Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Book Love - March

So my book challenge continued in March, with 8 books read.... that tells you how well my commutes have been, when I can  read 8 books travelling into and out of London.
This months reads have been a welcome relief from the city taking me to the countrysides of the Cotswold's, Suffolk, Roxborough, Swell Valley and Dartmouth along with the coast of Cornwall.
* Rules for a Successful Book Club - Victoria Connelly  - this is Victoria's 2nd book in the book club series and here we pick up on the story of Polly Nightingale. Polly's husband walked out of the house 3 years ago; leaving behind his wife and 3 year old son. Polly finds herself spending time with neighbour Jago; a guitar playing biker, 13 years her junior who her son finds himself delightful. With life looking on the up, Polly's life takes a turn when she starts to believe she is being watched. can the past come back to haunt her?  I loved catching up with the Nightingale family in the lovely countryside of Suffolk having read book 1 in january.... now looking forward to book 3!
* The Woman who Upped and left - Fiona Gibson - this fun read features Audrey a divorced mum to an 18 year old teenage son Morgan... juggling jobs and picking up dirty pants is as thrilling as life gets for Audrey, unless you count romantic trysts in motorway service hotels with her salesman boyfriend. When she is offered an opportunity to escape for a week to a gorgeous hotel for a cordon bleau cooking course she grabs it with both hands and runs away. Life catches up with her and it becomes even more complicated, with laugh out loud moments and a great supporting cast this is a fun read, perefct to escape with on a rainy afternoon.
* Rumour has it - Jill Mansell - Tilly quits her job in London after being dumped by her boyfriend Gavin for a 'girl friday' job in the village of Roxborough working for Max and his daughter Lou. She is quickly ensconsed into the charm & gossip of village life. Tilly also meets Jack best friend of Max a widower and the man who has broken hearts all across the village. I loved this book, Jill is definitely one of my all time favourites. The village of Roxborough was so much fun and this book covers so many topics, a great read with a very delicious leading man!
* Riders - Jilly Cooper - sometimes you have to re-visit a classic!... picked this back up after reading Tilly's & Lucy's books which both feature horses and stables. It's over 25 years since I last read Riders and 25 years later Rupert Campbell- Black still has the swoon stakes in the equestrian world. I was always a Jake fan and it was great to re-visit the world of show-jumping. Even though this book was written 30 years ago it still holds its own in today's world. A fantastic retreat into the Cotswold countryside and the bitter rivalry in the show-jumping ring..
* Summer at Tiffany's - Karen Swan - SaT is the sequel to Karen Swans Christmas at Tiffany's and we join Cassie and Henry 18 months on, when life seems ideal. However although Cassie wears Henry's ring on her finger she is reluctant to set a date.Henry is still an explorer and finds himself skippering an expedition across the Pacific, Cassie decamps to Cornwall to spend time with friends and family. Here she finds herself in the company of a blast from her past which makes her question where her future lies. She is also finds herself presented with one of Henry's infamous lists. Life suddenly becomes a little more serious and she has some big decisions to make. I loved catching up with Cassie and Henry and the family & friends from the Tiffany books. I do hope that Karen writes another. (Fitz was as equally hooked on this book along with me - he took much delight in page turning on the ipad!)
* The Show - Tilly Bagshawe - this is the 2nd book in the Swell series and we join Gabe and Laura Baxter on their farm nestled in the chocolate box valleys of Swell valley. Prior to marrying Gabe Laura worked in the Tv world and with them struggling financially she pitches an idea to film a 'on the farm' reality series. With a protest group led by the vicar, an exiled PM turned TV financier  and a sexy driven american female Tv presenter to deal with Laura and Gabe's idyllic country life soon starts to show a few cracks. A great return to the village of Swell and I am looking forward to the 3rd book later this year.
* The Day we Disappeared - Lucy Robinson - a thrilling read by Lucy Robinson and in typical Lucy style, not everything is as it seems. We meet Annie who is holding a really big secret and we also meet Kate who has run away from her life in Ireland to a stable yard in the depths of Devon. Both girls are friends having met many years ago whilst travelling around Thailand. Kate starts a job as a trainee within the stable yard and trying desperately to hide that she has no stable experience from the owner and famous equestrian rider Mark. Annie finds her life changing when she meets Stephen who offers her the perfect job. Plagued with bouts of anxiety, depression and post traumatic stress Annie finally feels her life has turned a corner. We follow both girls lives and as their lives become more complicated so it reveals that not all is as it seems.... a great read full of twists and surprises all the way through.
* The Undomesticated Goddess - Sophie Kinsella - its been some time since I read a Sophie Kinsella book and this has been languishing in my "to read" pile. Its a fun read that finds us meeting Samantha a high powered lawyer who thrives on pressure. One day when it seems that Samantha is about to receive the job that she has dreamed and worked for she finds that she has made a colossal mistake, resulting in her walking out of a job and jumping on a train. She finds herself in the middle of nowhere and mistakenly caught up in the interviews for a housekeeper in the countryside. With an IQ of 158 Samantha can deal with all calamities in the courthouse but has no idea how to turn on the oven. Hiding out in the kitchen Samantha finds herself falling in love with both the countryside and its inhabitants and her life in London seems a long way away. However life has a funny way of catching up with you. A delightful read and a welcome change for Sophie Kinsella away from her shopaholic series.
Thank you ladies for 8 fantastic reads, I've loved visiting the countryside of England in this months reads... I am now 20 books in of my 75 book reading challenge; here's the previous 12 from 2016.

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Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Book Love - March

So my book challenge continued in March, with 8 books read.... that tells you how well my commutes have been, when I can  read 8 books travelling into and out of London.
This months reads have been a welcome relief from the city taking me to the countrysides of the Cotswold's, Suffolk, Roxborough, Swell Valley and Dartmouth along with the coast of Cornwall.
* Rules for a Successful Book Club - Victoria Connelly  - this is Victoria's 2nd book in the book club series and here we pick up on the story of Polly Nightingale. Polly's husband walked out of the house 3 years ago; leaving behind his wife and 3 year old son. Polly finds herself spending time with neighbour Jago; a guitar playing biker, 13 years her junior who her son finds himself delightful. With life looking on the up, Polly's life takes a turn when she starts to believe she is being watched. can the past come back to haunt her?  I loved catching up with the Nightingale family in the lovely countryside of Suffolk having read book 1 in january.... now looking forward to book 3!
* The Woman who Upped and left - Fiona Gibson - this fun read features Audrey a divorced mum to an 18 year old teenage son Morgan... juggling jobs and picking up dirty pants is as thrilling as life gets for Audrey, unless you count romantic trysts in motorway service hotels with her salesman boyfriend. When she is offered an opportunity to escape for a week to a gorgeous hotel for a cordon bleau cooking course she grabs it with both hands and runs away. Life catches up with her and it becomes even more complicated, with laugh out loud moments and a great supporting cast this is a fun read, perefct to escape with on a rainy afternoon.
* Rumour has it - Jill Mansell - Tilly quits her job in London after being dumped by her boyfriend Gavin for a 'girl friday' job in the village of Roxborough working for Max and his daughter Lou. She is quickly ensconsed into the charm & gossip of village life. Tilly also meets Jack best friend of Max a widower and the man who has broken hearts all across the village. I loved this book, Jill is definitely one of my all time favourites. The village of Roxborough was so much fun and this book covers so many topics, a great read with a very delicious leading man!
* Riders - Jilly Cooper - sometimes you have to re-visit a classic!... picked this back up after reading Tilly's & Lucy's books which both feature horses and stables. It's over 25 years since I last read Riders and 25 years later Rupert Campbell- Black still has the swoon stakes in the equestrian world. I was always a Jake fan and it was great to re-visit the world of show-jumping. Even though this book was written 30 years ago it still holds its own in today's world. A fantastic retreat into the Cotswold countryside and the bitter rivalry in the show-jumping ring..
* Summer at Tiffany's - Karen Swan - SaT is the sequel to Karen Swans Christmas at Tiffany's and we join Cassie and Henry 18 months on, when life seems ideal. However although Cassie wears Henry's ring on her finger she is reluctant to set a date.Henry is still an explorer and finds himself skippering an expedition across the Pacific, Cassie decamps to Cornwall to spend time with friends and family. Here she finds herself in the company of a blast from her past which makes her question where her future lies. She is also finds herself presented with one of Henry's infamous lists. Life suddenly becomes a little more serious and she has some big decisions to make. I loved catching up with Cassie and Henry and the family & friends from the Tiffany books. I do hope that Karen writes another. (Fitz was as equally hooked on this book along with me - he took much delight in page turning on the ipad!)
* The Show - Tilly Bagshawe - this is the 2nd book in the Swell series and we join Gabe and Laura Baxter on their farm nestled in the chocolate box valleys of Swell valley. Prior to marrying Gabe Laura worked in the Tv world and with them struggling financially she pitches an idea to film a 'on the farm' reality series. With a protest group led by the vicar, an exiled PM turned TV financier  and a sexy driven american female Tv presenter to deal with Laura and Gabe's idyllic country life soon starts to show a few cracks. A great return to the village of Swell and I am looking forward to the 3rd book later this year.
* The Day we Disappeared - Lucy Robinson - a thrilling read by Lucy Robinson and in typical Lucy style, not everything is as it seems. We meet Annie who is holding a really big secret and we also meet Kate who has run away from her life in Ireland to a stable yard in the depths of Devon. Both girls are friends having met many years ago whilst travelling around Thailand. Kate starts a job as a trainee within the stable yard and trying desperately to hide that she has no stable experience from the owner and famous equestrian rider Mark. Annie finds her life changing when she meets Stephen who offers her the perfect job. Plagued with bouts of anxiety, depression and post traumatic stress Annie finally feels her life has turned a corner. We follow both girls lives and as their lives become more complicated so it reveals that not all is as it seems.... a great read full of twists and surprises all the way through.
* The Undomesticated Goddess - Sophie Kinsella - its been some time since I read a Sophie Kinsella book and this has been languishing in my "to read" pile. Its a fun read that finds us meeting Samantha a high powered lawyer who thrives on pressure. One day when it seems that Samantha is about to receive the job that she has dreamed and worked for she finds that she has made a colossal mistake, resulting in her walking out of a job and jumping on a train. She finds herself in the middle of nowhere and mistakenly caught up in the interviews for a housekeeper in the countryside. With an IQ of 158 Samantha can deal with all calamities in the courthouse but has no idea how to turn on the oven. Hiding out in the kitchen Samantha finds herself falling in love with both the countryside and its inhabitants and her life in London seems a long way away. However life has a funny way of catching up with you. A delightful read and a welcome change for Sophie Kinsella away from her shopaholic series.
Thank you ladies for 8 fantastic reads, I've loved visiting the countryside of England in this months reads... I am now 20 books in of my 75 book reading challenge; here's the previous 12 from 2016.

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