#BookReview : Cynthia Smart’s Midwife Crisis by Liz Davies #Chicklit @rararesources @lizdaviesauthor

Hello Readers! I’m excited to share my review of Cynthia Smart’s Midwife Crisis by Liz Daviesas part of blog tour, organized by Rachel’s Random Resources. Many thanks to Rachel for tour invite and author for providing review copy.

Cynthia Smart’s Midwife Crisis by Liz Davies
Publication Date : 28th July 2020
Genre :  Chicklit
Pages : 330

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Midlife crisis? What midlife crisis?

At forty-four, Cynthia Smart is exactly where she wants to be. Almost.

In a couple of years, she’ll be the CEO of the company she’s spent her most of her adult life working in. For now, though, she’s still busy shimmying up the greasy pole of corporate business. She’s single, carefree, and independent, and nothing can stop her getting what she wants and deserves.

Until she discovers she’s pregnant.

Determined to have her cake and eat it, she’s convinced that having a baby will make little difference to her life, and that she will be one of those women who can hold down an incredibly demanding job and also be a perfect mother.

But as her pregnancy progresses and her life slowly falls apart, she has the sneaking suspicion that Max Oakland, the new guy on the block, is out to steal her dream job. That she’s terribly attracted to him doesn’t help, nor does the fact that he’s devilishly handsome, appears to be a really nice fella, and is good in a crisis.

When she gradually comes to realise that something has got to give, what she doesn’t want it to be is her heart.


Perfect for fans of Mandy Baggott, Heidi Swain, and Holly Martin.

Other books I read by the same author:

A Typical Family Christmas

Cynthia Smart’s Midwife Crisis was refreshing and entertaining chick-lit that revolved around Cynthia Smart’s unexpected pregnancy. It was about life of career woman, ambitions, life changes after pregnancy, family, loneliness, and love.

After reading A Typical Family at Christmas I knew I would love to read more books by Liz Davies. When I saw this book on blog tour I couldn’t not read this. Writing was easy to follow, flawless and fun. Setting of London and countryside added its charm to story.

Plot was pretty simple and yet interesting. Cynthia Smart worked hard to be a board of director in company she worked for 20 years and to be next CEO but when she unexpectedly got pregnant her life turned upside down. Pregnant at 44 years, boss who doesn’t like sick employee or family women at higher position, who also brought handsome rival, Max, on the board who might take the position she wanted and to make it more complicated she found herself falling for Max. I was curious to know how Cynthia was going to cope with everything and why her boss hired Max and why he was not telling what their boss offered him.

Cynthia was ambitious career woman. She literally was married to her work, never had real friends or had vacation and even spent less time with family. But all that changed when pregnancy test came positive and what made it more interesting, she had no idea how her life was going to change with this pregnancy. I was shaking my head in disbelief hearing her thoughts on how she will manage and plan everything. She thought she could work long hours with pregnancy and even after pregnancy, she would only need few weeks maternity leave and she would hire nanny! This part was bit too much. I mean even women who aren’t mother know anything related to pregnancy and baby never turn out as per plan. I liked how her thoughts and feelings changed as pregnancy progressed. I’m glad she went with her gut feelings and did all that was best for her baby- taking medicine, eating proper food and rest from work.

Cynthia’s mother was charming. Like all mothers she was thrilled hearing news of her pregnancy and her pampering reminded me of my mother. I loved her cottage and her cheerful nature. Cynthia’s PA was great throughout the book.

Max was awesome. He was my most favourite character in book. He couldn’t join board at better time. Cynthia was anxious and cautious around him she feared he would take away her dream job but from very first chapter he gave positive vibe. He was so caring, helped Cynthia and took her to hospital when she got infection, made sure she was taking break from work even though they knew each other just for few weeks. Oh and I loved him for accepting Cynthia with her baby. At first I thought there should be something, he can’t be this perfect but I’m glad I was wrong.

Best part of the book was Cynthia’s voice, their weekend away at Max’s eco-hotel in countryside and romance between Max and Cynthia. It was slow build and it was lovely to read their growing friendship and feelings for each other. When reason behind Max’s joining was revealed I felt Cynthia overreacted and at the same time I felt he should have told her. I also believe what Max said. It was sad to see Cynthia breaking. I couldn’t guess how they will solve their issues and accept their feelings.

Climax was interesting. It was stupid of Cynthia for staying at office so late. I’m glad Max arrived at right time. At this point, finally, title made sense. And I was right about baby’s gender. End was perfect.

Overall,

Cynthia Smart’s Midwife Crisis was fun, amusing and feel good chick-lit that made laugh and giggle throughout the book. I definitely recommend this book to fans of this genre.

Purchase Linkhttp://mybook.to/CynthiaSmart

About Author:

Liz Davies writes feel-good, light-hearted stories with a hefty dose of romance, a smattering of humour, and a great deal of love.

She’s married to her best friend, has one grown-up daughter, and when she isn’t scribbling away in the notepad she carries with her everywhere (just in case inspiration strikes), you’ll find her searching for that perfect pair of shoes. She loves to cook but isn’t very good at it, and loves to eat – she’s much better at that! Liz also enjoys walking (preferably on the flat), cycling (also on the flat), and lots of sitting around in the garden on warm, sunny days.

She currently lives with her family in Wales, but would ideally love to buy a camper van and travel the world in it.

Website: https://lizdaviesauthor.wixsite.com/home

Social Media Links:

Twitter https://twitter.com/lizdaviesauthor

Facebook: fb.me/LizDaviesAuthor1


I hope you enjoyed this review. Let me know what do you think about the book, if you have read this already or any books by the same author. Have you read a book that has ambitious career woman protagonist and which is your favourite?

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Weekly Wrap-Up (27/6/’20) #WeekinReading #WeeklyWrapup

Hello Readers! I hope you had great week. Last week had been amazing. I was nominated for #2020BOOKBLOGGERAWARDS as supportive blogger by The Book Princess Reviews. This is first time I have been nominated and I still can’t believe it. I also wrote my nomination post, if you missed reading here it is. – https://booksteacupnreviews.com/2020/07/24/2020bookbloggerawards-nominations/ (I have also added few more bloggers as I missed requirement of nominating small bloggers so check them out)

What I read last week-

Don’t Turn Around by Jessica Barry

I saw mixed reviews on this but this turned out better than I expected. I wasn’t exactly expecting the theme of abortion and women’s feeling about it and prolife protestors. Climax was a bit implausible but overall I enjoyed reading this. Review will be up on 29th.

Cynthia Smart’s Midwife Crisis by Liz Davies

Am I reading lot of book about moms or pregnancy and topics around it? Maybe and I enjoy them. This was lovely and refreshing. Cynthia pregnant at age 44 is ambitious woman who wanted CEO position of her boss, boss doesn’t tolerate sick employee and even less pregnant/family women at higher position and moreover her brought new rival for the same position on board who happed to be so handsome and nice. It was interesting to see how Cynthia was going to cope with all these things and what will she do about her situation.

Rags-to-Riches Wife by Catherine Tinley

Forbidden romance, dresses, estates, and family drama – That’s I need to enjoy historical fiction. I liked Jane. Losing her father, suffering days she and her mother endured after his death till they found employer and their life as servant, sudden unexpected change in life when her estranged grandfather found her was all narrated beautifully. Twist and turns were good and I loved how things turned out at the end. End was bit stretched but I want read more historical romance after this.

Next I’ll be reading-

Judenrein by Harold Benjamin

Zack Gurevitz has had a checkered past. A Yeshiva boy, turned Green Beret, turned junkie, excommunicated by his one-time faith and now the potential savior of people he doesn’t even like.

As a white supremacist movement stealthily takes the reins of power in America, it is again the Jews who are made out as scapegoats. Stripped of wealth and citizenship, they are made to live in 21st century ghettos that hark back to a sinister and murky past that many had thought would never return.

But things are about to get much worse. With the revealing of a planned terror attack that will place the blame firmly at Jewish feet and condemn millions to death, Zack is contacted by Jewish leaders in Detroit, begging for his help.

Reluctantly he agrees and before long he is mired in a conspiracy that will have far reaching consequences for his country, the Jewish population and even his own sanity.

As the clock ticks down, can Zack find a way to avert a looming disaster? Who is behind the conspiracy? And can he really trust anyone? 

Looks like it is about supremacy and anti-Semitic. I haven’t read reviews on this I downloaded this from NetGalley after I got request from author. It sounds interesting dystopia thriller.

As Luck Would Have It by Zoe May

A hilarious and charming read that had me turning the pages until I’d devoured the whole book in one sitting… Sweet, heart-warming and full of gorgeously escapist descriptions… A must-read.’ Daily Express, 5 stars

Natalie Jackson might keep up appearances on Instagram, but in reality her fiancé has just jilted her after the birth of their baby and she’s moved back in with her mum. Life isn’t exactly going to plan!

So when she enters the village raffle for the holiday of a lifetime, she thinks she has no chance of winning. But her name is pulled out – and, as luck would have it, so is a ticket bought by her childhood nemesis: Will Brimble.

Surely a romantic holiday for two is the worst idea ever…right?

Perfect for fans of Sophie Kinsella, Sophie Ranald and Lindsey Kelk. 

This will be my 4th book by Zoe May and I’m expecting this to be as entertaining as previous books I read. I can’t wait to see how this holiday is going to turn out for Natalie.

Girls of Summer by Nancy Thayer

From star-crossed matches to unexpected love triangles, summer on Nantucket always holds the promise of romance in this sensational novel from New York Times bestselling author Nancy Thayer.

Lisa Hudson feels more alive than she has in a long time after hiring hunky carpenter Mack Whitney to renovate her old Nantucket home. There’s no denying the spark growing between them–despite the fact that Mack is ten years her junior. But her twentysomething children, Juliet and Theo, on the island for the summer, worry that the new relationship will only lead to Lisa’s heartbreak.

Yet Juliet and Theo are in for tangled love stories all their own. When dreamy Cooper Hastings moves to the island to pursue a new environmental venture, Juliet feels an unwelcome attraction, her rocky romantic history pushing her to steer clear of love. Theo only has eyes for Mack’s daughter, Bethany, with whom he was bound by an unspeakable tragedy in high school–but can they overcome their past? By August, when an impending storm threatens to shatter the peace of the golden island, everyone discovers what they can and cannot control. Nancy Thayer dazzles again with this new tale of a magical summer. 

This is going to be simultaneous read and last book I received in May. I have seen positive review on this one so I’m excited to read this.


I  hope you enjoyed this post! Let me know in comments what you read last week, what you are planning to read next, and if you have read any of these books.

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Weekly Wrap-Up (20/6/’20) #WeekinReading #WeeklyWrapup

Hello Readers! I hope you had great week. Last week started slow but then I read more than I expected. I read 2 books last week and finished 3rd this morning.

I watched The Witcher on Netflix and now I want to read books as well. It was amazing. Lot of violence and gore, no filter in anything but world was brilliant. The timeline did confuse me but I could join the dots. I can’t wait to watch second season when it releases.

What I read last week-

Happy & You Know It by Laura Hankin

This was great read, filled with drama,new mothers’ life, their feelings and how life changed after babies. There was many layers in this book and I enjoyed characters’ development.

Tiny Imperfections by Alli Frank, Asha Youmans

I enjoyed reading snarky, sexy and bold Bordelon females and even more seeing them in their elements, Josie as admission director at elementary school, Aunt Viv as a head cook in same school and Josie’s daughter as best ballerina. This was entertaining diverse book.

Paris on Repeatby Amy Bearce

I wasn’t sure at first if I’m going to like it much but as I red more I enjoyed it. I liked the storyline and concept, the way Eve understood love and friendship during her repeat last day of Paris and how she ended the time loop magic by being bold.

Next I’ll be reading-

Don’t Turn Around by Jessica Barry

The riveting follow up to Jessica Barry’s debut Freefall—a controversial, of-the-moment thriller about two women fighting for their right to live.


322 miles of road. 6 hours. 2 strangers. 1 killer. Too many secrets.


Midnight. Cait Monaghan and Rebecca McRae are on a desolate road that slices through the New Mexican desert. They’ve never met before tonight. Both have secrets to protect. Both of their lives are in danger.

When a truck pulls up fast behind them, they assume it’s punk teenagers or run-of-the-mill road rage, but it soon becomes clear that whoever is driving the truck is hunting them for sport—and they are out to draw blood.

As the miles unspool and the dangers mount, the pasts they’ve worked so hard to keep buried have come back to haunt them. Someone wants one of them dead. But which one? And given the lives the two women have been leading, that someone could be almost anyone.

If Cait and Rebecca are going to survive, they’ll have to learn to trust one another—and themselves. But trust is a costly business, and they’ve both paid the price before. . . .

I haven’t read ab book that take place on road and I’m already curious to know what are their secrets and how they are going to help each other and survive. I’m on blog tour for this book on 29th.

Cynthia Smart’s Midwife Crisis by Liz Davies

Midlife crisis? What midlife crisis?

At forty-four, Cynthia Smart is exactly where she wants to be. Almost.

In a couple of years, she’ll be the CEO of the company she’s spent most of her adult life working in. For now, though, she’s still busy shimmying up the greasy pole of corporate business. She’s single, carefree, and independent, and nothing can stop her getting what she wants and deserves.

Until she discovers she’s pregnant.

Determined to have her cake and eat it, she’s convinced that having a baby will make little difference to her life, and that she will be one of those women who can hold down an incredibly demanding job and also be a perfect mother.

But as her pregnancy progresses and her life slowly falls apart, she has the sneaking suspicion that Max Oakland, the new guy on the block, is out to steal her dream job. That she’s terribly attracted to him doesn’t help, nor does the fact that he’s devilishly handsome, appears to be a really nice fella, and is good in a crisis.

When she gradually comes to realise that something has got to give, what she doesn’t want it to be is her heart

I have read A Typical Family Christmas by Liz Davis last year. I enjoyed her writing and I wanted read more books by her. When I saw this tour I couldn’t let it go. Another blog tour read, my stop is on 31st.


 hope you enjoyed this post! Let me know in comments what you read last week, what you are planning to read next, and if you have read any of these books.

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#Review #BlogTour : A Typical Family Christmas by Liz Davies #ATFC @rararesources @lizdaviesauthor

Hello readers! Today is my stop during the blog tour for A Typical Family Christmas by Liz Davies, organized by Rachel’s Random Resources . Many thanks to Rachel and author for tour invite and providing e-copy of this book. Please check out my review and book details in this post.

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A Typical Family Christmas by Liz Davies
Publication Date: 10th October 2019
Genre:  Chicklit / Romance
Pages: 282
Stars: ★★★★★

For once, Kate Peters would like a happy, family Christmas; the kind of Christmas seen in the movies. She wants harmony and happiness, smiling, glowing faces, tables groaning with food, carol singing around the tree. She wants love, kindness, and goodwill to all men, especially in her own house.

What she doesn’t want is drama. Absolutely no drama, whatsoever.

But what she gets is three stroppy children, two equally stroppy grandmothers, a husband who can’t manage to change a lightbulb, and Pepe the poodle.

It’s no wonder she feels unappreciated, overworked, and ignored. At the end of her tinsel-coated tether, and with the only Christmas spirit being in the form of a bottle of raspberry gin, Kate decides to leave them to it, and see how they manage without her.

A quiet little hotel somewhere near the sea, where she can pretend Christmas doesn’t exist, is just the thing she needs. Isn’t it?

*** Note: I received e-copy of this book as a part of Blog tour, in exchange for an honest review. ***

A Typical Family Christmas was lovely, entertaining, humorous and realistic Romcom that revolved around Peters family. I bet you wouldn’t want to spend your Christmas anywhere near this family. It was about family drama, importance of sharing burden, being supportive, understanding each other’s perspective, and bringing back the spark in relationship and enjoying Christmas as a family.

“Christmas is all about family.” But that might not be true with Peters family!

Characters-

Meet the Peter family.

Kate was best wife, mother and a person who kept her family glued sorted out all little problem, handled her whiny kids all day and taxied them wherever they wanted to. She was doing amazing along with her part time job. Trust me Peter household is not easy to manage. My heart went out to Kate. Poor thing did all without any support or help.

Her kids were lousy, ignorant and selfish especially teenage girls. They didn’t respect each other or elders, always wanted her mother to find their things they put somewhere. They were treating her like their personal maid and even dared to say they hated her on her face. I don’t know how Kate tolerated these brats. Her son was much better. At least he was cooped up in his room with xbox.

Her Husband, Brett was no better. I disliked him more than her kids and mothers. How could he not see what she was going through, how she was feeling about him, his mother and their children! And his behavior and thoughts after Kate’s big step at climax surprised me even more. Thank God mine is better and thanks to my years of training (Just as author mentioned in acknowledgement ;)).

Helen– the mother-in-law- always criticized Kate. Kate was never good enough for her. She sometime do things just to spite Kate. Beverly– the mother- was always miserable. She hated Christmas and made everybody around her miserable.

I have to say, Pepe– the poodle steal the show. Most of laughable moments were because of this little spoilt dog who had attitude higher than any other family member. He desperately needed training and a dog whisperer.

What I liked-

Writing was wonderful. It hooked me to story right from the beginning. The story was narrated from Kate and Brett’s POV. Kate’s POV said about her trouble and burden she felt at house. She had empathetic and realistic tone. It was easy to feel relatable with her when it came to her mother-in-law and her feelings. While Brett’s POV said about his own problems, work pressure and long hours that left him tired and frustrated. I could understand why he was ignorant towards his family but that didn’t justify his thought towards Kate.

Drama started from very first line with Kate’s announcement of her mother coming for Christmas. Now that’s big issue because her mother-in-law always come for Christmas. Both mothers disliked each other, avoided being in same room and that means one of the girl had to share room. It shouldn’t be issue as well but in this family everybody were at each other’s throats. Squabbling, disagreements, shouting, slamming doors was normal with two teenage girls, one almost-teenage-boy.  Moreover two mothers were going to be under same roof who could be worse than teenagers. You can imagine how entertaining this was going to be.

I was curious to see how they were going to survive and how worse it can be, what new drama will unfold and how much Kate’s nerves can tolerate. It was like hurricane was inevitable, I was just waiting and preparing for it until all the hell broke free from all direction. It was exciting to see what Kate will do about it and how she will turn this typical family Christmas into merry one.

Family dynamic was great. I so enjoyed characters’ descriptions, their characteristics and antics. Normal dysfunctional family is where everybody has reason to dislike each other but here they disliked each other without a specific reason and based on childishness so I don’t know if I should call it dysfunctional family. Oh, but their bickering and squabbling was fun to read. They were amusing.

What I liked most was their development. Specially Brett’s that came after climax. Climax was the best. Served everybody right. The moment of realization and remorse was different for all characters, some needed even more scolding and stern authoritative tone. Even Kate realized her mistake and felt guilt. Brett’s emotions were most heartfelt and I so loved him from climax to end.

End was sweet and lovely with merry Peters family Christmas, not a typical one I started with.

Overall, it was hilarious, dramatic, warm and festive romcom. This, so far, was best Christmas read. Those who love family drama wouldn’t want to miss this. I highly recommend this book.

Book Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK | Goodreads

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Author Bio:

Liz Davies writes feel-good, light-hearted stories with a hefty dose of romance, a smattering of humour, and a great deal of love.

She’s married to her best friend, has one grown-up daughter, and when she isn’t scribbling away in the notepad she carries with her everywhere (just in case inspiration strikes), you’ll find her searching for that perfect pair of shoes. She loves to cook but isn’t very good at it, and loves to eat – she’s much better at that! Liz also enjoys walking (preferably on the flat), cycling (also on the flat), and lots of sitting around in the garden on warm, sunny days.

She currently lives with her family in Wales, but would ideally love to buy a camper van and travel the world in it.

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Twitter https://twitter.com/lizdaviesauthor

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#CoverReveal : A Typical Family Christmas by Liz Davies @rararesources @lizdaviesauthor

Hello readers and happy weekend! It’s september only and my kindle and bookshelf is already filled with Christmas reads and here is another one that you can add to your Christmas reading list. I’m excited to be part of the cover reveal for A Typical Family Christmas by Liz Davies, organized by Rachel’s Random Resources.

A Typical Family Christmas by Liz Davies
Publication Date: 10th October 2019
Standalone Novel
Genre:  Chicklit / Romance

Synopsis:

For once, Kate Peters would like a happy, family Christmas; the kind of Christmas seen in the movies. She wants harmony and happiness, smiling, glowing faces, tables groaning with food, carol singing around the tree. She wants love, kindness, and goodwill to all men, especially in her own house.

What she doesn’t want is drama. Absolutely no drama, whatsoever.

But what she gets is three stroppy children, two equally stroppy grandmothers, a husband who can’t manage to change a lightbulb, and Pepe the poodle.

It’s no wonder she feels unappreciated, overworked, and ignored. At the end of her tinsel-coated tether, and with the only Christmas spirit being in the form of a bottle of raspberry gin, Kate decides to leave them to it, and see how they manage without her.

A quiet little hotel somewhere near the sea, where she can pretend Christmas doesn’t exist, is just the thing she needs. Isn’t it?

Pre-order Links:

Amazon US – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07XC7FJHK

Amazon UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07XC7FJHK

The Cover…..

Author Bio –

Liz Davies writes feel-good, light-hearted stories with a hefty dose of romance, a smattering of humour, and a great deal of love.

She’s married to her best friend, has one grown-up daughter, and when she isn’t scribbling away in the notepad she carries with her everywhere (just in case inspiration strikes), you’ll find her searching for that perfect pair of shoes. She loves to cook but isn’t very good at it, and loves to eat – she’s much better at that! Liz also enjoys walking (preferably on the flat), cycling (also on the flat), and lots of sitting around in the garden on warm, sunny days.

She currently lives with her family in Wales, but would ideally love to buy a camper van and travel the world in it.

Social Media Links: Facebook | Twitter

Isn’t it beautiful? I’m on blog tour for this book and I can’t wait to read it.

Let’s discuss!

What do you think about the book and cover? Which Christmas books have you added to your TBR? Do you think this will be among that list?

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