Recensie: Escape to the French Farmhouse

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Auteur: Jo Thomas
Titel: Escape to the French Farmhouse
Genre: Romance
Taal: Engels
Jaar: 2020
ISBN: 9780552176842
Aantal pagina’s: 384
Gelezen: Juli 2021
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Del and her husband Ollie moved to a beautiful village in Provence for a fresh start after years of infertility struggles. But six weeks after they arrive, they’re packing the removal van once more. As Del watches the van leave for England, she suddenly realises exactly what will make her happier…a new life in France – without Ollie.

Now alone, all Del has is a crumbling farmhouse, a mortgage to pay and a few lavender plants. What on earth is she going to do? Discovering an old recipe book at the market run by the rather attractive Fabian, Del starts to bake. But can her new-found passion really help her let go of the past and lead to true happiness?

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Recensie: Love & Luck

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Auteur: Jenna Evans Welch
Titel: Love & Luck
Serie: Love & Gelato #2, maar standalone
Genre: Young Adult, contemporary, romance, travel
Taal: Engels
Jaar: 2018
ISBN: 9781534401013
Aantal pagina’s: 304
Gelezen: Mei 2021
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Addie is visiting Ireland for her aunt’s over-the-top destination wedding and hoping she can stop thinking about the one thing she did that left her miserable and heartbroken—and threatens her future. But her brother, Ian, isn’t about to let her forget, and his constant needling leads to arguments and even a fistfight between the two once inseparable siblings. Miserable, Addie can’t wait to visit her friend in Italy and leave her brother—and her problems—behind.

So when Addie discovers an unusual guidebook, Ireland for the Heartbroken, hidden in the dusty shelves of the hotel library, she’s able to finally escape her anxious mind and Ian’s criticism.

And then their travel plans change. Suddenly Addie finds herself on a whirlwind tour of the Emerald Isle, trapped in the world’s smallest vehicle with Ian and his admittedly cute, Irish-accented friend Rowan. As the trio journeys over breathtaking green hills, past countless castles, and through a number of fairy-tale forests, Addie hopes her guidebook will heal not only her broken heart, but also her shattered relationship with her brother.

That is if they don’t get completely lost along the way.

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Recensie: the gentleman’s guide to getting lucky

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Auteur: Mackenzi Lee
Titel: The gentleman’s guide to getting lucky
Serie: Montague Siblings, #1,5
Genre: Young Adult, LGBTQ+ romance, novelle
Taal: Engels
Jaar: 2019
ISBN: 9780062982506
Aantal pagina’s: 128
Gelezen: September 2021
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Monty’s epic grand tour may be over, but now that he and Percy are finally a couple, he realizes there is something more nerve-wracking than being chased across Europe: getting together with the person you love.

Will the romantic allure of Santorini make his first time with Percy magical, or will all the anticipation and build-up completely spoil the mood? 

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Recensie: The duke and I

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Auteur: Julia Quinn
Titel: The Duke & I
Serie: Bridgerton #1
Genre: Historical fiction, romance
Taal: Engels
Jaar: 2000
ISBN: 9780063078697
Aantal pagina’s: 416
Gelezen: Oktober 2021
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In the ballrooms and drawing rooms of Regency London, rules abound. From their earliest days, children of aristocrats learn how to address an earl and curtsey before a prince—while other dictates of the ton are unspoken yet universally understood. A proper duke should be imperious and aloof. A young, marriageable lady should be amiable…but not too amiable.

Daphne Bridgerton has always failed at the latter. The fourth of eight siblings in her close-knit family, she has formed friendships with the most eligible young men in London. Everyone likes Daphne for her kindness and wit. But no one truly desires her. She is simply too deuced honest for that, too unwilling to play the romantic games that captivate gentlemen.

Amiability is not a characteristic shared by Simon Basset, Duke of Hastings. Recently returned to England from abroad, he intends to shun both marriage and society—just as his callous father shunned Simon throughout his painful childhood. Yet an encounter with his best friend’s sister offers another option. If Daphne agrees to a fake courtship, Simon can deter the mamas who parade their daughters before him. Daphne, meanwhile, will see her prospects and her reputation soar.

The plan works like a charm—at first. But amid the glittering, gossipy, cut-throat world of London’s elite, there is only one certainty:

Love ignores every rule…

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Recensie: The little Paris patisserie

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Auteur: Julie Caplin
Titel: The little Paris Patisserie
Serie: Romantic escapades #3 (maar afzonderlijk te lezen)
Genre: Romance novel, chicklit
Taal: Engels
Jaar: 2018
ISBN: 9780008259785
Aantal pagina’s: 448
Gelezen: Oktober 2021
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As the youngest of four, Nina Hadley has always had her big brothers telling her what to do. So, when she’s given the chance to move to Paris and help run a patisserie course, she can’t say au revoir quick enough!

There’s just one problem: high-flying chef Sebastian Finlay is the owner of the patisserie. He’s also her brother Nick’s best friend – and the man she has secretly been in love with since forever.

Amongst the mouth-wateringly delicious eclairs and delicate macaroons, Nina’s culinary creations aren’t the only tempting thing she’s working with…

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Recensie: The upside of Falling

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Auteur: Alex Light
Titel: The upside of falling
Genre: YA romance
Taal: Engels
Jaar: 2020
ISBN: 9780062918055
Aantal pagina’s: 288
Gelezen: Mei 2021
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It’s been years since seventeen-year-old Becca Hart believed in true love. But when her former best friend teases her for not having a boyfriend, Becca impulsively pretends she’s been secretly seeing someone.

Brett Wells has it all. Being captain of the football team and one of the most popular guys in school, he should have no problem finding someone to date, but he’s always been more focused on his future than who to bring to prom. When he overhears Becca’s lie, Brett decides to step in and be her mystery guy. It’s the perfect solution: he gets people off his back for not dating and she can keep up the ruse.

Acting like the perfect couple isn’t easy though, especially when you barely know the other person. But with Becca still picking up the pieces from when her world was blown apart years ago and Brett just barely holding his together now, they begin to realize they have more in common than they ever could have imagined. When the line between real and pretend begins to blur, they are forced to answer the question: is this fake romance the realest thing in either of their lives?

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Recensie: My Italian bulldozer

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Auteur: Alexander McCall Smith
Titel: My Italian bulldozer
Genre: Fictie, romance
Taal: Engels
Jaar: 2017
ISBN: 9781101871393
Aantal pagina’s: 240
Gelezen: Juni 2020
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Paul Stuart, a renowned food writer, finds himself at loose ends after his longtime girlfriend leaves him for her personal trainer. To cheer him up, Paul’s editor, Gloria, encourages him to finish his latest cookbook on-site in Tuscany, hoping that a change of scenery (plus the occasional truffled pasta and glass of red wine) will offer a cure for both heartache and writer’s block. But upon Paul’s arrival, things don’t quite go as planned. A mishap with his rental-car reservation leaves him stranded, until a newfound friend leads him to an intriguing alternative: a bulldozer.
With little choice in the matter, Paul accepts the offer, and as he journeys (well, slowly trundles) into the idyllic hillside town of Montalcino, he discovers that the bulldozer may be the least of the surprises that await him. What follows is a delightful romp through the lush sights and flavors of the Tuscan countryside, as Paul encounters a rich cast of characters, including a young American woman who awakens in him something unexpected.
A feast for the senses and a poignant meditation on the complexity of human relationships, My Italian Bulldozer is a charming and intensely satisfying love story for anyone who has ever dreamed of a fresh start.

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Recensie: The betrothed

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Auteur: Kiera Cass
Titel: The Betrothed
Genre: YA, Romance, Fantasy
Taal: Engels
Jaar: 2020
ISBN: 9780008158828
Aantal pagina’s: 400
Gelezen: Mei 2020
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When King Jameson declares his love for Lady Hollis Brite, Hollis is shocked—and thrilled. After all, she’s grown up at Keresken Castle, vying for the king’s attention alongside other daughters of the nobility. Capturing his heart is a dream come true.

But Hollis soon realizes that falling in love with a king and being crowned queen may not be the happily ever after she thought it would be. And when she meets a commoner with the mysterious power to see right into her heart, she finds that the future she really wants is one that she never thought to imagine. 

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Serierecensie: Virgin River

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Creator: Sue Tenney
Titel: Virgin River
Seizoen: 1- 2, 20 afleveringen (tot nu toe)
Genre: Drama, romance
Jaar: 2019 –
Acteurs: Alexandra Breckenridge, Colin Lawrence, Benjamin Hollingsworth, Grayson Maxwell Gurnsey
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IMDB Samenvatting:
After seeing an ad for a midwife, a big-city nurse moves to the redwood forests of northern California, where she meets an intriguing man.
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Recensie: It only happens in the movies

34564400Auteur: Holly Bourne
Titel: It only happens in the movies
Genre: YA contemporary, romance
Taal: Engels
Jaar: 2017
ISBN: 9781474921329
Aantal pagina’s: 410
Gelezen: februari 2019
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Audrey is over romance. Since her parents’ relationship imploded her mother’s been catatonic, so she takes a cinema job to get out of the house. But there she meets wannabe film-maker Harry. Nobody expects Audrey and Harry to fall in love as hard and fast as they do. But that doesn’t mean things are easy. Because real love isn’t like the movies…

The greatest love story ever told doesn’t feature kissing in the snow or racing to airports. It features pain and confusion and hope and wonder and a ban on cheesy clichés. Oh, and zombies… YA star Holly Bourne tackles real love in this hugely funny and poignant novel.  Lees verder