Review On: The Chocolate Lovers Wedding by Carole Mathews


About the author (as seen in the book)

Carole Mathews

Carole Mathews is the Sunday Times bestselling author of twenty-eight novels, including the top ten bestsellers The Cake Shop in the Garden, A Cottage by the Sea and The Chocolate Lovers’ Christmas. In 2015, Carole was awarded the RNA Outstanding Achievement Award. Her novels dazzle and delight readers all over the world. She is published in more than thirty countries and her books have sold to Hollywood.





Publication date: 21st April 2016

Publisher: Sphere an imprint of little brown books group

ISBN: Paperback 9780751560237

Hardback 9780751560212

Pages: 384 pages

Genre: Romance

Format reading: Paperback

Copy provided by: Borrowed

Blurb (as seen on the back cover)

The ladies of the chocolate Lovers’ club should be gearing up for the wedding of the year but life keeps getting in the way…

Lucy is worried about her financial situation and it keeps distracting her. Should she accept an offer of help from an untrustworthy source?

Nadia may have a real chance at finding love but other areas of her life aren’t so rosy. Something needs to change- but what?

Autumn can’t wait to meet someone she hasn’t seen in a very long time. She’s full of hope for the future but then things don’t exactly go to plan…

Chantal has been through so much and she’s finally starting to feel settled. The last thing she needs is the kind of bad news that could change her life all over again.

But these friends aren’t going to let anything get in the way of their happy ever afters in The Chocolate Lovers’ Wedding.

My review

What a picture the front cover is! Wouldn’t you say? It’s so gorgeous, the range of pinks and red’s for the flowers that trail over the arch-way and is attached to a white trestle fence. A beautiful bride stand’s under the arch waiting to walk down the aisle of green grass. The green is a great colour for the whiteness of the author’s name, really making it stand out. As does the pale blueness’ of the sky with the pinkness of the title. All in all it has a lovely feel to it and is very eye-catching!

This book I had borrowed from a lovely friend of mine. (we often share books between us!) I haven’t had the pleasure of reading the other Chocolate Lovers’ Club books; so had no knowledge of the characters, which you’d think would be a problem… but it’s really not!! Carole explains all the reader need’s to know throughout the book in a very charming way.

The story is based around four lady’s Lucy, Nadia, Autumn and Chantal. They all came together though the love of chocolate and started up their very own Chocolate Lovers’ Club. Where they came together to chat and most importantly eat chocolate. With it being held at Chocolate Heaven until recently and now they are floating around other cafe’s but they just don’t cut it.

Lucy can’t seem to hold down a job, and with her impending wedding to Aiden. She used to have her perfect job at Chocolate Heaven until her ex fiancé  Marcus purchase it, in a bid to try to win her back. She finds herself jobless again, and Marcus offers her old job back, with a pretty hefty raise… but will Aiden be comfortable with that? and will she make it down the aisle?

Nadia, is a single mother and is trying to come to terms with her husband’s death as well as juggling work, home life and childcare. Nadia meet a nice fella on a website but he lives all the way in the Lake District. She has the great support of her friends to help her through but is that enough? All she want’s is for her and her son to be happy, but will she get her own happy-ever-after?

Autumn, has really had it tough, falling pregnant at an early age and her parent’s making her give her baby up. She not only has the support of her lady’s but also her lovely man Miles; who has a gorgeous little girl and they really get her through. Now she is back in contact with her now teenage daughter, autumn wants to explain and build a relationship with her. But will her daughter want to hear what she has to say?

Chantal, is the one of the lady’s that I thought was the wise, she is going through a divorce which seems to be taking its toll on her. Having a small baby to look after but has her new bloke Jacob; who is kind and very supportive. But he is very concerned with her decline in health. Has Chantal got something to be worried about?

These lady’s are all individual and all have a charm about them, but no matter what they are all there for each other through some pretty tough times. Showing sisterhood at its best! I adored this book, and will say to have a tissue at hand there’s some eye dabbing moments in this story. Also make sure you have some chocolate to hand because you will need it with all the amazing chocolate treats described in the story!!!!!

The story has a very pleasant flow so much so I found myself at the end of the book before I know it! So as you can probably guess I thoughly enjoyed this book very much and would highly recommend The Chocolate Lovers’ Wedding by Carole Mathews. I will certainly be looking out for more of her books in the future.

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Happy 1st Birthday Blog!


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Well guy’s, I can’t quite believe Marie’s Book Boutique is a year old today! Gosh, when I started blogging, I never in my wildest dream’s thought that anyone would read the ramblings of little old me (well less of the old please Marie!!!!!) But you do and for that I’m truly blown away, every time I get a view or a visit to my blog… your amazing!!!!!! So I thank you from the bottom of my heart for all your support.

I have to say a massive thank you to a lady who; one Sunday on Twitter, helped me come up with my blog name… this lovely lady is Pat Elliott! thank you Pat very much for taking the time out of your day of me, I really appreciate it immensely. She  is a truly amazing artist and author! Please go check her work out…she’s good!!!!




When I started reviewing, I was borrowing from friends and family or book’s that I had brought ( and still do now!) I never thought for one moment I would then start to receive emails requesting me to read and review books… but I did, and I feel so grateful to even be considered.

Blogging has allowed me to find my own writing voice and given me the confidence to flourish like a bed of flowers coming into bloom. I have of course learnt a lot along the way, one of which is to NOT compare myself to other bloggers. All of us are unique, individual  and above all are good at what we do. I think we should all be mighty proud of ourselves for putting our voices out there in the blogging world.

This past year in a nutshell has been hard at times, but has been bloody amazing, yet so fulfilling. I feel incredibly lucky to have had the opportunity to read, review and been apart of some amazing blog tours. So thank you to everyone for taking a chance on little me, it mean’s an incredible amount!

Happy 1st Birthday Marie’s Book Boutique, you give me and continue to bring me so much joy… here’s to another year of blogging!!!!!!!!


Marie x


Review On: Practice makes Perfect by Penny Parkes


About the author (as seen in the book)

penny parkes

Penny Parkes survived a Convent education largely thanks to a ready supply of inappropriate novels and her passion for writing and languages.

She studied International Management in Bath and Germany, before gaining experience with the BBC. She then set up an independent Film Location Agency and spent many happy years organising shoot’s for film, television and advertising- thereby ensuring that she was never short of travel opportunities, freelance writing projects or entertaining anecdotes.

Penny, now lives on the Cotswolds with her husband, two children and an excitable puppy with a fondness for post-its. She will often be found plotting epic train journeys through the Alps, baking gluten- free goodies or attempting to reach an excusive stat of organisation.

Her novel Out of Practice, the first book in the Larkford series, won the RNA Romantic Comedy of the year Awards in 2017.



Publication date: 29th June 2017

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

ISBN: Paperback 978-1-4711-5306-8

ebook 978-1-4711-5307-5

Audio 978-1-4711-6608-2

Pages: 576 pages

Genre: Contemporary Fiction

Format reading: Paperback

Copy provided by: My own

Blurb (as seen on the back cover)

Welcome to the surgery at Larkford, a hotbed of rivalry and romance- and that’s just the doctors.

The Practice has suddenly been thrust under the spotlight its nomination as an ‘ NHS Model Surgery’ is causing the team major headaches. Dr Holly Graham should be basking in the glow of her new romance with fellow doctor, Taffy- but her favourite resident, the irreverent and entertaining Elsie , is facing a difficult diagnosis.

Dr Dan Carter’s obsession with work is making unhappiness elsewhere he can’t persuade his girlfriend Julia to settle down. It’s only as Julia’s mother comes to stay that he realizes what she has been hiding for so long. Alice Walker joins the team like a breath of fresh air and her assistance dog Coco quickly wins everyone round which is just as well, because Coco and Alice will soon need some help of their own.

My Review

This is a lovely illustrated front cover. It looks like it’s been sketched and then painted giving a great effect. The village surrounds a lady doctor as she goes about her business. It look’s like a lovely village!

Penny Parkes is a new author to me and as you know I do like to discover a new author to add to my ever-growing list of authors to look out for!

This is a story where we meet Holly, Taffy, Dan and Julia who are all doctors and are partners at The Practice in the Larkford village.

Holly has a busy life and finds her self on the go all the time. What with having twins to contend with, a relationship with Taffy to keep on track, and help to keep the surgery running smoothly, she is one busy lady! Will Holly be able to keep juggling her balls without dropping them?

Dan and Julia are also in a relationship. Dan wants to settle down but with Julia not so sure as having a TV crew following her round the surgery while she’s working might lead her anywhere. The TV Crew came to the surgery to help the campaign that saved the closure of The Practice.

The Practice need’s an extra pair of hands to help with all the extra work, reliving some of the pressure from the practice doctor’s. Alice Walker is the tonic they all need and brings with her, her assistance dog Coco; which causes some controversy amounts the patients of the practice. But Coco with prove herself making a shocking discovery!

All the doctor’s go above and beyond for all their patients, and the surgery. (which I guess is the case with most doctors in the NHS)

I did enjoy Practice makes Perfect, I got a view on how surgery’s are run and the amazing work they do everyday. I also felt I learnt about medical conditions, I knew nothing about and how they are treated. This story is not without it drama and is packed full of it. The only thing I will say is I wish I had read the first book (Out of Practice) first as there was points in the story where I got a wee bit lost. However it has been written well with a verity of characters; which were interesting to read.

My rating only reflects the fact I didn’t always follow the story due to not reading the first book.

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                                                            3 sparkly stars




Review on: Summer at Skylark Farm by Heidi Swain

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About the author (as seen in the book)

Heidi Swain new pic

Heidi Swain lives in Norfolk with her husband, two allegedly grown up children and a mischievous black cat called Storm. She is passionate about gardening, the countryside and collects vintage paraphernalia.

Her debut novel The Cherry Tree Café Was published in July 2015







Publication date: 25th August 2016

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

ISBN: Paperback 978-1-4711-5783-7

Ebook 978-1-4711-5009-8

Pages: 480 pages

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Format reading: Paperback

Copy provided by: My own

Blurb (as seen on the back cover)

Fall in love with country living this summer…

Amber is a city girl at heart. So when her boyfriend Jake Somerville suggests they move to the countryside to help out at his family farm, she doesn’t quite know how to react. But work has been hectic and she needs a break so she decides to grasp the opportunity.

Dreaming of organic orchards, paddling in streams and frolicking in fields, Amber packs up her things and moves to Skylark Farm. But life is not quite how she imagined- it’s cold and dirty and the farm buildings are dilapidated and crumbling.

Even so, Amber is determined to make the best of it and throws herself into farm life. But can she really fit in here? And can she and Jake stay together when they are so different?

My Review

Summer at Skylark Farm has the loveliest summary, country-style front cover. And for me has eye-catching qualities’ making me gaze longingly at the perfect scene in front of me!! The lovely old farm-house and barn’s are surrounded by tree’s and white fencing around it; keeping the roaming farm animals in and sweeping fields with an orchard.  The title and author’s name is bright and stands out well. I adore the bunting that is beautifully placed at the top over the cover adding a pretty little touch to it! ( and you all know I’m a sucker for a gorgeous front cover!)

This is the first book I have read of Heidi’s work. On reading many lovely things about her work I was eager to lose myself the story of Summer at Skylark Farm.

Amber works very hard in her job in corporate hospitality and has worked tirelessly to her position she finds herself in. She love’s what she does, however her day’s are long; with broken sleep to boot and she can’t remember the last time she had a day off. So when her gorgeous boyfriend Jake return’s home after his visit to his aunt’s farm in East Anglia, announcing that he’s moving there to help his elderly aunt. Jake want’s Amber to go with him; because he thinks it would be good for them both and have much more time together. Jake has a lot of history their spending long summers in the beautiful countryside. Amber contemplates it and decade’s to give it a shot for a while and see how she goes, all she has to do now is tell her boss that she wants some time off.

Amber’s boss agrees to her having time off, but really doesn’t want to lose her and offers her a new position because he doesn’t want to lose her. Amber tells him she will think about it, but not making any promises. Will the city girl be able to integrate in village life? Can she cope with Jake’s passed relationship’s? Will she stay or will she go back to start her new role at work?

I have nothing but love for this book, I loved seeing Amber’s character grow through the story as she try’s to integrate into countryside living. She and Jake don’t have an easy ride and creates drama to the book, which kinda makes a good romance story in my eye’s. There are many other drama’s, mystery, and a joyous occasion so there’s plenty going on which kept my hands glued to this book.

I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed reading Summer at Skylark Farm by Heidi Swain it’s the most charming of story’s. It make me feel so relaxed while reading with the beautiful plot and flow’s making every page a delight. This book has defiantly make me want to read more of Heidi’s work!!!

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                                         A shimmery 5 sparkly stars!!!!!




Blog Tour: Book review on The Magic of Stars by Jackie Ladbury


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The magic of stars by Jackie Ladbury

About the author (as provided by Rachel’s Random Resources)

The Magic of Stars Author PicJackie Ladbury was desperate to become a journalist when she left school but was ousted within minutes on the day of the exam at her local rag because she’d forgotten to bring a pen.

Short and sharp lesson learned.

Her budding writing career was not on hold for long, though, as Jackie found herself scribbling love stories of pilots and ‘hosties’ while she flew in aeroplanes of various shapes and sizes as a flight attendant herself.

Fast forward a good few years and, after being short-listed in a couple of prestigious romantic writing competitions, Jackie decided it was time to discard her stilettos, say goodbye to the skies and concentrate on writing romantic novels, where the only given is a guaranteed ‘happy ever after.’



Publication date: 1st January 2018

Publisher: Fabrian Books

To purchase from Amazon:

Pages: 261 pages

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Format reading: ARC Ebook

Copy provided by: Rachel’s Random Resources

Blurb (as provided by Rachel’s Random Resources)

Sapphire Montrose always felt like a loser in the struggle of life, but when she becomes the airline manager of a run-down airline she starts to believe she is a winner – until she unwittingly propositions her new boss and all her hard work is undone.

In a moment of recklessness air stewardess, Sapphire Montrose throws caution and her dress to the wind by propositioning a handsome stranger in a hotel in Florence, only to find herself waking up alone and embarrassed in her hotel room.

Unfortunately for Sapphire, it turns out that her new boss, Marco Cavarelli, is the man she failed to seduce and she is now fighting for her job and her self-respect when he tells her there is no place in his revamped airline for an alcoholic woman with lascivious tendencies. To make matters worse she is increasingly attracted to him and he seems to be giving out the same vibes. Or is he simply testing her? One wrong move could be the end of her career. But what if he really is offering love – and is he worth the risk?

My Review

Before I start my review I would just like to say a massive thank you to Rachel from Rachel’s Random Resources; for not only asking me to take part in this wonderful blog tour to share my review but also for providing me with an ARC to read.

This is the first book of Jackie Ladbury’s I’ve read, and as you all know I do like to discover a new author (to me that is!) As soon as I read the blurb of The Magic of Stars, I had a feeling it was I book I would enjoy immensely and boy was I right!!!!!!!!

We meet Sapphire Montrose as she travels to Florence; with her boss Mr Clark to accompany him while he travels to a business meeting. It also worked in her favour as her boyfriend; Rick is staying in a hotel there, and she wants to surprise him. She is hoping to take their relationship to the next level. However it’s her that get’s the surprise of her life, when catching him in a very compromising position. With her future happiness shattered in an instant, and Rick not even fighting to keep her, she goes away broken-hearted to another hotel.

The hotel Sapphire finds is an exquisite and expensive. Once checked in she heads straight to the bar to get drunk. Not being a drinker gets drunk quite quickly and is saved from falling from her bar stool by the owner Marco Caverelli. He seems troubled himself but caring with a smidgen of reductants to get involved. However Marco is a gentle man and takes her to her room safely when Sapphire make’s a bit of a fool of herself. I could tell straight away these two characters, had something special and even though they don’t know it the as the reader is given the feel in though Jackie’s writing.

Unbeknown to Sapphire her boss; and owner of the small failing airline, wants to take a back seat and bring Marco in to regenerate the airline. Then Mr Clark can spend and look after his ill wife. The only thing Mr Clark wants is for Marco to  keep his nephew Finbar in a job.

But with Marco comes big changes, that not everyone will like and when he turns up to meet the staff Sapphire can’t quite place him. It doesn’t take her long to work out he was the man in the hotel in Florence, and is totally mortified. He has his own personal issues too, which cloud’s his judgement of Sapphire.  He think’s she has a drinking problem and likes to make moves on men! These two have many misunderstandings and disagreements like this through out the book, which really build’s the anticipation of will they won’t they and made me read on.

This story is bloody amazing, I quite literally couldn’t put my kindle down!! I found myself so engrossed in the story, I felt sad when I came to the end, not because it was a sad ending but because I didn’t want it to end. The plot and flow were and is so captivating, you really won’t be able to put it down. And I think its safe to say I adored the characters very much, they were interesting, intriguing, and above all the are loveable.

The Magic Of Stars is full of drama, emotion, romance, heart- break, misunderstandings and many funny moments that makes such a fabulous book. I would highly recommend you give this book a go because I truly adored every single second of it and I will defiantly be re-reading this one!

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                               A superb 5 sparkly stars!!!!!!!!!



Review On: The Forever House by Veronica Henry


About the author (as seen in the book)

veronica henry

Veronica Henry worked as a script writer for The ArchersHeartbeat and Holby City, amongst many others, before turning to fiction. She won the 2014 RNA Novel of the year aword for A Night on the Orient express. Veronica lives with her family in a village in North Devon.





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Publication date: 18th May 2017

Publisher: Orion Books

ISBN: Paperback 9781409166573

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Pages: 363 pages

Format reading: Paperback

Copy provided by: Borrowed

Blurb (as seen on the back of the book)

‘ All she wanted was her own four walls around her. A house she could call her own. A house that was hers, forever. A house that looked after her. A cocoon. A haven.’

Hunter’s Moon is the ultimate forever house. Nestled in the Cotswold valley of Peasebrook, it has been the Willoughby’s home for over fifty years, and now kind hearted estate agent Belinda Baxter is determined to find the perfect family to live there.

For Belinda, selling houses is like selling dreams: the moment you find ‘the one’, your whole life there can be imagined. But the sale of Hunter’s Moon unlocks decades of the Willoughby family’s secrets and brings Belinda face to face with her own troubled past…

My review

When I saw the front cover to The Forever House, I really thought it was glorious and enchanting. The cream coloured back ground look like the scene is on a canvas. I loved the way the creator has making the reader feel they are gazing  down the path to this beautiful house in front of you. The path has beautiful flowers both sides and gorgeous box hedge’s, which really adds the enchanted and dreamy! The title is done in a gold which adds an air of elegance to an already beautiful cover. The purple of the author’s name is really tied in well with the flowers from the garden and the petals which are floating down to purple flowers at the bottom of the cover. I’m a fan of Veronica’s other books that I’ve managed to read so far and have enjoyed each one on their own merits.

Belinda, is an estate agent; selling everyone their dream home, when that is what she is longing for herself again. She had her dream home in the past. So when it comes back on the market, the vender asks directly for her; which will equate into quite a hefty commission and help her on her way to being in a position to have her own home. But will she take it on or will she let it slip her by because of pasted painful memories that the house hold’s for her?

She also has another house to sell and as soon as Belinda see’s it she has found her perfect house. Hunter’s Moon is owned by Sally and her husband Alexander. The couple now find themselves in an unfortunate position due to Alexander’s heath problems, and ultimately causing them to sell their beloved family home. All they have to do now is tell their son Leo about his father’s illness and that they are selling his childhood home. Leo hasn’t ever found the right women to settle down with, and seems to be a bit lonely. He’s understandable upset, and he and Belinda really don’t get off on the right foot; yet the I could tell that these two were the perfect match.

Hunter’s Moon is a home full of history and was left to Sally by Alexander’s Mother; the historical novelist of her time; Margot Willoughby. I really enjoyed the way Veronica Henry; takes the reader back to the past and explained how Sally came to inherit her husband’s childhood home. It was easy to read and in no way did I find it confusing at any point. I really felt quite emotional for Sally and Alexander situation because I could tell how hard it was for them and how much love they had for the beloved Hunter’s Moon. Belinda organises sealed bid’s for Hunter’s Moon; as she think’s this is the best way to sell and get the right money. At this point I was willing her to make a bid, as there was a lot of interest. Who will buy Hunter’s Moon? Will Belinda find a bit more than love of a house at Hunter’s Moon?

All the character’s I found to be quirky, relatable with some comical at times. The Forever House by Veronica Henry is an emotional, lovely and easy to read story that will keep you entertained till the last page.

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                                          The Forever House by Veronica Henry

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4 stars




2018 Popsugar Reading Challenge


Hi there bookish folk!

Here’s the thing guy’s and lady’s, are you for or against reading challenge’s? I mulled this over, and I do realise for some they just add pressure on you and take the pleasure away from reading. But for me I  really quite like them! I have taken part the Goodreads reading challenge for about 5 years now and when I first started doing this challenge I never even completed it! ( I did a post all about how I started reading and why I struggled to begin with, you can check this post out here ) This really didn’t discourage me from partaking in the years that followed, if anything it just gave me more determination to try again. And in fact the following years my reading must have got quicker as I began to complete them!

I found out about Popsugar’s reading challenges a few years ago but never had the courage to actually partake! So this year I’ve decided to give it a good go! I think this challenge in particular will push my reading, making me consider books that I might not have even looked at. I feel it’s good to for me to get out of my ‘SAFE ZONE’ every once in a while; as it’s so easy to stick to your favourite genre or author. Don’t you think? And surly this expands the mind? I defiantly think reading different types of books will in turn help my spelling, grammar and might even teach me a new word or two, which is always a bonus!!!!!!

Here are the prompts for this years challenge… ( there’s an advance section which you can start if you complete the first half!)

popsuare reading challange prompt list

I will defiantly give this challenge a good go! I’m not saying I will be able to complete the first half or even make a start on the advanced bit, because of other blogging commitments that I have running through out the year. I must admit I’m quite looking forward to discovering new books, author’s and even learning about a particular subject I had no prior knowledge of.

Are you also taking this years challenge? I would love to hear from you if you are or even your take to reading challenge’s as a whole… please do get in touch. Also peep’s if you have any suggestions for books from any of the prompts, I would love to hear them!!!!!

Hope you all have a wonderful day and thanks so much for stopping by!