Category: Reviews

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 […]

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 […]

Through the Letterbox: MiniMoone Box Harry Potter Unboxing

Posted July 26, 2017 by Charlotte in Reviews / 1 Comment
Through the Letterbox: MiniMoone Box Harry Potter Unboxing

Mini Moone Box is a monthly subscription box from France.  And this was their first flat package box. I love that the theme for this pack is based on a fandom. Meaning that you can really get some items that you can’t anywhere else and you can show your fandom love! the box: In each box you can expect: two bookmarks, a sticker, a print, a pin, a magnet and a coaster All exclusively designed by Moone Box The box is £12€  which includes world wide shipping.  I honestly thing that this is amazing value! This Month’s theme was Harry Potter, so it was kind of natural to go purchase…. the unboxing: two bookmarks – which were double sided. One depicted the original marauders map owners. The other was an ode to Gildory Lockhat – an unsung hero in the Harry Potter franchise. a sticker of the Harry Potter theme Logo a print – depicting Snape with one of his most famous sayings… a pin depicting the deathly hallows a magnet depicting the three hoops and two brooms from Quidditch and a coaster from the three broomsticks   LET ME KNOW IF YOU’VE RECEIVED A  MINI MOONE  BOX, I’D LOVE TO KNOW YOUR THOUGHTS, WHAT WAS […]

Review: The Year of Saying Yes by Hannah Doyle

Posted July 24, 2017 by Charlotte in Reviews / 0 Comments
Review: The Year of Saying Yes by Hannah Doyle

We all start the year with some New Year’s Resolutions, Normally their all no things, negative statements – less chocolate, no alcohol. It’s always a bit depressing. So it is so refreshing to have some positive resolutions to make. This was originally published as four short stories and is now one book. When I read part one, originally back in January I fell in love with Izzy and her mad life. She was a hilarious, warm and caring person who has been stuck in a rut for too long. I think Izzy may resonate with a lot of 25 year olds, who either want to progress or are unsure of their future. Maybe, like Izzy, we should all say yes to something new each month. This was a great little book about taking chances and stepping out of your comfort zone. Sometimes a little something new can do us the power of good. Although I don’t think that I would be as brave as Izzy and take on a dare given to me by a stranger. After all her year is going to be a little crazy, and at times a little unexpected. One thing that really frustrated me was Izzy’s infatuation with George. I really wanted to […]

Review: Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan

Posted July 21, 2017 by Charlotte in Reviews / 2 Comments
Review: Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan

When I frist started reading this book I wasn’t sure whether this was the book for me. There was a sense of whimsicalness about it. Of opportunity and fulfilment. Needless to say that after a couple of chapters I was drawn in like the rest of the lost property in this book. Anthony is the keeper of lost things, he has spent most of life picking up stray items, taking them home and ling labelling them with the aim to reunite them with their owners. When he dies he leaves this task to Laura, his housekeeper. Alongside this story we have the story of Eunice and Bomber – a publicist and his assistant running from the late seventies to the present day. I loved how these two stories were interwoven with each other and how we also go flashbacks to how certain items came to be lost – the blue jigsaw piece one was hilarious. The friendship bracelet story heartbreaking. And the china cup story heartwarming. It’s funny to think how such small items can have such history and impact on those around. The Keeper of Lost Things has a gentle charm about it, which can delight the reader and draw you […]