Little Pink Taxi by Marie Laval #coverreveal

It is my absolute pleasure today to be part of another fabulous cover reveal courtesy of Choc Lit and Marie Laval!!  So here we go!! Your first look at the stunning new cover of Little Pink Taxi – out February 20th 2018!!

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Take a ride with Love Taxis, the cab company with a Heart …

 Rosalie Heart is a well-known face in Irlwick – well, if you drive a bright pink taxi and your signature style is a pink anorak, you’re going to draw a bit of attention! But Rosalie’s company Love Taxis is more than just a gimmick – for many people in the remote Scottish village, it’s a lifeline. Which is something that Marc Petersen will never understand. Marc’s ruthless approach to business doesn’t extend to pink taxi companies running at a loss. When he arrives in Irlwick to see to a new acquisition – Raventhorn, a rundown castle – it’s apparent he poses a threat to Rosalie’s entire existence; not just her business, but her childhood home too. On the face of it Marc and Rosalie should loathe each other, but what they didn’t count on was somebody playing cupid …

Out February 20th 2018!

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My Bookish Weekly Wrap Up – 1st of 2018!

Hello! Happy New Year!!!  Hope the start of 2018 has treated you all well and all those resolutions haven’t been broken yet!!  My year has started quite well in the fact that I’m in proper declutter mode so everything, and i mean everything!, is being cleared out!  5 bags of  ‘treasures’ to the local charity shop the other day, a pile of old cross stitch charts and random bits of paper (why was I even hoarding those anyway?!) have all been dumped in the pink recycling sack and I’m soon to start blitzing all the old photographs I have in albums… and as a photography addict there are a lot! – so my resolve to be clutter free may soon dwindle! I may have even blitzed a book shelf or two!!  This definitely won’t last!!

And I’ve found that my reading this year has already begun so well! It started New Years Eve (i’m counting that as this year!) and I seem to be in the reading zone again!  Trying my best to keep reading ‘my books’ that have been on the shelves for a while, alongside those that have come my way for review/blog tours and finding the balance is working…. at the moment!!  Even discovered a date for a  book written on my calendar that I’m on the blog tour for later this year that I’d completely forgotten about signing up for!!  Guess what I’ll be reading later this afternoon!!

So here’s a peek at what i’ve been reading so far!

BOOKS FINISHED

Realm FM by Tyrolin Puxty – 5 stars

 

Child of Nod by CW Snyder – 3 stars

Three Things about Elsie by Joanna Cannon – 5 stars

 

Midwinter by Fiona Melrose – 4 stars

 

Gardener’s Nightcap by Muriel Stuart – 4 stars

BOOKPOST

Thankfully (!) a very quiet start to the year in the way of books!  Just a couple of treats for myself – gift vouchers don’t spend themselves now do they! – and one lovely book from a publisher for review!

THE LAST WILDERNESS by NEIL ANSELL

received this from the publishers and can’t wait to start it as it just sounds like such a fascinating read.

Neil Ansell’s The Last Wilderness is a mesmerising book on nature and solitude by a writer who has spent his lifetime taking solitary ventures into the wild. For any readers of the author’s previous book, Deep Country, Robert Macfarlane’s The Old Ways or William Atkins The Moor.

WITCHBORN by NICHOLAS BOWLING

I should never watch Savidge Reads on BookTube! Saw him talk about this whilst drooling over the cover and decided I needed this in my life!  Such a stunning cover so hope the insides match up!

It’s 1577. Queen Elizabeth I has imprisoned scheming Mary Queen of Scots, and Alyce’s mother is burned at the stake for witchcraft. Alyce kills the witchfinder and flees to London – but the chase isn’t over yet. As she discovers her own dark magic, powerful political forces are on her trail. She can’t help but wonder: why is she so important? Soon she finds herself deep in a secret battle between rival queens, the fate of England resting on her shoulders… 

Where’s My F**king Unicorn? by Michelle Gordon

How could I not?! I mean, where is it??! LOL!!  This may become my guide to life in 2018!!

Are your bookshelves filled with self-help books, and yet your life feels empty? Do you keep following paths to enlightenment that lead to the same dead ends? You’ve read the books, attended the seminars and taken heed of every bit of advice going…but you’re still waiting for your f**king unicorn to come along! Where’s My F**king Unicorn? is a guide to life, creativity and happiness that offers a very different way forward. Author, Michelle Gordon, explains why, in spite of all your best efforts, your life still doesn’t live up to your vision of what it should be, and tells you exactly what you can do about it. In refreshingly down-to-earth language, she shows you how to harness all the self-knowledge you have gained from all those self-help books you’ve read, and actually start putting it to practical use.

CURRENTLY READING

Forget Her Name by Jane Holland

Rachel’s dead and she’s never coming back. Or is she?

As she prepares for her wedding to Dominic, Catherine has never been happier or more excited about her future. But when she receives an anonymous package—a familiar snow globe with a very grisly addition—that happiness is abruptly threatened by secrets from her past.

Her older sister, Rachel, died on a skiing holiday as a child. But Rachel was no angel: she was vicious and highly disturbed, and she made Catherine’s life a misery. Catherine has spent years trying to forget her dead sister’s cruel tricks. Now someone has sent her Rachel’s snow globe—the first in a series of ominous messages…

While Catherine struggles to focus on her new life with Dominic, someone out there seems intent on tormenting her. But who? And why now? The only alternative is what she fears most.

Is Rachel still alive?

MISS PETTIGREW LIVES FOR A DAY by WINIFRED WATSON

Miss Pettigrew, an approaching-middle-age governess, was accustomed to a household of unruly English children. When her employment agency sends her to the wrong address, her life takes an unexpected turn. The alluring nightclub singer, Delysia LaFosse, becomes her new employer, and Miss Pettigrew encounters a kind of glamour that she had only met before at the movies. Over the course of a single day, both women are changed forever.

And there we have it! All wrapped up for another week! How has your first week of 2018 been book wise?! Productive I hope!  Looking forward to another good bookish week ahead and even more decluttering! Oh the excitement!! 😉

HAPPY READING!!

Child of Nod by CW Snyder #bookreview

THE BLURB

Alice wakes one day to find herself on the other side of death, in the corrupted fairy tale land of Nod. Unable to remember much of the events leading to her demise, she sets out on a journey to discover her memory and the reason for her presence in Nod. Unknown to her, the man responsible for her death, Jack, is on a mission to find her spirit and end her second life.

Alice takes flight, only to find herself drawn into the lives of those around her and the mystery permeating that place. From the humble streets of Elysium to the mirrored spires of Memoria, her journey takes her on a path that leads to a decision that will affect the fate of Nod.

Along the way, she meets a cast of characters that include a madman with a dark secret, her faithful companion, Dog, and woman made of memory. Together, they help her on her journey as she uncovers the truth of Nod and the woman behind it all, the Red Queen.

Publisher;  Curiosity Quills

Author on Twitter; https://twitter.com/ClaytonSnyder2

Quick Links to buy a copy;

Amazon

Book Depository

Hive.co.uk – buy online and support your local bookstore

MY REVIEW

Swooning over the cover!! A proper stunner!! And that is what drew me into reading this along with the exciting blurb of a corrupted fairyland and the promise of some interesting characters! And the book is full of them!!

Alice is dead and finds herself in this fantasy nightmare world where very little makes sense! She is accompanied by a dog who she finds leads her on an adventure into trying to make sense of why she is in the world of Nod, and why memories of her life and past keep appearing in her mind. She also encounters a number of characters along the way, some sent to help, some to hinder and the plot slowly evolves as she reaches different places. Alongside Alice and her story, we also hear of John and Jack and how they play a part in the scenario that Alice finds herself in and this added some extra interest. There are often quite dark elements – as in all good fairy stories! – and it did remind me a little of the tv show Dead Like Me, where the main character had died and was just trying to come to terms with that fact and make sense of it all, so there was a good mixture of humour and darkness.

I loved the world that was created which the author had brilliantly brought to life, but just found some of the characters were difficult to connect with as very little was known of their past, and the pace of the story did move quite quickly to begin with so it didn’t give you a chance to build up a bond with them. I did find it enjoyabe to read but often found it a little confusing and messy, so possibly if I went back and re-read it then maybe more would sink in and more would make sense to me as a reader!  This is the first in the series so I am interested to see how the next story continues!!

Thank you to the publishers for the advanced e-arc of this book in return for a fair and honest review.

Midwinter by Fiona Melrose #bookreview

THE BLURB

Father and Son, Landyn and Vale Midwinter, are men of the land. Suffolk farmers. Times are hard and they struggle to sustain their property, their livelihood and their heritage in the face of competition from big business.


But an even bigger, more brutal fight is brewing: a fight between each other, about the horrible death of Cecelia, beloved wife and mother, in Zambia ten years earlier. A past they have both refused to confront until now.

Over the course of a particularly mauling Suffolk winter, Landyn and Vale grapple with their memories and their pain, raking over what remains of their fragile family unit, constantly at odds and under threat of falling apart forever. While Vale makes increasingly desperate decisions, Landyn retreats, finding solace in the land, his animals – and a fox who haunts the farm and seems to bring with her both comfort and protection.

Alive to language and nature, Midwinter is a novel about guilt, blame and lost opportunities. Ultimately it is a story about love and the lengths we will go to find our way home.

 
Publisher;  Corsair
 
Author Website;  https://fionamelrose.com/
 
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MY REVIEW
 
This is a stunning looking book and one of those stories that slowly creeps into your soul as you watch over these 2 men who are struggling to come to terms with grief and the loss they both feel.

The father and son aspect worked really well as the story tells of how they both deal – not very well! – in their lives with so many emotions bubbling up after the loss of their loved one. They’ve tried to avoid their feelings over the years and it reaches a point where their relationship is suffering as they both take their anger out on the wrong people.

Not only are they struggling with their personal lives, but they’re struggling in their work lives too on the farm and this book really captures the hard times they both face and how they need to confront the sadness and work together to keep a hold of their lives and sanity.

I found this took a little while to get into but once I’d learnt more of the characters I was soon under the spell and it was often a brutal but heart wrenching read made more fascinating by the emotions of men, not used to sharing their feelings, being explored. 

 
Stunning and beautifully written read.

Three Things about Elsie by Joanna Cannon #bookreview

THE BLURB

There are three things you should know about Elsie.
The first thing is that she’s my best friend.
The second is that she always knows what to say to make me feel better.
And the third thing… might take a little bit more explaining.
84-year-old Florence has fallen in her flat at Cherry Tree Home for the Elderly. As shewaits to be rescued, Florence wonders if a terrible secret from her past is about to come tolight; and, if the charming new resident is who he claims to be, why does he look exactly aman who died sixty years ago?
From the author of THE TROUBLE WITH GOATS AND SHEEP, this book will teach youmany things, but here are three of them:
1) The fine threads of humanity will connect us all forever.
2) There is so very much more to anyone than the worst thing they have ever done.
3) Even the smallest life can leave the loudest echo.

PUBLISHER –  The Borough Press

PUBLICATION DATE – 11th January 2018

AUTHOR WEBSITE – https://joannacannon.com/

Quick Links to buy;

Amazon UK

Hive.co.uk – buy online and support your local bookstore

Waterstones

Book Depository

MY REVIEW

This is the book that I chose to read to say farewell to 2017 and hello to 2018…. and what a way to start the year!! It was wonderful!!! And if you loved The Trouble With Goats and Sheep, as I did, then you are in for a treat as this was just as fabulous, if not a little bit better – if that is even possible! And I’m very grateful to Waterstones for sending me my pre-order earlier than release date!!

This is the story of Florence who we find on the floor of her living room floor in the sheltered accommodation awaiting someone to come in and help her. As she is waiting we get to hear her background of her time in Cherry Tree along with her best friend, Elsie, along with the stories of those who work there and other residents.

She is an extremely astute and witty woman, despite the fact that her memory is beginning to fail her leading to the fact that those around her doubt things she says and notices. So when a new resident appears that she recognises, it falls on deaf ears when she tries to explain just who this character is and what impact he had on her past. The threat of being moved to a different care home hangs over her if she doesn’t improve memory and behaviour wise, and this is something that Florence really struggles with and causes her even more doubts.

It’s a story of characters who are all evaluating their lives – as we all do – have the things we’ve done meant anything to anyone? The author really captures that doubt that affects us all of what we contribute to the world, be it big or small, and nothing summed this up more for me than when the residents watched as a room was being cleared when one resident dies and they await a new one. The sadness it made them feel that all those things that meant so much to one person were just swept aside.

The mystery at the heart of the book was also a fascinating and clever one. The way the characters came together to revisit the past was the reason I couldn’t put this book down once I’d picked it up! 453 pages in one sitting! ! I love finding books that make you put real life on pause – even just for one night!!

I was an emotional sobbing mess by the end of this book and that is how much all the characters came to mean to me! Definitely going to be on of my books of 2018 – already!! Loved it!!!!!

You need this book in your life!! Believe me!!! Ooh and the cover is gorgeous so would make for a fabulous addition to your bookshelves – so what more excuse do you need!!!

HAPPY READING!!

Christmas Gift Voucher Book Haul!!

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!  Wishing you all a wonderful 2018!! Where did 2017 go????!!!    Thought I’d get my blog off to a happy start in the New Year so what better way than sharing the results of a little spending spree I had with the book vouchers I received for Christmas!!  

Not a bad looking lot of books eh!!  Here’s a closer look at the books I hope to start reading very soon!

THREE THINGS ABOUT ELSIE by JOANNA CANNON

There are three things you should know about Elsie.
The first thing is that she’s my best friend.
The second is that she always knows what to say to make me feel better.
And the third thing… might take a little bit more explaining.
84-year-old Florence has fallen in her flat at Cherry Tree Home for the Elderly. As she
waits to be rescued, Florence wonders if a terrible secret from her past is about to come to
light; and, if the charming new resident is who he claims to be, why does he look exactly a
man who died sixty years ago?
From the author of THE TROUBLE WITH GOATS AND SHEEP, this book will teach you
many things, but here are three of them:
1) The fine threads of humanity will connect us all forever.
2) There is so very much more to anyone than the worst thing they have ever done.
3) Even the smallest life can leave the loudest echo.

LIFE IN THE GARDEN by PENELOPE LIVELY

The two central activities in my life – alongside writing – have been reading and gardening.

Penelope Lively has always been a keen gardener. This book is partly a memoir of her own life in gardens: the large garden at home in Cairo where she spent most of her childhood, her grandmother’s garden in a sloping Somerset field, then two successive Oxfordshire gardens of her own, and the smaller urban garden in the North London home she lives in today.
It is also a wise, engaging and far-ranging exploration of gardens in literature, from Paradise Lost to Alice in Wonderland, and of writers and their gardens, from Virginia Woolf to Philip Larkin.

THE SILENT COMPANIONS by LAURA PURCELL

Inspired by the work of Shirley Jackson and Susan Hill and set in a crumbling country mansion, The Silent Companions is an unsettling gothic ghost story to send a shiver down the spine…

Newly married, newly widowed Elsie is sent to see out her pregnancy at her late husband’s crumbling country estate, The Bridge.

With her new servants resentful and the local villagers actively hostile, Elsie only has her husband’s awkward cousin for company. Or so she thinks. But inside her new home lies a locked room, and beyond that door lies a two-hundred-year-old diary and a deeply unsettling painted wooden figure – a Silent Companion – that bears a striking resemblance to Elsie herself..

JANE AUSTEN AT HOME by LUCY WORSLEY

On the eve of the two hundredth anniversary of Jane Austen’s death, take a trip back to her world and the many places she lived as historian Lucy Worsley visits Austen’s childhood home, her schools, her holiday accommodations, the houses – both grand and small – of the relations upon whom she was dependent, and the home she shared with her mother and sister towards the end of her life. In places like Steventon Parsonage, Godmersham Park, Chawton House and a small rented house in Winchester, Worsley discovers a Jane Austen very different from the one who famously lived a ‘life without incident’. Worsley examines the rooms, spaces and possessions which mattered to her, and the varying ways in which homes are used in her novels as both places of pleasure and as prisons. She shows readers a passionate Jane Austen who fought for her freedom, a woman who had at least five marriage prospects, but – in the end a woman who refused to settle for anything less than Mr. Darcy. Illustrated with two sections of color plates, Lucy Worsley’s At Home with Jane Austen is a richly entertaining and illuminating new book about one of the world s favorite novelists and one of the subjects she returned to over and over in her unforgettable novels: home.”

GEORGE; A MEMORY OF GEORGE MICHAEL by SEAN SMITH

George is the story of two extraordinary lives – the private man and the public legend.

Georgios Panayiotou was just eighteen when he decided to adopt the stage name of George Michael. Sometimes his two worlds would collide with shattering consequences.

Bestselling biographer Sean Smith has gone back to the neighbourhoods of North London to trace the astonishing journey of a sensitive but determined boy who grew up to be one of the biggest British pop stars of all time.

Along the way, he talks to those close to George, revealing the real man – funny, articulate, intelligent and generous spirited – who hid behind the powerful image he created.

He reveals the complex relationship with his high-achieving Greek-Cypriot father; the unconditional love of his mother; his teenage relationships with girls; and his first tragic love affair with another man.

George’s career began falteringly with a schoolboy band, exploded with Wham! before he became a solo phenomenon. But at the height of his fame, the world seemed to turn against him. Smith describes his despair at losing the two people who mattered most, how he sought consolation in drugs, his notorious ‘coming out’ and how he ended up in jail.

His health failed him and he died heartbreakingly alone on Christmas Day, 2016.

Affectionate yet honest and moving, George is both a celebration of George Michael’s music and a lasting tribute to a decent and much-loved man

Really looking forward to this little lot – I will be trying my best to be better restrained on the book buying front in 2018 but we all know how that goes!! The more we try to stop, the less we are able to!!  But this little lot should keep me happy for a while!  

HAPPY READING!!