Synopsis: Riley Hope, a senior at NYU, appears to be on top of the world: a loving mother, ride-or-die friends, and a long-time boyfriend destined for the National Hockey League… She puts on a smile for the world but, behind it, Riley’s drowning with fears for the future. Then Ben Fagan comes crashing into her life. British and alone in the Big Apple, the struggling actor is looking for an escape—minimum commitment, maximum fun—anything to avoid returning across the pond. As they form an unlikely bond, Riley keeps her reality from Ben, but how long can she hold back the truth…and is Ben keeping his own secrets, too?
On Wednesday, USA Today did an exclusive cover reveal for Jacquelyn Middleton’s new book. The author had been teasing fans for weeks about this and when the day finally came we were all squealing with delight. I loved “London Belongs to Me” and couldn’t wait to get my hands on “London Can You Wait” when it came out, so I was excited to be given the opportunity to be part of the second phase of sharing this novel… which was to take place yesterday.
As soon as I woke up in the morning, I rushed to my computer hoping for an email from the author with the details. But my computer wouldn’t turn on. It took me too long to realize I had grabbed my roommate’s dead computer rather than my own, and nothing was going to resuscitate that thing.
Once I located my own laptop, the internet wouldn’t connect. Our wifi can be patchy at times and yesterday was apparently a really bad day for connectivity. I tried multiple times, but had no luck.
Then, once I was able to get online this morning, my book blog wouldn’t let me log in. It kept saying my account didn’t exist and/or my password was wrong. I finally gave into doing a password reset, but it was being sent to an email I no longer use. Said email did not want to let me log in because I’m in a new country… And, yeah, you get the idea.
I may be a day behind, yet it is better late than never!
I think I have mentioned once or twice before before how much I love Jacquelyn Middleton’s novel “London Belongs to Me”. And I know I wrote about how excited I was to buy the sequel “London Can You Wait?” so on sale that even I could afford to purchase the ebook on my travel budget (though I hope to get a signed copy in the future).
A little while ago, this author held a giveaway of a copy of the script for the play mentioned in her second book. Naturally I entered. I love her books and I love theatre; it’s a no brainer.
Imagine my glee when I actually won! *happy dance* Now I have to decide whether I want to read the play or the novel first…
Last year a friend of mine was gushing about a book –she still is for that matter– and so I added it to my TBR list. As more amazing reviews came in, I became more interested and was absolutely dying to get my hands on the novel. Then in a stroke of pure luck I won a giveaway for an autographed copy of Jacquelyn Middleton’s “London Belongs to Me” and fell in love with the story. Here is a link for my review of LBTM.
JM released a continuation of Alex and Mark’s story in “London Can You Wait” a year later this past October, and needless to say I was coveting that book as well and managed to snag the ebooks of both for five bucks! While I still want to have a signed copy of the second novel as well, which will have to wait until I’m back home in Canada, I’m so excited to finally be able to read LCYW now.
If there is one thing that is stereotypically British, it is drinking tea. Perhaps a holdover from the regency era in which ‘taking tea’ was all the rage or perhaps it’s just a local custom, but either way it is true. The British drink tea. All. The. Time.
I had never been fond of tea myself, but everywhere I went I was offered tea. I cannot stand Earl Grey and Red Rose or other frequently proffered flavours, so that is still problematic when on a visit. Yet I can now partake in tea as I quite enjoy chai and mint and other such flavours.
It got to be that every time I travelled to a new town I would find a quant little shop in which to have afternoon tea. I cannot say I cared for my experience in Greenwich, but I had a lovely time in Bath and Cardiff, very much enjoying my scones with clotted cream and jam. You cannot live in the United Kingdom and never take afternoon tea or you haven’t fully experienced what it is to be British!
One of my good friends is constantly gushing about one particular book. She uses the novel in a lot of her bookstagram photos, and mentions it all the time on her blog. Soon I began seeing the cover all over instagram when other bloggers finished reading the book themselves. Apparently there was something amazing about this debut novel and, needless to say I was curious… Particularly as the book is written by a Canadian and set in London, England where I was living at the time.
Shortly after I returned home from having lived overseas for two years, my friend told me about a giveaway the author was doing and that I should enter. As by this time I was obsessed about getting my hands on this book but not yet able to afford actually buying it (London is expensive, y’all!) of course I entered. I don’t know how it was possible but, luck would have it, I won!
Truth be told, I have actually had this book for a while now. I read it and typed up the review, but somehow did not post anything. I was rather busy with moving home, job hunting, and then getting ready to move again to a new country, so I somehow failed in this regard. However, this week is entirely devoted to the novel with teasers, a review, and a special event I hosted over the summer related to this novel.
What is the book you may ask?
None other than “London Belongs to Me” by Jacquelyn Middleton. If you want to know more about it, be sure to check back on my blog later this week. Her sequel novel “London Can You Wait?” is coming out next month, so you better get reading!