Friday, 22 May 2015

Truly Madly Greekly by Mandy Baggot


Capable, confident and career-driven, Ellen had her dream job and a marriage proposal from boyfriend Ross. Life was good, her future set. Until it wasn’t and everything fell apart… 

Whisked off to the beautiful island of Corfu to plan her sister Lacey’s big, fat, Greek wedding, Ellen is hoping some time out will help clear her head and heal her heart. But letting go of her past is not going to be easy. 

With Lacey in full on Bridezilla mode, Ellen is soon distracted from her own problems. And when the all-inclusive treats on offer at hotel Blue Vue include one gorgeous, brooding Adonis – Yan – Ellen finds him difficult to resist.

But Ellen isn’t looking for love or lust, or anything involving too much ouzo…or is she?

I have just finished reading Truly, Madly, Greekly by Mandy Baggot, I have read all of Mandy's previous books and I can honestly say this is her best book by far.

Ellen accompanies her sister Lacey on a holiday to Corfu on a mission to check out the hotel and area for Lacey's Wedding and this holiday couldn't have come at a better time as Ellen has a secret and it looks like she is going to be found out so the distraction of some make eye candy may be just what she needs.

This is the first book I have read this year that really has that Summery, beach read feel about it. Set on the island of Corfu this was a glorious setting, the author describes different parts of the area from the ruins to the mountains and beautiful beaches so it was easy to visualise the setting, I just wanted to be whisked away there.

The storyline is a great light read which was just what I needed after a couple of intense reads so I devoured this book in only two days. There were no big twists and turns that I didn't see coming but this didn't effect my enjoyment of the storyline. I am sure the majority of us have gone away at some point and had a little holiday romance so we can all relate in a way to this storyline.

Yan oozed sex appeal through the pages and I grew used to his broken English too I did wonder if it would begin to grate on me but luckily it didn't. Ellen was a perfect female lead for us although at times I would have liked to have kicked her up the bum!



If you are looking for a light hearted, fun, summery read with a splash of romance then try this one for your holiday it will soon get you in the holiday mood.

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Thursday, 21 May 2015

Coming up Roses


Country air, cowslips and a charismatic rogue . . . Would-be gardener Daisy can't believe her luck when her parents announce they're off on a midlife-crisis gap year, leaving her in charge of their gorgeous garden. After a turbulent few months, a spell of quiet in the countryside is just what she needs. A shoulder to cry on wouldn't go amiss either - so when Daisy comes across Elaine and Jo, she breathes a sigh of relief. But her new friends are dealing with dramas of their own . . . As Daisy wrestles the garden into something resembling order, her feelings for handsome Irishman George, begin to take root. But Daisy's heart's desire - her parent's garden - is under threat, and she is forced to confront nosey neighbours and fight greedy developers. Village life is turning out to be far from peaceful.


Coming Up Roses is the first book I have read by Rachael Lucas, I am not a fan of gardening so have never been known to pick up a book with this topic until I read Ivy Lane earlier this year and was surprised how much I enjoyed it so I decided to give Coming Up Roses a try too.

Daisy is house sitting for her parents who are off on their travels, this is a dream come true for Daisy who is a keen professional gardener because her parents garden which once was a well-tended beautiful garden has been left to its own devices so she cannot wait to tackle the garden and it soon becomes apparent the local villagers are pleased the garden is finally being given some attention too.
This opportunity has come at a perfect time for Daisy who is nursing a broken heart, with the help of new found friends, community spirit and her passion for gardening can she turn her life around?

This was such a beautifully crafted, charming read that had me engrossed in the storyline right from the first chapter. I found the characters so engaging from our main character Daisy as well as the numerous amount of supporting characters they were all developed so well. The friendships that Daisy had with Thomas was so endearing, and it was great to watch her friendship with Elaine and Jo blossom they seemed like an unlikely trio at first but they soon developed a strong bond and were each other’s shoulders to cry on.

The storyline held my attention the whole way through the book and as I mentioned before I am not a big fan of anything to do with gardening and yet I am a big fan of this book.  If you are looking for pure escapism, with well-rounded characters, friendships and a splash of romance then this fun and uplifting read will be the one for you. I am off to download the authors previous book Sealed with a Kiss now!



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Monday, 11 May 2015

4 Year Blog Birthday Celebrations.


I would like to thank you all for taking part in the celebrations and giveaways over the weekend.
My blog has become a massive part of my life and I have loved every minute of those 4 years from the chance to read books by authors I have loved for many years, and also to discover books by authors whose books I hadn't come across before.
I have been lucky enough to attend some amazing publishing events which has given me the opportunity to meet publishers, authors and other bloggers which has been a real dream come true and has pushed me out of my comfort zone!

Thank you to @beccasboooks @bookouture and @SandraDanby who very generously donatated some of the amazing prizes for the giveaways.

Incase you missed any of the giveaways here they all are.


I know a lot of you have loved the hand made cushions and I have had an overwhelming amount of private messages and comments about them so I have spoken to the very talented Tami who made the little beauties and she is happy for me to pass along her facebook page which has everything from cushions to bags and even covered notebooks and bookmarks!

click HERE and head on over to take a look at Sew Stitchy T&J amazing crafts.


Final Giveaway, Signed copy of The Lie by C.L Taylor


My final giveaway for you is a signed copy of The Lie with a Roald Dahl book mark.
This is open Internationally.
I would like to say a BIG thank you to all of you who have help celebrate my 4th Blog Birthday and to the generous

Kim at Bookouture
Becca at Becca's Booooks



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4 Year Blog Birthday Giveaway #9 Don't Turn Around e-book


Giveaway number 9 is for an ebook copy of Caroline Mitchell which the lovely lot at +bookouture have generously given us for the giveaway. This is an International giveaway.
Good Luck!



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4 Year Blog Birthday Giveaway #8 Book Bundle


This is our 8th giveaway for the blogs 4 year Birthday.
Due to the weight of these this will be a UK only Giveaway.
I loved all three of these books so I had to go and grab finished copies to 
giveaway and share the love of these books!
GOOD LUCK!



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Sunday, 10 May 2015

Giveaway #7 Evil Games by Angela Marsons


The lovely team at Bookouture have been very generous and offered a e-book copy of Evil Games by Angela Marsons. Silent Scream is one of my favourite books of the year so far and so I am sure Evil Games which is book 2 in the series will be another gripping and tense read.

This Giveaway is open INTERNATIONALLY.



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