#BookReview: The Second Chance Cafe in Carlton Square by Lilly Bartlett

the second chance cafeAbout the Book

Everyone expects great things from Emma Billings, but when her future gets derailed by an unexpected turn of events, she realizes that getting back on track means traveling in a different direction.

She finds it in the closed-down pub on Carlton Square. Summoning every ounce of ingenuity, and with the help of her friends and family, she opens the Second Chance Café. The charity training business is meant to keep vulnerable kids off the streets and (hopefully) away from the Metropolitan Police, and her new employees are full of ideas, enthusiasm … and trouble. They’ll need as much TLC as the customers they’re serving.

This ragtag group of chancers have to make a go of a business they know nothing about, and they do get some expert help from an Italian who’s in love with the espresso machine and a professional sandwich whisperer who reads auras, but not everyone is happy to see the café open. Their milk keeps disappearing and someone is canceling the cake orders, but it’s when someone commits bloomicide on all their window boxes that Emma realizes things are serious. Can the café survive when NIMBY neighbors and the rival café owner join forces to close them down? Or will Emma’s dreams fall as flat as the cakes they’re serving?

My Review

I was so excited to get a follow up from The Big Little Wedding in Carlton Square, because that book was a chick lit delight! I’m happy to report that I thought truly the same thing about The Second Chance Café in Carlton Square. It was a blast catching back up with Emma, now married and a mother of twins, and about to open her own café. There was the usual loveable drama, from Emma’s friends and mommy-group, her close-knit family, and her husband, but there was also the main drama of opening her café and the sabotage she has to deal with from a rival business woman. And I can’t forget the little crush from a customer that added a fun twist as well! I breezed easily through this and quite enjoyed it from beginning to end. I highly recommend both from Lilly Bartlett!

5 stars

#BookReview: The Bridal Squad by Samantha Chase

the bridal squadAbout the Book

The Friday Night Brides are back! And this time, it’s their first season running the business! It was one thing to just model in a weekly fashion show, it’s quite another to be the ones calling the shots and making future brides’ dreams come true. Their first client has them wondering if they’re really prepared for their new roles!

The Bride: Julianne is big on fitness, small on patience. And planning her wedding is grating on her every last nerve. As a Zumba instructor, she loves the freedom to create and choreograph her routines and help others achieve their goals, but having to stand back and let others choreograph her big day has her wanting to hip-hop toward eloping!

The Matron of Honor: As the only married member of the bridal party, Natalie considers herself the aficionado on all-things weddings. And even though her time in the spotlight is over, that doesn’t mean she isn’t full of ideas on how her best friend’s wedding should look and feel and be! And it doesn’t take long for her to realize that maybe it’s not so much that she’s wanting to help as it is that she’s afraid of her own honeymoon ending.

The Bride’s Sister: Nothing screams unwanted relationship advice than when your younger sister gets married before you. It’s not that Harper doesn’t want to get married, after three failed engagements she really does! But finding the right man to walk down the aisle with is proving harder than she thought. And it gets even harder when constantly being compared to the perfect couple!

The Reluctant Bridesmaid: There is nothing Kayla wants more than to see one of her best friend’s get married…if only the whole process wasn’t so exhausting! Travel and adventure and being on the go fuels her. Having to stay in one place for an extended period of time while wearing taffeta? Not so much. Her job tends to take her away on a moment’s notice and this is one time she may have to pass up the trip of a lifetime in the name of friendship.

My Review:

I have read Friday Night Brides, so I was excited to get another book from Samantha Chase in this series! I love reading wedding books and I got hooked right away meeting The Bridal Squad. Each friend has something different going on in their lives – planning a wedding, new relationships, career woes – and I found each girl equally entertaining to read about. I had an absolute blast going through wedding planning, a marital snag, a budding relationship and a career choice with each of the characters and was engaged throughout the entire read. And I loved the ending and how it tied back to the original Friday Night Brides. I’m hoping for more in this series!

5 stars

#BookReview: See You Later Broadway by Melissa Baldwin

see you later broadwaySee You Later Broadway by Melissa Baldwin is book two in the Broadway Series, and while I did not read book one, I had no problems jumping right into this story and making friends with Maris. Maris has recently moved to New York City with big dreams of Broadway. While her plans of performing aren’t quite there yet, she is pretty content – until shake up after shake up starts occurring. Between her career, love life, and a sad passing of her grandmother’s friend, Maris finds herself with a lot of decisions that she needs to make and little time to make them.

I have read from Melissa Baldwin in the past and have enjoyed her previous offerings. To start off, I love her covers and See You Later Broadway was no exception. It was so easy to get along with Maris, even if she did have her selfish moments – because, who doesn’t? All the plot twists inside made the story very fast-paced and really fun to read. I was just waiting for Maris to shout out PLOT TWIST at any given moment after all the shake ups started happening! The love life of Maris was particularly interesting to read about, and I am really going to wait anxiously for book three in this series, because I have a feeling there will be more drama with how her relationship plays out! I do want to go back to read the first book in the series, See You Soon Broadway, because I have a feeling I will enjoy getting some back story on Maris and the supporting cast. If you are a fan of chick lit, you will love this story and I highly recommend!

5 stars   

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