Britt-Marie Was Here – Fredrick Backman ★★★★★

Britt-Marie can’t stand mess. A disorganized cutlery drawer ranks high on her list of unforgivable sins. She is not one to judge others—no matter how ill-mannered, unkempt, or morally suspect they might be. It’s just that sometimes people interpret her helpful suggestions as criticisms, which is certainly not her intention. But hidden inside the socially awkward, fussy busybody is a woman who has more imagination, bigger dreams, and a warmer heart that anyone around her realizes.

When Britt-Marie walks out on her cheating husband and has to fend for herself in the miserable backwater town of Borg—of which the kindest thing one can say is that it has a road going through it—she finds work as the caretaker of a soon-to-be demolished recreation center. The fastidious Britt-Marie soon finds herself being drawn into the daily doings of her fellow citizens, an odd assortment of miscreants, drunkards, layabouts. Most alarming of all, she’s given the impossible task of leading the supremely untalented children’s soccer team to victory. In this small town of misfits, can Britt-Marie find a place where she truly belongs?

My Review:
I absolutely loved A Man Called Ove so I had to read this one, it was a must. I was not disappointed, I fell in love all over again with this book. The cover to this book is perfect too and sums up the whole story perfectly. This book is written well, easy to read and contains short chapters throughout. I loved the setting (Borg), all the characters and the plot. It’s amazing how people can change huh? I would love to see this book turned into a film. Another well deserved five stars from me and a story that I won’t forget in a hurry. Highly recommend! I just loved Britt-Marie. I enjoyed every minute of this story. I cannot wait to dive into more books by Fredrick Backman. A must buy from me if you haven’t read it already.

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The Rosie Project – Graeme Simion ✶✶✶✶

Don Tillman, professor of genetics, has never been on a second date. He is a man who can count all his friends on the fingers of one hand, whose lifelong difficulty with social rituals has convinced him that he is simply not wired for romance. So when an acquaintance informs him that he would make a “wonderful” husband, his first reaction is shock. Yet he must concede to the statistical probability that there is someone for everyone, and he embarks upon The Wife Project. In the orderly, evidence-based manner with which he approaches all things, Don sets out to find the perfect partner. She will be punctual and logical—most definitely not a barmaid, a smoker, a drinker, or a late-arriver.

Yet Rosie Jarman is all these things. She is also beguiling, fiery, intelligent—and on a quest of her own. She is looking for her biological father, a search that a certain DNA expert might be able to help her with. Don’s Wife Project takes a back burner to the Father Project and an unlikely relationship blooms, forcing the scientifically minded geneticist to confront the spontaneous whirlwind that is Rosie—and the realization that love is not always what looks good on paper.

My Review:
I had heard so many good things about this book that I had to find out about it for myself and I was not disappointed. I loved it. The Rosie Project is easy to read, fast paced and contains short chapters. I enjoyed every minute of this book and fell in love Don, bless him. Parts will having you laughing, smiling and backing Don. This is a one of a kind story and I cannot wait to wait to read the follow on book (The Rosie Effect). I would highly recommend this story to you all if you haven’t read it already. I will remember Don for a long time, what an amazing, individual character. Beautiful story which a great ending! One to buy. A well deserved four stars from me.

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Do You Remember The First Time – Jenny Colgan ✶✶✶✶✶

do you remember the first time

Life doesn’t have a rewind button, but do you ever wish it did?
Flora’s wish is about to come true when at her best friends wedding she wishes to be sixteen again! Flora is returned to being a teenager at high school face with all kinds of teenager problems. But will Flora be able to mend all her previous mistakes or will she make it worse by returning to her past? You’ll have to read it in order to find out!

I awarded this story five stars as I really enjoyed it and it is written beautifully. Do you remember the first time is a brilliant short story (231 pages) for all readers to devour. It is easy to read and will take you back to your teenage years. This is a funny book, not a laugh out loud story but funny in the way she acts being transported back to a teenager. I would highly recommend this story to you all, it will be over before you know it! This is the perfect story for readers who enjoy a brilliant chick-lit, romance, comedy and contemporary genre. Do you remember the first time can also be found under the title The Boy I Loved Before… Guilty pleasure for me is Jenny Colgan. Enjoy, I did.