Sunday, November 12, 2017

Coming Home To Island House by Erica James . Review

This is a story about families , the ups and downs , heartbreaks and breathtaking moments . The story is based around Romily and Jack , an unconventional marriage based upon the opinions of the locals in the village  , but there is much more going on with them under the surface . When tragedy occurs and family members  have been pushed together again at Island House ,limits are pushed and emotions are running high .
This was a beautiful epic story of one family with a very strong couple at the helm. I loved Romily's character , she had the right amount of common sense with a good dose of empathy even though her entire life changed and she had to share her home with some people who did not feel much love towards her . This is a feel good story with lots of moments that leave you with a lump in your throat. A must read ! 

I received this book for review from the lovely people over at
This book is being published January 2018 and will be available from and all other good bookstores then . 
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Saturday, November 4, 2017

Reading This Weekend

Hi guys! Hope you all had a lovely week . 
This evening feels really like autumn , the heating is on , there is hailstones bashing the windows and I have a stack of books by my side and some lovely Yogi tea . 
There is something about this time of year that has me reaching for mysteries more then other time of year , nothing like a cosy mystery to solve before you hit the hay every night !
Some of this weeks books you may have seen on previous weeks blog uploads , I am only finishing them this weekend , they have all been started . 
Here we go!

I Am Thunder by Mohammad Khan . Review

This is a story about a teenage girl called Muzna , she dreams of being an author when she gets older but her strict Muslim parents have other ideas for her . Muzna is a great character , she is funny and down to earth with ambition and gumption . Muzna lives in the UK with her family who are originally from Pakistan , she has had a rigid upbringing where her parents are always trying to keep her safe in every way,  but especially where boys are concerned , so when she meets a boy she likes her straightforward world gets a lot more complicated and dangerous for her and those around her . This was a beautiful and heartbreaking book , the main character had such a great sense of humour I was rooting for her to do well . I read this in one sitting , it was marvellous . 

I received this book for review from the lovely people over at Lovereading4kids . This book is being published January 2018 and will be available from Lovereading4kids and all other good bookstores then . 
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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Happy Halloween

 Hi guys ! Happy Halloween ! It would not be Halloween without a Halloween list of my favourite fear inducing reads so here is my list for this year with some reappearances of some old favourites :

1: NOS4R2 by Joe Hill
2:The Woman In Black by Susan Hill
3: Dracula by Bram Stoker
4: Rosemary's Baby by Ira Levin
5: Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell
6: 14 by Peter Clines 
7: Misery by Stephen King
8: The Shining by Stephen King
9: It by Stephen King 
10: The Amityville Horror by Jay Anson

Wishing you a spooktacular Halloween !  

In My Mailbox

In my mailbox today for review is this fab book:
I Am Thunder by Mohammad Khan 

Monday, October 30, 2017

Reading This Week

Hi guys! Hope you are having a lovely Monday . I was at the library last week where I picked up some more awesome cookery books and a few other bits and bobs . I tell you , there is nothing like autumn weather for making you want to pull out the cookery books  and make something hot and nourishing . I am still working my way through the cookery books from my blog post of last week and I can truly say I found more then just  a few gems to cook in those books. Ahhhh books and good food , the perfect  pair for the cold months . 
Also , in other news  have you seen "A Quiet Passion "  ,featuring Cynthia Nixon where she plays the poet Emily Dickinson ?  I am hoping to watch it this weekend and I can't wait! I love books about authors/ poets  and books or bookshops ..... sigh .... I only wish there was more of them. I might post a review on here when I finish it . 
Anyway my lovelies have a great day.  

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Competition Goodies

Hello lovelies ! I recently entered a competition on Instagram that MissBohemia and Littlebookwormig were running . I was the very lucky winner and here are the gorgeous bookish goodies I picked as my prize . 
If you enjoy bookish goodies or like to buy them as gifts for your book loving friends MissBohemia has an Etsy shop where there is oodles of loveliness ! 

Reading This Weekend

When I looked out my window this morning and it's truly grim , it looks like any minute now there should be a Demogorgon or two lurking around or at the very least a few Dementors flying  , it's all misty and grey and has all the ingredients for a truly great Stephen King book. 
That being said , when it is a bit yack outside it's time to cosy up inside and catch up on some reading and watching some awesome tv in the form of the "Stranger Things" . Are you guys watching this show ? It's truly wonderful ! Set in the 80's with a knock out plot and bloody brilliant cast . It's everything you could want from a show ! The first season was incredible and season two is just as great . If you have not already , check it out! 
So , back to book business ;0) here is a peek at what I am reading this weekend .......add cocoa .....tea ,  and a blanket and I am sorted  for the weekend . 

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Reading This Weekend

Hi guys! Did you all get through the storm of last week? Hopefully you did without too much fuss . 
I picked up some awesome library books today that I am hoping to read through this weekend and a bit of next week . I am always more interested in cooking in the autumn/ winter months more so then the summer time so I like to try out some new cookery books this time of year and see what recipes catch my interest . 
I also got a good mystery( who does not love Jessica fletcher) and a book about a bookstore ( that title peeked my interest straight away ) . Anyway guys this is what I will be reading , I hope you have lots of lovely reading planned too especially if we are getting another storm coming , it might be time to batten down the hatches with a teapot and stack of books if it heads your way   :0)
Midnight At The Bright Ideas Bookstore by Matthew Sullivan 
Mary Berry Everyday
Murder She Wrote , The Ghost And Mrs Fletcher by Jessica Fletcher, Donald Bain and Renée Paley Bain
Avoca Cafe Cookbook 
Mary Berry Cooks The Perfect 

Thursday, October 19, 2017

How To Hang A Witch by Adriana Mather. Review

This is a story based around a teen girl called Sam , we quickly learn that her father is in hospital with a serious problem and she has to move house with her stepmother to Salem , home to the Salem Witch trials back in the day . Being a new girl in town  has its problems too when a certain group of bitchy girls at school all related to those persecuted in the witch trials of the past decide to make her unwelcome . 
This was so much fun , it had just the right amount of historical details combined with modern day problems making it an all round great read with interesting characters and a fresh new look at a modern day witch hunt . Go read this!!

I received this book for review from the lovely people over at
This book has already been published in the US and now thankfully it is reaching our shores ! Yay! 
This book is being published in January 2018 and will be available then from and all other good bookstores then . 
Below please find a link to the website : 

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Hurricane Ophelia

Hi guys . As it seems we are starting the week with a great big hurricane ( let's hope it fizzles to a bit of a breeze by the time it reaches us ) please stay safe , charge phones and don't take unnecessary risks. Keep pets and loved ones safe until it passes. Nothing is worth the risk if it does prove to be a hurricane hitting us. If ever there was a night for some hygge it's tonight .

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Reading This Week

Hi guys! Hope you are all having a lovey weekend. I have been struggling a bit this week with reading. Every time
I open a book and try to read my mind keeps wandering and no matter how many times I drag it screaming back off it goes again . 
So , that being said I have read one book and listened to two . Reviews will be up over the next couple of days for those , but below are the books I am hoping to finish this coming week , all are started , and are really good .. now if I can just make my head sit still ( so to speak) . 

Kiss Carlo by Adriana Trigiani

Arsenic and Old Books
by Miranda James

In This Grave Hour by Jacqueline Winspear

Monday, October 2, 2017

Cosy Autumn Days

This is the time of year I love getting cosy and as I have been enjoying different types of exercise this year , when I am not exercising I like to get comfy and pull out these goodies .
I love meditation , it really does take practise to get the hang of it and some days it works better then others but I find if I can pop an eye mask on top of my lids while I am doing it then it helps centre me a bit more and the lavender scent is calming . You can find these on most pharmacies or have a look on Amazon or Etsy for some really cute ones .

The weather is sunny one minute and lashing rain the next so you don't know what way to dressage the minute so the one thing that is consistent with me in my day is some lip balm . Even if you don't have the time or the inclination to do anything else pop some on your lips ! Your lips will appreciate it ! This wind plays havoc on all skin . Help it out as much as you can before the even colder weather gets here . 
I have been listening to "IT" by Stephen King on my audible app, its very good ! I am hoping to get to see the movie before it leaves the cinema if I can find someone to go with me  that is not afraid of clowns ;0)
Have you heard about Lagom? I have been coming across lots of books about it recently and it seems to be this years hygge. 
Lagom simply put means enough, not too much , not too little , just enough . 
I am also listening to Lagom : The Swedish Art Of Living A Balanced And Happy Life by Niki Brantmark. I am really enjoying this book, it's a really cosy read , perfect for this time of year full of information , tips and hints. 
I have not been journaling on a daily basis these past few weeks , I have been doing it weekly , but between one thing and another I had to put daily journaling to one side . I was feeling a little overwhelmed for a while and I could not put my finger on what was causing it so I went back to basics with my life in every way to see if I could rectify the situation and I think I have . Sometimes you get stuck in a rut in life with food or relationships or sometimes you just don't know why you are in a funk at all , it's at times like this it's important to go easy on yourself and write down what's bothering you, what options you have and a plan to go forward. Baby steps guys, baby steps! 

I have been using meditation for the horrible 
Anxiety and panic attacks and I have come across some good apps online  . I would say that guided meditations are a very personal choice and the narrators voice is important so I would say have a look yourself for one that you enjoy . 
Headspace , Relax And Rest are two good ones but there are loads more to choose from , it is really all about preference. .
Now when anxiety is making an unsocial visit I find listening to podcasts very useful , stick in some headphones and take 15 minutes to ground yourself again . Below are some of the podcasts I like to follow :

1:The Lavendaire Lifestyle
2:From The Heart( conversations with Yoga girl) 
3:The Slow Home Podcast
4:Meditation Station

The Woman In The Window by A.J Finn. Review

This was a deeply disturbing read for many reasons , the main character is a lady doctor who is agoraphobic who also has a drink problem and is also abusing medication , you understand from early on that she has been through something traumatic and she is still struggling to cope but is fooling herself . My heart went out to her , she is really caring to those who she comes into contact with but that proves to be dangerous one day when she sees something happen with her camera across from where she lives . You kind of don't know if the narrator is reliable because  of her drink and drug daily use so as the story progresses you are on a dark journey full of jaw dropping surprises with her .
This was a very good story with a very surprising ending that I had not guessed at all. I loved it and if you love a good thriller then this is the one for you !  Excellent!

I received this book for review from the lovely people over at
This book is being published February 2018
And will be available from
And all other good bookstores then . 
Below please find a link to this book on the lovereading website :

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Reading This Week

Hello friends . It feels like Autumn has well and truly arrived , It's a beautiful start to the weekend with the sun shining , a crispness in the air , and a stack of new library books to read . Of course there is also veg to be planted and some home baking to be done. It's nearing the end of most of the growing season but my peppers and courgettes broccoli, cauliflower are still thriving . It was a good growing year for me and I was very pleased how it went. I enjoyed being able to eat more vegetables and pick them and cook them instantly when I needed them. Peelings then went in my compost bin so nothing was wasted . I have read a fair few vegetable growing books this year as well as books on allotments ( well you never know where a good idea might spring from ) , there is so much to learn and so much to gain by putting the effort in.
 My mum has always loved gardening , it is like therapy for her , she loves her time in the garden , mowing her lawn and tending to her beds , dead heading and weed pulling were surprisingly satisfying and seeing the first bulbs in the spring time pop through the soil were a cheerful sight to behold . Of course I never thought for a second that I would pick up mums love of gardening but that's exactly what happened much to my surprise . 
I like to share out my new plants with my mum, I know her favourites and I always plant extras to give her to add to her own garden and veg plot to be planted  . 
With the cooler weather here now it is going to be fun seeing what I can grow now!
Anyway , here are some of the cosy reads I have to read this week . I am half way through three of them so I hope to finish them, and begin the others over the weekend . 
I hope where ever you are you are having a nice weekend with lots of lovely books to read . 

Lagom by Linnea Dunne 

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Y Is For Yesterday by Sue Grafton . Review And Some Gushing

With only one more book left in this series each book is met with much excitement and I am not going to lie , a little fear . I have my favourite characters that I have been following for so many years now , that the thought of losing one of them at the end would be truly heartbreaking . If you are familiar with the series you will know Kinsey Milhone , private investigator , rough around the edges , naturally curious , big heart and love of jogging ,burgers ,and books . She is a tenant of dear Henry, retired baker and all round awesome human . He lives beside her . 
In this story we see a darker side to the job Kinsey does , the story also flits back and forth in time to an old crime and how it is still effecting current day ( Kinsey's current day)
events for some people  . The story is a lot more graphic then I would be used to from Sue , that's not a bad thing but worth noting if you prefer your story with less graphic violence . 
The crime is sickening but Kinseys management of the case is admirable and I loved her gumption and street smarts . I have a great fondness for the relationship between Kinsey and Henry , my hope is that they will both live to the end of the series so I can imagine them always in an eternal place where all characters live when we leave them on the page . Maybe that is soppy but when you have dedicated as much time into these characters and these stories  as I have , You can't help rooting for them at the end . Enjoy!

Editing Emma by Chloe Saeger. Review

I loved this story about teenage girl Emma Nash. Emma is a larger then life character with a fantastic sense of humour who enjoys blogging and using social media to stalk her ex. The story is made up of blog posts , and I loved the way Emma's important life moments were contained in these posts. Seeing how life can play out where everything is in the open more makes life more complicated and invasive sometimes and I think that is especially true when it comes to dating , for Emma this was easily becoming an unhealthy obsession . Emma is very likeable and blunt which I loved , she has a vulnerable side too which makes her all the more enjoyable to read about. I highly recommend this YA read . 

I received this book for review from the lovey people over at
This book was published in August 2017 .
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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Welcome Kelly Florentia !

Today I am welcoming Kelly Florentia to my blog and her new book  . This is Kelly's second book and I have to say it is a cracker! Below I have included my own review as well as some information about where you can find this awesome author and all round fabulous human . 

This is a contemporary women's fiction / romance set primarily in London . Audrey Fox is the main character of the story , she has recently been let down by her fiancé just before their wedding and has had her heart well and truly battered . But as one door closes another opens in the form of the gorgeous Daniel, business man and single father. 
This was a really enjoyable story with lost love , fresh starts , forgiveness and more then a few shocks for the reader, also have the tissues handy ! I love a story that catches me by surprise and this did exactly that . Audrey was a great character , I was backing her all the way , she is a loyal friend and a good person who has had lots of horrible things aimed her way so I was rooting for her to the very end , I wanted to see her shine !
This was a one sit read for me and I can't recommend it highly enough ,sleep, who needs it anyway ;0) .I just had to know how it would end ,and if Audrey would get her happy ever after ! I loved it!

I received this book in exchange for a review . This book is being published by Urbane Publications on September 21st and will be available from all good bookshops then . This is the first book in a sequel . 

Urbane Publications:


Kelly Florentia was born and bred in north London, where she continues to live with her husband Joe. No Way Back, released 21st September, is her second novel.  

Kelly has always enjoyed writing and was a bit of a poet when she was younger. Before penning her debut The Magic Touch(2016), she wrote short stories for women’s magazines. To Tell a Tale or Two… is a collection of her short tales.

Kelly has a keen interest in health and fitness and has written many articles on this subject. Smooth Operator (published in January 2017) is a collection of twenty of her favourite smoothie recipes.

As well as writing, Kelly enjoys reading, running, yoga, drinking coffee, and scoffing cakes. She is currently working on the sequel to NO WAY BACK. 



When two eligible and attractive men are vying for your heart, it should be the perfect dilemma...

Audrey Fox has been dumped by her unreliable fiancé Nick Byrne just days before the wedding. Heartbroken and confused, the last thing she expects when she jumps on a plane to convalesce in Cyprus is romance. But a chance meeting with handsome entrepreneur and father-of-one Daniel Taylor weaves her into a dating game she's not sure she's ready for. Audrey's life is thrown into further turmoil when she discovers on her return to London that Nick has been involved in a serious motorcycle accident that's left him in intensive care. Distraught yet determined to look to the future, Audrey must make a decision - follow her heart or listen to well-meaning advice from family and friends? Because sometimes, no matter what, it's the people that we love who can hurt us the most...


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Twitter: @kellyflorentia


No Way Back Spotify Playlist:

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Reading This Week

Hi guys! I am loving this nicer weather this past few days . The dreary rain from the past few weeks was getting a bit tedious so I am welcoming every ray we get. We have been doing home repairs and improvements and my reading time has got a lot less recently but I am still trying to listen to my audiobooks as I am going about my day . This week I will have more time to open my books so these are the books I am hoping to get to between now and the start of next week. I usually read a book a night ( what can I say .... I always have to know what happened before I go to sleep ;0) ) 
There is a mix of cosy mystery , yoga and holistic books. A nice mix of reading material to tuck up with every night in front of the fire because lets face it what's better then that.... well  chocolate cake is pretty damn good too , but let's not get into that right now . ;0) . On with the books my friends !

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

My Current Reading Pile

Hi guys! Well it feels like the glorious summer weather has abandoned us lately so I did what any sensible book lover would do . I requested some fabulous library books and here are the goodies I am reading this week ..... plus ,  If they are as good as I think they will be I doubt I will notice the grey skies and heavy downpours .I am missing reading outdoors though ..... ahhhhhh it was bliss , but now it's time for some cosy reading indoors next to the stove . 

Afraid by Jack Kilborn 
If You Lived Here,  I'd Know Your Name by Heather Lende 
Night Of The Living Dandelion by Kate Collins 
Jane Austen The Secret Radical by Helena  Kelly