Sunday, June 25, 2017

Woman Of State by Simon Berthon. Review

This is a fictional account of The Troubles in Northern Ireland in the early 90's and based primarily around two members of one family . Marie and Martin McCartney are brother and sister , Marie is young and in love with a friend of her brothers and after making a promise to him her life would alter for good . 
The complicated and intense history of the troubles is described well as far as any fictional account can , adding a love story to the mix humanises this time in history while showing how many grey areas of this time there was . Marie's rise from young girl to womanhood and from Ireland to the UK was fascinating to watch , the intricate plot of what was going on around her was dazzlingly brilliant , friend or foe it became hard to know who to trust , the story keeps you guessing . Fantastic! 

I received this book for review from the lovely people over at Lovereading.co.uk
This book is being published July 2017 and will be available from Lovereading and all other good bookstores then . 
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Saturday, June 24, 2017

Reading This Week

Hi guys ! June is a great vegetable growing month at my house , courgettes are filling out and cabbages are expanding seemingly by the day , small heads of broccoli are peaking through and peas and broad beans are thriving , there has been all sorts of lettuce for months now and my herb patch is making me smile every time I have something tasty and fresh to add to meals . As I have started growing more then I ever grew before I thought it was advisable to get as much information as I could get my hands on and talk to as many others who enjoy the same pursuits . 
Below is the library books I managed to get to help me on my growing journey of information and vegetables :0) 
 My Cool Allotment by Lia Leendertz

Crops In Pots by Bob Purcell
Joe's Allotment by Joe Swift

Organic Gardening The No Dig Way by Charles Dowding 
The Essential Allotment Guide by John Harrison
Minding My Peas And Cucumbers by Kay Sexton
Charles Dowding Veg Journal by Charles Dowding

The Allotment Diaries by Kay Sexton
How To Grow Winter Vegetables by Charles Dowding

A Death At The Yoga Cafe by Michelle Kelly
The Allotment Planner by Matthew Appleby 

James Wong's Homegrown Revolution 


 

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

The Music Shop by Rachel Joyce . Review


This is an absolutely gorgeous story about a man , a street , and a love of music . 
Frank is one of those characters who you almost instantly fall in love with , his empathy and big heart make him an irresistible lead character who just so happens to have a talent for knowing the perfect music for any person to suit their own situation no matter what it is . This gives him an almost central role in the group of misfits who also have businesses on the same street as him , people that seem a bit lost in life seem to find their way to him and one in particular puts a sparkle back in his eyes . I loved every page of this book , it's filled with great music titles and loveable quirky characters and a lovely nostalgic love of vinyl . Read this immediately folks , you won't be disappointed. 

I received this book for review from the lovely people over at Lovereading.co.uk
This book is being published July 2017
And will be available from Lovereading and all other good bookstores then . 
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Because You Love To Hate Me edited by Ameriie . Review

This is a book containing thirteen short stories written by some very well known YA authors and awesome booktubers from YouTube all across the world giving us a different look at some well loved tales told from a much different perspective then we are used to , it will make you look at each story in a completely different way  . This was really fun and I loved the way it was told from the author and booktubers perspective . I would love to see more books like this , the villains really thrived in this book ! Long live the villain ! :0) 

I received this book for review from the lovely people over at Lovereading4kids 
This book is being published July 2017 and will be available from Lovereading4kids and all other good bookstores the. . 
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The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter . Review

The story throws us into the action right at the beginning with a present day crime at a school  then the story goes back and forth in time showing us some of the main characters past . It took me a little while to get the hang of that but I loved it. I am a big fan of this author and she writes amazing crime scenes , it really has you on the edge of your seat rooting for the good guys , this book does that SO well! I loved the fierce strong Charlie and the history of her notorious family ... it was hauntingly good ! This is a must read for all Karin Slaughter fans. 

I received this book for review from the lovely people over at Lovereading.co.uk
This book is being published July 2017 and will be available from Lovereading and all other good bookstores then . 
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Give Me The Child by Melanie McGrath . Review


This is a deeply disturbing story about a doctor and her family . Cat is happily married woman with a great husband and a child that is beautiful inside and out , then one night her whole life changes when a stranger shows up at her door . This was unnerving for a number of reasons , the secrets and lies , the layers of deception and the sheer evilness of some of the characters , this makes such good reading ! There is some awesome backstory here and that makes the present day story even more juicy . Add this to your TBR immediately ! Loved it!

I received this book for review from the lovely people over at Lovereading.co.uk
This book is being published July 2017 and will be available from Lovereading and where all good books are found. 

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell. Review

This was one of those stories that as soon as you finish reading it you instantly start recommending it to your friends because you know no matter what type of genre they are interested in they will really enjoy this . It was SO good , I just keep thinking back over it since I finished it . A teenage girl goes missing and someone knows what happened but they have their own sick intentions and reasons to keep her whereabouts secret . This story just kept upping the surprises and levels of which the sick of mind could lower themselves further . The story is told from the perspective of a few people and I loved that! Seeing the events from opposite sides of those involved was deeply disturbing and heartbreaking , my heart went out to Ellie and her mother , and I felt a certain amount of respect for Floyd who took an unusual situation and gave it a very satisfying conclusion . I loved this book! I can't praise it enough. Everyone should pick this one up and plan a late night reading session. 

I received this book for review from the lovely people over at Lovereading.co.uk for review . This book is being published July 2017 and will be available from Lovereading.co.uk
and all other good  bookstores then . 
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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

The Tough Times





These are the lovely books I am aiming to dip into this weekend . The last three are review books and the only difficulty I face is knowing which lovely one to begin with . 

At times , life hands you lemons , this has been a week where life has done just that , and before I can find instruction to make lemonade I first have to find my way back up on to my feet , right now it feels like I need a roadmap to even find my way to that point . Books have always been my home in times of worry , stress , and uncertainty . This is one of those times . I need them to swallow me up completely until I can come out the other side of this or until the clouds lift . This is depression and it's scary and lonely and I feel lost . If you are reading this knowing exactly what I mean then I am glad you are still here reading this with me especially on the days it seems like the clouds will never part and the overwhelming smog suffocates you to the point you can hardly breathe . Today I am taking baby steps .... for today that has to be enough . 


Rook by Anthony McGowan. Review

This is the third and final book in the trilogy featuring Kenny and Nicky . In this book the story begins with these brothers saving a bird from dying . There is such raw moments in the story that really grab at your heart but then these are later replaced by moments of pure hilarity with laugh out loud remarks that their father comes out with. The story contains issues like bullying , first love , disabilities and family relationships . The boys and father  are a small but very tight family unit , each has had their own troubles in life but together they are stronger . Inspiring and heartwarming and a must read for all younger readers and parents . 

I received this book for review from the lovely people over at Lovereading4kids.co.uk
This boo is being published June 2017 and will be available from Lovereading4kids and all other good bookstores then . 
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In My Mailbox

In my mailbox today are these two books for review curtesy of the lovely people over at  https://www.lovereading.co.uk . Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell and Rook by Anthony McGowan 


Wednesday, May 31, 2017

In My Mailbox

In my mailbox today for review is this awesome book. Give Me The Child by Melanie McGrath. 

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

In My Mailbox

In my mailbox today curtesy of the lovely people over at Lovereading.co.uk are these goodies :
The Music Shop by Rachel Joyce

Woman Of State by Simon Berthon

Monday, May 29, 2017

Juniper Lemon's Happiness Index by Julie Israel. Review


This is a touching story of one girl's journey in the months after the sudden death of her older sister. Juniper is really struggling with excepting the death of her sister and coping with life without her there , she has lots of questions that are unanswered so when she finds a mysterious letter she hopes it will answer some of her questions , if she can only figure out who the letter was meant for . 
Thought provoking and touching , this is a must read for any young person going through any kind of grief . 

I received this book for review from the lovely people over at Lovereading4kids.co.uk
This book is being published June 2017 and will be available from Lovereading4kids and all other good bookstores then. Below please find a link to this book on the website:

The Ghost Of Helen Addison by Charles E. McGarry . Review


This is the first book in this new murder mystery series featuring Psychic private detective Leo Moran . Leo is an old fashioned type of gentleman , slightly suffering from hypochondria and more then a little partial to  a nip of whiskey . I really enjoyed this story set in Scotland during winter centred around the brutal murder or a newly qualified nurse . 
The story is charming , Leo is very likeable even though he can have quite a sharp tongue , but he is just the man you would want on the case when there is a murder especially as he has such unique gifts . The plot kept me intrigued the entire duration of reading it which meant I read it all in one sitting because it was awesome. The settings of the story , the hotel , train , quaint town etc all added to this stories charm . I would recommend this to any mystery fan , especially cosy mystery fans ! 

I received this awesome book for review from the lovely people over at Lovereading.co.uk
This book is being published July 2017 and will be available from Lovereading and all other good bookstores then . Below please find a link to this book on the website:

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

In My mailbox

Today's happy mail is :
The Ghost Of Helen Addison by Charles E. McGarry and Juniper Lemon's Happiness Index by Julie Israel



Saturday, May 13, 2017

The Naming Of The Dead by Ian Rankin . Review


This is book 16 in the Rebus series and it just keeps getting better and better . This book primarily centres around the G8 summit in Edinburgh and a serial killer on the loose , both making the police a little twitchy. Rebus seems to be loosening up a lot since the series started , he has more of a sense of humour and with a rapier wit at times . He is casually excellent at his job .
We see a lot more of Siobhan in this book then we ever did before and I really liked that . She is a very likeable character and I would love to see her more centrally in future plots . 
I recommend this to all Rebus fans .

I received this book for review from the lovely people over at Lovereading.co.uk
This book has been published and is available from Lovereading and all other good bookstores . 
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Black And Blue by Ian Rankin . Review


This was so good! Rebus has his hands full in this book with a copycat serial killer on the loose and the original Killer walking about paying close attention to this younger man . Crimes are stacking up and each one is more grizzly then the last while set amongst the city of Edinburgh . Rebus is in top form in this , the   eighth book in the series , there is a lot going on with the plot but it does not make it confusing , instead keeps you glued to the book until the very end . I love when a book does that! Rebus is his usual self , snarky and self confident and a bit of a loveable rogue. This is a must read for all fans of the series. 

I received this book for review curtesy of
Lovereading.co.uk.
This book has been published and is available from Lovereading.co.uk and al other good bookstores .
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Time For A Catch Up :0)


Well friends , it has been an awfully long time since I popped on here to chat to you all so I thought today I would sit down and catch you up with what I have been up to . We have been SO lucky with the weather recently , honestly ..... if you squinted a bit you would think you were in some foreign country the way it has been so warm with  blue skies for days . 

With the fab weather comes fab growth and even the weeds are enjoying every bit of it .... the buggers....  Weeding is my least favourite part of gardening , planting and planning are my favourite as well as pottering in the green house . Honestly there is little better then putting on an audiobook and getting my hands dirty planting some seeds that I will later be able to eat or to put in a flower pot . 

I have been reading a good few review books recently and my personal reading has been left to the side .... I have a nice stack of books that I will be digging into very soon and I am honestly so excited! I picked books from lots of genres and the settings are very different for the most part . Half the fun of them now is knowing that they are there waiting for me . Bliss. 

Sneezing season is back with vengeance again this year , each year I hope it will not come back but .... well , pass the tissues . 
It does bring headaches watery eyes and sinus problems but sure it is all worth it for the sunnier warm days where you don't need a thermal vest and long johns to brave outside your door .


 It hit over 50 degrees in my greenhouse on one of the hotter days , standing there it felt like I was melting into the floor , needless to say I made a hasty exit after opening windows . I am growing all the usual plants I grow each year , lettuce- multiple types, cauliflower , cabbage , broccoli ( two types) , Pak Choi , red and white Scallions , leeks , garlic , peppers , carrots( two kinds) cucumbers , courgettes ( two kinds ) onions , beetroot, sage, parsley , basil, garlic chives , regular chives and countless others. I do enjoy seeing them grow and each year no matter what it still excites me waiting for the first glimpse of green to pop out from under the soil. So satisfying!
I ordered lots of vegetable books from the library and tonight I intend to browse them and see if I can get some helpful tips. Gardening is a constant learning process but very rewarding and great fun when you meet other like minded people.
 




I have lots of reviews and a haul going up here on the blog this weekend and all of next week so expect a good few posts over the next week as I try and catch up on a backlog of posts that I have waiting for me . Until next time friends , have. a great Saturday :0) 



Best Laid Plans by Kathy Lette . Review

This is the hilarious account of a single Mother's day to day struggles with rearing her 21 year old son  . Her son Merlin  is autistic and has a terrific sense of humour and their conversations are the funniest and pure comedy gold ! The book mixes real tenderness with laugh out loud , tears streaming down your face moments, making this a very enjoyable read as well as showing us what life is like for family members living with autism. This is a feel good story complete with plenty of bad guys and a mother who deserves her very own superwoman cape . Awesome ! I recommend this to anyone in need of a good chuckle. 

I received this book for review from the lovely people over at Lovereading.co.uk.
This book is being published July 2017 and will be available from Lovereading and all other good bookstores then. 
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Six Tudor Queens :Anne Boleyn : A King's Obsession. Review by Alison Weir


If you love reading about King Henry and his notorious love life then this awesome fictional retelling of King Henry and Anne Boleyn will make a very enjoyable read . The story is fascinating and the woman herself even more so . I felt sorry for Queen Katherine as Anne had a plan and was going to stop at nothing to get what she wanted , to be married to the King . If you love history then this makes a terrific read , the behind the scenes details of what went on in King Henry's court and the insatiable desires of a powerful man make this impossible to put down .  

I received this book for review from the lovely people over at Lovereading.co.uk
This book has now been published and is available from Lovereading and all other good bookstores . 
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Song Of The Current by Sarah Tolcser. Review


Set in a magical world,  the  main character of the story is a girl called Caro , most of her life is lived on the water like the generations of her family before her . Caro is a really strong female character with plenty of gumption and a will to succeed in an unusual place for a female, on the river,  transporting merchandise and lots more  . While on the river there is all manner of person , some good , some a little shady , these characters are really interesting and Caro slowly learns that not everything or everyone is as they seem and it's about to set her on a completely new path. 

I received this book for review curtesy of Lovereading4kids. This book is being published June 2017 and will be available from Lovereading4kids and all other good bookstores then.
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The Friend by Dorothy Koomson . Review


The book starts after a serious accident has happened . The book is separated into sections each one dedicated to each individual woman involved and we see the story unfold through each of the ladies eyes . The focus of the story is about one woman in the group that was essentially the leader of their group , the ultimate "Mean Girl" ! 
We don't find out for a long time what exactly has happened or why, but after seeing the backstory of these women's lives and their relationship with this one woman , it gives a darkness to the plot as each woman has her own issues and secrets that they don't want known or used against them . I am a big fan of this author and this book does not disappoint . Mystery , intrigue and well written characters made this impossible to put down so I had to ignore all housework until I finished it . It was terrific! 

I received this book for review from the lovely people over at Lovereading.co.uk
This book is being published June 2017 and will be available from Lovereading and all other good bookstores then. Below please find a link to this book on the website:

Greatest Hits by Laura Barnett . Review


The main character of the story is Cass Wheeler , a very famous singer from the 70's  that vanished from the music industry for ten years only to reappear with an album consisting of 16 songs , each one about a part of her life that means a lot to her . These songs help show us more about the woman behind the songs , her life and loves and all the ups and downs she faced that explain her absence from the industry she had loved so much . A touching and heartbreaking story of one woman's journey through life .

I received this book for review from the lovely people over at Lovereading.co.uk.
This book is being published June 2017 and will be available from Lovereading and all other good bookstores then.
Below please find a link to this book on the website:

Crazy House by James Patterson & Gabrielle Charbonnet . Review

Set in a dystopian world where families live in cells , a four mile area that each family works . Cassie and her twin Becca live there without their parents and they farm . The government that rules over everyone is a frightening one where people can be taken away to be "adjusted" , and there are special places for those who do not follow orders , that is where these twin sisters find themselves . The story is engrossing , at first Cassie and Becca seem to have very different personalities  but when they are put in a horrible situation they both really shine and stand up for what they believe no matter what! Often brutal , the story keeps you on your toes as you don't know what horror these girls are going to have to face next and  just when you think it can't get worse it does! The story has a few surprises that I did not see coming , especially the ending , it left me gobsmacked . If you enjoyed The Hunger Games then check this out! 

I received this book for review from the lovely people over at Lovereading4kids. This book is being published May 2017 and will be available from Lovereading4kids and all other good bookstores then. Below please find a link to this book on the website:

Fierce Kingdom by Gin Philips . Review

The story is set in a zoo over a period of one day where a mother called Joan and her young son are enjoying seeing all the animals and walking around the exhibits , suddenly gunfire is heard and the reason behind it becomes apparent setting in motion a high octane thrilling plot . 
I really liked Joan , she has a lot of guts and her  protective instincts as a mother are strong . It was fascinating seeing how Joan was going to cope with what was happening when there was a very real threat to their safety . It was one of those books that gives you goosebumps while reading it and a sense of uneasiness, I found myself holding my breathe during parts , almost like I was there with them  . The plot is scary because it feels like it really could happen and the bad guys were not easily understandable making them even more scary , their motives were sketchy. I loved this! Anyone who wants a book to keep you on the edge of your seat needs to read this . Awesome! 

I received this book for review from the lovely people over at Lovereading.co.uk
This book is being published June 2017 and will be available from Lovereading and all other good bookstores then . 
Below please find a link to this book on the website: