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  1. Kat's Review of Paper Hearts and Summer Kisses by Carole Matthews

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    Synopsis: Christie Chapman is a single working mother who spends her days commuting to her secretarial job in London and looking after her teenage son, Finn. It can be tough just getting through the day but Christie has always found comfort in her love of crafting and any spare time she has is spent in her parents' summerhouse working on her beautiful creations. From intricately designed birthday cards to personalised gifts, Christie's flair for the handmade knows no bounds and it's not long before opportunity comes knocking. All of a sudden Christie sees a different future for her and Finn - one full of hope and possibility, and if the handsome Max Alexander is to be believed, one full of love too. It's all there for the taking.

    And then, all of sudden, Christie's world is turned upside down.

    Christie knows that something has to give, but what will she choose? Will she give up her dreams and the chance of real love? What price will she pay for doing the right thing? Can Christie find her happy ending in . . . Paper Hearts and Summer Kisses.

  2. Kat's Review of The Cake Shop in the Garden by Carole Matthews

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    My Star Rating: 4/5

    Synopsis: Fay Merryweather runs her cake shop from her beautiful garden. She whips up airy sponges and scrumptious scones, while her customers enjoy the lovely blossoms and gorgeous blooms. Looking after the cake shop, the garden and her cantankerous mother means Fay is always busy but she accepts her responsibilities because if she doesn't do all this, who will? Then Danny Wilde walks into her life and makes Fay question every decision she's ever made. When a sudden tragedy strikes, Fay's entire world is thrown off balance even further and she doesn't know which way to turn. Can Fay find the strength to make a life-changing decision - even if it means giving up the thing she loves the most? Life, love and family are about to collide in The Cake Shop in the Garden.

  3. Kat's Top Ten Romance/Other Fiction from 2014

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    From the books in this genre I have read, I have chosen my favourite ten (in no particular order) and would highly recommend reading them if you haven't already. These aren't necessarily books that have been published, but books I have read in this calendar year.

    The Little Beach Street Bakery by Jenny Colgan

    Snow Angels, Secrets and Christmas Cake by Sue Watson

    From Notting Hill with Four Weddings...Actually by Ali McNamara

    Rory's Proposal by Lynda Renham

    Love, Lies and Lemon Cake by Sue Watson

    The Unpredictable Consequences of Love by Jill Mansell

    Stolen Girl by Renita D'Silva

    If You Were Me by Sheila O'Flanagan

    A Place to Call Home by Carole Matthews

    The French For Love by Fiona Valpy

     

             

  4. Kat's Review of The Christmas Party by Carole Matthews

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    My Rating: 4/5

    Availability: Hardcover, Paperback (23.10.14) Kindle, Kobo, Audio (01.11.14)

    Synopsis: Louise Young is a devoted single mother whose only priority is providing for her daughter, Mia. Louise has a good job in a huge international corporation and she's grateful for it. The only problem is her boss who can't keep his hands to himself, but Louise can handle him. What she really doesn't have time for is romance - until she meets the company's rising star, Josh Wallace.

    Louise usually says no to evenings out but she's decided to let her hair down tonight. It's the office Christmas party, she has a pretty dress to wear and she's looking forward to some champagne and fun. She's completely unaware that others around her are too busy playing dangerous games to enjoy the party - until she's pulled into those games herself.

    Romance is in the air and secrets are about to be uncovered. It's going to be a night to remember at The Christmas Party.

  5. Kat's Review of A Place To Call Home by Carole Matthews

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    Carole Matthews A Place to Call HomeMy Rating: 4/5

    Availability: Hardback, Paperback, Kindle, Audio, Kobo

    Synopsis: In the dead of night, Ayesha takes her daughter, Sabina, and slips quietly from her home, leaving behind a life full of pain. Boarding a coach to London, all Ayesha wants is a fresh start.

    Hayden, a former pop star, has kept himself hidden away for years. He's only opened up his home to two people - Crystal, a professional dancer with a heart of gold, and Joy, an ill-tempered retiree with a soft spot for waifs and strays. 

    When Crystal asks Hayden if Ayesha and Sabina can stay with them, he reluctantly agrees and, as different as they may be, they quickly form an unlikely bond. So when enemies threaten their peaceful home, they will do all they can to save it and each other.

  6. Kat's Top Ten Romance & Other Fiction Books from 2013

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    I have read a lot of great books this last year, but I sifted through and picked my favourite ten. They aren't in any order (that's just TOO hard a job), but if you haven't read them then I would highly recommend them. 

     Don't Want To Miss A Thing - Jill Mansell

    Christmas at Rosie Hopkins' Swetshop of Dreams - Jenny Colgan

    Calling Mrs Christmas - Carole Matthews

    Killer Queens - Rebecca Chance

    Younger, Thinner, Blonder - Sue Watson

    Necessary Lies - Diane Chamberlain

    About A Girl - Lindsey Kelk

    Me and Mr Jones - Lucy Diamond

    The Longest Holiday - Paige Toon

    Not Without You - Harriet Evans


             

  7. Kat's Review of Calling Mrs Christmas by Carole Matthews

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    Carole Matthews Calling Mrs XmasMy Rating: 5/5

    Synopsis: Cassie Smith has been out of work for a while but she has an idea. Drawing on her love of Christmas, she begins charging for small things: wrapping presents; writing cards; tree-decorating. She's soon in huge demand and Cassie's business, Calling Mrs Christmas, is born. Carter Randall wants to make Christmas special for his children, so he enlists Cassie's help, and his lavish requests start taking up all her time. Thank goodness she can rely on her loving partner Jim to handle the rest of her clients. When millionaire Carter asks Cassie to join his family on a trip to Lapland, she knows she shouldn't go . . . Suddenly Cassie finds herself facing a heart-breaking choice that could change her entire life.

  8. Kat's Review of A Cottage By The Sea by Carole Matthews

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     Carole Matthews A Cottage By The SeaMy Rating: 5/5

    Kat's Review: Grace, Ella and Flick have been friends since College. When Ella invites them all to her cottage in South Wales for a week Grace jumps at the chance to spend some quality time with her friends. Sadly her husband Harry is less enthused and as they set off in his Bentley for their journey, Ella is pretty sure the week will be far from easy. As with every Carole Matthew's book I read, she has a knack for ensuring the reader likes the characters. Thankfully this latest book is a perfect example of how good she really is. Grace is easy to warm to and you can't help but feel sympathetic when Harry starts whingeing very early on because there is no phone signal.

    In addition to Grace, we see her friend Ella who is the laid back one and their unpredictable and fickle friend Flick who seems to be the wild element of the friendship to their calm. Ella's husband Art along with Flick's handsome friend Noah, complete the six and from the early part of the book you just know the week is going to be unpredictable. I just fell in love with the descriptive Cwtch Cottage that Carole described and it made me want to immediately book up a beautiful cottage in the country for the summer!

    This book is a rollercoaster of laughter, tears and friendship. The real storyline is one that is basic, but sometimes works the best. It tells the story of the three women and we get to see each of them deal with their relationships with the men in their lives and their closest girlfriends. I was absolutely enthralled by this book and truly thought it was one of her best. I literally didn't put it down and found myself just having to finish it because I needed to know what was going to happen to everybody.

    It sounds ridiculous, but when you have an author you have read for so many years, I almost get frightened that one day I will pick up one of their new books and they will have just lost that spark that makes you love their books. In the case of Carole Matthews, her books are like wine, they most definitely improve with age and I for one will be pre-ordering the next one. It's a sheer joy to read a book so wonderful from an author that has been writing for so long. This one is highly recommended!