Start With Your Sock Drawer by Vicky Silverthorn book review

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Start With Your Sock Drawer: The Simple Guide to living a less cluttered life written by Vicky Silverthorn, publisher Sphere is available in ebook and paperback format from 8th September 2016.

To buy link:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Start-Your-Sock-Drawer-Cluttered/dp/0751566071/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1473269579&sr=8-1&keywords=start+with+the+sock+drawer

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Cupboards packed with unused gadgets. Boxes full of obsolete chargers. Unpaid bills hidden among piles of junk mail. Wardrobes bursting with unworn clothes. Heaps of neglected children’s toys. A dresser jammed full of mismatched socks. . .

Sound familiar?

Many of us feel increasingly overwhelmed by – and guilty about – the sheer amount of stuff packed into our homes. And we’re starting to realise that being organised at home doesn’t just mean always knowing where you left the remote; it means being able to face the world with a clear mind and increased energy. It all starts at home.

But where? When the problem is so vast and we are all so busy, how do you even begin to tackle the clutter mountain? Professional organiser Vicky Silverthorn has the simple answer: start with your sock drawer.

Using tried-and-tested methods, Vicky will guide you through practical, bite-sized tasks that will help you achieve a friendly level of organisation throughout your home and a new clarity of mind. With Vicky’s help, you can fight back against the clutter and learn to love your home once more.

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I don’t know how long I’ve been an hoarder, probably over 20 years as I’ve recently found a folder full of magazine cuttings I’d saved!  I’m not messy, I just like lots of things and if I see a bargain I can’t resist, so now I’ve got stockpiles of toiletries, non-perishable food items and presents-to-be.

I was so excited to receive Vicky Silverthorn’s book and I’d like to thank the publishers for an arc in return for a review.  I had seen a buzz on Twitter regarding Start With Your Sock Drawer and #youneedavicky and was intrigued to learn more and had to admit that ‘yes’ this is me.  I think Start With Your Sock Drawer is a book that your can keep to hand on your coffee table or shelf to keep referring back to reminding yourself of the wondrous words of wisdom and pick up on the positive vibes from the author.  Just having the book in my possession gave me a little inspiration and I immediately sorted the receipts out in my handbag!

The book is clearly written and has intermittent drawings/images to help appeal to the visual side of your brain.  I love how the book is set out in different chapters so if you need to refer back to a certain section you can easily find the area you require.

I’ve not finished reading the book yet, I’m on chapter 4 at the moment, I keep reading then having a quick organisation spree.  I’ve been sticking page markers against areas I feel relate to me and my situation.  I do feel like chapter 3: Letting Go has been personally written for me.  Reading the words made complete sense and I felt an almost calm wash over me and the experience gained from just this chapter alone was quite therapautic.  I have a plan of action in my head just from this one chapter of how to deal with the points raised.

I’m really looking forward to reading the rest of this quite inspirational book and putting my plan into action.  I feel this book is a must buy just from the positive energy emitted from the words.

I’d like to share with you a quote from the book that I was particularly inspired by:

There’s a real buzz to be gained from matching an unused belonging with an appreciative new owner – enjoy it.

To find out more about Vicky Silverthorn please visit the following links:

website:  http://www.youneedavicky.com/

twitter:  http://www.twitter.com/Youneedavicky

facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/Youneedavicky/

instagram:  http://www.instagram.com/youneedavicky/

We’ll Always have Paris by Sue Watson blogtour book review

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We’ll Always have Paris written by Sue Watson, publisher Sphere is available NOW in ebook and audio download format.

To buy link:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Well-Always-Have-Paris-Watson-ebook/dp/B01AGO1062/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1469548761&sr=1-2


Product Details (as per amazon page)

Does first love deserve a second chance?

When she was almost seventeen, Rosie Draper locked eyes with a charismatic student called Peter during their first week at art college, changing the course of her life forever. Now, on the cusp of sixty-five and recently widowed, Rosie is slowly coming to terms with a new future. And after a chance encounter with Peter, forty-seven years later, they both begin to wonder ‘what if’ . . .

Told with warmth, wit and humour, We’ll Always Have Paris is a charming, moving and uplifting novel about two people; the choices they make, the lives they lead and the love they share.

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I’m so pleased to be involved in the blogtour promoting and celebrating Sue Watson’s new novel.

I’d like to thank the publishers and netgalley for an arc in return for a review.

This is a beautifully told story of one life, two loves.  The past and the present and the in between are remembered fondly and bring back emotions that at the time were so raw your heart felt like it was breaking but now the memory is just a little scar.

This story is a little different to Sue’s previous novels that were delightful, heart warming and full of fun.  This book still has the wonderful wit and humour from Sue shining through but in a more gentler, sensitive manner.  Hearts have been broken and mended but the wounds have remained.  Humour is welcomed now and is refreshing to hear of fun times from long ago.

Rosie is still grieving from the loss of her husband but a chance encounter with her first love Peter opens up the wounds she’s kept hidden.  Will this new time together let the hurt heal and bring some sunshine back into her life?

Sue sensitively and beautifully tells a story of grief, motherhood, families, friendships and love.  I was enthralled with the love that was; that is and that can be … 5/5*

 

I’d like to share a quote from the novel that I particularly liked:

“You must have hated me.”   “I did – but I loved you too.”

To find out more about Sue Watson and her books please visit the following links:

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The Little Shop of Happy Ever After by Jenny Colgan book review

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The Little Shop of Happy Ever After by Jenny Colgan, publisher Sphere is available NOW in ebook, paperback and audio download format.

To buy link:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Little-Shop-Happy-Ever-After-Jenny-Colgan/dp/075155393X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1457802202&sr=1-1&keywords=the+little+shop+of+happy+ever+after

Product Details (as per amazon page)

Given a back-room computer job when the beloved Birmingham library she works in turns into a downsized retail complex, Nina misses her old role terribly – dealing with people, greeting her regulars, making sure everyone gets the right books for their needs. Then a new business nobody else wants catches her eye: owning a tiny little bookshop bus up in the Scottish highlands. No computers. Shortages. Out all hours in the freezing cold; driving with a tiny stock of books… not to mention how the little community is going to take to her, particularly when she stalls the bus on a level crossing…

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I’d like to thank the publishers for an arc  in return for an honest review.

Oh my I absolutely and utterly adored this book.  I didn’t want it to end and now I’ve finished reading it I want to go back to the beginning and devour it all over again.  It was such a warm hearted story full of hope, romance and inspiration.

Nina is a book addict she’s just recently lost her job in a library in Birmingham and is feeling lost without being near and working with books.  For a long time Nina has had a vision of owning her own book shop.  She decides to go one step further when she sees a wonderful, charming van for sale in Scotland and dreams of turning this van into a mobile book shop.  On a whim and a dream this petite young woman from the city up sticks and moves to a tiny village in Scotland to transform a van into her ultimate dream job of a mobile bookshop.

Nina’s dream doesn’t go without hitches.  We follow Nina on her journey of making her dream a reality, of settling in a new country, of making new friends and new loves.

When you open a Jenny Colgan book you are guaranteed a book full of wonderful characters and I adored Nina and her head full of dreams instantly.  I also fell for her grumpy new landlord and loved hearing more about him and the banter Nina and Lennox shared.  Jenny had created such a wonderful setting for this novel, I loved the sound of the Scottish village.  I could picture the vast countryside with changing colours, contours and temperatures.  I felt like I was living out my own dreamworld with this story.  Which book fan doesn’t dream of working with books all day and spreading the love of reading?

I have to also point out the cover of this novel, the illustration on the cover was perfect.  Bright, cheerful, dreamy looking.  I love these illustrated covers of Jenny’s novels and the black and white images interspersed within the pages.

A gorgeous book I could devour again and again.  5/5*

To find out more about Jenny Colgan and her books please visit the following links:

http://www.jennycolgan.com/

https://www.facebook.com/jennycolganbooks

https://twitter.com/jennycolgan

 

An East End Christmas by Elizabeth Waite book review

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An East End Christmas by Elizabeth Waite, publisher Sphere is available NOW in ebook, paperback, hardcover and audio download format.

To buy link:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/East-End-Christmas-Elizabeth-Waite/dp/0751562173/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1448875232&sr=1-1

Product Details (as per amazon page)

Carla Schofield has looked after her family since she was a teenager but it’s never been a bother because there isn’t anything she wouldn’t do for those closest to her. Warm, friendly, and with the ability to make everyone around her laugh, she carries her burden proudly.

As the years roll past, Carla sees life around her change dramatically. Wartime brings new challenges and a new job for Carla in a sewing factory, and she shines. It also brings with it love and Carla has a chance at real happiness – but not everyone is rooting for her. With Christmas ahead of her, and her sights set firmly on love and the future, will she be too distracted to sense the danger before it’s too late?

An East End Christmas is an emotional, compelling and page-turning story that will be perfect for fans of Katie Flynn, Annie Groves and Carol Rivers.

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I’d like to thank the publishers for providing me with an arc in return for an honest review.

This story is set in East End London just before the start of WWII.  Carla Schofield is a lovely, family orientated, caring young woman who has had responsibilities from a young age caring for her family since the death of her mother.  She idolises her Grandad and would do anything for her family.  When London learns of the war her uncles are soon enlisted for war duties.  Soon Carla gets a letter informing her she has to help with the war and is set to work in a factory making uniforms.  She soon finds a friend in Peggy and a great longstanding partnership is made. The girls pick up some wonderful skills and expertise in the factory which proves useful for years to come.

London is hit hard with the war and Carla and Peggy notice a huge difference to their beloved city when they visit home.  Sadly, tragedy strikes the family.  However, a new friendship proves beneficial to Carla and her family and her dreams of designing her own clothes and working for herself soon start to become a reality.

A further tragedy strikes Carla and the family shows their strength in pulling together at the most emotional of times.

This was a lovely read from a new author for me.  Elizabeth Waite transported me back to the 1940s I loved the mix of wartime drama with fashion, with emotional heartbreak with romance, with tragedy with heart warming moments.  A lovely, nostalgic 4/5* read.

To find out more about Elizabeth Waite and her books please visit the following links:

https://www.littlebrown.co.uk/authors/detail.page?id=RqLnVdtnG7jQ3uTrOy/51juLjMwHyIP9eTjYRuRB-ijd9lHdhNj8AmbKkIWHeA__

http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/w/elizabeth-waite/

See Me by Nicholas Sparks blogtour review + GIVEAWAY

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See Me by Nicholas Sparks is available now in ebook, hardcover and audible download format, publisher Sphere.

To buy links:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/See-Me-Nicholas-Sparks/dp/0751549983/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1445253994&sr=1-1

Product Details (as per amazon page)

Colin Hancock is giving his second chance his best shot.

At twenty-eight, he’s focused on getting his teaching degree and avoiding all the places and people that proved so destructive in his past. The last thing he’s looking for is a serious relationship. But when he crosses paths with Maria Sanchez one rainswept night, his carefully structured life is turned upside down. And when Maria, a hardworking lawyer, meets Colin she begins to question every notion she has ever had about herself and her future – and what truly makes her happy.

Before the couple has a chance to envision a life together, menacing reminders from events in Maria’s past begin to surface. And as the threat of violence begins to shadow her every step, she and Colin will be pushed to breaking point.

The stunning new love story from the multi-million-copy bestselling author, Nicholas Sparks, See Me is a story of obsession, reinvention and a love that defies every expectation.

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I’d like to thank the publishers for an arc in return for an honest review.

I always look forward to a Nicholas Sparks story as he has gained a great pedigree in story telling with sales of over 100 million in books and ten of his novels have been adapted into movies. This book has everything you could wish for and more.  It was romantic, dramatic, heart warming, intense … I couldn’t stop reading it.  It has to be made into a movie.

Colin Hancock is a 28 year old mature student.  He’s trying again with education as the first time didn’t go great and he had many troubles as a child.  Colin is trying to stay out of trouble to prove to himself and to people that knew the old Colin that he can achieve his dream to become a teacher.  Colin also avoids relationships but when he offers to help a damsel in distress on a very wet and windy night in North Carolina his life become a little more complicated after helping Maria Sanchez, a beautiful young lawyer and daughter of very traditional Mexican parents.  Maria is very ambitious and as a lawyer she never expected to find a friendship and more in the likes of Colin.

Events from Maria’s past come tumbling back to upset Maria, her family and Colin.  When these events turn to violence a terrifying time develops for them all.  Will these emotive times spark the end of a blossoming friendship?  Can Colin keep himself composed at the most terrifying time for them all?

I loved Colin from the start, he had been misunderstood as a child and was trying to make up for it.  With the help of his close friends Evan and Lily he had started to rebuild his life.  Colin and Evan were like complete opposites in character and personality but the friendship worked.  Evan’s girlfriend Lily sounded very vibrant, charming, full of joy; she was good for Colin and gave great dating advice.

Maria was a great character.  She was a young, hardworking lawyer who used to work for the DA but after a traumatic case she changed paths and returned home to work for a local law firm.  She is a lovely, sweet girl from a family of Mexican immigrants.  The extended Mexican family of Maria’s were just brilliant, great solidarity and support when needed.

This book was beautifully romantic at times but then your emotions were thrown off balance with very intense, dramatic scenes.  I loved it all.  See Me has gone into one of my top reads for this year.  A definite 5/5* read that I can’t wait to see adapted onto the big screen.

To find out more about Nicholas Sparks and his books please visit the following links:

http://uk.nicholassparks.com/

https://www.facebook.com/NicholasSparks

https://twitter.com/nicholassparks

The publishers, Sphere, have kindly offered a signed copy of See Me as a giveaway prize.  Please enter by commenting on this post with ‘Why you love Nicholas Sparks novels and which story of his is your current favourite’. Thanks and good luck! Giveaway open for one week.

The Twelve Dates of Christmas by Lisa Dickenson blogtour review

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The Twelve Dates of Christmas by Lisa Dickenson is out for the first time in a stunning, sparkly paperback cover on Thursday 22nd October 2015, publisher Sphere.

To buy links:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Twelve-Dates-Christmas-Complete/dp/0751557293/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1445251546&sr=8-1

Product Details (as per amazon page)

*WINNER OF THE NOVELICIOUS DEBUT OF THE YEAR AWARD*

At thirty, Claudia’s life is stale and the romance with long-term boyfriend, Seth, has disappeared. Determined to inject some festive spark back into their love life, Claudia and Seth go on their first date in a very long time. But when the night ends in disaster, Claudia suddenly finds herself facing life – and Christmas – alone.

Life alone is exciting, scary and full of soon-forgotten exercise regimes and ill-advised attempts at crafting sexy underwear. It’s also filling up with dates, surprisingly. With best friends Penny and Nick at her side, a surplus of festive markets, mulled wine and Christmas tunes, Claudia attempts to face all this change with gusto. One thing’s for certain: this year, Christmas is going to be very different . . .

This is the story of Claudia and her twelve dates of Christmas. Hilarious, uplifting and romantic, it’s a story about losing love, finding love, and discovering what’s been there all along. Expect Christmas sparkle, butterflies-in-your-stomach romance and a lot of very funny moments in The Twelve Dates of Christmas.

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I am thrilled to be involved in the blogtour  #12Dates.  I’d like to thank the publishers for an arc in return for an honest review.

I really enjoyed this complete edition of Lisa Dickenson’s The Twelve Dates of Christmas, the novel was previously available as six novellas and this is the first time the novel will be published and printed in paperback as a complete novel.  I must admit this is the first book I’ve read by Lisa and it most certainly will not be the last.  Her writing style is fresh, funny, warm, great character descriptions and gorgeous storyline.

I loved how the story was broken up into the twelve dates, ingenious idea for a Christmas based story.  From the very first date to the last I was wishing and hoping for good things for Claudia.  Claudia had some great, quirky dates on the way and some left you guessing as to why they would do that?  🙂  I was chuckling away during Claudia’s adventures.

I loved Claudia’s character her dream from childhood was to become a ballerina but fate stepped in and her dream had to be put on the shelf.  She was still best friends with her school mates, Penny and Nick, who both managed to work in her favourite industry: dancing.  I felt a little sad for Claudia that fate had stepped in and she wasn’t fulfilling her dreams and when fate dealt her another blow with her love life it just didn’t seem fair.  Claudia was also a romanticist, she wanted more than just a partnership, she wanted to be won over with romance.  Claudia was a lovely girl looking for love and romance so after a disastrous start to her twelve dates for Christmas her best friend Penny tries to help her along.  However, Nick was not too impressed with Penny’s eagerness to find Claudia dates.

Nick and Claudia have been friends for years and have always had a closeness however, with the wonderful Christmas spirit in the air the friends start to realise they have more than platonic feelings about each other and have done for some time.  Will fate step in again for Claudia and Nick?

This was a beautifully romantic, feel good story perfect for devouring on a cold winter’s evening that will tickle your funny bone and warm your heart.  5/5*

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To find out more about Lisa Dickenson and her books please visit the following links:

http://www.lisadickenson.com/

https://twitter.com/lisawritesstuff

The Happy Ever After Life of Rosie Potter (RIP) by Kate Winter blogtour review

THARP coverI’m pleased to be involved in the blogtour of the paperback release of The Happy Ever Afterlife of Rosie Potter (RIP) by Kate Winter.  The novel is available now in ebook format and paperback from all good retailers.

To buy links:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Happy-Ever-Afterlife-Rosie-Potter/dp/0751556181/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1432564885&sr=1-1

Product Details (as per amazon page)

When Rosie Potter wakes up one morning with what she assumes is the world’s worst hangover, the last thing she expects is to discover that she’s actually dead. With a frustrating case of amnesia, suspicious circumstances surrounding her untimely demise, and stuck wearing her ugliest flannel PJs, Rosie must figure out not only what happened last night, but why on earth she’s still here.

Slowly the mystery unravels, but there are many other secrets buried in the quiet Irish village of Ballycarragh, and nobody is as innocent as they first appear. Aided by the unlikeliest of allies in her investigation, Rosie discovers that life after death isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, particularly when you might just be falling in love . . .

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I’d like to thank the publishers for an arc in return for an honest review.

Firstly, I’d like to say how gorgeous the cover of this novel looks.  I was totally drawn to the book by its cover, it looks bright, cheerful, a little whimsical and pretty. I was also intrigued by the title, a very strange title for a romcom and reading the synopsis I was even more intrigued.

This is a bitter sweet murder mystery romcom.  It has an original offbeat storyline written with such wit and humour that you can’t help laughing out loud with.  You almost forget the tragedy of the story with how sensitively the author, Kate Winter, has woven humour and warmth around the pages.

This was a truly beautiful love story with a twist.  This twist hurt me so much I was sobbing uncontrollably.  It’s a clever story that has left a lump in my throat but has also left a warmth in my heart.

A fabulously, original story that pulled at my heart and rattled my funnybone.  5/5* read.

Kate 1Kate Winter is a journalist, novelist and storyteller from the North West of Ireland who was lucky enough to grow up with no TV (though she didn’t consider it a lucky break at the time) and lots of books. After graduating from University of Ulster with first class honours and the Ulster Television Award for her BA in Media Studies, Kate promptly forged a glittering career for herself in waitressing. Then one day, beside a swimming pool in Australia, Kate decided it was time to write a book. The Happy Ever Afterlife of Rosie Potter (RIP) is Kate’s debut novel.  (Publisher’s author press release information)

To find out more about Kate and her writing please visit the following links:

https://twitter.com/KatiCut