, she lives in Biarritz, France with her rescue mutt, Bayley.

Alison loves to hear from her readers.

Connect

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Review

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I know I’m a die hard crime fan but sometimes even I want to have a little break. If this lovely cover was anything to go by, I was expecting a fun read with a Thelma (or Louise) vibe. It sure seemed I’d get exactly what I asked for because the story opens with Sheriff Hank Gephard who’s been shot and right before losing consciousness he utters Ruby’s name, pleading her not to do it…

The news spreads fast that Ruby was present at a bank robbery and she’s now missing. So how did this little grey mouse aka brown-haired librarian turn into a beautiful blonde with scarlet lips, how did she get mixed up in this bank robbery and why in the world did she shoot the Sheriff down? The mystery sounded promising from the start, especially because it seems so farfetched from Ruby’s stiff upbringing.

We learn the truth about what happened through 2 alternating timelines. The first is the police looking into her disappearance and interviewing Ruby’s family and friends, letting us get a glimpse of the old Ruby, who doesn’t sound anything like the Ruby we get to know in the second plotline because this Ruby now, she’s fun, she’s a Ruby who is most definitely on a road to transformation and it was just plain fun to see her as herself as time went on, she’s not a bad person at all but sometimes she just misjudges some situations.

Ruby was always a bit of a loose canon but at the age of seven her mother abandoned her and she came to live with her father, stepmother Vanessa and stepsister Claire. They were raised strictly and Vanessa encouraged Ruby to become another Claire. The two sisters were always rivalling to be the best in order to receive Vanessa’s love. For 20 years Ruby struggled to compete and she thought she finally had one over her when her husband tells her he’s being relocated to France. She can already see herself sipping coffee in the city of romance and sophistication, but then there’s a sudden change of plans and she finds herself in ‘hill billy’ Kansas of all places.

Even when she doesn’t want to be there, she makes new friends in no time and starts to have some fun in her life, breaking all the rules she so rigorously lived by. Suddenly she’s drinking, swearing and breaking the law while she’s at it. Her having a little bit of fun invariably ends with Sheriff Hank Gephard arriving on the scene. She hates the man ever since he accused her of drunk driving and yet she can’t seem to get him out of her system either. On top of their covert attraction to each other, there’s also Payat, the creative director her husband works with. He’s a Red Indian, exotic and gorgeous looking. She married Edward because he was the perfect candidate but there was never any real passion between them, and now she’s daydreaming about living in a wigwam as the wife of an Indian Chief. Although I secretly wanted her to give in and fall for the Sheriff it didn’t seem like this was going to happen any time soon…

The situations she gets herself in were quite amusing, her shenanigans had me chuckling often enough and the plot was not predictable at all. If I compare it to the last chicklit I read, I did feel some scenes were sometimes a bit more over the top which had me shaking my head in a how-can-this-be-happening kind a way more than once.

I really had no clue how she would ever end up in the bank and shooting the Sheriff, especially because they did seem to have a certain connection. Will the police find her, will they arrest her and who of the men in her life does she love really? Lots of questions that kept me entertained until the very end. If you’re looking for a light and humorous read, this one will certainly do the trick.

I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest opinion.

Blog Tour: Nice Day for a White Wedding (+ yummy giveaway)

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Blurb

Sometimes, Happy Ever After is where the real trouble begins…

Chelsea Donnolly wasn’t supposed to amount to anything. But if there’s one thing the bad girl from the estate liked better than trouble, it was a challenge. So, to the amusement of her best friends Evie, Mollie and Ruby – and the disbelief of her teachers – this bad girl turned good.

These days, Chelsea is the kind of girl people are proud to know – and, after a surprise trip to Venice, she has a ring on her finger to prove it. But to get there, she’s had to learn to keep her deepest secrets from everyone – even her fiancé. And when wedding preparations threaten to blow her cover, Chelsea can’t help but wonder: in her battle to the top, might she have left the best parts of herself behind?

Links

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Giveaway!

The giveaway is an Italian themed goodie bag that Andi is preparing herself and which has lots of goodies in it – like processo, biscotti and other italian themed yummies!

You can enter the giveaway here.

About the author

A.L. Michael is hurtling towards the end of her twenties a little too quickly. She is the author of ‘Wine Dark, Sea Blue’, ‘The Last Word’, ‘My So Called (Love) Life’, ‘Driving Home for Christmas’, and ‘If You Don’t Know Me By Now’, based upon her experiences as a London barista.
Her new three book series, The House on Camden Square, starts with ‘Goodbye Ruby Tuesday’ and focuses on three friends as they try to open an arts centre in Camden, in memory of their rock star friend.

She is a Creative Therapeutic Facilitator, currently researching the power of creative writing to be helpful in recovering from eating disorders, and likes running writing workshops that link together the body and the mind. When she’s not writing, she likes yoga, trying to bake healthy treats and was a hipster before hipsters were hipster. Well, she likes Chai lattes and owns a Mac.

Links

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Review

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Chelsea Donovan is happy, yes she really made a life for herself and now she just landed a promotion at work. She actually grew up in a rundown estate but drastically changed her ways and she’s basically the success story of a bad girl turned good, getting the grades for the university of her choice and escaping the small town of Badgeley which was her plan all along. Now she has a successful job and a boyfriend who loves her. Kit is wonderful and he surprises her with tickets to Venice. Once there, out of the blue, he shows her a beautiful ring with three set stones (the past, present and future) and asks her to marry him. She says yes, not knowing that life will only get more complicated. I don’t know if you’ve ever seen the movie Monster-in-Law, but this is exactly what followed. While they are in Italy, Kit wants to introduce her to his parents who are holidaying in Malcesine. Just a few days and then they will have the rest of their vacation to travel around Italy, wherever she wants to go. Or so was the plan.

The contrast between Chelsea’s background and Kit’s life could not have been bigger. His parents even have staff. It’s no wonder that Chelsea feels more comfortable with them than with his parents. But then his mother Jemima doesn’t make it a big secret either that she doesn’t find Chelsea an appropriate wife for her son. There’s the omnipresent ex that pops up too of course thanks to her. His parents do everything possible to break them up, even revealing her past that she has so carefully hidden, to Kit.

This book contained happiness and lots of wonderful drama and even though it was a joy to read, the story is certainly not only happy happy joy joy. After the initial happiness of the proposal there is a lot going wrong and it’s a big question if the differences between them are surmountable or not. I was really feeling for Chelsea throughout the story. I disliked his parents from the start and then I also started to dislike Kit because he was not taking Chelsea’s side like he was supposed to. On the contrary, he and Chelsea started to argue a lot and he was so influenced by his parents I really wanted to shake him. The guy she fell in love with seemed to have vanished and even I was wondering if she’d not be better off without him. Their differences in social class create so many problems and I felt like it wasn’t at all a certainty that this was going to be a happy ending. I didn’t really see a way out of this situation but I was happy where the author took this story and the actual outcome. Nice Day for a White Wedding is already the second book in The House on Camden Square series but can be read as a standalone and was a very engaging story.

I received a free copy of this novel through Netgalley in exchange for my honest opinion.

50 Acts of Kindness

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What’s it about?

Being overly kind isn’t in Kylie Harrow’s nature. This has never been more evident than when Kylie vents her frustrations to an innocent employee—and the whole scene is posted online, tanking her career and earning her the dubious distinction of “World’s Worst Boss.” But when she flees home to the South, Kylie finds her childhood home has changed. The high school quarterback is now the hot and handsome sheriff. Her mother has turned her home into a nudist colony. And worst of all, having heard about her daughter’s exploits, her mother won’t let her in the door until Kylie completes fifty kind acts in fifty days.

The task seems easy enough at first—and may even help repair her media image—but it quickly turns into a hilarious quest that leads Kylie down a bumpy road filled with new challenges. What started as a gimmick to save her career evolves into a mission to save a spunky old woman and her little dog from homelessness. As Kylie learns about the nature of kindness, she finds the path to happiness and, for the first time ever, maybe even love.

You can buy a copy of this book on Amazon UK / Amazon US.

Review

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Yes ! This is what I was craving for. This is exactly what I want to read when I look for a book in this genre. The writing is so funny; I’m never going to think about YouTube how I used to.

“”It’s YouTube”, I said. “Which, now that I think of it sounds like the name of a tampon. YouTube, the people’s tampon.””

Without Kylie’s knowledge a conversation between her and her pregnant assistant was recorded and tossed online with the caption ‘World’s Worst Boss’. In her way up to the top she kind of lost all feeling with the people she works with and now it has come back to bite her. After this debacle, she decides to visit her mother back home in Cedar Falls. Her mother is happy to have her stay on one condition: Kylie needs to perform 50 acts of kindness, just like her mother promoted in the book she wrote. It’s not as if Kylie has much choice, but when she thinks about it she can see the potential of doing some damage control to her image this way.

Many funny situations follow, with all the necessary elements to make this an enjoyable romantic comedy. She tries to help people who don’t need or want help and gets herself in a pickle, time and time again. Luckily for her there’s Chet, the hot sheriff who always comes to Kylie’s rescue at the right time and smooths things down. And then there’s also the shock she gets when she finds out that her mother is now running a B&B for nudists too. There’s only so much averting of her eyes she can do ;-).

“Why would a nudist wear a nightgown? ” It’s just one of the pertinent questions in this novel.

I really loved all the characters in this novel: Marcus, the gay sidekick slash hairdresser, Chet who she would love to hate, her mother who’s loving and kind and never judges her, and of course Bat. Bat is the dog that finds her. He’s an ugly little mutt with an underbite and sail-like ears and he turns around so many times around himself she proclaims he’s a dog with Tourette’s syndrome. At first she doesn’t want anything to do with him but he grows on her. It’s because she wants Bat to have a good home that she decides to fix up the house of his owner Margaret. She however is a bitter old lady and anything but cooperating. Her grand act of kindness is hard to achieve to say the least when Margaret drives anyone away offering help. Disappointment has shaped her character. Will Kylie desert her too, and will she leave Chet behind to go back to her beloved New York?

This book will have you laughing a lot in the beginning but gradually it becomes more serious and inspirational, with a surprising amount of substance and lessons for what was such a hilarious off-set. The narration of Kylie’s growth was really well done and the idea so invigorating that it makes me want to smile, be nice and start doing my own Acts of Kindness. I loved all the little quotes at the beginning of each chapter too, as well as the detail of all the different aprons her mother wears with a new saying to start the day.

 “Speak when you are angry and you will make the best speech you will ever regret” – Ambrose Bierse

 I received a free copy of this novel in a giveaway (you can read my post about it here) and this is my honest opinion.