Recommended Reading – Tea and Cake for the Soul Book Reviews

I share lots of book reviews on Tea and Cake for the Soul that include:

* chick lit and women’s fiction
* books about punk, ska, mod & psychobilly music
* travel
* health
* poetry
* children’s fiction

If you’re a regular reader, I hope that you’ve enjoyed a book from my reading recommendations. If you’re a new follower then perhaps you’d like to check out something from my book posts below.

There are also some money-saving book tips at the end of this post.

I will only share book reviews and recommendations of something that I have genuinely loved. If I don’t like a book, it doesn’t make it onto Tea and Cake for the Soul. I was bought up that if you can’t say anything nice don’t say it at all. Constructive criticism has its place but it’s not here.

I have lots more recommendations to come, and you can now sign up for free email notifications so that you don’t miss any new posts.

Recommended Reading – Tea and Cake for the Soul Book Reviews

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Women’s Fiction/Chick Lit Books

I have now grouped my reviews into themes and authors. You can read the following book reviews by clicking on the links below:

Author Spotlights

Jane Fallon – coming early August
Veronica Henry – coming August
Lindsey Kelk – Reviews & Bibliography
Ali McNamara – Reviews & Bibliography
Debbie Johnson – Comfort Food Cafe series

Heartwarming Summer Reads – READ HERE

Kristin Bailey – Can I Give My Husband Back
Sue Shepherd – Can’t Get You Out of my Head
Kate Field – The Man I Fell in Love With
Annie Lyons – The Happiness List
Pippa James – The Happiness Project
Giovanni Fletcher – You’re The One That I Want
Kirsty Greenwood – The Vintage Guide to Love and Romance
Faith Bleasdale – Secrets at Meadowbrook Manor
Lucy Dillon – Lost Dogs and Lonely Hearts
Carla Burgess – Meet Me at Willow Hall

Tripfiction for a Staycation – READ HERE

Lilac Mills – Sunrise on the Coast – TENERIFE
Kendra Smith – Chance of a Lifetime – AUSTRALIA
Donna Hepburn – Flip Flops, Fiesta & Flamenco – SPAIN
Dee MacDonald –  The Get Away Girls – FRANCE & ITALY
Janice Horton – The Backpacking Housewife THAILAND
Romy Summer – Last of the Summer Vines – ITALY
Celia Imrie – Not Quite Nice – FRANCE
Emma Kennedy – I Left My Tent in San Francisco – USA
Tess Daly –  It’s Up To You New York – USA
Lindsey Kelk – I Heart series by Lindsey Kelk – VARIOUS

Books Set In CornwallREAD HERE

Phillipa Ashley – Summer on the Little Cornish Isles
Phillipa Ashley – A Perfect Cornish Escape
Nancy Barone – New Hope for the Little Cornish Farmhouse
Rosie Chambers – Katie’s Cornish Kitchen
Laura Briggs – A Christmas Cornish Reunion

Books Set In ScotlandComing Soon 

10 Books for Summer Reading 2020 – READ HERE

Holly Wainright – How to be Perfect
Kristen Bailey – Has Anyone Seen My Sex Life
Veronica Henry – A Wedding at the Beach Hut
Bella Osborne – Meet Me at Pebble Beach
Liz Eeles – A Summer Escape and Strawberry Cake at the Cosy Kettle
Sue MacDonagh – Summer at the Art cafe
Emma Kennedy – I left my tent in San Francisco
Judy Leigh – Five French Hens
Nicola Gill – The Neighbours
Caroline Roberts – Rachel’s Pudding Pantry

Best Women’s Fiction from the Last Two DecadesREAD HERE

Kathleen Whyman – Wife Support System (2020)
Jill Mansell – This Could Change Everything (2018)
Sophie Kinsella – My Not So Perfect Life (2017)
Kristy Greenwood Big Sexy Love (2017)
Jenny Colgan – The Summer Seaside Kitchen (2017)
Milly Johnson – The Barn on Half Moon Hill by Milly Johnson (2016)
Gillian Flynn – Gone Girl (2014)
Fiona Gibson – Take Mum Out (2014)
Jane Green – Accidental Husband (2013)
Jane Green – Patchwork Marriage (2012)
Jojo Moyes – Me Before You (2012)
Elizabeth Noble – The Way We Were (2010)
Freya North – Secrets (2009)
Carmen Reid – Up All Night (2005)
Katie Fforde – Thyme Out  (2000)

Free & Cheap Chick Lit on Kindle – READ HERE

Alix Kelson – A Little Romance
Jennifer Joyce – Six Dates
Lilac Mills – Le Tour De Love
Debbie Viggiano – The Women who Knew Everything
Debbie Viggiano – The Corner Shop of Whispers
Cressida McLaughlin – The Canal Boat Cafe
Tracy Bloom – No one ever has sex in the suburbs
Kathy Lovell – Three Men and a Maybe
Laurie Baxter – Who Does He Think He’s Fooling
Jo Jo Moyes – Lou Clark in Lockdown

I don’t publish negative reviews and I don’t share books that I haven’t enjoyed.

Reading Challenges

20 Books for Christmas Reading Challenge 2020 – coming 1 October 2020
20 Books of Summer Reading Challenge 2020
20 Books for Christmas Reading Challenge 2019
20 Books of Summer Reading Challenge 2019

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Recommended Christmas Books

Free Christmas Kindle Reads – Read HERE

Patrick Yearly – A Lonely Dog on Christmas
Caroline Mickelson – Miss Kane’s Christmas
Jennifer Joyce – A Beginner’s Guide to Christmas
Stella Wilkinson – A Christmas Gift
Abby Clements – A Christmas Bake Off
Zara Stonely – A Very Country Christmas
Sophie Kinsella – 6 Geese a Laying
Laura Briggs – A Cornish Christmas Reunion
Jonathon Hill – Mo Mo  Mo! Merry Christmas Maureen

Fabulously Festive Women’s Fiction Books for Christmas 2019READ HERE

Christmas at Tiffany’s by Karen Swan
The Cosy Christmas Chocolate Shop by Caroline Roberts
A Merry Little Christmas by Julia Williams
Christmas at the Candied Apple Cafe by Katherine Garbera
I heart Christmas by Lindsey Kelk
Fairytale of New York – Miranda Dickinson
I’ll Take New York – Miranda Dickinson

Heartwarming Christmas Chick Lit Reads 2017-2020 – READ HERE

Snowdrops on Rosemary Lane by Ellen Berry
Rewrite the Stars by Emma Heatherington
Christmas on the Canal Boat Café by Cressida McLaughlin
A Cotswold Christmas by Kate Hewitt
A Christmas Date by Camilla Isley
Debbie Johnson – Christmas at the Comfort Food Cafe
Melissa Hill – Christmas in New York

Christmas Gifts for Book Lovers – READ HERE

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MISC FICTION & NON-FICTION

MUSIC & SUBCULTURES

Books about Mods and ScooteristsREAD HERE

Mods, Scooters, and Soul by James Millar
Parked Up by Janet Hunter
Keeping On by Janet Hunter
Scooter Boys: The Lost Tribe by Martin Sticky Round
Glory Boys by Jim Iron and John Steel
A Crafty Cigarette – Tales of a Teenage Mod by Matteo Sedazzari

Books about Ska, Punk and New WaveREAD HERE

The Two Tone Story by George Marshall
Can I Say by Travis Barker (and Gavin Edwards)
33 Percent Rockstar by S C Sterling
Breaking Glass by Susan Hill
Tubeway Daze – The Untold Story of Tubeway Army by Paul Goodwin

Dave & Derek Philpot – Dear Mr Popstar (80s Pop)

HEALTH, BODY & MIND BOOKS

Stephanie Theobald – Sex Drive (explicit excerpt)
Ruth Devlin – Men … Let’s Talk Menopause
Harriet Powell – The Menopause Monologues

MISC FICTION & NON-FICTION BOOKS

David C Moore – Turning Left Around The World (Travel)
Andrew Grumbridge and Vince Raison – Today South London (London Lifetyle)
Paul J Rose – Car Boot Tales (Car Boot Sales)
Various – Tales From a Car Boot Sale (Fiction based on second hand items)

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ADULT POETRY AND CHILDREN’S BOOKS

ADULT POETRY

Claire Baldry – Simply Modern Life
Geraldine Ward – Bouncing Back With a Bang
Various – National Poetry Day 2018

CHILDREN’S BOOKS

Addie Broussard – The Beedog
Cheryl Lee-White – Pete the Cheeky Parakeet
Justin Davis – Spy Danger
Lucy Cousins – Maisy Plays Football
Sarah Morrell – The King & The Cockerell
Various – 3 Books from Curly Tale Books
Various – 4 Books From Maverick Books

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READING AND BOOK BUYING TIPS

* HOW TO GET FREE BOOKS LEGALLY

GUEST POSTS

I have also published book reviews as guest posts on other blogs including:

Sophie Jenkins – A Random Act of Kindness
Dee MacDonald – The Silver Ladies of Penny Lane
Holly Wainwright – The Mummy Bloggers
Bella Osborne – Wildflower Park
Fiona Gibson – The Mum Who Got Her Life Back
Kate Hewitt – Meet Me at Willoughby Close

You can view links to the above at My Guest Posts, Collaborations & Interviews


Have you read any of the books that I’ve suggested?

What have you enjoyed the most?
Do you have any books to recommend?

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