Month: December 2015

Review: A Winterfold Christmas by Harriet Evans

Posted December 18, 2015 by Charlotte in Escapades of a Bookworm, Reviews / 1 Comment
Review: A Winterfold Christmas by Harriet Evans

I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. A Winterfold Christmas by Harriet Evans Series: White Cliff Bay #1 Published by: Headline Review on 5th November 2015 Genres: Christmas; Fiction; Short Story Pages: 93 Format: Paperback Source: The Publisher Rating: ***** About: Delight in a festive reunion with the Winter family – or meet them for the first time – and enjoy their recipes for the warmest of celebrations around the fire. Winterfold has always sprung to life at Christmas – the purple wisteria might be a distant memory, but in the crisp air of December, the glow of candles at the window and the warmth of the kitchen offer you a warm welcome. As Martha Winter’s family fill the empty rooms with their laughter and cheer, the ghosts of the past are pushed into the shadows. Welcome to Winterfold. And the healing magic of Christmas. Review:  Yay, I was so happy to be reunited with the Winterfold family. I loved that we got to catch up with the Winterfold’s two years after the events in A Place for Us. And I have to be honest you probably won’t appreciate these characters or at least understand […]

Monthly Round-up! November 2015

Posted December 14, 2015 by Charlotte in Escapades of a Bookworm / 0 Comments

Monthly feature, linking everything that has happened in the last month, posted on the last day of said month. Currently reading:   Reviews: I Call Myself A Feminist: The View from Twenty-Five Women Under Thirty A Daughter’s Love  by Catherine King Snowflakes on Silver Cove  by Holly Martin The Grownup by Gillian Flynn Blog Tours: This month I participated in a blog tour by reviewing the brilliant I Call Myself A Feminist: The View from Twenty-Five Women Under Thirty This is a fantastic book, whether or not you are a feminist as it presents so many different views. Please please read! Bookish Gossip: I completely failed at writing something… Must try and improve Book vs. Film: Again month I didn’t post anything for this feature this month. And I promised I would have two posts up for you and it didn’t happen. Although I can promise that I wrote the posts and then didn’t post them… Pastime Pleasures: This month I started up Pastime Pleasure with the delight (and possibly one of my favourite books in the world) The Magicians’ Guild by Trudi Canavan Challenges: Only the Goodreads challenge is left and currently I have only three books left before I reach my target. I think I can […]

Bookish Gossip: My Time as a Volunteer for Cheltenham Literature Festival

Posted December 12, 2015 by Charlotte in Bookish Gossip, Escapades of a Bookworm / 1 Comment
Bookish Gossip: My Time as a Volunteer for Cheltenham Literature Festival

It’s been over a month since the Cheltenham Literature Festival, and I can not believe how much time has flown. I’ve been meaning for ages and ages to post this post, but I couldn’t get into words what I wanted to say. This post started ridiculously long and could have been several posts. But in the end I’ve managed to write a single post. This is my highlights, the moments of the festival.  Volunteering at Cheltenham was one of the best decisions I ever made, using up my holiday allowance (and perhaps a little more, oops!). From letting Mary Beard wonder around the festival with a glass of wine in hand, to pretending to be effective crowd control for Ronnie Wood and pretending to be a photographer for Alice Baxter and Mary Portas, and driving some of the writers around Cheltenham, pretending I knew where I was going… I loved meeting the writers and being able to listen to their talks as well as volunteering at the same time. I felt that I was able to participate in the festival and take so much from it not only in gaining experience about the behind-the-scenes but also to see the festival from […]

Bookish Gossip: In a Blogging Slump. Help!

It is official. I am struggling to blog. Or perhaps more appropriately I am struggling to prep posts for December. It has got to the stage now, where I have no pre-prepared posts, nothing that I can quickly write up. And it makes me sad to think that the whole of this month is blank. I can’t even write a book review because the three books I’ve read recently are not published until next year. I feel like I’m making excuses, but working odd hours means I’m losing my motivation and energy. All I’m keen to do is sit on the sofa and stare into space. Holding a book has become too much effort.. And so I have to ask myself, shall I take a blogging break? Should I say goodbye December and hello January? Focus on the new year? After all posts have dwindled over the last few months as things have cropped up and ideas and reviews have become few and far between. In a way this feels like a pity party. But like going through a reading slump everybody must go through a blogging slump and while I’ll see the other side at some point, all I can think of […]

Review: The Silver Witch by Paula Brackston

Posted December 1, 2015 by Charlotte in Escapades of a Bookworm, Reviews / 1 Comment
Review: The Silver Witch by Paula Brackston

I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. The Silver Witch by Paula Brackston Series: Shadow Chronicles #3 Published by: Corsair on 3rd December 2015 Genres: Fantasy; Fiction; Historical Fiction; Romance; Paranormal Pages: 318 Format: E-arc Source: Netgalley Rating: **** About: The magic was bequeathed me by my mother, as she had received her own from my grandmother. All of us born to dwell in the moonlight, marked with the silver eyes and milk white hair of our kind.” A year after her husband’s sudden death, ceramic artist Tilda Fordwells finally moves into the secluded Welsh cottage that was to be their new home. She hopes that the tranquil surroundings will help ease her grief, and lessen her disturbing visions of Mat’s death. Instead, the lake in the valley below her cottage seems to spark something dormant in her – a sensitivity, and a power of some sort. Animals are drawn to her, electricity shorts out when she’s near, and strangest of all, she sees a new vision; a boat full of ancient people approaching her across the water. On this same lake in Celtic times lived Seren, a witch and shaman. She was respected but feared, kept […]