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Read-a-thon Wrap Up

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So let us calculate a little. The read-a-thon has been done now for about 11 hours, 8 of that I have been without internet and unable to put up this post! For those 8 hours about 5 of those I fell asleep after my bulk of night shifts and 3 I used wisely to crack on with house work and Audible on in the background and sitting with a cuppa, tucked up in bed and reading my current book.

Sadly I was unable to finish reading anything but I have made a serious advance on The Hypnotist’s Love Story by Liane Moriarty and I cannot wait to get to the crux of The Cake Shop in the Garden by Carole Matthews. Now I have an idea about what will happen but I am really looking forward to finding out about this book.

Plans

Finish The Cake Shop in the Garden by Carole Matthews

Finish The Hypnotist’s Love Story by Liane Moriarty on Audible 

Start Operation Sunshine by Jenny Colgan on Audible

Read the stack of books planned for Read-a-thon

I am not sure how long this list will take me to get through but I am determined.

 How was your Read-a-thon?

Book Post

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Book Post is not something that I really post about on here but I figured that since most of the books I get are just so pretty why not share them. This little pile has been what has graced my letter box over the past three weeks. The first one in the stack I am hoping to conquer is ‘The Cake Shop in the Garden’ by Carole Matthews. I love her style of writing and as it is spring there is nothing more inviting that a feel good book that is about all the good things that a season like Spring has to offer.

Academy Street by Mary Costello

The Pink Suit by Nicole Mary Kelby

The Cake Shop in the Garden by Carole Matthews

Are there any books that you have on your want list at the moment?

Have you read any of the above books?

REVIEW: Summer at Little Beach Street Bakery by Jenny Colgan

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Back of the book

Summer has arrived in the Cornish town of Mount Polbearne and Polly Waterford couldn’t be happier. Because Polly is in love: she’s in love with the beautiful seaside town she calls home, she’s in love with running the bakery on Beach Street, and she’s in love with her boyfriend, Huckle.

And yet there’s something unsettling about the gentle summer breeze that’s floating through town. Selina, recently widowed, hopes that moving to Mount Polbearne will ease her grief, but Polly has a secret that could destroy her friend’s fragile recovery. Responsibilities that Huckle thought he’d left behind are back and Polly finds it hard to cope with his increasingly long periods of absence.

Polly sifts flour, kneads dough and bakes bread, but nothing can calm the storm she knows is coming: is Polly about to lose everything she loves?

My Thoughts

Jenny Colgan has done it again – am I surprised? No! Now I just look forward to each book that comes out and seem to plough straight through with pure excitement. Summer at Beach Street is no different – it was a book that I had waited for some time to get into as the delightful beginning of Polly and Neil had me hooked from page 1.

With a quick recap at the beginning of the book just in case you forgot what a wonderful story you were about to get into and follow on from. The recap also allows any readers that have not picked up the first book to sit quite easily with the next installment without having to read the first book if they do not wish to.

After the long traumatic time that Polly had moving to the island of Mount Polbearne having to deal with the ‘Polbearnites’ and their stuck in the mud way of life it sounds like she is starting to think that the move is the best thing that has ever happened to her. Not only is she doing what she loves every day for a living but she is now dating the loveable american bee keeper Huckle and has Neil (the puffin) by her side. With the locals finally coming around to her ways she has found her feet and is making her mark.

This book takes the story that little step further with the introduction of a lighthouse, the progression of Polly’s relationship with Huckle and the reintroduction of friends Reuben and Kerensa and the introduction of Dubose (Huckle’s brother). There is always a bit of trouble in Jenny’s books but its usually the kind that can be taken with a pinch or two of salt knowing that the situation will always end up sorted out. However there seems to be more than one grey cloud on the horizon for Polly and it starts with the sad news that her boss Mrs Manse has passed away and the bakery is now in the less than capable hands of her wannabe business man nephew Malcolm with pie in the sky ideas of making a small fortune from the bakery Polly’s bakery and it’s reputation is teetering on the edge of failure.

From the moment Malcolm takes over Polly is under insurmountable stress and finds it hard to control the spiral that she is hanging onto by a thread. Her livelihood, relationship and even friendships are all hanging in the balance. Will it all come good? Well that is something that you will have to read the book to find out.

Definitely worth the read and once you start you won’t want to stop. I am already looking forward to the next installment – if there is one?!

Rating

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Once again a massive thank you to Sphere for sending me the book.

#IMWAYR

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As you may have seen from my Instagram photos I am currently on a chill out holiday. Until I’m back the posts over here are going to be a little thin on the ground but I have managed to schedule a couple of things. I hope the rest of your week is as relaxing as mine.

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Holy Cow by David DuchovnyThanks to Audible I am listening to this little anecdotal audio book which is not only written by but narrated by David Duchovny.

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This is not my usual type of book but its sounds absolutely wonderful to read about such a sensitive subject of history.

Not only am I listening but I am finally starting

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Beauty

There will be no pictures just yet but just think spa treatments, massages and just good old wellbeing and relaxation.

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Monday, Blogging, It's Monday What Are You Reading?, IMWAYR, Blog A Book Etc, FayMy, my what a rushed week it has been on top of family stress and work just being a bit full on I am glad to bid farewell to last week and welcome the new week whole heartedly. This Monday post is a little late due to a long dog walk and an array of other personal appointments that we have both had today. Himself and I have had a really tough time this week and we just want to chill and reboot a little.

Onwards . . .

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For my eyes

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As a hardcore Colgan I have nothing but love for this book and continuation of the Polly and Neil adventure. Must-read for all!

For my ears

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Haven’t had much listening time recently so I am looking forward to picking up where I left off with this.

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Despite the sun coming out the wind has also been up so I have been able to get my tootsies out whilst wrapping up around my neck to prevent a cold. My feet are one part of my body that I do not like to keep covered up if possible as the more air that gets to them the better so my Birke’s are just awesome.
Beauty
Just a couple of the new products that I have been using for the past month. My favourite is the brow set as when I get up for work in the morning as I wear no make-up I put a bit of this on and I am ready to go. There really is no point in wearing make up to work as after a whole day it would most probably melt off my face!

How was your week?

Week In Pictures #6

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As you can see this week has moved at a glacial pace and my photo taking seems to have hooked on with a vengeance. As usual it is work that has taken up the majority of my time as well as being über busy on my days off. This week ahead however will hopefully be packed with pictures and things that I am either reading or trying to get done.

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What have you been snapping?

Have a great week ahead and enjoy the rest of your Sunday.

RELEASE DATE: Summer at Little Beach Street Bakery by Jenny Colgan

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Today is the release date for this awesome book – have you got your copy yet?

If not then head out and buy it.

Whether you get it online, in the store or on audible it is a MUST read!

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I received my copies almost over a week ago from the lovelies at Sphere and I am really enjoying the read so far. Keep checking back for the review guys.

Happy Pub day to Jenny – you have done it once again :D

Jenny Colgan’s Summer at Little Beach Street Bakery – A Note!

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Just so you guys know what is going on behind the scenes. The book above is my current read and I am LOVING it. Jenny Colgan has yet to disappoint me and this time is no different I won’t be giving away any spoilers even in my review but I will highly recommend it to you especially if you have read her books before. Colgan fans are waiting with baited breath for the next installment of Polly and Neil and on Thursday you can finally get your copies. Why not pre-order now!

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Week In Pictures #5

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On return from our weekend away in the country this was waiting for me.
So exciting!

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Being a nurse I have to endure sets of night shifts that can be annoying but I get through it.
Red bull does help!

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Breakfast after the final shift in a set of three is always a bonus especially when it is as scrummy as this!

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When rooting through my mothers wardrobe for a bag we came across these bad boys in a tin.

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So a week at home and despite being deep in the country with no reception I kind of miss it. Just so peaceful even when loud hunts like this trundle through town.

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On Saturday late morning we started dinner as we were heading out that night. We had a delicious pork roast with these yummy vegetables.

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The first stop on our night out was Fontaine’s bar in Stoke Newington it was a nice little place to chill for a couple of drinks before starting your night. 

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After Fontaine’s we headed to Shoreditch Grind as they not only serve the most amazing coffee but some tasty food and delicious cocktails. The vibe of the place was relaxing and energetic all at the same time.

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This was the lovely Matteo – he is the bar manager at Shoreditch Grind and was an absolute delight to every customer that came through the door. We will definitely be back!

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After a great night out because we are staying at the mans place we came back to this delightful face. Can’t grumble at the welcome we received at the door :D

What have you been snapping this week?

REVIEW: Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

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The Back of the Book

Pirriwee Public is a beautiful little beachside primary school where children are taught that ‘sharing is caring.’ So how has the annual School Trivia Night ended in full-blown riot? Sirens are wailing. People are screaming. The principal is mortified.

And one parent is dead.

Was it a murder, a tragic accident or just good parents gone bad? As the parents at Pirriwee Public are about to discover, sometimes it’s the little lies that turn out to be the most lethal…

LITTLE LIES is a brilliant take on ex-husbands and second wives, mothers and daughters, school-yard scandal, and the dangerous little lies we tell ourselves just to survive.

My Thoughts

Family dramas, friendship, love, hate and even murder! 

‘Little people, little problems’ (From the book!)

Jane is a single mother to a beautiful boy called Ziggy and is finding it hard moving to a new community and trying to fit in with all of the ‘perfect’ family surroundings. Despite the beautiful new surroundings there is something shady about Pirriwee but Jane is yet to let on.

Celeste despite being a slender beautiful mother of two with a gorgeous husband and more money than most can dream of there is still something that we do not know – or so it seems. Covering up is never easy but some women make it such a habit that when it does come out it is like you are numb to the subject.

Madeline takes no prisoners, she is upfront and most certainly does not mince her words. With a tongue that could cause a serious bout of whiplash as well as a teenage daughter that is ready to cause havoc and possibly a crime.

Community spirit with plenty of secrets in the background. This story circles around the three womens complicated lives. Between Jane, Celeste & Madeline any woman who reads this book will identify with the narrative somewhere along the lines and hopefully enjoy it immensely. From out there and brash to reserved and much like a ticking time bomb of emotions these ladies become friends and their lives intertwined in ways that not even they could imagine possible.

It is a great of love and support for friends and family as well as delving into a shocking back story that had me on the edge of my seat and wanting to throttle certain characters in the book. Moriarty has a way of bringing her characters to life and making them incredibly relatable.

A deeply thrilling, page turner that even though finished I want more. Once again Liane Moriarty has written a book that has left the reader wanting more.

Have you read it yet? 

Rating

rating4* worthy fix