Sunday, September 29, 2013
I loved this!!!! The characters are great fun and I am loving the flirting that is going on between Dev and Jake... I can't wait to see what is going to happen in future books with these two. As I said before I love the idea of setting the story in an old store that is full of character , a bit like Dev herself!
Dev is a really strong woman and even though she is up to her neck in bother she does not feel sorry for herself but gets on with things. Of course it helps that she has great friends and family around her and that if she does not find out who the real killer is then she could find herself in the clink. No greater motivation needed then that!
All in all a wonderful first book in a series!!!
The story is about a woman called Jane who is a 100% Janeite. Jane is completely in love with the novels of Austen and everything Austen related. Basically a true fan. When she is one of the people that has been left something in a family will , what she is given is a stunning present. A trip to England to an Austen retreat/holiday. This is a truly unique holiday one which she is very unlikely to ever forget. Jane has been pretty unlucky in love all her life and the beginning of each chapter is testament to that. This holiday could finally sort out her...obsession... with all things Austen so that she can move on with her life, get rid of all her Austen merchandise ,and find an ordinary man perhaps.........
I am an Austen fan.. I read the books when I was younger but I just did not feel "it" then( "It" is the unique feeling that Austen makes you feel about her characters and the world she creates).Sometimes I think if you don't like a book if you go back to it and read it at another time I think you can understand it better. I am definitely a Janeite now and I think if you enjoy all things Austen you will really enjoy Austenland. Now....off to see the movie this week....
Friday, September 27, 2013
Thursday, September 26, 2013
In this book we see the loyal fans of Jane Austen meeting at an unusual time of year.. December .
Jane Austen's birthday was December 16th and Purley Hall is going to be the place to be at where they are going to have a festive Austen Conference.
It was really great meeting older characters again and finding out what they have been getting up to since we last heard of them . There is a lot to be enjoyed about this series and it is so perfectly cosy for Jane Austen fans like me. There is a little mystery, troublesome guests, and a big old beautiful Hall to get snow bound in.... sigh...... I love this book. There is plenty of mentions of Miss Austen and her characters throughout the book which I can't get enough of and from cover to cover this is a feel good book that should be read somewhere cosy and warm.
This is the non fiction account of how J.R.R Tolkien used to write to his children every Christmas pretending to be father Christmas. The amount of work he put into his letters ,the pictures, and details make this a wonderfully thoughtful act that only a true lover of this time of year could really even think to do. This is a special book that is definitely worth a read. Wonderfully unique and stands the test of time. I will be reading this again this December as it is the perfect magical Christmas story.
Hands up if you're a Janeite!!!
If you are you may enjoy these books below.
This is not an Austen book but it is a really good non fiction book .Four books in the series and this is book four.Lime Street at Two by Helen Forrester
Our main character Cormoran Strike , wounded in the war and now a detective in London has been asked to look into the suspicious death of a young woman who plummeted to her death in the city.
If you love detective's then Cormoran is going to be right up your alley. His leg has been damaged through war and he lives in his office most of the time.. He is not great at looking after himself and is probably his own worst enemy in a lot of ways but the more vulnerable he seems the more you can't help but love his character and you really want him to sort himself out....saying that I do like my detectives a little rough around the edges.
The characters in this story were awesome , J. K writes characters soooo well , you really can't help but like them all. There were a few especially that I really likes such as Strike, his secretary and one of the main characters surrounding the victim. As a detective story this had everything I could have asked for and I can't wait to see more books featuring Strike. I am hoping that his secretary will be in even more scenes in future books as they are quite the team together!
Skye is back in this book 14 in the Scumble River series and it is very exciting as there is a bookshop called Tales and Treats opening up in town. Yay!!!!Unfortunately not everyone is happy about that and the new owner is getting a lot of grief!!!
Skye is our main character and she is a really nice , good character but she is not afraid to stand up for what she believes in . Each of the books in this series have these moments of complete tenderness that they really take your breath away and give you pause for thought. This book was no different in that respect. I have read book 1 and 2 in the series and then jumped to this book and if I had to do it again I might go back and read the series by order but I could not resist the fab cover... I am a sucker for a gorgeous cover especially a fab bookish one like this.
This storyline was awesome with this story and I was pleased to say I did not know what the outcome was going to be. The book never dragged at any point and the characters both new and old were just as great as I hoped they would be.
I would say to anyone who has not read any books in this series that if you want a series with a great lead character ,awesome plot, good and bad guys in a great setting then this might be the series for you.
P.s It is really interesting seeing what school psychologists jobs really entail.
Jeeze I love Kinsey's character ...smart .. funny.. keep fit loving McDonalds eating.. book loving... loyal friend who is not afraid to break the law a little and get dirty in the name of a day's work while making sure her one good black multi use dress is always ready for action.
This book I am glad to report is just as good as every other book in the series and any fan of Kinsey will love it! The story is intricate and has a few different story lines going on here but don't worry it is not confusing and if anything it makes the story even more moreish to read. In this book Kinsey seems to have gained an added extra boost of gumption and there were many times I had a smile on my face just for that reason. Henry I am glad to say is still here. Henry is in his 80's and I fear for him in each of the books as I love his sweet character and how much like family him and Kinsey are and so I don't want to see him die at all. In my mind I am hoping that Sue will finish this series with Henry still living so I can be quite content imaging them both still living next door to each other , being great friends and looking out for each other ... Henry will keep baking and Kinsey will keep snooping.... that would be perfect.
This story was interesting from the very beginning and I really had to pace myself as I try to always make these books last a little longer then I would normally take to read a book as Sue normally publishes a new book in the series about once every 2 years approx. This book/series is worth spending time with. The storyline is always original and there is humour and tenderness in each story as well as some good old fashioned detection work . The series is all set in the 80's from what I can remember , it is very refreshing remembering a simpler time with less gadgets and electronics.
I recommend getting this book and a blanket and a cup of something hot and tasty and curling up for an afternoon of great characters , plot and a satisfying ending.
Saturday, September 21, 2013
Hi guys, Hope you are all having a lovely day.. It's a little chilly in my part of the world right now so I have to admit to loving being able to snuggle up with a good book and a hot drink.
I have been trying to find some herbal teas that do not make me gag and have found these ones by Pukka. This one I am drinking today is Balance.
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Hi guys! Hope you are all having lovely days. I am having a bit of a book reading slump at the moment.. This does not happen very often but when it does it's a nuisance.
The below books are awesome, and my book slump is no reflection on them.
Do you ever get horrible book slumps where you just cannot concentrate enough to read and enjoy it?