February TBR

Here’s my February TBR😀

A Week In Paris Rachel Hore

My second read for the Beat The Backlist 2021 Read Challenge.

Styling For Instagram Leela Cyd

I am looking forward to learning about styling for Instagram.

The Enchanted April Elizabeth Von Arnim

After reading Emma Mitchell The Wild Remedy – How Nature Mends Us – A Diary I was intrigued and love reading the classics.

Nature And Therapy Martin Jordan

Lately I have been interested in learning about the connection with nature and mental health and it’s positive impact.

Looking forward to reading.

Audiobooks – January Wrap Up

Barack Obama A Promised Land

Still listening.

A Life on Our Planet My Witness Statement And Vision for the Future David Attenborough

A passionate and hard-hitting message. A wake up call to the world.

It was a stark reality check of the horrendous damage inflicted by humans on the place we call home and the climate crisis.

A hope that by changing our ways we can fix it and save the natural world for future generations.

A very important book that we all need to listen to or read.

The Boy, the mole, the fox and the Horse Charlie Mackesy

This is a gem, a very special audiobook.

I found Charlie’s voice soothing and a wonderful escape from this chaotic world.

The words are beautiful, comforting, heartfelt and inspiring.

For those of you struggling with your mental health in these troubled times then I highly recommend giving this a listen.

This is an audiobook I will be listening to again and again.

I found this review hard to write, trying to put into words how amazing it is.

J.K Rowling The Ickabog

I am also still listening to this as it’s 64 chapters.


January TBR Wrap Up

Lady In Waiting Anne Glenconner

It was fascinating and compelling, an emotional rollercoaster of the highs and lows of an extraordinary life.

Adele – A novel Nicola Cassidy

Unfortunately, I had to DNF I found the bio fiction concept confusing.

It wasn’t the read for me and I was left feeling disappointed.

Catching Snowflakes Nora Roberts

A wonderful feel-good, heart string tugging read.

One Summer In Paris Sarah Morgan

I loved the setting of Paris and most of the characters especially Grace and Audrey, I disliked David’s character and how he treats Grace.

I was enjoying the story until near the end when the story suddenly did a u-turn which I didn’t expect and by the end I felt disappointed.

The Telephone Box Library Rachael Lucas

It was an enjoyable read and a wonderful feel-good story with many likeable characters.

I loved it.

Christmas Reads – Reviews

Mince Pies and Mistletoe at The Christmas Market and Snowflakes and Cinnamon Swirls at The Winter Wonderland Heidi Swain

It was lovely revisiting the charming town of Wynbridge and beautiful Wynthorpe Hall. Catching up with many familiar characters and getting to know new ones.

Two wonderful enjoyable feel-good festive stories.

Christmas Under The Stars Karen Swan

Christmas Under The Stars was a captivating story that kept me hooked from the beginning to the final page.

I loved the storyline of a once in a lifetime chance to speak to an astronaut down the airwaves which was beautifully written and heartfelt.

The vivid setting descriptions of Banff, Alberta, Canada were beautiful.

A jaw-dropping twist.

This is the first I have read by this author and look forward to reading the others.

The Christmas Secret Karen Swan

Unfortunately halfway I had to DNF this one. Sadly it wasn’t my cup of tea.

January TBR And Audiobooks

Here’s what I will be reading and listening to this month😀

What are you all reading and listening to this January? I would love to know😊

Lady In Waiting Anne Glenconner

I have been drawn to books about the Royals after watching The Crown.

Adele A Novel Nicola Cassidy

It looked and sounded like an intriguing read.

Nora Roberts Catching Snowflakes

First, I was drawn to the pretty book cover and after reading the synopsis I had to add it to the list.

One Summer In Paris Sarah Morgan

I love Sarah Morgans books and stories set in beautiful Paris.

One Summer In Paris is the perfect combination.

The Telephone Box Library Rachael Lucas

I am taking part in Beat The BackList Reading Challenge 2021 and this book has been sat on my bookcase for a while and first to be added to my backlist.

You can find more about the Beat The Backlist Reading challenge 2021 @Kristin Kraves Books

Future post coming soon about my own Beat The Backlist.

The Boy, the mole, the fox and the Horse Charlie Mackesy

I have read great things about this book so I am looking forward to listening.

A Life On Our Planet My Witness Statement And Vision For The Future Sir David Attenborough

Three words. Sir David AttenboroughA Promised Land Barack Obama

Two words. Barack Obama

The Ickabog JK Rowling

With all that’s happening right now, I have been drawn to reading children’s books to help ease the feeling of anxiety and also it’s a story by the incredible JK Rowling and narrated by the wonderful Stephen Fry an irresistible combination.

Netgalley Review The Spark Jules Wake

I loved the two main characters, Jess, Sam and their blossoming relationship which was beautiful to read. The pieces of lego they each had and the reason why was adorable.

Victoria was the perfect villain as the troublesome ex.

A heartfelt and uplifting romantic, escapist rom-com.

A wonderful story about, healing and self-discovery.

ThankYou HarperCollins UK and One More Chapter for the approval in return for an honest review and Netgalley.

Audiobook Review Talk To Me Jules Wake

I loved the beautiful chemistry between Daniel and Olivia as they struggled with hidden feelings for each other.

The story had plenty of twists and turns to keep me hooked from beginning to end.

Emily was the perfect antagonist, the perfect combination of bitchy and manipulation.

Wonderful narration by Jenny Funnell

A chick-lit, rom-com with a thriller twist.

The Christmas Bookshelf Scavenger Hunt Tag

After reading @KristinKravesBooks The Christmas Bookshelf Scavenger Hunt Tag I couldn’t resist doing my own and loved that the tag has a Christmas theme.

It was fun to take part in my first book tag.

1. A Book Set During Christmas

2. Five Cold Words

1. The Snowman – Raymond Briggs

I never get tired of watching The Snowman and revisiting the book every Christmas.

It will always have a special place in my heart and I am sure it does for many of you.

2. The winter’s Tale – William Shakespeare

I studied Romeo And Juliet during my second year of Secondary school and have loved Shakespeare’s work ever since.

3. Sarah J. Maas Court Frost And Starlight

I have seen some lovely Bookstagram posts of Sarah J. Maas books lately.

4. One Snowy Night – Nick Butterworth

I loved reading the Percy The Park Keeper books as a child.

5. The World of Ice & Fire George R.R. Martin

I know I am in the minority but I have never read or watched an episode of Game of Thrones. It’s not for me.

3. A Red And Green Book Cover

This was one of my Christmas 2012 reads and I loved it.

4. A Character With A Festive Name

After reading the synopsis it sounded like a lovely feel-good Christmas story.

I have never read a book by this author so I am intrigued to read.

One to add to my Christmas TBR

5. A Festive Object

Another one to add to my Christmas TBR

6. A Book With Baking In It

This was my first Christmas read of 2020 and I loved it. You can read my review here on my blog.

7. A Book Cover With A Wintery Scene

I love this beautiful winter book cover.

It’s on my bookshelf to be read.

8. A Book Cover With Silver And Gold

This was a difficult one.

9. A Book That Was A Gift

The Night Before Christmas which was a gift from my Mum and Dad. These days I love listening to it every Christmas Eve before going to sleep. It’s become a Christmas tradition.

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10. A Title That Describes How Christmas Shopping Feels

Christmas shopping can be chaotic and stressful but despite that, it feels good when you find those perfect gifts.

11. Spell Santa Claus In Book Titles

Sense And Sensibility Jane Austen

Anne Of Green Gables L.M Montgomery

New Moon The Twilight Saga (book 2) Stephenie Meyer

Treasure Island Robert Louis Stevenson

Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland Lewis Carroll

Catching Fire The Hunger Games (book 2) Suzanne Collins

Little Women Louisa May Alcott

Anna Karenina Leo Tolstoy

Ulysses James Joyce

Safe Haven Nicholas Sparka


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Netgalley Review One More For Christmas Sarah Morgan

A captivating Christmas story with a warmth that tugged at the heartstrings.

The vivid, beautiful descriptions of the Scottish lodge and its grounds made me feel like I was there.

I loved the character’s different journeys as they learnt about themselves and navigated a new way of being a family.

The simmering romance was adorable.

It had everything a great Christmas story should have. Family, friends, reindeer, snow, romance and a beautiful Scottish lodge.

It was just the feel-good read I needed right now.

I loved it.

It was hard to stop reading and put down.

I would love a sequel to tie up loose ends.

ThankYou to HQ and HarperCollins UK for the approval in return for an honest review and netgalley.

WWW Wednesday 25/11/20

Hi and welcome to another WWW Wednesday😄

I haven’t done a WWW Wednesday post in a while and thought this Wednesday I would do one😄

What Are You Currently Reading?

I am currently reading One More For Christmas by Sarah Morgan and enjoying it so far.

A Netgalley approval.

What Did You Recently Finish Reading?

I recently finished reading Willow Creek by Karen Ann Hopkins.

It’s the first Amish romance I have read and a first by this author.

I loved it.

Another Netgalley approval.

What Do You Think You’ll Read Next?

I will be reading The Spark by Jules Wake and non-fiction read The Life Of Richard Cadbury by Diane Wordsworth.

Both are Netgalley approvals.

Netgalley Review Willow Creek Karen Ann Hopkins

A wonderful heartfelt, sweet romance about forbidden love and second chances.

I loved the chemistry between Rowan and Katie and there changing relationship which was beautifully written.

I also loved Rebecca’s story and felt there was more to be told and more to be explored about there parents past love triangle.

Having read Willow Creek I felt it could become a series. Fingers crossed it does and can’t wait to read the authors other books.

This is the first book I have read by Karen Ann Hopkins and I loved it.

ThankYou to HarperCollins UK, One More Chapter for the approval in return for an honest review and Netgalley.

Audiobook Review The Vintage Teacup Club Vanessa Greene

The heart of the story is a wonderful bond between a group of friends celebrating happy moments and giving comfort during difficult times.

Get comfortable with a cup of tea in your best vintage china teacup with biscuits or a slice of cake and enjoy listening to the journey of these characters as they navigate adult life and experience heartbreak, betrayal, family drama and falling in love for a second time.

Reblogged The Winter Garden by Heidi Swain – Blog Tour/Book Review

I am looking forward to reading this myself😊

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About the book:

Freya Fuller is estranged from her parents and has been following her childhood dream of becoming a gardener ever since. When an opportunity to design a winter garden opens up at a Victorian property in Nightingale Square, Freya jumps at the chance to make a fresh start. But while the majority of the residents are welcoming, local artist Finn seems determined to shut her out, and when Freya’s family make a surprise appearance, it seems that her new life is about to come crashing down . . .

The Winter Garden  is the perfect read this Christmas, promising snowfall, warm fires and breath-taking seasonal romance. Perfect for fans of Carole Matthews, Cathy Bramley and Sarah Morgan.

My Review:

Heidi Swain is one of my favourite authors to read, in part because of her exceptional world-building, and all of her books are like a warm hug from a friend…

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