Martinis and Memories by A.L. Michael
Genre: Fiction, Romance
Source: Canelo
Rating: 4/5

About The Book
Bel Hailstone has spent the past decade building her dream – Soho’s best burlesque club – from the ground up. But now The Martini Club is under threat and it will take everything in Bel’s power to resist encroaching developers and save her pride and joy.
Amidst the chaos Bel’s past comes knocking with the unexpected arrivals of her still-not-quite-ex-husband, her estranged mother and Brodie Porter – the boy who got away all those years ago.
To keep her beloved club afloat – not to mention her sanity – Bel will have to accept help for the first time in a long time, put the past to rest and claim the happy ever after she once thought was lost for good.
My Thoughts
This is the story of Bel Hailstone; her memories, her failures and her dreams… She will have to face some very important decisions in just a few time; her business is not going as good as she would like, her mother has decided to “help” her, her “husband” has decided to return to her life after ten years, and her first love… So many fires open, but Bel is a strong woman and maybe with a few tears and difficult decisions she will do the best she can to continue living her dreams… Ready for a big Martini?
Let me say that this had been a sweet read, Bel is a strong woman but doesn’t believe in herself or the love or friendship all her business workers have toward her. This is a book to teach us the importance of friendship and that even if we don’t always believe it, there’s always someone in our life that loves us and tries to take care of us.
I loved Bel’s character, the way she step by step flourishes and discovers the importance of friendship in her life, all her co-workers make the book like a big family where everyone has their part in the business and in Bel life. 
Of course while we enter to the story we will discover her past; her life with her mother (let me say “special” is a nice word), her husband and how their marriage was… and of course the first love… they say you never forget it… Will it be true too for Bel?
This book has left me with a smile on my face after reading it, of course Bel will not have the perfect dream she was hoping, but nothing is perfect and that makes life more interesting, don’t you think?
About The Author
A. L. Michael is the author of 13 novels. Almost all of them are snarky love stories where difficult women learn to embrace vulnerability. Andi works as a content writer, so no matter what she’s doing, she’s all about the words. She has a BA in English Literature, an MA in Creative Business and an MSc in Creative Writing. She is represented by Hayley Steed at Madeleine Milburn.
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