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 fiancĂ© 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 . 

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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


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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 !