Archive | June 2014

Weekly Round-Up. 29/06/14

Welcome to my second weekly round-up.

This week has been a bit hectic, so i have only read one book 😦  I’m hoping for a better week next week.

Although I have been sent some gorgeous books this week. My TBR Pile is HUGE now !

Here’s my weekly Round -Up ….

Books I have been sent :

Strange Girls and Ordinary Women – Morgan McCarthy (Bookbridgr)

The Dead Ground – Claire McGowen (Bookbridgr)

A Perfect Heritage – Penny Vincenzi (Bookbridgr)

A place For Us (Part 1) – Harriet Evans (Headline)

The Judas Scar – Amanda Jennings (CEP PUblishing)

Books I have been accepted to read :

It Had to Be You – Jo Carnegie/Ellie Adams (NetGalley)

A Place For Us (Part 1) – Harriet Evans (pre-approved – Netgalley)

Broken Monsters – Lauren Beukes (pre-approved – NetGalley)

Books I purchased this week :

I didn’t buy any books this week.

Books I have read or currently reading :

The Way Back Home – Freya North – 10/10, such a gorgeous book.

If You Were Me – Sheila O’Flanagan – Currently reading.

 

That’s it !

see you next week xxx

 

The Way Back home – Freya North

We were who we were, the children of Windward – a little ragtaggle tribe defining the ethos and eccentricity of the place….

Born and brought up in a artists’ commune in Derbyshire, Oriana Taylor had freedom at her fingertips in a home full of extraordinary people.

The Bedwell brothers, Malachy and Jed, shared their childhood and adolescence with Oriana. In the rambling old house and tangled grounds, their dreams and desires could take wing unchecked.

But too much freedom comes at a price. Something happened the summer they were fifteen. And now, having gone eighteen years, Oriana is back.

This is their story .

 

What I think : 

Oriana grew up at Windward, a painters commune. She lived there with her mother Rachel and father Robin. Her parents split up when she was quite young. Her mother moved out of the commune to go live with Bernard, which meant that Oriana was left behind with her father.

The Bedwell Brothers, Malachy and Jed also grew up there. They were friends with Oriana and formed a tight threesome. Both boys are secretly in love with Oriana.

One summer when Oriana is fifteen there is a terrible accident and Oriana is sent away.

Eighteen years later Oriana returns to Windward for the first time after living in America for fifteen years.

This is such a lovely book that tells of teenage love and broken childhoods.

Oriana has a really odd relationship with her parents. Her mother is very cold towards her and her father is a very odd person that paints for days on end without food or sleep.

Every now and then you get a small insight to what her childhood and teenage years were like, as it dips back and forth from past to present.

Its such a bittersweet story with some really tender moments. I think that Oriana is quite quite lost and lonely and doesn’t know where she really belongs

The book has some lovely characters. such as Violet, the old lady who has lived at Windward for years and the two little girls, Emma and Kate, who live in the Old Icehouse. we also see some of Freya’s old characters again, Cat McCabe and her husband Ben and Cat’s Uncle Django . Its always really lovely to revisit old characters, its almost like meeting up with old friends.

This is a beautiful book, with a very beautiful ending that will stay with me for quite a while.

I have read all of Freya’s books and I think is one is going to have to be my favorite.

A definite 10/10

 

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Published on 19 June 2014

Purchased from Tesco  £7.00

Weekly Round-Up. 22/06/2014

Thought I’d do my own weekly Round-Up for all the Lovely books that I’ve been sent, been accepted for or purchased this week.

So here goes …

Books that I have been sent –

The Long Fall – Julia Crouch (Bookbridgr)
If You Were Me – Sheila O’Flanagan (Bookbridgr)
Black Lake – Johanna Lane (Bookbridgr)

Books I have Been Accepted to read –

First We Take Manhattan – Colette Caddle (NetGalley)

Where Love Lies – Julie Cohen (NetGalley)

Books I Have Purchased 

The Way Back Home – Freya North (Tesco – £7)

The Inheritance – Tilly Bagshawe (Tesco – £3:85)

Books I have read or currently reading 

The Teashop on the Corner – Milly Johnson – Excellent read 10/10

The Long Fall – Julia Crouch – loved it ! 10/10

The Way Back Home – Freya North – Currently reading .

Yesterday I went to the ‘Sparkling Doubles’ book signing at Waterstones in Cambridge.
Authors Ali Harris and Paige Toon were there, an excellent afternoon. Will Blog about it very soon …

The Long Fall – Julia Crouch

Greece 1980

Emma takes part in a shattering, violent event. An event to which she is anything but a innocent bystander.

She is only Eighteen, but this marks her fall from innocence.

It will haunt her for the rest of her life.

London, 2013

Kate has the perfect existence: a glossy image, a glamorous home, a perfect family.

But there are cracks.

All is not what it seems.

And now the two worlds collide.

Somebody’s out for revenge. Someone who has been waiting for thirty years …

What I Think :

Wow ! what a fab book !

The story begins in 1980 with Emma who is backpacking around Europe alone. Whilst she is visiting France something really terrible happens to her. Emma is quite naive girl as she is a only child, so when she meets Beattie and Jake when she gets to Greece, she is grateful for their company. They have a few adventures together, But then they do something very wrong and violent which sadly ends in tragedy.

Kate seems to have a lovely life, she is the ‘Face of Kindness’ for her charity ‘Martha’s Wish, she has a gorgeous husband, lovely daughter and comfortable home. But underneath it all she is a very broken, damaged person and has problems with food. Is she all that she seems ?

Emma’s Part is in the form of diary entries from the 1980’s, and kate’s is in the now. I love the way that the book alternates between then and now to form the story.

This book has many twists and turns, the first is in the first few chapters and they just keep on coming.

Its very brutal in parts, but I think that its needed to tell the story. The author weaves a dark and sinister tale, yet you have to keep on reading just to see how it ends.

This book would seriously put me off backpacking for quite a while !

This is an excellent read which I give 10/10.

Published on 19 June 2014.

 

Thankyou to NetGalley and The Publishers Headline for the digital copy to read and review

 

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The Teashop on the Corner – Milly Johnson

At her beloved husbands funeral, Carla Pride discovers that Martin never divorced his first wife and has been living a double life with her. And his other wife, Julie Pride is determined to take everything from Carla – her home, her money, and her memories. When Will Linton’s Business goes bust he at least thinks that with the support of his trophy wife Nicole he rise to the top again. But Nicole isn’t going to stick around with ‘a loser’ and Will finds himself at rock bottom. Molly Jones is being bullied into going into a retirement home by her ‘concerned’ daughter-in-law Sherry and son Gram. Then the love of Molly’s life walks in through the door – a man who broke Molly’s heart into little pieces many years ago. But he says he’s dying and wants to spend the time he has left with her. All people are in need of a little love and compassion which they find by chance in the stationary and the teashop on the corner run by the ever cheerful Leni, a woman that site developer Shaun McCarthy finds annoying beyond annoying for her ability to remain unrealistically upbeat about everything. But is the world of Leni Merryman as full of rainbows and sparkles as everyone thinks ? Or is her smile papering over many cracks in her heart that will soon be shattered unwittingly be her new friends?

What I Think :

What a gorgeous book ! Right from the moment I started reading it I knew it would be excellent. I really didn’t want to put it down, In fact I read it in two sittings. (with one very late night !)

Such a wonderful cast of characters. It tells the story of Leni and her lovely book themed cafe. We have poor Carla who buries her husband to find that he wasn’t actually her husband at all, the lovely Molly who has family problems and a dying ex hubby, and Ryan who is Leni’s Saturday boy, to name a few. Who all come to the cafe as strangers and end up being the best of friends.

This Book tells of real life and some serious emotional issues, but it has some pretty magical moments too. I truly loved this book, and admit it did make me cry. I will be going out to buy Milly’s other books very soon.

10/10

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Thank you to Netgalley and the Publishers Simon and Schuster for the Digital copy to read and review.

 

Sorry …

Just a very quick little post to say I’m sorry I haven’t posted for a while 😦
I’ve had a really busy week, with one thing and another. There really doesn’t seem to be enough hours in the day.
Anyway I will be posting a review tomorrow and hopefully normal service will be resumed next week 🙂

Lots of love
Candy
xxx

The Unfinished Symphony of You and Me – Lucy Robinson.

Sally is an incredible singer but she sings only in her wardrobe where nobody can hear her. She’d rather join a nudist colony than sing in public.

That is until she ventures to New York where a wild and heady summer of love and loss changes her forever. No longer able to hide in the shadows. Sally must return home to London to fulfill a promise she cannot break – to share her voice.

But just as she’s about to embark on her new life, A beautiful man turns up on Sally’s doorstep bearing a sheepish smile and a mysterious hand-written message.

How did he find her ? Why is he here ? Does he hold the truth to what happened back in New York ? And, with him back on the scene, will she still have the courage to step into the spotlight ?

What I think :

Sally is off to The Royal Collage of music to start a diploma in Opera, and she feels scared. Sally can sing. In fact she’s a wonderful singer, but only in the safety of her wardrobe. She has a phobia of people hearing her sing.

I really, really loved this book, It moves back and forth from past to present to tell the story.The Main Character sally is a quite damaged, insecure person. Her childhood wasn’t very good and she feels slightly unloved by her parents. Her cousin Fiona came to live with Sally’s family when she was quite small because Fiona’s mother died. As a result Sally and Fiona are more like sisters than cousin’s.

There are some other lovely supporting characters. Such as Barry the welsh dancer and Helen the new friend at the college. Of course we cant forget the wonderful larger than life Jan.

Lots of serious issues are covered in this story, but always there is a hint of humour. I really liked Lucy’s style of writing, very down to earth and I caught myself laughing out loud !

As with Lucy’s other book’s I couldn’t put this one down and almost read it all in one sitting.

Thankfully I was home alone when reading this and not on the bus because I found myself shedding a few tears, especially at the wonderful ending.

A gorgeous book !

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Thank you to Netgalley and The Publishers Penguin Uk for the Digital copy to read and Review.