Ife Add some humour sex "and scandal you have a great great great summer read Highly recommended Wow Wow "scandal and you have great great great summer read Highly recommended Wow Wow wow This truly was absolutely fantastic I have never read anything by Jo Carnegie before I believe she will now be added to my list of favourite authorsI am actua A fairly easy read and once past the first few introduction chapters it maintains a good pace Taking place in the market town of Beeversham the story centers around 3 main characters but has a good mix of secondary characters which are also strong and help the story keep shape and pace The story begins by introducing the reader to the main characters Vanessa Fleur and Catherine each of these characters have their own challenges throughout the novel and Jo Carnegie makes each one believable and identifiable Vanessa married to Conrad Powell an actor are the celebrity element of the town with Vanessa building up the Powell brand Catherine ex editor of Soiree magazine now living a rather subdued life in the country with her husband John and Fleur struggling to keep her parents farm going after the death of her mother and the decline of her father RobertAdditional characters such as Beau Rainford the local playboy his brother Felix local MP and his wife Ginny and a host of other characters who all play a part in the story are introduced early on All of these are described well and fit into the overall story line some good bits of humor prevent this from getting too heavy The town has become a haven for the rich and famous and this element has moved into this once sleepy town causing changes to the local environment with plans for theme parks and additional housing creating a rift between the locals In order to raise awareness of the big plans and changes proposed the locals hold a fundraiser in the town Unfortunately there are other events happening in local areas and they need something to attract as many people as possible one resident comes up with the idea of hosting a big charity game show based on television game shows such as I m a Celebrity etc This proves to be a fantastic idea and I was looking forward to this being a big part of the storyline but it was disappointing this didn t receive focus in the book which is what I thought the title of Party Games referred toHowever this novel is about secrets and things not being what they seem on the surface the games people play hidden agendas and mixed emotions Jo Carnegie takes the reader on a ourney of her characters discoveries about who they are what they want and what they are prepared to do to get what they want People are not what they seem on the surface and it was interesting to see how these individual struggles panned outVanessa Powell married to actor Conrad has her work cut out with him spoiled self centered and a bully she is drawn to Dylan who appears one day offering to do some gardening at her house and who she is instantly attracted to The Powell s are all smiles and false love in front of the cameras but once the paparazzi have left and the interviews are over they are very different behind closed doorsThe next main character Catherine struggles with moving from London where she was once an editor of Soiree magazine to Beeversham where she is left licking her wounds after a career meltdown Being a lady of leisure after having such a busy life she finds herself short tempered bored and dis satisfied with her situation and the whole thing is not helped when she sees the local celebrity Vanessa Powell the reason for her leaving Soiree lives in the same town and is a constant reminder of all she has lostThen there is Fleur who is trying to keep the family farm going after the death of her mother while her father Robert falls deeper and deeper into depression taking solace in drink The local playboy Beau Rainford has already bought some of their land and built a Manor house on it and Fleur is determined he won t get his hands on the rest of the farmAll characters are woven together well and although uite predictable it is a good fun read with good story lines that keep the reader interested amused and wanting to read to the end This novel has good contrast between the rich and famous lifestyle and aspirations and that of ordinary people resisting change trying to hold on to what is important to them or what they think is and of course secrets and lies all good ingredients for an enjoyable read and a well deserved 45 stars from me I really enjoyed this one which involved uite a large cast of characters from a village called Beeversham involving politics planning development issues farming and family relationshops in eual measures A new author for me but I will look out for of her books I ve not read anything by this author before but this certainly won t be the last as I found this to be a great readThis story takes place in a market town called Beeversham It s based on three main female characters called Vanessa Fleur and Catherine Plenty of secondary characters added so much to the storyWell written story with twists and turns that had me glued from start to finish Loved Given up the high flying career she thought she always wanted and is trying to build a wonderful new life in the country But finding rural bliss is harder than it looksHopes and dreams loves and losses and lots and lots of secrets let Jo Carnegie take you behind the scenes of one very special to. .
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I received this novel from the "PUBLISHER IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST "in exchange for an honest entire time I was reading Party Games I felt like I was watching a guilty pleasure marathon of my favorite Lifetime movies I found myself thinking about the characters when I wasn t reading rather insanely wondering what was going on in Beeversham while I was cooking my family supper The POV alternates though not in a fixed pattern between Vanessa Fleur and Catherine Each of these women has uniue challenges and though I couldn t actually identify personally with any of them I very much enjoyed delving into their lives You see a wide range everything from virginal sweetheart Fleur my favorite to ultra bitchy Vanessa and let s not forget the men They run the gamut as well And I Couldn T Uite Decide Which I couldn t uite decide which liked best each was The Barefoot Girl: A Novel of St. Margaret, Patroness of the Abused juicier than the next If you decide to read this novel find yourself a good British slang website you ll need it Also at the risk of showing how fashionably challenged I am I didn t recognize many of the designer references In fact I was a bit frustrated with all the name dropping They re rich I get it I don t need to know they re wearing La Perla underwear The number of characters introduced in the first few chapters and their lengthy backstories were overwhelming as well but you will need all of those backstories eventually and while it s somewhat cheesy and predictable at times overall it s still a good read A brilliant 45 stars As usual Jo Carnegie has delivered a book that brings to life the characters from yet another uirky village The town of Beeversham is a small place but also lays claim to being home to some of the rich and famous Vanessa Powell and her husband Conrad are one such couple There are also additional characters such as Beau Rainford the local playboy Beau s brother Felix and his wife Ginny Fleur and her Dad who live on a local farm and Catherine the once Editor of Soiree magazine and her husband and John Now that may sound like a lot of characters and that s not all of them but they all play a part in this storyIt was easy enough to get to know them all and what exactly went on behind closed doors As the story gets past the initial introduction stage Jo Carnegie starts launching all sorts of trouble onto the characters living in Beeversham I really liked all the characters and found myself willing each of them to sort their lives out There are plenty of threads to the story providingust enough drama and plenty of moments that will have you laughing Although the synopsis leads you to think that Vanessa Powell is the main character each storyline and villager draws you in Catherine s story and character were actually my favourite although Vanessa drew a close secondJo has also introduced two men in the book both whom I love You have the naughty Beau who is adorable even though he is a naughty Playboy and then we have Dylan who is the Conrad s gardener Although these two played a big part in the story I couldn t help loving John who is Catherine s husband As always in a Carnegie book the men play ust as big a part as the women of the village and frankly a wonderful distraction from all the drama in BeevershamThis latest release of Jo Carnegie s was a brilliant read but if I m being totally honest the Churchminster series is still my favourite I would love to see whether she will continue this village with a new series as some of the characters were brilliant but you maybe didn t see enough of them Although the Churchminster series pips this book to the post if this were to continue I could see a brilliant series coming out of it Although this isn t maybe my favourite JC book so far it was certainly a brilliant and entertaining read as usual This will keep you entertained from start to finish For the first few chapters of the book I wasn t really sure what it was going to be about Whilst the blurb gives you a run down of the main characters it doesn t really give you an idea as to the storyParty GamesThe lovely rural town of Beeversham has become a haven for the rich and famous but is still home to many who have lived there for years This blend of inhabitants means that there s a tug of war between keeping the town as it is maintaining support of small local businesses and farms and creating a tourist attraction to bring new obs and wealth to the areaThe locals decide to hold a street partyfundraiser to raise awareness of the big plans to destroy their landscape With other events happening in local areas there isn t much interest in their little fete until Henry Belcher suggests hosting a Big Charity Game Show in which they recreate game shows from TVWhat a brilliant ideaTherefore I was a little disappointed that this didn t receive focus in the book that these weren t the Party Games the title refers to as there were bigger Party Games plannedCatherine who was once editor of Soiree magazine and lived the high life in London moved to Beeversham after a major career catastrophe Struggling to get used to her new rural lifestyle and being a lady of leisure tensions are growing higher with her. Although the countryside town of Beeversham looks picture perfect nothing is uite as it seems Behind closed doors three women are struggling to lead the lives they wantVanessa seems like she simply must have it all she's beautiful rich and married to gorgeous actor Conrad But beneath the glitz Husband John and it doesn "t help seeing local celeb Vanessa Powell around town reminding her of why her life "help seeing local celeb Vanessa Powell around town reminding her of why her life so dramaticallyFollowing the demise of local MP Jonty Fortescue Wellington Catherine receives a surprise phone call and then the Party Games really beginThere are a whole host of characters in this book which means uite a few different narratives to follow but Jo Carnegie manages it well and we re given enough detail about each to not only know what s going on but to care what happens to each characterThere s Fleur who has lost her Mother and is attempting to keep the family farm going whilst her Father drinks through his depression Neighbour Beau Rainford has already built on Fleur s Grandparents land and looks to have his sights set on Fleur s farm aswell Beau s older Brother Felix and his Wife Ginny are pillars within the community but hide their own secrets Local celebrity couple Vanessa and Conrad Powell are all smiles for the cameras but things are very different behind closed doors Single Mother Lynette is trying her best to bring up troubled teenager Talia and is discovered having secret meetings with Beau Rainford And Dream Save Do: Life is Short, Live Your Dream just who is behind the Company looking to build the Ye Olde World theme park that so many of the residents are opposed toThere are a few mild twists throughout this story some harder to spot than others Party Games sueezes a lot of story into it s pages which makes it a busy read but it is enjoyable and often funny You ll find yourself all involved in the fight for right over wrong hoping that these characters get the happy endings they deserve and will no doubt find yourself pleasantly surprised by some of the revelationsMy Rating 45 With it s rich v s rural basis Party Games is a bit like Emmerdale crossed with OK Magazine Whilst I was disappointed that the brilliant idea of the local Charity Game Show didn t turn out to be a major element in the book this doesn t stop this being a pleasant often funny read with great characters and great ideas Most importantly Party Games teaches you to neverudge a book by it s cover Definitely worth readingI received an Advance Reading Copy ARC from Random House Books in return for an honest review I have not received payment for my review and all opinions given are my own REVIEW Party Games Me Bookshelf and I it is longer than it should be the first 200 pages should be removed i didnt even get where the plot line was going or who are the main characters i kept confusing the names for a long time the excerpt at the bck of the book is misleading out of three leading female character only the story of one is written at the excerpt Toward the end the story gets better and concise I had never read a novel before by Jo Carnegie and so I was very much looking forward to reading this I love discovering new authors that I have not tried before and I was so pleased that I had the opportunity to such a great bookI really enjoyed this In the town of Beeversham are many residents some every day people some celebrities and some trying to make town of Beeversham are many residents some normal every day people some celebrities and some trying to make way in life We are introduced to some truly fantastic characters each with their own agendas and problems Will they all be able to have what they want and solve their problemsThe characters were very well written I particularly enjoyed the mix of characters in the book I liked that I have received a copy of this book from publisher in exchange for a reviewThis is my first book by Jo Carnegie but after reading this one I am sure it won t be my last DefinitelyThere is Orality in Igbo (African) Literature just one thing that s bothering me and it is the blurb why does it concentrate on Vanessa Powell only The book started a little slowly for me and I wasn t actually sure what is going to happen and what it is about But then it took a pace And how I have put all my things to do away and spent my free afternoon reading and I couldn t wait to turn the page to see what s going to happenThere are many characters in this book and I was at the beginning a little confused but then it has sorted itself We have three main characters and a lot of others connected with them and the plot Because of the number of the characters there are many subplots in the book but they are all wonderfully managed they doesn t leave any uestions opened and they are all really interesting What is brilliant is that all of them are so different They all live in the same city but all of them lead different lives and not all of them are easyWhen some of the subplots are predictable like this of Fleur and Beau or Catherine and John there are many others thatust took me on a Modern English in Action (Level 12) journey full of unexpected turns and twists dramas and scandals I had a feeling that I am going to explode out of curiosity when I had to put the book away The ending was really a surpriseThe writing flows it s straight engaging and involving There is a lot happening but it is not overwhelming read no it had made me busy reading and enjoying it at the same time It is not only about celebrities and their perfect lives but it is also about some very important but often forgotten things in He is asking herself whether this really is the life she wants to lead when she has so much why does she feel so emptyMeanwhile Fleur is trying desperately to save the farm that her family have lived on for hundreds of years when playboy Beau makes her an offer she can't refuseAnd Catherine has.