by Sophie Kinsella
Published by Whole Story Audio Books
Lexi wakes up in a hospital bed after a car accident, thinking it's 2004 and she's a twenty-five-year old with crooked teeth and a disastrous love life. But, to her disbelief, she learns it's actually 2007 - she's twenty-eight, her teeth are straight, she's the boss of her department - and she's married to a good-looking millionaire! How on earth did she land the dream life? She can't believe her luck. But as she learns more about her new self, chinks start to appear in the perfect life. All her old colleagues hate her. A rival is after her job. Then a dishevelled, sexy guy turns up - and lands a new bombshell...
This was a lot of fun, even if I made my mind up about what was really going on long before Our Heroine. The ultra-modern penthouse apartment with its gadgets and pitfalls was particularly amusing.
Dancing with the Duke
by Suzanna Medeiros
Published by: Suzanna Medeiros
She’s loved him for years…
Charlotte Grant can’t remember a time when she didn’t love her best friend’s older brother.
He’s never noticed her…
The Duke of Clarington hadn’t spared a thought for his sister’s friend in years.
Their situations are about to be reversed…
It is the beginning of a new Season and Clarington intends to stay away from all the young ladies and eager mamas hoping to ensnare a duke. But that plan falls into tatters when his mother sponsors his sister’s friend and enlists him to dance with her at Almack’s. The beautiful vixen he meets that night bears little resemblance to the shy, gangly girl who used to follow him around. Now, instead of avoiding her, he finds himself frustrated when Charlotte seems to notice everyone but him.
A free read that started well, but never really delivered. The blurb pretty much says it all.
Royal Whodunnits: Tales of Right Royal Murder and Mystery
Edited by Mike Ashley
Published by Diane Pub Co
To follow the successes of Classical Whodunnits and Shakespearean Whodunnits, popular anthologist Mike Ashley has specially commissioned more than a score of new stories from top drawer writers, lead by Stephen Baxter, Peter Tremayne, Margaret Frazer, Richard Lupoff, Susanna Gregory, and Tom Holt, for his latest page-turning anthology. Regal detectives (and victims) in these tales include Mary Queen of Scots, George IV, Edward Duke of Windsor, King John, Robert the Bruce, Princess Anastasia of Russia, Victoria's beloved consort Prince Albert.
A bit of a mixed bag, like a lot of anthologies, but none of the stories were bad as such. A couple of the good ones were very good indeed.
The Shade on a Fine Day
by Charlie Cochrane
Published by MLR Press, LLC
Curate William Church may set the hearts of the parish's young ladies aflame, but he doesn't want their affection or presents. He has his sights set elsewhere, for a love he's not allowed to indulge. One night, eight for dinner at the Canon's table means the potential arrival of a ghost. But what message will the spirit bring and which of the young men around the table is it for?
A smashing little story. I just wish it could have been longer. And I loved the Canon's wife too.
Corner House Girls
by Lilian Harry
Published by Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
When cousins Jo and Phyl decide to become Lyons Corner House waitresses, or 'Nippies' as they are known for their speedy service, they have no idea how their lives are about to change. They are whisked from family life in Woolwich to digs in London; they are transported from a factory and a grocer's shop to the wonderful dining rooms of Lyons, Marble Arch, and they swap their old overalls for the smart uniforms of the Corner House girls. Jo and Phyl settle in and make friends with both waitresses and customers. There are boyfriends, lovers and fiances, friendship and romance, but as the Second World War becomes increasingly imminent, the future of these men and women seems more and more uncertain.
This started well, but I lost quite a bit of interest when the tomboyish character fell in love with an actual boy, and lost a lot of her personality. Also, I know a lot of marriages were rushed into as war became inevitable, but the pairing off in this went a bit too far. I suspect I won't be tracking down the other two in the trilogy.