Month: August 2016

Review: Late Summer in the Vineyard by Jo Thomas

Posted August 30, 2016 by Charlotte in Escapades of a Bookworm, Reviews / 2 Comments
Review: Late Summer in the Vineyard by Jo Thomas

I received this book for free from Netgalley/the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. Late Summer in the Vineyard by Jo Thomas Series: Standalone Published by: Headline Review on 11th August 2016 Genres: Chick-lit; Fiction; Romance Pages: 352 Format: Arc Source: The Publisher Rating: **** About: Escape to France with LATE SUMMER IN THE VINEYARD – Jo Thomas’s irresistible follow-up to THE OYSTER CATCHER and THE OLIVE BRANCH. ‘A fabulous French feast of fun’ Milly Johnson Emmy Bridges has always looked out for others. Now it’s time to put down roots of her own. Working for a wine-maker in France is the opportunity of a lifetime for Emmy. Even if she doesn’t know a thing about wine – beyond what’s on offer at the local supermarket. There’s plenty to get to grips with in the rustic town of Petit Frère. Emmy’s new work friends need more than a little winning over. Then there’s her infuriatingly brash tutor, Isaac, and the enigmatic Madame Beaumont, tucked away in her vineyard of secrets. But Emmy will soon realise that in life – just as in wine-making – the best things happen when you let go and trust your instincts. Particularly when there’s romance in […]

Review: If I Only Had A Duke by Lenora Bell

Posted August 25, 2016 by Charlotte in Escapades of a Bookworm, Reviews / 1 Comment
Review: If I Only Had A Duke by Lenora Bell

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. f I Only Had A Duke by Lenora Bell Series: The Disgraceful Dukes Published by: Piatkus on 26th May 2016 Genres:   Fiction; Historical Fiction; Historical Romance; Romance Pages: 384 Format: Paperback Source: Publisher  Rating: ***** About: After four failed seasons and a disastrous jilting, Lady Dorothea Beaumont has had more than enough of her family’s scheming. She won’t domesticate a duke, entangle an earl or vie for a viscount. She will quietly exit to her aunt’s Irish estate for a life of blissful freedom. Until an arrogant, sinfully handsome duke singles her out for a waltz, making Thea the most popular belle of the season. Well, the duke ruined her plans and now he’ll just have to fix them. Dalton, Duke of Osborne, is far too heartless for debutantes or marriage – he uses dalliances to distract from his real purpose: finding the man who destroyed his family. When his search leads to Ireland, the last thing he needs is the determined, achingly innocent Thea, who arrives in the dead of night demanding he escort her to her aunt. His foolish […]

Review: The House in Quill Court by Charlotte Betts

Posted August 24, 2016 by Charlotte in Escapades of a Bookworm, Reviews / 1 Comment
Review: The House in Quill Court by Charlotte Betts

I received this book for free from the publisher/Netgalley  in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. The House in Quill Court by Charlotte Betts Series: Standalone Published by: Piatkus on 25th August 2016 Genres: Fiction; Historical Fiction; Romance Pages: 416 Format: Paperback / E-arc Source: Publisher / Netgalley Rating: **** About: 1813. Venetia Lovell lives by the sea in Kent with her pretty, frivolous mother and idle younger brother. Venetia’s father, Theo, is an interior decorator to the rich and frequently travels away from home, leaving his sensible and artistic daughter to look after the family. Venetia designs paper hangings and she and her father often daydream about having an imaginary shop where they would display the highest quality furniture, fabrics and art to his clients. When a handsome but antagonistic stranger, Jack Chamberlaine, arrives at the Lovell’s cottage just before Christmas bringing terrible news, Venetia’s world is turned upside-down and the family have no option but to move to London, to the House in Quill Court and begin a new life. Here, Venetia’s courage and creativity are tested to breaking point, and she discovers a love far greater than she could have ever imagined . . . From the […]

Review: The Butterfly Summer by Harriet Evans

Posted August 23, 2016 by Charlotte in Escapades of a Bookworm, Reviews / 1 Comment
Review: The Butterfly Summer 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. The Butterfly Summer by Harriet Evans Series: Standalone Published by: Headline Review on 19th May 2016 Genres: Fiction; Historical Fiction; Romance; Mystery Pages: 448 Format: Arc Source: Publisher Rating: **** About: The Butterfly Summer is packed with unexpected plot twists that will make you gasp out loud and move you to tears – you’ll be desperate to add it to your shelf alongside the best of Santa Montefiore, Jojo Moyes and Kate Morton. What magic is this? You follow the hidden creek towards a long-forgotten house. They call it Keepsake, a place full of wonder … and danger. Locked inside the crumbling elegance of its walls lies the story of the Butterfly Summer, a story you’ve been waiting all your life to hear. This house is Nina Parr’s birthright. It holds the truth about her family – and a chance to put everything right at last. Harriet Evans. She brings you home. Two things happen when you are a Parr girl: when you are ten, you are told about your future role. The second thing that a Parr girl at some point must learn is harder to […]

Feature: Pastime Pleasures #32 – Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Feature: Pastime Pleasures #32 – Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Pastime Pleasures is a book that I have read and loved over the last few years. Five to be precise. When I first read this book I wasn’t a huge fan. Harry Potter was so much better than this! But over the years as my love for all things Harry Potter have grown so have my feeling for this little book. Because after this book the Harry Potter books double in size.  Also can I mention Crookshanks?! He is like a secret ninja secret spy agent cat. He knows what is happening and doesn’t get the credit he deserves. While it this Harry Potter was never my favourite in terms of magic and adventure. It is still a great book and essential to the series. Basically our wizarding world is expanded. We get to know about an all magical wizard village, sweets with really cool names and a big history lesson. And then there is the time-turner. It would literally give me all the time in the world to go back and read for a few hours more so that my reading pile would be a lot smaller. Maybe… “You think the dead we loved truly ever leave us? You think that we don’t recall them more clearly […]