Vintage

REVIEW: The Vintage Girl (Swept Off Her Feet) by Hester Browne

The Vintage Girl by Hester Browne

The Back of the Book

When Evie Nicholson is asked to visit Kettlesheer Castle in Scotland to archive the family heirlooms, she jumps at the chance. Evie’s passion for antiques means that, for her, the castle is a treasure trove of mysteries just waiting to be uncovered.

But in each heirloom lies a story, and in the course of her investigations Evie stumbles upon some long-buried family secrets. Add handsome, gloomy heir Robert McAndrew and a traditional candlelit gala to the mix, and Evie’s heart is sent reeling with an enthusiasm that may just extend beyond the Kettlesheer silver…

My Thoughts

It has been a while since I finished listening to this particular book. I guess the best place to start is at the beginning.

This book may be better known as Swept Off Her Feet by Hester Browne. The writing was deliciously sweet and listening to the book gave it a completely different dynamic. My bug bear with audio books is that they take the imagination out of reading. When you pick up a book and really get stuck in the voices that you have in your head are yours and only that. When audio takes over you just have to go with it or stop listening. Luckily the reader was delightful and put on a variety of voices that fit the bill perfectly.

Evie is a thirty year old hopeless romantic who loves everything art, vintage, history and quite a bit of old tat. Everything has a back story which fascinates Evie endlessly. Driving her boss mad buying on a whim and hoping that someone will see the beauty that she has seen. Evie lands the opportunity of a lifetime (for Evie!) and she heads up to the beautiful Scottish Highlands. Her sisters other halves family live in the most beautiful (from description) castle in the middle of nowhere. Not everyone can say that they have been a welcomed family guest in a castle. Well some may be able to but I can safely say that I am not one of them.

Whilst taking in all of the beauty of Kettlesheer’s glory the family descend and we meet Duncan and Ingrid a pair that can only be described as nothing other than chalk and cheese. With Duncan’s hefty outbursts and Ingrid’s quite becoming conversation they really are a couple that if I met would be in awe. They say opposites attract and this a testament to exactly that.

This is the point where I just cannot forget Robert McAndrew. You will get to know throughout the story that there is some serious chemistry between Evie and Robert. Quite the modern young scotsman in London, a family man at heart but with his own life and outlook on it. A man that most woman seem to want these days – damn fiction! Between the reeling (dancing!) and shuffling through family heirlooms the build up of sexual tension is ferocious and you will most likely like myself scream at the pair of them to just make something happen and SOON!

There are lots of other delightful twists and turns throughout the book that if you like most chick lit you will most definitely enjoy.

Overall this book is worth the read and I would recommend it as a holiday read.

Thank you to Quercus books for sending me the lovely book and sparking my interest in the first place :D

Rating

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Mediocre Beans

#IMWAYR

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This gorgeous little meme is something that the lovely Sheila has been keeping strong with over at her blog Book Journey.

It is the one day in the week where all of us book lovers can come together share what we are reading and add books to our forever growing To Be Read lists!

Sometimes I warn you this meme is detrimental to your wallet and book shelves however there are some awesome people out there so GET INVOLVED :D

STILL READING!

The Humans by Matt Haig

 

STILL LISTENING TO

The Vintage Girl by Hester Browne

Last week was not a terribly eventful week for me on the book front.
On the positive side I have been trying to squeeze in some listening so I am making progress on my current audio book!

A LITTLE NOTE FROM AUDIBLE!

On Thursday 5th June it is the London launch of #run2workday. Audible is supporting this great initiative and giving away a free audio download from a fantastic selection of books. This is in partnership with The Evening Standard.

The #run2workday initiative, which will kick off with a London launch on 5 June, is a nationwide campaign designed to inspire people to make running part of their everyday routine and to get London moving this summer. It will encourage Londoners to run to work instead of driving or using public transport, and to donate their usual fare to the Evening Standard’s partner charity, The Dispossessed Fund.

As official partner of the #run2workday scheme, Audible will offering a free audiobook download to all those who sign up to take part, with no strings attached. Runners will be able to select a download from Audible’s extensive catalogue of over 100,000 titles, ensuring hours of listening to keep them motivated and entertained as they run.

Runners World, the UK’s largest running magazine, recently partnered with Audible to examine how listening to Audible audiobooks affected the performance of long-distance runners*. Almost three-quarters of users said that listening to audiobooks made running more enjoyable and 1 in 5 found that listening to audiobooks made them run more often. 4 out of 5 said they would be likely, or very likely to continue using audiobooks in the future, and the same proportion said they would recommend listening to audiobooks to a friend or family member who runs.

In the run-up to the first #run2workday, Audible will also take ownership of ‘Run Hub’, Runners World’s online community. ‘Run Hub’ is an interactive running channel that enables users to log runs, join groups, diarise training schedules, share information and take part in new challenges every month. Audible is taking over the monthly challenge for the next two months, with June’s challenge being to run2work.

Laurence Howell, Director of Content at Audible.co.uk said: “Audible was founded by a runner, who realised that long-form storytelling was the perfect companion to a long run. Ever since then, some of Audible’s most dedicated listeners have been members of the running community, who rely on audiobooks to entertain and motivate them on the road. We are delighted to be involved in the #run2workday scheme and hope that people will be inspired to start pounding the pavements, and realise that it’s also a great opportunity to enjoy a good book!”

www.run2work.com/run2work-day   |   #run2workday

GET INVOLVED GUYS!

GIVEAWAY: Goody Bag with Popular by Maya Van Wagenen

The lovely people from Penguin put on a lovely vintage themed party for the interview of the lovely Maya Van Wagenen by the awesome Jo Elvin (Glamour Editor). Whilst there we were all given goody bags with a copy of the book and the opportunity to have a little chat with Maya and get her to sign her book. The lovely Maya signed a copy for me and personalised it and also signed two more copies for my readers.

The book is receiving rave reviews and Maya is truly inspirational especially for her age. She seems wise beyond her years and a pleasure to listen to when speaking. This young lady is poised and ready for action and I am pretty sure there will be a lot of that on the literary scene as she is well and truly on fire.

On the night we were given the hashtag WWBD – little did I know that when I actually checked on the social networking feeds that was also being used for What Would Beyoncé Do? – Quite frankly as fabulous as Beyoncé is I couldn’t give a rats backside what she would do in her current situation as it is none of my business. So with attention back on the lovely Maya we cracked on!

The Giveaway

What’s Included

- Signed Copy of the book Popular by Maya Van Wagenen

- Betty Cornell’s Teen-age Popularity Guide

-  June’s Issue of Glamour (With a hilarious editors letter from Jo!)

- Red Bird Makes Vintage Style Brooch

- Sweeties from There’s Only One Amy Law’s

- WWBD Armband

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Not a bad lot for a freebie so get those entries in ASAP for your chance to win this great goody bag – there are two up for grabs so go for it guys! And SPREAD THE WORD far and wide – the more entries the better!

So the giveaway is running from Thursday 22nd May at 07:00am until Thursday 29th May – sadly this competition is only open to UK residents as postage is too expensive to the USA. Click on the link below to go to the page for entries :D

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Popular (The Party from Penguin)

My, my that is a lot of P’s! Myself and Catherine headed to Penguin Headquarters in Central London for a wonderful Vintage themed Book Party. There was an interview with the author that was held by Jo Elvin the editor of Glamour MagazineI managed to get a couple of pictures (not many – sorry!) and as myself and Catherine walked over the river on the way home there are so pictures of that too.

Popular Book Launch

The mini burgers not only looked awesome they were absolutely delicious! There was a pop up hair and make up stand – with my hair in corn rows I was unable to get my hair done and as I wasn’t feeling particularly adventurous I didn’t partake in a makeover either. However some of the guests that did really did look stunning. There were some stalls selling some fabulous vintage items such as clothes and accessories. One in particular is Red Bird Makes which had some delightful brooches and other vintage like jewellery on sale. After looking through her Etsy I really could damage my bank balance. Check it out as it is truly AWESOME!

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Maya and Jo had an intense conversation over the course of about 30 – 40 minutes and I even managed to ask a question. This young girl is a true inspiration – at 15 years old with her first book published and many other projects ready and waiting she is something of an icon for those her age. As I am currently reading another book this one has been added to the top of the pile.

Maya was lovely enough to sign two extra copies of her book for me to giveaway right here on the blog so keep your eyes peeled for the giveaway – it will not only be for the book but the goody bags that came with it – check out the contents below.

goodies with a view

The day was finally over and we headed back home via this wonderful view.

With a massive THANK YOU to Penguin and a cheery HELLO to the lovely ladies I met whilst there – I had a fantastic time and look forward to future events.