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Happy Publication Day! The Bronte Book Club for Hopeless Romantics, by Laura Briggs.

Happy Publication Day! The Bronte Book Club for Hopeless Romantics, by Laura Briggs.

Well, Laura Briggs has done it again! Today is publication day for ‘The Bronte Book Club for Hopeless Romantics’, and what a book it is. I have read it already, lucky me! I was generously given a copy to read before publication day, so watch out for my review of it coming very soon. Today, I am doing a spotlight on the brilliant book just to let you all know, its PUBLISHED TODAY!

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Description:

Quaint Lewis Cove is home to the charming three-story Victorian manor known as the Alice Wilshire Lending Library and its plucky librarian Peg Turner:  the current hostess of the weekly Bronte Book Club, better known as the ‘Hopeless Romantics’ of all ages. Nurse Annette has been too busy working for love; mechanic Tim has missed the boat somewhere in his past; art student Sophie comes off as too unique, while tech geek C.J. has fallen—hopelessly—for the too-cool-to-care Llourdes.

With her vacation plans indefinitely on hold for the summer, Peg has decided to transform the ‘Hopeless Romantics’ into hopeful ones. But while she’s trying to help her fellow readers find romance, she’s avoiding her matchmaker friend Caroline’s latest blind date—only to see her best friend Cam, the ruggedly-cute-but-sometimes-curmudgeonly coffee shop owner fixed up instead. And that’s something Peg isn’t sure she likes.

Questions about love and last chances on her mind, and way too many books piled on her desk, will Peg succeed in finding romantic hope for anyone, including herself?

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Isn’t the cover just beautiful?! The book is as the cover and title suggests, based around books and romance. Its a lovely quick read that is perfect for summer afternoons.  

 

Author Bio:

Laura Briggs is the author of several women’s fiction and chick lit novels, with themes that range from wedding planning to modern Jane Austen. Even though she tends to write stories with a romance theme, as a reader she has a soft spot for mysteries, including those by Agatha Christie and Mary Roberts Rinehart. She also enjoys books by Jane Austen, Anne Tyler, Amy Tan, and too many others to name. In her free time, she likes to experiment with new recipes and tries to landscape her yard (a never-ending project).

Short Extract:

I watched the group file out the library’s front door, Annette adjusting her sweater around her shoulders as Sophy chatted to her about a television version of the book, Tim opening the door for both of them. Llourdes was on the phone with a friend, and C.J. was shuffling off in the dark towards the little place I knew he lived and worked from.  They all went their separate ways once they were beneath Gull Avenue’s streetlamps, most of them having no other plans except to go home to dark and quiet houses.

 Instead of following their example and climbing the stairs to my dark and quiet apartment, I locked the door behind me and walked down the street and across the sidewalk that divided Main Street. The neon lights of Hill o’ Beans window sign glowed brightly, animating a coffee bean tumbling above a sack full of them and the shop name. 

I pushed open the door. The rich smell of coffee and cacao beans warmed the air and tempted the taste buds all at once. Florence + the Machine’s “Third Eye” was playing over the shop’s stereo system, proving that Cam’s barista Mallory was working tonight. Behind the gleaming pastry case stocked with strawberry tarts, mango coconut lime bars, and lemon custard drops, Cam himself was wiping down the counter.

 “One half-fat mocha latte, please,” I said.

 “You sure you trust me to make one?” he asked. “No cutting back on the milk? No substituting inferior beans?”

“You should knock it off now. Mallory will think we’re really having a fight. And if I didn’t come in here, who would defend the music choices that serenade your customers?” 

“I’ve told him before, people love modern and upbeat,” said Mallory, appearing from the shop’s kitchen, her long dark ponytail swinging against her shoulders. “Just today, I had someone ask me to replay the Jack Johnson CD.” 

“Whatever. All I’m saying is, music clutters the atmosphere,” said Cam. “Unless it’s good rock and roll, in which case it fits in everywhere.” 

“Try making that case to the symphony crowd,” I said, accepting my coffee cup from him. “Besides, the friends I was hanging out with tonight would’ve liked this song.” Sophy and Annette would, probably. 

“Who were you hanging out with?” he asked.

 “You know. It’s Friday night. The book club.” I sat down at a table.

 “Oh, those guys.” He wiped an extra-sticky spot on the counter’s surface. “Any new members? Closer to your age, for instance?”

 “Same old crowd,” I answered, shaking my head. “I’m not that much younger than Annette and Tim. Or older than the rest.” Then again, maybe I wasn’t young enough for the college crowd anymore, I reflected. Wasn’t I too young for the forty-something scene, though?

 “I was just asking,” said Cam. “I wasn’t implying anything by it.”

 “I thought maybe you were thinking about joining us,” I said. “Checking out a copy of Jane Eyre or maybe Wuthering Heights.” I took a sip of coffee.

 “You know that’s not exactly my thing,” said Cam. “I’m more of a hands-on project person.”

“We could use some new blood,” I said. “It’s been the same five people forever. Well, six.” I included Llourdes, although she was only coming to the book club to fulfill a community college credit. “Nobody ever invites any friends, or — or anybody else to join.” No one had a ‘significant other’ to add to the mix on Friday nights — and nobody’s coworkers or friends seemed interested in discussing the glorious collective works of the Brontes.

 “If you’re planning to build a bookshelf next meeting, I’ll join you. Otherwise, I’ll be right here, steaming milk and listening to Mallory’s weird CD collection.”

 

five pink starsSo, if you are hooked already, then get downloading and read some more about these Hopeless Romantics. Grab your copy today. 

Amazon.com        AND     Amazon.co.uk

My review will be up next week, but just to give you the heads up….. I loved it! 

 
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Posted by on June 21, 2017 in Book Spotlights., Books

 

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#FREEBOOKS, Yes free for YOU, this weekend!

#FREEBOOKS, Yes free for YOU, this weekend!

We all love a freebie or two don’t we, so here are some amazing recommendations that you can download for free this weekend.

First, Nicola May has made ALL 8 of her books free on Amazon!! So prepare for your tbr’s to grow rapidly!

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With her marriage in pieces, shy Cali Summers is faced with this decision and hits the world of fast love on an internet dating app.

Using room 102 in the hotel where she works as her dating ‘lair’, she opens herself up to a world of sex, lies, deception, as well as personal discovery and passionate love.

With a charming F1 engineer, a handsome army officer and her adulterous ex all on the scene, a predictable love match is far from on the cards.

My Review:

Love Me Tinder Book Review.

Link to buy FREE:

 AMAZON.CO.UK/LOVEMETINDER

AMAZON.COM/LOVE ME TINDER.

 

 

STARFISH

Tired of looking for love Amy Anderson decides that an astrological dating agency is the only way she is going to meet the man of her dreams. Star Fish follows Amy’s hysterical search for her ‘sole mate’ as she dates her way through the twelve signs of the zodiac. So who will finally woo Amy? Will it be Ted the Arian photographer with a passion for ice skating, or maybe Laurence, the Libran IT whiz kid who likes to get behind the wheel of a fast car? Or, how about Capricorn Christopher, the owner of Starr & Son, the dating agency? You’ll be kept guessing until the very last page!

Links to buy for FREE:

Amazon.co.uk/StarFish

Amazon.com/StarFish

 

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At 3.10 pm every weekday, parents gather at Featherstone Primary to collect their children. For a special few, the friendships forged at the school gates will see them through lives filled with drama, secrets and sorrows.

When Yummy Mummy Alana reveals the identity of her love-child’s father, she doesn’t expect the consequences to be quite so extreme. Ex Czech au pair Earth Mummy Dana finds happiness in her secret side-line, but really all she longs for is another child. Slummy Mummy Brenda’s wife-beating husband leads her down a path she never thought possible, and Super Mummy Joan has to cope when life deals her a devastating blow. And what of Gay Daddy Gordon? Will he be able to juggle parenthood and cope with his broken heart at the same time?

Four very different mothers. One adorable dad. And the intertwining trials and tribulations that a year at the primary school gates brings.

Links to buy for FREE:

Amazon.co.uk/TheSchoolGates

Amazon.com/TheSchoolGates

 

 

better together

 

A page-turner… a terrific read’ Susan Sallis “A powerful tale of survival and hardship, very well crafted and with strong characters” – Publishing News Past Remembering – Book Six of the Hearts of Gold series by Catrin Collier 1941. In Pontypridd, Ronnie Ronconi has returned home from war-torn Italy. The family are certain he will once again take charge of the family in his own forceful way, but Ronnie’s escape from Italy has left him a much changed man. He accepts the rights and freedoms of his younger siblings as he never has before, and even finds time to help others, particularly Alma, whose husband has been sent on a most dangerous mission. After the loss of his beloved wife, Ronnie is certain he will never look at a woman again; he certainly doesn’t expect to fall in love – particularly with the wife of a friend… Diana is locked in an unhappy marriage – but can Ronnie and Diana put their own personal happiness ahead of that of an entire family?

Links to buy for FREE:

Amazon.co.uk/BetterTogether

Amazon.com/BetterTogether

 

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Ruby IS BACK and never expected to be starting over…but after a shocking bereavement, she begins to question whether or not she will ever be happy again.
A chance encounter with handsome author Michael Bell throws her fragile heart into turmoil. Plus, a dark family secret and completely unexpected love interest add to her confusion.
Encouraged to face her demons, she volunteers at The Bow Wow Club – (Boyfriends of Widows, Wives of Widowers).
In this charming sequel to Working it Out you will laugh and cry along with a myriad of eccentric characters as Ruby searches for her inner peace. But will she let love win? Or allow her past to continue to haunt her

Links to buy for FREE:

Amazon.co.uk/LetLoveWin

Amazon.com/LetLoveWin

 

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‘This book will twang your funny bone – and your heartstrings. I totally loved it. Nicola May is a talent to watch!’ Milly Johnson

‘A funny and fast-paced romp … thoroughly enjoyable’ Deborah Hughes, Woman

‘The kind of special book that only comes along once in a while’ Miranda Dickinson

What would you do if you were told you could never have children?

Faced with this news, Gracie Davies is at an all-time low. But with the support of some new Wimbledon friends, an unorthodox therapist, her hippy-chick sister Naomi and Czech call-girl Maya, she sets up The SW19 Club and begins her rocky journey to inner peace and happiness. Add in a passionate fling with handsome landscaper Ed, a fairytale encounter with a Hollywood filmstar and the persistence of her adulterous ex, life is anything but predictable…

My ReviewThe SW19 Club

Links to buy for FREE:

Amazon.co.uk/TheSW19Club

Amazon.com/TheSW19Club

 

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It is January 1957 and Helen’s husband Jack returns from National Service. Happy to be reunited, they resume their life together. Their friends, Lily, pregnant and married to Jack’s brother Martin, Katie, pregnant and married to Helen’s father John, and Judy, engaged to policeman Sam, form part of their everyday life. Then Helen is utterly shattered when Jack tells her that a brief fling with a sergeant’s widow has left the woman pregnant. Helen can’t have children so handling her friends’ pregnancies has been difficult enough; this is more than she can bear. She starts divorce proceedings but their fierce love for each other cannot be extinguished. Finally she has to make a decision which requires courage but could be the answer to their differences.

Links to buy for FREE:

Amazon.co.uk/WorkingItOut

Amazon.com/WorkingItOut

 

christmas-evie

It’s two days before Christmas and Evie Harris finds herself both manless and jobless. After a chance encounter with handsome Greg (and egged on by her toy-boy-eating friend, Bea) she agrees to work at a homeless shelter on Christmas Day.

Striking up an unlikely friendship with homeless Yves, Evie begins an unwitting journey of spiritual awakening, all set against the sparkling winter backdrop of London.

A New Year’s Eve revelation is on its way … but will it leave Evie with a happy heart, or will she allow the pre-Christmas past to dictate her future?

My Review: Christmas Evie Book Review

Links to buy for FREE:

Amazon.co.uk/ChristmasEvie

Amazon.com/ChristmasEvie

 

revelation

 

Ben Whittle’s father, a private investigator, has been taken captive by a cult whilst investigating the case of a missing girl. When Ben receives a desperate call from his father asking for help he is drawn into a dark underground world.

As Ben retraces the last known steps of the missing girl he discovers his only option left is to join the cult and rescue his father from the inside.

The leader of the cult, Edward Ebb, is a psychopathic egocentric who uses his position to control his small group of followers in The Sons and Daughters of Salvation. When he initiates Ben into the group it soon becomes apparent how sick and twisted Ebb is.

Ben must find his father and the missing girl, but the odds are stacked against him and time is running out.

Can Ben rescue his father and the girl and escape with his life?
And what is the gruesome secret concealed in the Revelation Room?

The Revelation Room is the first in a new series of psychological mystery thrillers

Links to buy for FREE:

Amazon.co.uk/RevelationRoom

Amazon.com/RevelationRoom

 

 

So, there you go!! A lovely weekend treat for all who want to download some brilliant books for free. Let me know which ones you choose and what you think of them. 

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Posted by on June 10, 2017 in Book Spotlights., Books, Giveaways

 

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Guest Review: The Hope Family Calender, by Mike Gayle.

Guest Review: The Hope Family Calender, by Mike Gayle.

Thank you very much to publishers Hodder and Stoughton for sending me this copy of The Hope Family Calender by Mike Gayle, which was released in paperback earlier this month. 

While, I am a fan of Mike Gayle’s books, I thought as my guest reviewer Lynne did such a fantastic job of her first guest review here at ChocolatePages, I would ask her to read and review ‘The Hope Family Calender’

(Lynne’s first review of I See You by Clare MackIntosh is HERE! )

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Description:

Tom Hope is broken. Ever since his wife Laura died he hasn’t been the same man, and definitely not the same father. Luckily for Tom his mother-in-law Linda is around to pick up the pieces and look after his two struggling daughters, Evie and Lola.

But Tom getting arrested on the first anniversary of his wife’s death is the last straw for Linda.

In a last bid attempt to make Tom reconnect with his daughters she takes drastic action and leaves for Australia. With two fast-maturing daughters Tom has to learn how to accept his responsibilities and navigate the newly discovered world of single fatherhood – starting immediately.

With only himself to rely on, will Tom fall back into grief or finally step up and be the father his girls need?

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Lynne’s Thoughts:

Reading the first part of the synopsis on the back cover of this book, you might think it would be full of doom and gloom, you couldn’t be more wrong, it is full of false starts, new beginnings and shocking truths.It is also about the power of family and friends and about making mistakes and mending them.

Tom is bereaved, his wife died in a crash, and she left behind their two daughters.Tom has a bit of an ‘Ostrich Mentality’ throwing himself into his work and leaving the upbringing of his girls to his more than capable Mother in law, Linda, who gives up her own life to care for them all including Tom.

Tom’s late wife, Laura is practically a saint in retrospect, someone who had all the answers, was a perfect wife and Mother, but was she really? Or was she just as flawed as the rest of us ? Linda the Mum in law is the bringer of comfort, sanity and happiness in the household, but what about her own needs? What happens when she decides that she has to be ‘Cruel to be kind’ ?

The two girls are surprisingly well adjusted considering that they have lost a Mum and to all intents and purposes, have lost a Father too.

As we learn more about each person, we can feel the tension bubbling away below the surface, secrets unfold, friendships are renewed,and we find out what happens when each character has to find a new way of living.

I think Mike Gayle did a really good job of showing how grief can affect people in entirely different and unexpected ways, and that in Human life none of us are saints.

Will Linda -the Mother in law have a meltdown ?

Will Laura the deceased wife continue to be mourned ?

Will Tom do the right thing ?

You’ll have to read to find out !!

What you get is an uplifting story of Human perseverance, and  what choices people make when the chips are down. A very good read.

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Thank you very much to Lynne for reading and reviewing this book for me and my readers at ChocolatePages

 

Links:

Twitter/MikeGayle

Twitter/HodderBooks.

GOODREADS.

Amazon.co.uk

Amazon.com

 

 
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Posted by on December 17, 2016 in Books

 

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Book Review: The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E Smith

Book Review: The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E Smith

Thanks to Rachel at ConfessionsofaBookGeek for my copy of this book. I won it as a celebratory giveaway for her blogerversary. I have taken quite a bit of time to getting around to reading it, but finally I did. Here are my thoughts.

Description:

Four minutes changes everything. Hadley Sullivan 17 misses her flight at JFK airport, is late to her father’s second wedding in London with never-met stepmother. Hadley meets the perfect boy. Oliver is British, sits in her row. A long night on the plane passes in a blink, but the two lose track in arrival chaos. Can fate bring them together again?

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My Thoughts:

I was lucky to receive a lovely hardback copy of this book, which made it very pleasant to read. The story is a young adult love story. It is written over 24 hours mainly about the two characters Hadley and Oliver. The story is about how Hadley is going to London to her father’s wedding and is dreading it. She misses her flight by 4 minutes and meets Oliver. Their story continues from there.

I found the story a little bit bland actually, it was a little too slow for me. I guess the fact it was written over a time scale of 24 hours meant that you could imagine in real time as things were happening, but it was just too slow paced for me with not enough excitement.

I think one of my main problems with the book is that I couldn’t identify with the characters. Hadley’s Dad divorced her Mum and moved to another country to be with another woman! To me, that is pretty awful. If I were Hadley, I wouldn’t want to go to the Wedding either. I think what her Dad did was fundamentally wrong, his daughter should always come first. If it were my Dad, I couldn’t forgive him. But hey maybe that’s just me!? It made uncomfortable reading for me. I think it was saved only by Oliver being rather sweet and cutesy to Hadley. I liked the way he spoke to her, took her mind of her problems and was so incredibly sweet to her. We even learn a few factual things, as Oliver tells Hadley that “cumulus clouds” are the best kind of clouds. If you read it, look out for his reasoning, its very sweet.  

The Author is great with her descriptive words as the novel painted great pictures in my imagination,  See the way she describes Hadley’s thoughts:

“It’s like licking a camp fire”

Says Hadley about her first taste of whisky, I could just imagine this taste in my mouth for the goodness and the badness. The burn of the whisky and the comfort of the camp fire.

There was also another lovely quote about love:

Hadley’s very understanding Mom says:

“Love is the strangest, most illogical thing in the world”, The Author speaks the truth through Hadley’s Mom here for sure!

My concluding thoughts are that this was a well written book, with great descriptions and some lovely quotes. For me however, it was just a bit to slow paced.

Have you read this book, or any other books by this Author? What did you think? 

Do you believe in LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT??????

 
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Posted by on September 19, 2015 in Books

 

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Happy First Blogerversary AND 100 Followers!

Happy First Blogerversary AND 100 Followers!

                 ChocolatePages has made it to ONE WHOLE YEAR!! ♥ ♥ ♥

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This past year that I have been blogging has been blog-tastic!!! I have fallen in love with ChocolatePages and actually have become quite addicted, hopefully in the healthiest way possible  😉

I started blogging last April, just to see what it was like. I had been reading lots of other people’s blogs, and thought I can do this…. and I want to do this. Then became ChocolatePages.

Over the year, I have gained 100 followers. This is amazing, I wasn’t sure anybody would want to follow my thoughts. I am so happy that I have written posts that people enjoy, it makes my day to have likes and comments on my posts. I want to say a huge THANK YOU to all my followers and those of you who read my posts.

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Over the year, I have read lots of books, spoken to the authors, (which I love!), joined blog tours, entered and won competitions on blogs and Twitter. And the most lovely thing is that I have made blogger friends, friends who have the same interests as me. These friends can rave about books, discuss plots, endings, characters and huge tbr lists. This is one of my favourite things about blogging. So, blogger friends, THANK YOU!

As a celebration of blogging for one year AND gaining 100 followers, I want to do a giveaway. I have entered lots of these, but never planned one myself.

So here it is. Lots of luck to you and THANK YOU for all your support over the past year. I hope it will continue for another year to come.

Here is what you could win by entering my giveaway:

Click on the rafflecopter link below to enter, Thank you.

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Sorry, this giveaway is now closed. The winner was announced as Jess from  www.cakecrumbs-and-pages.co.uk 

Thank you all for entering, I’m sure I will be running more celebratory giveaways as my blog continues.

 
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Posted by on April 3, 2015 in Awards., Books, events

 

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Free ebooks today. 30.01.15

Just a quick post today to share with you some free ebooks you can download ONLY TODAY! (FRIDAY).

Some free ebooks on Amazon today – 30.01.15, all thanks to Sadia Seed

All 8 ebooks will be Free on Friday (30 Jan, 2015). Here is detail of 8 ebooks:

  1. “German Cooking Meals: Top 30 Healthy, Easy, Tasty And Popular German Soup, Dessert And Salad Meals” (ASIN: B00OS53RBM) http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00OS53RBM

2. “Mediterranean Cooking Meals: Top 30 Healthy, Easy, Tasty And Popular Mediterranean Appetizer And Salad Meals” (ASIN: B00OS2MB1C) http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00OS2MB1C

3. “French Cooking Meals: Top 30 Healthy, Easy, Tasty And Popular French Appetizer And Dessert Meals” (ASIN: B00OS42KO8) http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00OS42KO8

4. “German Cookbook: Top 30 Delicious And Nutritious Breakfast, Appetizer and Main Dish Meals From Germany” (ASIN: B00MHO7JM4) http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00MHO7JM4

5. “Australian Cooking Meals: Top 30 Delicious And Nutritious Appetizer, Dessert And One Dish Meals From Australia” (ASIN: B00N1RJ0AK) http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00N1RJ0AK

6. “Scandinavian Cooking Meals: Top 30 Healthy, Easy, Tasty And Popular Scandinavian Appetizer, Breakfast, Lunch And Snack Meals ” (ASIN: B00OS6D054) http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00OS6D054

7. “Spanish Cooking Meals: Top 30 Healthy, Easy, Tasty And Popular Spanish One Dish, Main Dish And Appetizer Meals” (ASIN: B00OS2LGRC) http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00OS2LGRC

8. “Japanese Recipes: Top 30 Healthy, Easy, Tasty And Popular Japanese Lunch, Snack, Soup, Stew And One Dish Meals” (ASIN: B00ORZGK2Q) http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ORZGK2Q

Here is where you can find the author online.

• Twitter: www.twitter.com/author_sadia

• Facebook: www.facebook.com/sadia.saeed.52643

 I’m sure the author would love to hear your thoughts and reviews on these books if you choose to download them.

 
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Posted by on January 30, 2015 in Books

 

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Books I received for Christmas.

Some of the Books I received this Christmas.

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I received some lovely books this year, some which will be really helpful with my blog.

The first was from my Gran-in-Law, she knows I love to cook but don’t have an awful lot of time in the evenings. So hopefully this Gordon Ramsay fast food book will be very helpful and delicious.

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I also received a fiction book called ‘Chocolate Wishes’. This was from my blogger Christmas gift swap friend Shannon. I have written a separate post on that, which you can find on my blog. I am very excited to read this and I will write a review on it when I finish it.

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I also received two great blogging books from my lovely Hubby. He has seen how much I have enjoyed my blog and since I only started it in April, less than a year I will take all the help that I can. So, these books look really good.

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Blogging for Dummies will certainly have some great tips for me, but also I have found that some of the information in there I do already know. This made me feel like quite an accomplished blogger. Go me!! 😉

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Blogging for Happiness is looking really good too. It does make me very happy, and so does reading. So the two will just go hand in hand. I’m really looking forward to reading this book.

I was also very lucky to have been given a years subscription to The Good Food Magazine. I have subscribed to this before, but ended it a while ago. I used to get so excited about the new issue coming through the door, now I will have that again.

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Hopefully I will find lots of delicious recipes to cook and bake. Then I can tell you all about them here on my blog!

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The last book is ” 101 Great Things Every Woman Needs to Remember”. So, for all you other great women out there, let me give you some good things to remember:

You are beautiful when you speak and act from the heart.

Your mental health is just as important as your physical health.

You’ve got a style all of your own….. and its cool.

I think I need to read this every once in a while to remind myself of all the positives and to behave and believe accordingly.

So, these are some of the books I received as gifts this Christmas. I still have plenty of other books on my to be read list, mainly from author / publisher requests. I will keep reading, keep writing and keep enjoying it all. That’s the best way, and the way I will be starting off my new year.

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL MY READERS AND FOLLOWERS.

THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING ME THROUGHOUT THE PAST YEAR, I HOPE YOU WILL KEEP SUPPORTING ME INTO 2015 AND BEYOND.

I INTEND TO KEEP WRITING, I HOPE YOU WILL KEEP READING.

HAVE FUN AND ENJOY THIS LOVELY NEW YEAR.

AS QUOTED FROM ONE OF MY FAVOURITE BOOKS:

Tomorrow is fresh, with no mistakes in it”    Anne of Green Gables.

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Posted by on January 5, 2015 in Books

 

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Book Review: Written in the Stars, by Ali Harris.

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I was given this book as a gift, when I got it I was so excited to read it. The cover looked so pretty and inviting and I had heard great things about it too. So, did it live up to what I’d heard?

The story is about Bea and two different paths she took on her Wedding day. It is a sliding doors type book, a dual narrative. Bea is due to marry Adam, as she walks down the aisle she slips. The first decision, she gets up, composes herself and goes on to marry Adam. The second decision, she gets up and runs out of the church abandoning Adam and her Wedding day. It is a story of destiny and what will happen if………???

We hear about Bea’s Dad who left when she was young, Bea’s first love Kieran who also left and Bea’s feelings of inadequacy and inability to make decisions. There is Loni and Milly, who are Bea’s stables and loved ones. Her brother Cal who is a lifesaver to Bea. The author does a great job describing these characters. In a book, I love to read of characters that I can understand and relate to. While Loni is very extroverted and out there with her bright clothes and retreats, she loves Bea, and her children  are the most important things in her life. Milly is more reserved and sensible, but also always looking out for Bea. I was able to put myself right in the moments of the books and see why the characters do and say what they do. This for me makes a brilliant book.

When the author describes Adam, I get the impression he is secure, sensible and can totally see why Bea starts off thinking she should marry him. Along the way you can see how both characters develop……..Its very good.

Each of the paths that Bea takes explore her emotions along the way. We hear about her love for Adam and also her love for Kieran. The author also speaks of depression, she speaks of it in a very real way. Bea’s life went slow, Bea felt like she couldn’t make decisions herself. Bea’s character was written in such a consistent way (through both paths), which must have been very difficult to do. So, big praise to Ali Harris for that.

Throughout the book, I found myself wondering, who will she end up with? Which decision was the right one. Well, you will have to read the book yourself to find that out, I don’t want to write any spoilers, though it is very tempting to when writing this review to talk about the end……..

The story leads us thinking which decision will lead to Bea’s happy ever after, what is Bea’s destiny? This is a great book for anyone who thinks ‘what if?’  I most definitely recommend it.

I also would like to add that a really nice touch to Ali’s book at the end was that in the acknowledgements, she thanks her Facebook and Twitter fans. But she also thanks book bloggers and thanks them for the reviews we write. I thought this was really nice and its so good to be appreciated by the authors. So, big thumbs up for that too. ♥

 
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Posted by on October 15, 2014 in Books

 

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#sunathon

I have been lucky enough to be invited to be involved in a special project by a lovely lady Emma Louise (EmmaIsWriting). Emma has created #sunathon. As many of you already know, I love to read, so a project like this is perfect for me. It will let me read and also chat to other fans of the great world of books. Emma Louise is happy for as many people as would like to be involved in #sunathon.

Below is a quote from Emma of exactly what #sunathon is:

“From the 21st to the 25th July, book bloggers from around the world will be taking part in #sunathon. What is #sunathon? Created by Emma Louise (@EmmaIsWriting), for that particular week in the gorgeous sun (or rain if you’re in the U.K), we’re going to read. It doesn’t matter how much you read, as long as you make time for reading. There are a lot of people around the world who are blind to the magical world of books and its a shame. More of us should read. I’ve decided to make it full week – Monday to Sunday because  a lot of book bloggers have full time jobs and they squeeze reading in between. I’ve made it longer just for them.”

If you want to join in, I would be happy to book chat with you, and I know Emma would too.

I have my summer book list all lined up. A few books I bought myself and a book I had as a gift. I work as a learning assistant in a special needs school. My lovely teacher gave me a great looking book, so I think I will be starting with this. The first books on my to be read list is “Written in the Stars” by Ali Harris.

Also “The Kabul Beauty School” by Deborah Rodriguez”.

I’m looking forward to reading both of these books, especially as it will be part of #sunathon. I hope many of you will join in, read, chat, enjoy.

This is one of the books I will be reading, I read a mix of `real`  books and books on my kindle.

20140629_212158I look forward to chatting to you about all the books we will be reading.

A great big shout out and thank you for organising this fab idea. Thank you Emma Louise @EmmaIsWriting. Heres to a great #sunathon.

 

 
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