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Top 5 best chic reads

Updated on August 17, 2009

Best ladies reads for the summer

Ok ladies, you may have kids running around with nappies to change, you may have a tiresome job in the city keeping you busy until all hours but there is never any excuse not to spent some time reading a great book.

So, find a quiet corner and some time to yourself and try reading one of the top 5 great reads for ladies that I have chosen for you.

No. 5 Conversations with a fat girl written by Liza Palmer in 2005

This short (284 pages) book is about two best friends bullied for being the 'fat girls' at school.  As the years have gone by Maggie's dreams remain unfulfilled, she works in a coffee shop and has never shifted the pounds, and harbours a painfully unrequited crush on her colleague.  Worse still, she has agreed to be bridesmaid for her now size 6 (after surgery) best friend.  Olivia has found Mr perfect as well as lots of new, more fashionable friends.

As emotions run high leading up to Olivias wedding, both girls are forced for look squarely in the mirror and confront some harsh home-truths about themselves and each other. 

I loved this short read, it was witty and it cut to the bone when dealing with a sensitive issue such as body weight.  It took me back to my school days when witnessing girls being bullied for their weight was common place, isn't it everyone's dream of being a size 6??

No.2 Larger than life by Adele Parks in 2002

At 401 pages, this great read by Adele Parks tells the story of Georgina, who fell in love with Hugh Williams the moment she saw him.

She was 18, he was out of her league, so she reinvented herself and now, at 32 she has him.  The fact that he is now married and has two children is not important.  At least this is what she believes.  Until something happens, so momentous, so life changing, that even her rock-solid faith in Hugh is challenged.  Surely, she thinks, a baby will bring them closer together?

Larger than life is funny and moving and gives a truthful account of how a relationship copes when the unexpected happens.  I am a big, big fan of anything written by Adele Parks,  she has a writing style that draws you into the story and allows you to believe that the characters are real and living in your house.

No.3 Vintage by Olivia Darling in 2008

This is a chunky book at 549 pages but a fantastic read (even my husband read it!).Madeleine Asenault has prepared for this moment all her life.  She is determined to rescue the beloved family chateau and prove she's got what it takes to run the most successful champagne house in France.

Former supermodel Christina Morgan knows she hasn't got what it takes.  But she's sure as hell not going to show it.  And with the help of her friends she'll turn her ex-husbands hobby Californian vineyard into a major player.

Chambermaid Kelly Elson would rather drink vodka and coke than champagne.  Then she inherits a vineyard and suddenly she's thirsty for success.

Watching over them all is Mathieu Randon, super rich, seductive and a sociopath.

In a competition to produce the worlds best sparkling wine, the three women are swept into a world of feuds, back stabbing, sabotage and seduction.  Have they got what it takes?

What a fantastic read, i couldn't put it down.  It's not a rags to riches as such but watching these three women work hard for what they wants makes you proud to be a woman.  There are some great twist and turns towards the end of the book, you will be turning the pages until you have finished every last one of them.  Which woman will you pick to win?

No 4. The rise and fall of a yummy mummy by Polly Williams in 2006

At 371 pages its an average length read.  Amy Crane is in crisis.  Six months after giving birth, she's still struggling with the transition from independent thirtysomething to a muffin-middle mum.  She can't remember the last time she had a wax.  Or an orgasm.  Motherhood is bringing her own childhood into painful focus.  And she suspects her boyfriend is cheating.  Enter Alice - her glamorous nemesis - on a mission to transform Amy's body, self esteem and love life.  As Amy swaps breast pads for botox and clambers out of a vortex of self doubt, her libido awakens from its long nap and things get rather more complicated....

This book made me laugh out loud, and took me back to by post baby birth days.  Amy is so desperate to try and change her life she forgets about the important things.  This book comes highly recommended, pass it on to your friends.

No. 5 My best friends girl by Dorothy Koomson

371 pages if fantastic writing - Kamryn Matika has no responsibilities - one birthday card will change that forever...

Best friends Kamryn Matika and Adele Brannon thought nothing come come between them - until Adele did the unthinkable and slept with Kamryns fiance Nate.  Worse still, she is pregnant and had his child.  When Kamryn discovered the truth about their betrayal she vowed never to see any of them again.

Two years later, Kamryn receives a letter from Adele asking her to visit her in hospital as she has something to ask her.  The question is enough to send Kamryn into a spin.  Adele is dying and wants Kamryn to adopt Nate's Daughter Tegan.

Can Kamryn put the past behind her and take on this responsibility or will she walk away?

This was a real tear jerker, I had watery eyes whilst reading this book, well written with like able characters it kept me interested and desperate to get to the end to see how it finished.  All of Dorothy Koomsons books are well worth reading, get out and buy them today.



Larger than life by Adele Parks
Larger than life by Adele Parks
The rise and fall of a yummy mummy by Polly Williams
The rise and fall of a yummy mummy by Polly Williams
Vintage by Olivia Darling
Vintage by Olivia Darling
Conversations with the fat girl by Liza Palmer
Conversations with the fat girl by Liza Palmer

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