Going Home by Harriet Evans

Going Home by Harriet Evans is a cool British chick lit novel.  It’s a simple novel but I have to say its pretty good.  It’s not one of the greatest Chick lit novels or one of the funniest chick lit novels but still you can enjoy the book without getting bored.

Twenty something Lizzy Walter is living the good life, working in London at a film–production company and visiting her family’s manor in the country whenever she wants a change. Until, still stung over her boyfriend’s betrayal, she arrives home for Christmas with her sister Jess and cousin Tom to discover that Keeper House must be sold to pay her adored, but unreliable, Uncle Mike’s debts. Her family seems to have accepted the loss of their ancestral home, but she is in denial, so that while they are planning her aunt Chin’s wedding and packing up the house, she sequesters herself in her London apartment and broods, using sex as a panacea but refusing to commit to any relationships.

Going Home is the first chick lit novel written by Harriet Evans but its very impressive for a first novel. I’m looking forward to read other books of Harriet Evans.

Night Watch by Terry Pratchett

Night Watch is the 28th book of  Terry Pratchett‘s DiscWorld Series. The 28th addition to Pratchett’s “Discworld” series explores time travel and historical inevitability with cleverness and humor. The author’s talent for comedy does not falter as he continues to set the standard for comic fantasy. Terry Pratchett is one of best British Comedy novel writers. I have read around 15 Discworld novels and love those all. These books are really fun to read.

Sam Vimes, Commander of Ankh-Morpork’s City Watch, can’t complain. He has a title, his wife is due to give birth to their first child any moment and he hasn’t had to pound a beat in ages but that doesn’t stop him from missing certain bits of his old life. Thank goodness there’s work to be done. Vimes manages to corner a murderer, Carcer, on the library dome at Unseen University during a tremendous storm, only to be zapped back in time 30 years, to an Ankh-Morpork where the Watch is a joke, the ruling Patrician mad and the city on the verge of rebellion. Three decades earlier, a man named John Keel took over the Night Watch and taught young Sam Vimes how to be a good cop before dying in that rebellion. Unfortunately, in this version of the past, Carcer has killed Keel. The only way Vimes can hope to return home and ensure he has a future to return home to is to take on Keel’s role.

Night Watch has most of usual DiscWorld characters, but this time story tells us about their early days. ‘young’ Vimes, Fred Colon as a corporal, Nobby Nobbs as a street urchin, Reg Shoe as a non-zombie revolutionary and a young new street vendor named Dibbler just starting out. It was to read this book. Reminds you the movie “Back to the Future”.

Girl Meets Ape by Chris Manby

Girl Meets Ape by Chris Manby is pretty cool ChickLit novel. It’s not the best bur I think I enjoyed it. This is the only book I have read which written by Chris Manby. Its not those big comedy type chicklit novel but its more into light romance.

He’s the King of the Swingers. But she’s the Ice Queen. When Dr Jennifer Niederhauser becomes head of the chimpanzee project at Prowdes Animal Sanctuary, the uptight young zoologist looks forward to making her mark in the conservation world. But the regime is ramshackle, the chimpanzees uncontrollable and her first meeting with head keeper Guy Gibson finds him naked and covered in baby oil. She decides never to work with animals or the childish again. But, she may not have a job for much longer anyway – Prowdes is in big financial trouble. Salvation comes in the form of a TV documentary.

I think  its an average or below if I have to rate the book. But the storyline is nice and simple. I was not bored reading it. Girl Meets Ape is a British chicklit novel which you can finish in a day. I have to stay story didn’t keep thing moving like at beginning of the book. I think this might be the reason readers might simply grade the book as not so good novel. I can’t blame them for that.

Allan Quatermain by Rider Haggard

Allan Quartermain by H. Rider Haggard the last novel of this Allan Quatermain series. This book is no so popular unlike first book of the series, King Solomon’s Mines. Still it’s a great novel which is full of adventures, romance, remote Africa, ancient lost civilizations. Rider Haggard is founder of lost world type novels. His novels are great and you can put same level as today’s thriller novels.

At the beginning of this adventure Quatermain has lost his only son and longs to get back into the wilderness. Having persuaded Sir Henry Curtis, Captain John Good, RN, and the Zulu chief Umslopogaas to accompany him they set out from the coast of east Africa into the territory of the Masai and while staying with a Scottish missionary are attacked by a group of these tribesmen whom they overcome with heroism. There follows a voyage by canoe along an underground river to a lake in the kingdom of Zu-Vendis on the other side of a range of mountains. The Zu-Vendi are a warlike white race entirely isolated from other African races and when Curtis and Quatermain’s party arrives are ruled jointly by two sisters, Nyleptha and Sorais. The priests of the Zu-Vendi religion are hostile to the explorers but they are protected by the queens: however both fall passionately in love with Curtis and this together with the rejection by Nyleptha of the nobleman Nasta results in a civil war between them (Sorais and Nasta’s forces against those of Nyleptha, Curtis and Quatermain). After a battle in which Queen Nyleptha’s forces are outnumbered she is nevertheless victorious but then threatened by the treachery of the priests who plan to murder her in the palace. Umslopogaas and one loyal warrior manage to save her from this, killing Nasta and the chief priest Agon in the Fight on the Stairway. Sorais, defeated and jealous, takes her own life: Nyleptha and Curtis become King and Queen and Quatermain dies from a wound suffered in the battle.

This is the ending novel of  Allan Quatermain series since he dies at end of the story. Rider Haggard is one of my favorites authors and I enjoyed his all novels of  Allan Quatermain series. If you like those Lost world genre books and also historical adventure novels you are gonna love this book.

The Bride’s Baby by Liz Fielding

The Bride’s Baby by Liz Fielding is a romantic novel filled with emotions and dreams.

Events manager Sylvie Smith was planning the wedding of Candy one of her girlhood friends to Tom McFarlane. At the last minute the bride runs off with one of Sylvie’s employees, leaving Tom McFarlane jilted and not too happy about the number of bills that were piled up.And she has to meet with him to settle her fee.While meeting for the last time things really heat up between them and they end up sleeping together.That night of passion results in a pregnancy. Knowing he deserved to know, she penned a letter informing him, but also giving him an out.After several months of not hearing from him she writes him off. Then she gets into planning her dream wedding for a magazine with all proceeds going to charity which her mother founded.
Tom McFarlane is unaware  that the baby Sylvie was carrying was his own as he never got to read the letter due to his absence from London for the past several months. He reads about Sylvie’s pregnancy in a magazine and thinks that the wedding she is planning is for real.

The book The Bride’s Baby by Liz Fielding‘ was a sweet story with natural progression of the relationship and the way the two characters were connected. What I really liked was that Tom was understanding and supportive of Sylvie, even not knowing she was pregnant with his baby. there were a lot of misunderstanding between the two.I really liked the story but what I felt was that this was put in the wrong plot, it should have been under the misunderstanding instde of the baby plot. I think that was only the flaw.