Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Book Love ~ May

My 5 reads for this month have transported me to worlds filled with friendship, fun, flowers, New York and oodles of old school glamour. The perfect accompaniment whilst travelling across London  during my commute and as I socialised in the city.
  • The Honeymoon Hotel ~ Hester Browne  - Rosie is the events manager at the Bonneville hotel in Mayfair; a glamorous art deco hotel which prides itself on the romantic era of old school hollywood stars and royalty. Rosie is engaged to a leading food critic and prides herself on her ability to organise and manage  with the hotel managers job firmly in her sights.- (alas romance is sadly lacking within her life.) Rosie finds herself with a new intern in the guise of the hotel owners eccentric son Joe, who completely upsets Rosie's ways of working and threatens her dream job... this is a delightful read and made me instantly think of the stunning Goring hotel in London which I imagined the Bonneville to be. I completely emphasised with Rosie and her work ethic, but Joe is equally as fun and loved as the story evolved around them great supporting characters. 
  • A Vintage Wedding ~ Katie Fforde - Beth, Lindy & Rachel meet in the "save the village hall" meeting in the small Cotswold village that Beth & Rachel have just moved into and Lindy had never moved out. The girls bond and find themselves taking on the challenge of organising Beths sister's wedding over Skype and on a limited budget. Vintage weddings is born and the girls find themselves in undated with requests to help people on their big days, unknown to them their own lives will also have a sprinkling of cupids bow during the months unexpected and unplanned. This is a lovely read which transports you into idyllic village life, where everyone knows each other and pulls together to help each other. KF has done it again with a delightful read, full of gorgeous men, fun & feisty women full of love and laughter.
    David Austin Roses ~ Chelsea Flower Show 2015
  • The Rose Girls ~ Victoria Connelly - This story follows Celeste and her 2 sisters Gertie and Evie as they come to terms with their mothers death and the relationship that she held with each of them - (often not pleasant) which has left long term effects on all 3 girls. Along with this Celeste is dealing with a failed marriage and the responsibility of trying to keep the family Rose business together and stop the family home from crumbling into the surrounding moat. This book is a gentle, heart warming read, filled with the most glorious floral descriptions of roses it makes you salivate. This book was the perfect read for me in the week that London was in bloom for Chelsea Flower show and the descriptions of the roses transported me back to my Gramps rose garden and the gorgeous Bury St Edmunds rose garden from my childhood.
  • Manolos in Manhatten ~ Katie Oliver - This is the 3rd book in the Marrying Mr Darcy series and Katie pulls out all the stops here. Set in New York we catch-up with Holly James who has moved stateside to support the opening of the latest Dashwood store and her chef fiancés new restaurant. Holly soon finds herself caught up investigating a mystery surrounding an old painting found hidden in the attic of the new store. She also finds herself  spending time with 3 of NY's eligible bachelors - a leading hollywood actor, a stuffy english lawyer and her up and coming chef Jamie. Along with catching up with Holly, characters from the 2 previous Marrying Mr Darcy books also have starring roles within this 3rd book, which is a fun romp through a fashionistas world of NY with a great mystery threading through the story.
  • The Doris Day Vintage Film Club ~ Fiona Harper - Claire grew up watching Doris Day movies with her grandmother, in her spare time she hosts a  DD film club above her local pub, during the day she runs her travel agent business specialising in romantic getaways. With her grandmother gone, Claire uses Doris to make sense of her life and her friends. Claire's errant downstairs neighbour returns from a long spell abroad, unaware that Claire now lives in her grandmothers old flat; Claire finds herself living her own "pillow talk" when wires are crossed through letters & messages left on each others doorsteps, without each other meeting. Along with this she meets Nic at a social event and finds herself planning a romantic getaway for 2, unknowing that he is her annoying neighbour .... I loved this book and on completion  found myself on a rainy afternoon watching a boxset of Doris's, singing along to all her classics.
As you can see I have had much fun with my 5 reads this month.... Here's my previous Book posts, What have you been reading this month, what would you recommend, I would love to hear from you.. 

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Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Book Love ~ May

My 5 reads for this month have transported me to worlds filled with friendship, fun, flowers, New York and oodles of old school glamour. The perfect accompaniment whilst travelling across London  during my commute and as I socialised in the city.
  • The Honeymoon Hotel ~ Hester Browne  - Rosie is the events manager at the Bonneville hotel in Mayfair; a glamorous art deco hotel which prides itself on the romantic era of old school hollywood stars and royalty. Rosie is engaged to a leading food critic and prides herself on her ability to organise and manage  with the hotel managers job firmly in her sights.- (alas romance is sadly lacking within her life.) Rosie finds herself with a new intern in the guise of the hotel owners eccentric son Joe, who completely upsets Rosie's ways of working and threatens her dream job... this is a delightful read and made me instantly think of the stunning Goring hotel in London which I imagined the Bonneville to be. I completely emphasised with Rosie and her work ethic, but Joe is equally as fun and loved as the story evolved around them great supporting characters. 
  • A Vintage Wedding ~ Katie Fforde - Beth, Lindy & Rachel meet in the "save the village hall" meeting in the small Cotswold village that Beth & Rachel have just moved into and Lindy had never moved out. The girls bond and find themselves taking on the challenge of organising Beths sister's wedding over Skype and on a limited budget. Vintage weddings is born and the girls find themselves in undated with requests to help people on their big days, unknown to them their own lives will also have a sprinkling of cupids bow during the months unexpected and unplanned. This is a lovely read which transports you into idyllic village life, where everyone knows each other and pulls together to help each other. KF has done it again with a delightful read, full of gorgeous men, fun & feisty women full of love and laughter.
    David Austin Roses ~ Chelsea Flower Show 2015
  • The Rose Girls ~ Victoria Connelly - This story follows Celeste and her 2 sisters Gertie and Evie as they come to terms with their mothers death and the relationship that she held with each of them - (often not pleasant) which has left long term effects on all 3 girls. Along with this Celeste is dealing with a failed marriage and the responsibility of trying to keep the family Rose business together and stop the family home from crumbling into the surrounding moat. This book is a gentle, heart warming read, filled with the most glorious floral descriptions of roses it makes you salivate. This book was the perfect read for me in the week that London was in bloom for Chelsea Flower show and the descriptions of the roses transported me back to my Gramps rose garden and the gorgeous Bury St Edmunds rose garden from my childhood.
  • Manolos in Manhatten ~ Katie Oliver - This is the 3rd book in the Marrying Mr Darcy series and Katie pulls out all the stops here. Set in New York we catch-up with Holly James who has moved stateside to support the opening of the latest Dashwood store and her chef fiancés new restaurant. Holly soon finds herself caught up investigating a mystery surrounding an old painting found hidden in the attic of the new store. She also finds herself  spending time with 3 of NY's eligible bachelors - a leading hollywood actor, a stuffy english lawyer and her up and coming chef Jamie. Along with catching up with Holly, characters from the 2 previous Marrying Mr Darcy books also have starring roles within this 3rd book, which is a fun romp through a fashionistas world of NY with a great mystery threading through the story.
  • The Doris Day Vintage Film Club ~ Fiona Harper - Claire grew up watching Doris Day movies with her grandmother, in her spare time she hosts a  DD film club above her local pub, during the day she runs her travel agent business specialising in romantic getaways. With her grandmother gone, Claire uses Doris to make sense of her life and her friends. Claire's errant downstairs neighbour returns from a long spell abroad, unaware that Claire now lives in her grandmothers old flat; Claire finds herself living her own "pillow talk" when wires are crossed through letters & messages left on each others doorsteps, without each other meeting. Along with this she meets Nic at a social event and finds herself planning a romantic getaway for 2, unknowing that he is her annoying neighbour .... I loved this book and on completion  found myself on a rainy afternoon watching a boxset of Doris's, singing along to all her classics.
As you can see I have had much fun with my 5 reads this month.... Here's my previous Book posts, What have you been reading this month, what would you recommend, I would love to hear from you.. 

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