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I have just finished reading “I Heart London” by Lindsey Kelk, the fifth book in her “I Heart” series.

“I Heart London” by Lindsey Kelk (via Goodreads)

The blurb reads:

“Angela Clark has fallen in love with New York – and it’s starting to love her back.

But when she’s summoned home to London, she’s at risk of losing her shiny new life to never-ending English rain, warm beer and bad memories. Talk about stepping back in time

There’s Mark, the ex-boyfriend – who she ran to New York to get away from.

There’s Louisa, her best friend, with her terrifying new baby.

And there’s her mum, still talking to her as though she’s fifteen.

Now there’s a wedding in the offing – and everyone remembers how well Angela behaved at the last one. . . Can the arrival of boyfriend Alex and best friend Jenny save her from a re-run of her old self?”

Angela is dragged home to England for her mother’s birthday party and finds herself face to face with her ex-fiancé Mark, trying to keep her mum from treating her a like a child again and also catching up with her old friend Louisa and her new baby.

Jenny and Alex follow her to England, and Alex is introduced to his future in-laws and wins them over. Jenny, still trying to get over her ex and decided a trip to England was what she needed, gets scarily motivated when Angela’s mum suggests that Angela and Alex get married while they’re in England and attempts to organise their wedding. However, Jenny and Louisa don’t always see eye to eye, much to Angela’s dismay as she tries to keep the peace and then puts her foot down before everything spirals totally out of control.

Angela’s ex-fiancé Mark shows up and comes on to her, mis-reading her signs as she is clearly happy with Alex now and Mark ends up facing the fists of several people.

Despite all this craziness, Angela and her friend Delia, the lovely twin sister of evil Cici who has been trying to ruin Angela’s life, are trying to launch their magazine venture in the US, the UK and France at the same time. Angela has a big presentation to do, which goes well except for a small hitch thanks to Cici’s interference which nearly costs Angela her new venture and visa. Thankfully Cici is the one who ends up at the mercy of several rather irritated women!

I like this book because it is funny, especially with Angela’s weed smoking kindly father and slightly crazy mother who actually isn’t such a huge monster as Angela makes her out to be. It’s lovely how Alex turns out to be so aware of Angela’s personality and knows what she needs to hear and so on, he really seems to be her perfect match. The drama of the wedding and the professional presentation work well within the story, and the fights between characters are quite brutal but funny. It’s good when Cici gets her comeuppance for trying to ruin Angela’s life again, and Mark gets what was coming to him for cheating on Angela.

It’s also nice to have Angela go back home so we can see what her life in England was like, and this clash of cultures is interesting, especially when Jenny and Lousia meet and clash as they’re so different despite being Angela’s best friends.

I give this book 8/10 because it’s just so much fun to read, it is relate-able, and kept me hooked all the way through!

I love this book,

“It’s a terrible thing, isn’t it, the way we throw people away?” 

― Kate Morton, The Secret Keeper

I have just finished reading “Five Children and It” by E. Nesbit. 

I haven’t read this since i was a child but as i read it, the story came back to me and i remembered how silly it is! Not in a bad way, of course!

It’s really random how the children discover the Psammead in a gravel pit and ask it for wishes everyday. The Psammead is a bit of grumpy creature and warns them about the wishes bringing trouble but they still manage to make trouble for themselves!

Thankfully the wishes only last until sunset, which helps them out of a few sticky situations but still has repercussions, some good and some bad.

My favourite is when they wish for wings and end up stuck on top of a church tower at sunset when their wings disappear. Thankfully they manage to convince people to help them and the happy outcome of this is that the children’s family servant, Martha, ends up meeting her future husband.

I like how this book covers the idea of being able to wish for anything you want and the problems with having this freedom. It’s no surprise that the children wish to be beautiful and to have lots of money, but they soon find that these traits has unfortunate consequences. The moral of the story is that having everything you want isn’t as simple or as desirable as you would think!

I give it 8/10 because it is a classic children’s story which is a fun read!