Blog Tour / Guest Post: Inspiration behind The Honey Farm on the Hill by Jo Thomas

Posted August 23, 2017 by Charlotte in Blog Tour, Guest Post / 0 Comments

Guys have any of you yet read The Honey Farm on the Hill? Or an book by Jo Thomas? If not I highly recommend that you getting cracking because Jo writes some divine books. And are perfect for a holiday read. Or if your not going away for a bit of sunshine. Below Jo shares some of her inspiration behind the book, particularly why she choose Crete and its famous Honey… The Inspiration: Writing a book for me is liking going into my kitchen pantry and seeing what ingredients I’ve got there and what I’m going to make for dinner. I’ll have a vague recipe in mind but no real idea of what to put in it. I start with the country I want to write about and the food of that country. I find that once you discover the food of a country, it takes you by the hand and introduces you to the history, the culture and the people of the place. In Ireland, it was oysters; Southern Italy it was olive oil and in South West France, wine. I knew I wanted to write about Greece and maybe one of the islands. I decided on Crete. I’d never been […]

Review: The Honey Farm on the Hill by Jo Thomas

Posted August 21, 2017 by Charlotte in Reviews / 0 Comments
Review: The Honey Farm on the Hill by Jo Thomas

You know when you have an auto go to author? Well Jo Thomas is one of those authors. There is something warm and fuzzy about all her books that makes them divine and utter perfection. This time round we end up in Crete. A place that has special meaning for Nell, who fell head over heels for the country and a special man. Years later she is back. As a WWOOFer (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farm). A term/acronym that I have never heard of, but all the references had me laughing out loud. One thing I really loved was the descriptions of rural Crete. I could almost smell the sea and the wild herbs on the mountains. As well as picturing gorgeous landscapes. And with some lovable characters this was the perfect book to settle down with and read with a cocktail or two… This was an enjoyable and fun read. The attempts to lure the bees to the news hives had me in stitches and the romance left me with butterflies in m stomach. This was a warm, touching and beautiful read, one that I can easily read again and again.   Subscribe to Blog via Email Enter your […]

Blog Tour: Q & A with Louise Welsh, author of No Dominion

Posted August 4, 2017 by Charlotte in Blog Tour / 0 Comments

On the blog today I have the brilliant Louise Welsh with a Q&A. I reviewed her book a couple of days ago,The fast paced adventure in the final book of The Plague Times Trilogy was so hard to put down and was written be a brilliant author. Don’t believe me? Check out the answers below! Can you in five words describe your book to those who haven’t read it? Fast, jeopardy, thrill-ride, violent, love Was there anything in this book that took you by surprise? I was surprised how long it took me to write! I was six months late in completing No Dominion. The world around me kept on changing. Like most dystopian fictions this is a book with a strong connection to the time in which it was written, so it had to change too.  Do you have a favourite moment in the book? I enjoyed writing it all, but perhaps the final chapter is my favourite. It was satisfying to tie the trilogy together in the final pages of the last book.  Name the best book you have read in the last year, your favourite book and the book that is currently at the top of your TBR. I […]

Movie Musical Challenge: A Star is Born

Posted August 3, 2017 by Charlotte in Movie Musical Challenge! / 0 Comments
Movie Musical Challenge: A Star is Born

For this Movie Musical Challenge I’m using the AFI’s 25 Best Musicals List to try and work my way through. The challenge is throughout the year and once watched I’ll put my thoughts up on the blog.   So the ninth movie for the challenge is A Star Is Born (1954) starring Julie Garland and James Mason. Well what a ridiculous and complete waste of three hours of my time! This film dragged. It was dull and boring and I was left wondering why this even made it onto the top 25 list. I honestly struggled to make it to the end of this musical. After all this is about a successful man persuading a young woman to take up her desired career. She is then more successful than him and he feels eclipsed. She is held back by him and feels she is in the wrong. He eventually realises the errors of this ways and kills himself. Because that will make her life better? Yep great story. Also lets complain about the fact that it is three hours long and there are parts when just stills are used to tell the story. NO NO NO! I tried to enjoy, I tried to listen. Perhaps […]

Review: No Dominion by Louise Welsh

Posted August 2, 2017 by Charlotte in Reviews / 0 Comments
Review: No Dominion by Louise Welsh

When I first requested this book I did not realise that this was the final in a trilogy. When I read the synopsis it sounded like a brilliant standalone. However, when I was reading I did not feel like this was the final book of a series. I instantly felt like I knew the characters and was given all the information required. There was obviously missing backstory. But, whatever, their story it did not feel relevant. This is an enthralling read that strongly reminded me of  Emily St. John Mandel’s Station Eleven. This was brilliant ride of a read that travels through the aftermath of a worldwide pandemic, at the point when many are trying to rebuild society. This is a book filled with surreal moments, heart-warming scenes and quiet touches. There are moments that are utterly unforgettable. This is a book that reads like a dangerous quest as Magnus and Stevie set out to retrieve the lost children of their island. To bring them back to safety. One thing that I really enjoyed was the exploring of the emerging powers in the new world. Former ordinary people grabbing at power and asserting their power. And how others gave up […]