Category: Reviews

Bookish Gossip: My Bookish Resolutions for 2018

Posted January 4, 2018 by Charlotte in Reviews / 0 Comments
Bookish Gossip: My Bookish Resolutions for 2018

challenge However I do like having a list it gives me some sense of purpose. And if I ever get time it will allow to do something more with my blog.  And that is  the whole point of resolutions, they make you feel good! Last year I set myself five little resolutions. Some of them I achieved. Others I failed miserably. This year I hope to achieve all my goals, but we will find out at the end of the year. So my goals this year are: to actually complete a challenge i set myself Last year I set the task of completing a musical challenge and my Goodreads challenge. I failed. Completely on the musical challenge and I had to reduce the Goodreads one. This year I want to complete one challenge without resorting to cheating!! reduce the amount of arc’s / netgalley books i have to read I feel like this is an on-going aim. But a good one nevertheless. Until I no longer have piles and piles of books on my floor this goal will always be on my list. post some of my features more regularly I feel that I’m quite good when it comes to posting reviews […]

Review: Snowflakes, Iced Cakes and Second Chances by Sue Watson

Posted December 29, 2017 by Charlotte in Reviews / 2 Comments

Like all Sue Watson books, this is a fun, beautiful and heart-warming book that manages to move you on every page. Chloe isn’t really looking forward to Christmas. This is year she plans to spend it alone but when she ends up going to Appledore to work to open a new restaurant all her plans for Christmas change, and she has to deal with her ex-husband – something that shes really not looking forward to. This is a story about Christmases past and present. Focusing on how Gianni and Chloe got together, how they fell apart and now what they truly want. Snowflakes, Iced Cakes and Second Chances focuses on the cake, snow and giving loved ones another chance. I have to admit that I felt sorry for Chloe, because Gianni has a fiery temper and seemed to flare up really easily. But there are so many things bubbling under the surface that it is clear that his temper is not the only issue they had. Will Gianni and Chloe able to sit in a room and be honest with one another? Will they be able to tell one another their fears? And their innermost thoughts? Snowflakes, Iced Cakes and Second […]

Review: The Hygge Holiday by Rosie Blake

Posted December 20, 2017 by Charlotte in Reviews / 0 Comments
Review: The Hygge Holiday by Rosie Blake

So if you are a bit fed up with all the Christmas shenanigans in the lead up to Christmas and want a bit of escapism then look no further. The Hygge Holiday is a beautiful retreat that shows that home may be in the place you expect it least. To be honest I didn’t really know what Hygge was despite it being a rage on twitter earlier this year. But The Hygge Holiday sorted me out and taught me a few Danish swearwords!  I loved how Clara decorated the place to make it warm and cosy and turned a strange place into her home. Clara arrived at Yulethorpe clearly intending not to stay long. There is clearly something in her past that she is running away from.  A reason why she cannot go home. Yet there is something about Yulethorpe that makes Clara want to stay, to make it as her home and to make a few friends. Then there is Joe, he works long hours in the capital. He is a bit suspicious about Clara’s motives with his mothers shop. And finds himself heading North to sort it out. Yet when he gets there he finds more than he bargained for. I loved […]

Review: The Beachside Christmas by Karen Clarke

Posted December 7, 2017 by Charlotte in Reviews / 0 Comments
Review: The Beachside Christmas by Karen Clarke

This was such a fun read, and it was only at the end that I realised that it is part of a series. I never felt like I had missed any crucial information. But obviously I would have got to have known some of the secondary characters better if I had been fully aware of the facts. I love that this was set around a Christmas Lights competition. Only at Christmas can you have something so ridiculous and so good. I loved the friendly competition and macho antics everyone had. And Doris Day was hilarious. She was the perfect village gossip.  Although my favourite has to be Marmite the Cat – he has such an attitude that it is hard not to fall in love with him. I giggled to myself though the entirety of this book as Ollie – a posh reality star – tries to make the people of Shipley love him – he has his work cut out and he is a bit confused about why things are not going his way. The one thing that I really did not like in this book was the romantic element. I did feel like it was a bit forced […]

Review: Christmas at Hope Cottage by Lily Graham

Posted December 5, 2017 by Charlotte in Reviews / 0 Comments
Review: Christmas at Hope Cottage by Lily Graham

Okay, so I have to be honest. When I first started reading this book, I did pull a face. I mean it is set in the present and there was this magical idea that recipes can help people. But not make someone better, more help them in a difficult situation or help mend a marriage. For some reason I was not buying into the recipe stuff. But I continued because I really liked Emma and I wanted to see how she would do. It also helps that she was a bit sceptical like me. I loved how she reacted around her family. Lets be honest her aunts and grandmother were a bit bonkers but they had the best of intentions. And lets not forget the sexy lodger….. will he be a better fit for Emma than childhood sweetheart Jack Allen? Well you will have to read to find out! Filled with lots of eccentric and whimsical moments this is a book that tells the story of baking, romance, wishes, feuds and togetherness. Filled with some pretty crazy people this is a book that will add some sparkle into your festive reads. This is a magical read with lots of festive […]