Barlow’s Book Reviews

Book Reviews by Author Christie Barlow

The best Autumn reads as recommended by our resident bookworm

Book Reviews Christie Barlow

Can you believe September is upon us already? Let me tell you how to escape from the grey drizzly British weather, curl up, grab a coffee and read all of the fabulous book reviews featured below.

I’m super excited about this issue because my latest book The Cosy Canal Boat Dream was published by Harper Collins affiliate HarperImpulse in August, and I’m delighted to invite Lorraine Rugman from The Book Review Café to share her thoughts on it with you all. Not only was I spinning dizzy about such a fabulous review, but I couldn’t quite believe it when the uber-talented queen of fiction Katie Forde said this about my latest novel, ‘The Cosy Canal Boat Dream by Christie Barlow is full of warmth, fun and has the feel good factor.’

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The Cosy Canal Boat Dream  – CHRISTIE BARLOW

The Cosy Canal Boat Dream by Christie Barlow is not your usual run of the mill RomCom. It is highly entertaining and certainly makes for an emotional read, so a word of warning, have the tissues at the ready! reviews

Nell Andrew’s appears to have the perfect life she’s living the dream on a narrowboat with the love of her life Ollie, but when he’s killed tragically all Nell’s hopes and dreams for the future are left in tatters. As she struggles to cope with her grief, life takes an unexpected turn when Guy Cornish, a gorgeous Irishman and a disused cinema comes into her life. What follows is a heart-warming soul-searching story and you can’t help but fall in love with each and every character at Little Rock Marina.

This was such an outstanding exquisitely written tome, it was well-paced, and an absolute joy to read and full of surprises I wasn’t expecting, leaving my emotions all over the place as I reached yet another poignant scene in this charming tale. What I adore about Christie Barlow’s writing is that she has a knack of bringing her characters to life, friendship and humour play a big part in this novel and you quickly become attached to Nell, best friend Bea, and the adorable Jacob who despite only being five has a huge personality.

Barlow always gives you that something extra, romantic confusions, humour and draws on real-life issues which she writes about with such sensitivity and you can’t help but become involved in each character’s story.reviews

I simply adore all of Christie Barlow’s books and in my opinion, she is one of the best writers in this genre. The Cosy Canal Boat Dream is one not to be missed.

Lorraine Rugman aka The Book Review Café (@ReviewCafe)


My Summer of Magic Moments – CAROLINE ROBERTS

When a seaside escape spells a little romance … In the first chapter, we meet Claire Maxwell who is currently taking a short break from work. After splitting up from her husband Paul and surviving cancer her past year has been inevitably painful but she has the feeling that change is about to happen. She is ready for a bright new chapter in her life when she winds her way to the coast for a cosy cottage retreat in the seaside town of Bamburgh. She prays that three weeks of blissful peace and summer sunshine will wash away the pain of last year and put the sparkle back in her life. reviews

After pondering what to do with her break she begins to make a list, make bread, have a bath, dance in the rain but her plan for peaceful solitude goes awry when a handsome but grumpy guy called Ed turns up in the cottage next door. Will a little summer romance prove the worst distraction? Or might it be the perfect remedy?

The story was beautifully written with gorgeous descriptions of the perfect setting, sun, sea and romance. Roberts tackles serious issues within the storyline and executes the plot with such sensitivity and honesty.  Reading My Summer of Magic Moments was like eating a box of delicious chocolates, I savoured every moment, every chapter and I wanted more.

A simply scrumptious story.


The First Time Mums’ Club – LUCIE WHEELER

Is it possible to fall in love with a book as much as I did with The First Time Mums’ Club by Lucie Wheeler? Firstly, just look at the cover … stunning … gorgeous … in fact utterly fabulous! The minute I spotted this book I knew I just wanted to jump inside, and I couldn’t download my review copy quickly enough! But, I need to tell you something … as soon as you open the book it just gets better and better! reviews

Meet Pippa… After years of trying and a failed IVF attempt, Pippa is thrilled to see two little lines appear on a pregnancy test. Finally, a precious baby to call her own. This is all Pippa has ever wanted…if only husband Jason could show just a little excitement.

Imogen… A baby is the icing on the cake for Imogen and Alice – proof that their love for each other can overcome any obstacle. But when Imogen starts receiving malicious texts, it’s clear that not everyone is thrilled about the girls’ good news.

And Ellie… A drunken one-night stand and Ellie’s life is ruined! Pregnant, jobless and the relationship with her best friend, Chris, over- forever. Because Chris just happens to be the father of Ellie’s baby…and potentially the love of her life!

The story is woven between three first-time pregnant mums that join a club at the local café. I found each of their individual stories engaging and Wheeler draws you into their lives like they are your new best friends. I especially adored Ellie whose outspoken attitude kept me amused at every situation, if I’m honest she reminded me a little of myself!

This book captured my heart, everything about it was perfection. It had the right amount of giggles, girl power moments and genuine friendshipsThere is definitely not a dull moment in The First Time Mums’ Club!

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A Day in the Life Read Christie Barlow: follow the link: http://www.mamalifemagazine.co.uk/a-day-in-the-life-of-best-selling-author-christie-barlow/ 

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