Lucy Holliday

Grace Kelly, l’amour et moi [Lucy Holliday]

Libby Lomax a toujours son bon vieux Chesterfield. Sa marque de bijoux décolle, elle tient enfin son ex envahissant à distance et Ollie, son meilleur ami, est sur le point de se marier avec une fille formidable… Tout va donc pour le mieux. Sauf que Libby est Libby. Elle est capable de confondre un chien sacré mexicain avec un rat. De rêver que c’est elle qui épouse Ollie. De se laisser inviter par un homme qui la renverse dans la rue. Bref : Libby a besoin d’aide… et qui mieux que Grace Kelly pourrait lui prodiguer quelques conseils ?
Ce que j’en ai pensé : Après Audrey Hepburn et Marilyn Monroe, j’ai retrouvé Libby Lomax en compagnie de Grace Kelly pour cette troisième et dernière aventure, concluant ainsi de manière princière la trilogie un peu déjantée et très enchantée de l’auteure Lucy Holliday.

Encore une fois, l’esprit de ce tome final est fidèle aux deux premiers volets. Libby continue son chemin vers la maturité avec l’appui d’une autre légende hollywoodienne au destin de conte de fées. Toutefois, j’ai été assez refroidie par le portrait que Lucy Holliday a brossé de Grace Kelly. L’apparition magique de cette icône n’est pas très agréable. Elle s’adresse à Libby avec une condescendance et une suffisance aristocratique très désagréables. Autant Audrey et Marilyn étaient sympathiques et candides, autant Grace est un peu trop hautaine et froide. Ce qui peut être déstabilisant dans une comédie.

Le deuxième reproche que je ferai à ce dernier opus est l’utilisation d’un cliché propre à la chick-lit : la survenue inopinée (et franchement improbable) d’un homme qui n’est rien de moins que milliardaire et vole au secours des amis de Libby à coup d’hélicoptère. Je conviens que l’auteure avait une nouvelle fois besoin de dessiner un parallèle entre le destin de la star hollywoodienne et la vie de Libby pour que cette dernière apprenne la dernière leçon la menant à concrétiser sa propre destinée. Mais, ce n’est pas ce qu’il y a de plus réaliste.

Cela étant dit, l’intrigue est globalement agréable et divertissante. C’est une lecture légère et pétillante qui n’a pas manqué de me faire rire. Dans la digne tradition des romans féminins de type « chick lit », le personnage principal a bel et bien son « happy ending ». Je ne vous dévoilerai pas avec qui (évidemment !), mais c’est une conclusion doudou, romantique et crédible.

En dépit des quelques défauts, je garderai un très bon souvenir de cette trilogie pleine de bonne humeur, d’humour et d’amour.

Ma note : ♥ ♥ ♥ (=j’ai beaucoup aimé)

Victoria Cooke

The Secret to Falling in Love [Victoria Cooke]

Status Update: I’m going offline for a while… Wish me luck! xx

Lifestyle journalist and thirty-something singleton Melissa hashtags, insta’s and snapchats her supposedly fabulous life on every social media platform there is.

That is until she wakes up on her birthday, another year older and still alone, wondering if for all her internet dates, love really can be found online? The challenge: go technology free for a whole month!

Forced to confront the reality of her life without its perfect filters, Melissa knows she needs to make some changes. But when she bumps into not one, but two gorgeous men, without the use of an app, she believes there could be hope for love offline.

If only there was a way to choose the right guy for her…

My thoughts on the novel: If you’re looking for a feel-good, romantic novel, The Secret to Falling in Love will not disappoint you. It is a lovely, bubbly rom-com about Melissa, a thirty-something journalist who cannot wait to settle down and put an end to an endless stream of fruitless dates. She spends an incredible amount of time online and up until now, it has failed to provide her with a good partner. Has Tinder really killed romance?

The writing style is lively, the characters endearing and the plot interesting — going offline and trying to live life the old-fashioned way. Will Melissa find life better when she’s unplugged? Has technology really become an obstacle to social life? If you’re looking to know what Melissa’s conclusion will be after this enlightening experience, don’t forget to pick your copy of The Secret to Falling in Love due to be released on February 9th.

It is a vibrant chicklit novel that will appeal to those who enjoy a good read with a happy ending.

My score: ♥ ♥ ♥

Rebecca Raisin

Christmas At The Gingerbread Café [Rebecca Raisin]

Christmas At The Gingerbread Café (The Gingerbread Café, Book 1) par [Raisin, Rebecca]Christmas is the season the Gingerbread Café in Ashford, Connecticut was made for…but owner Lily couldn’t be feeling less merry if she tried. She’s spent another year dreaming of being whisked away on a sleigh-ride for two, but she’s facing festive season alone – again. And, just to give her another reason to feel anything other than candy-cane perky, a new shop across the road has opened… Not only is it selling baked goods, but the owner, with his seriously charming smile, has every girl in town swooning.
But Lily isn’t about to let her business crumble — the Gingerbread Café is the heart of the community, and she’s going to fight for it! This could be the Christmas that maybe, just maybe, all her dreams – even the someone-to-decorate-the-Christmas-tree-with ones – really do come true!

My thoughts on the novel: From the gorgeous cover to the yummy title, I knew I would delightfully delve into this festive short story. Not only is it filled with all the Christmassy elements you expect in such a seasonal novel, but it’s also very entertaining and fun. I really enjoyed the little war between Lily and her new, good-looking business neighbour.

You cannot but appreciate the lovely dynamic there is between Lily and business partner CeeCee, a real mother figure who helps Lily in the process of moving on from ex-husband Joel who broke her heart and left her for someone else. Will Lily finally get the happy ending she longs for?

All in all, Christmas at the Gingerbread Café is a great, enchanting story for this time of year. I’m definitely adding the next two installments in the Gingerbread series to my reading list for 2017!

Score: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Nic Tatano

The Empire State Cat’s Christmas Gift [Nic Tatano]

The night her house catches fire, kick-ass lawyer Tish McKenna’s neatly ordered life is thrown into chaos. At least she’s alive—thanks to her adorable cat, Socks!—and after her near-death experience Tish realises she wants more in her life than late nights and case files…

Professionally speaking, hot-shot attorney, Spencer Capshaw hadn’t realised how far off track he’d come. Sure, he had his reasons originally—saving his dad’s life required more money than the DA’s office paid him—yet helping corrupt corporate bigwigs was not why he became a lawyer…

With a little help from a furry friend, these two lost souls find each other in the heart of Manhattan. But when Tish and Spence are pitted against each other in a trial that pushes them both to their limits, can their budding relationship survive?

My thoughts on the novel: If you’re looking for a lovely, warm and festive rom-com, look no further. This novel is a combination of Ally McBeal and a typical Meg Ryan movie, all wrapped up with a magical touch of holiday cheer. What’s not to love?

Tish and Spencer are two charming characters with strong personalities. They’re brought together thanks to Benny, a very endearing secondary character, and also through the unexpected help of Tish’s cat. But, when the reader learns the pair already crossed paths years ago, you only want to keep turning the pages to find out whether the stars will finally align perfectly for them.

It’s particularly refreshing reading about Spencer’s frame of mind. He’s an astonishingly romantic male character. The way he depicts his relationship goals in life is utterly sweet. Any romantic soul indulging in this novel will really enjoy this part of the book.

As far as the narration goes, it flows really well with a series of vivid, well-paced twists, all set in wonderful, magical New York.

The author instills a good amount of humour in serious scenes like the court hearings where the female judge is worth mentioning. It’s an amusing character in all its seriousness. I really enjoyed the dynamic created between the two attorneys and the judge. I couldn’t help but think of episodes from Ally McBeal.

I highly recommend this novel. It will easily appeal to those who love a fun, heartwarming love story with a happy ending.

Score : ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥