Monday, 27 July 2015

Book Love ~ July

This month I am sharing 4 reads that have entertained me on my travels during the month; 3 new releases and one that has been languishing in my "to read" pile. July's reads have made me laugh lots and all have a lovely summer feel, complimenting both the weather and feel of the month


Dream a Little Dream – Giovanna Fletcher
When Sarah starts dreaming of a handsome stranger who shares a fleeting
resemblance to a guy she met in her past, it brightens what has become a little bit of a boring happyish life and not one that she planned. Dumped by her long term boyfriend when he meets his perfect one, she then has to spend time with him as they both share the same friends, this along with never quite fulfilling her mums life expectations means that "dream Brett" creates a huge pleasant distraction. This distraction is much welcome until he appears in real life at the end of her desk as the new guy in the office…. Thrown together within a work capacity Sarah & Real Brett's dreams may just become a reality.
Thoroughly enjoyed Giovanna's 3rd book; the main 2 characters are lovely and the supporting cast of friends are fun too… which creates plenty of opportunities for sequels of this story.(hopefully)..As previously blogged I was lucky enough to go to the launch party of this book, and met Giovanna who was delightful…
Molly is a newly divorced mum of 3 boys who finds herself inheriting her beloved aunts dilapidated bed & breakfast Harrington hall on the Devon coast. The three hundred year old house needs some tender loving care and restoration, not unlike Molly, the only bright hues on the horizon are the stunning rose gardens that her aunt tendered so lovingly. Along with inheriting the hall; Molly also inherits her eccentric uncle and his pet parrot; spurred on by her best friend Lola; who self-confessed puts the high in maintenance, Molly uproots herself & boys from her London life and moves to Devon. Molly now finds herself with saving the hall, managing her devious brother and father, adopting all the waifs and strays within her aunts life along with her dotty uncle and a verbally abusive parrot and dealing with her sneaky ex-husband and insipid new wife.
It's some time since I read a Gil McNeil novel and forgot how much she has the capacity to make you laugh about the most mundane things in life. Loved the characters of Lola (best friend) and Betty (parrot) who between them naughty behaviours and language is laugh out loud. Overall a fun read that made me chuckle on several occasions; even during the serious points.
·         The Great Village Show – Alexandra Brown;
The Great Village show sees a welcome return to the village of Tindledale.
(Great Christmas Knit Off). Meg is the acting head teacher of the village school; she is incredibly passionate about her school and pupils, this comes under threat when the local school board announce that the school may close due to pupil numbers and costs. Meg is determined to put up a fight and hopes that The Great Village Show will show all what a fabulous community and village  that Tindledale is. As the preparations step up a pace Meg meets two newcomers to the village; The Cavendish family – Jessie, Sebastian and their triplets – all is not what appears in this perfect little family and Meg soon becomes a friend and confident to Jessie's life and the dashing but very grumpy Michelin starred chef Dan Wright.  I absolutely loved this book and being back in Tindledale; it was a joy to catch-up with Sybs, Ben, Hettie  along with the new characters; Dan is quite delicious and does a fabulous job of winding Meg up at every moment. Alexandra does a fabulous job of describing the most perfect village to live in; and makes me hanker a move to rural life on every occasion. This is a perfect summer read… well-done AB
This is the second book in Jenny Oliver's Cherry Pie Island and features Holly and her vintage ice-cream van that she has inherited from …. The Grand Reopening of Dandelion Café hints at a back story of Holly and in this book we see how that story has got Holly in the predicament that she is.
Holly has since a teenager had a huge girl crush on her friends brother Wilf, Wilf however is a womanising super rich entrepreneur. One impromptu night later and suddenly Holly and Wilf find themselves linked for life with an unexpected addition. With Wilf's mothers wedding pending in the south of France and her desire for an ice-cream van to feature in the reception, they find themselves on a road trip across the channel. Enjoyed this book although probably not as much as the first, parts of it felt a little hurried, but characters were funny and leading man absolutely gorgeous (always a big tick in my book bubble)… looking forward to reading the next instalment starring Wilf's sister.

As you can see I have only managed 4 reads this month as life has been busy. It was lovely that one of them was an actual book and not on my kindle / iphone .... which led to lots of looks and conversations with commuters on the tube & train when I pulled a book out of my bag! I love the feel of books and determined to feature at least one 'actual' book in my monthly "to read pile" alongside the virtual. I already have 6 books queued to read in August, so hoping for some lovely weather so that I can go and curl up under a tree in the park and read.
Thankyou ladies for keeping me entertained this month on my commute and travels…. It's been a joy.

1 comment:

Caroline said...

One thing I really miss when I go on holiday these days is being able to see what people are reading around the pool, now that everybody reads on kindles. I have a love-hate relationship with mine, and I often still read 'real' books despite the convenience of the Kindle! x

Monday, 27 July 2015

Book Love ~ July

This month I am sharing 4 reads that have entertained me on my travels during the month; 3 new releases and one that has been languishing in my "to read" pile. July's reads have made me laugh lots and all have a lovely summer feel, complimenting both the weather and feel of the month


Dream a Little Dream – Giovanna Fletcher
When Sarah starts dreaming of a handsome stranger who shares a fleeting
resemblance to a guy she met in her past, it brightens what has become a little bit of a boring happyish life and not one that she planned. Dumped by her long term boyfriend when he meets his perfect one, she then has to spend time with him as they both share the same friends, this along with never quite fulfilling her mums life expectations means that "dream Brett" creates a huge pleasant distraction. This distraction is much welcome until he appears in real life at the end of her desk as the new guy in the office…. Thrown together within a work capacity Sarah & Real Brett's dreams may just become a reality.
Thoroughly enjoyed Giovanna's 3rd book; the main 2 characters are lovely and the supporting cast of friends are fun too… which creates plenty of opportunities for sequels of this story.(hopefully)..As previously blogged I was lucky enough to go to the launch party of this book, and met Giovanna who was delightful…
Molly is a newly divorced mum of 3 boys who finds herself inheriting her beloved aunts dilapidated bed & breakfast Harrington hall on the Devon coast. The three hundred year old house needs some tender loving care and restoration, not unlike Molly, the only bright hues on the horizon are the stunning rose gardens that her aunt tendered so lovingly. Along with inheriting the hall; Molly also inherits her eccentric uncle and his pet parrot; spurred on by her best friend Lola; who self-confessed puts the high in maintenance, Molly uproots herself & boys from her London life and moves to Devon. Molly now finds herself with saving the hall, managing her devious brother and father, adopting all the waifs and strays within her aunts life along with her dotty uncle and a verbally abusive parrot and dealing with her sneaky ex-husband and insipid new wife.
It's some time since I read a Gil McNeil novel and forgot how much she has the capacity to make you laugh about the most mundane things in life. Loved the characters of Lola (best friend) and Betty (parrot) who between them naughty behaviours and language is laugh out loud. Overall a fun read that made me chuckle on several occasions; even during the serious points.
·         The Great Village Show – Alexandra Brown;
The Great Village show sees a welcome return to the village of Tindledale.
(Great Christmas Knit Off). Meg is the acting head teacher of the village school; she is incredibly passionate about her school and pupils, this comes under threat when the local school board announce that the school may close due to pupil numbers and costs. Meg is determined to put up a fight and hopes that The Great Village Show will show all what a fabulous community and village  that Tindledale is. As the preparations step up a pace Meg meets two newcomers to the village; The Cavendish family – Jessie, Sebastian and their triplets – all is not what appears in this perfect little family and Meg soon becomes a friend and confident to Jessie's life and the dashing but very grumpy Michelin starred chef Dan Wright.  I absolutely loved this book and being back in Tindledale; it was a joy to catch-up with Sybs, Ben, Hettie  along with the new characters; Dan is quite delicious and does a fabulous job of winding Meg up at every moment. Alexandra does a fabulous job of describing the most perfect village to live in; and makes me hanker a move to rural life on every occasion. This is a perfect summer read… well-done AB
This is the second book in Jenny Oliver's Cherry Pie Island and features Holly and her vintage ice-cream van that she has inherited from …. The Grand Reopening of Dandelion Café hints at a back story of Holly and in this book we see how that story has got Holly in the predicament that she is.
Holly has since a teenager had a huge girl crush on her friends brother Wilf, Wilf however is a womanising super rich entrepreneur. One impromptu night later and suddenly Holly and Wilf find themselves linked for life with an unexpected addition. With Wilf's mothers wedding pending in the south of France and her desire for an ice-cream van to feature in the reception, they find themselves on a road trip across the channel. Enjoyed this book although probably not as much as the first, parts of it felt a little hurried, but characters were funny and leading man absolutely gorgeous (always a big tick in my book bubble)… looking forward to reading the next instalment starring Wilf's sister.

As you can see I have only managed 4 reads this month as life has been busy. It was lovely that one of them was an actual book and not on my kindle / iphone .... which led to lots of looks and conversations with commuters on the tube & train when I pulled a book out of my bag! I love the feel of books and determined to feature at least one 'actual' book in my monthly "to read pile" alongside the virtual. I already have 6 books queued to read in August, so hoping for some lovely weather so that I can go and curl up under a tree in the park and read.
Thankyou ladies for keeping me entertained this month on my commute and travels…. It's been a joy.

1 comment:

Caroline said...

One thing I really miss when I go on holiday these days is being able to see what people are reading around the pool, now that everybody reads on kindles. I have a love-hate relationship with mine, and I often still read 'real' books despite the convenience of the Kindle! x