Thursday, 23 January 2020

Currently Reading - The Governess - Mary Kingswood


Currently Reading
The Governess
Mary Kingswood
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Blurb copy and pasted from Goodreads
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The first of a brand new series by the author of Sons of the Marquess.

When Mr Edmund Winterton of Woodside dies, his daughters find themselves penniless and homeless. What can they do? Unless they wish to live on charity, they will have to find genteel employment for themselves.

Annabelle becomes governess to the daughters of the recently bereaved Earl of Brackenwood. She has no idea how to teach, but her pupils can learn all they need from books, so how difficult can it be? She’ll need all her ingenuity to cope with the rebelliousness of her charges, and the unwanted attentions of their father. But when her past returns to haunt her, she has to make a difficult decision.

Allan is slowly getting used to life as a widower, but his mother is determined that he must marry again and produce an heir. He is determined that he won’t, although the new governess is just the sort of woman he could fall in love with. But when a face from long ago reappears and stirs up suspicion, he has to consider the possibility that his wife’s death was not natural. What is worse, he himself is the obvious suspect. If he can’t prove his innocence, he may lose everything - his home, his new love and even his life.

A traditional Regency romance, drawing room rather than bedroom.

Book 1 of the 5-book Sisters of Woodside Mysteries series, each a complete story with a HEA, but read all of them to find out all the family secrets!

Tuesday, 21 January 2020

Book Review - The Smell Of Roses - Elizabeth Crocket




Book Review by Pauline Reid  🔥  The Smell Of Roses by Elizabeth Crocket
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What This Book Is About
ARC Review.
Genre - Womens Fiction
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What Is This Book About?
This book is about a well to do lady, Sarah, who has been born and bred into a business minded, rich family.  There is a point in time where she wants to find herself, not what her family wants, but what she wants.  We are the observers of how Sara changes her life.  Some hurdles to jump over, some discoveries that even Sarah is surprised at.  Does she find the soap under the lather? Is she on a slippery slope of judgement and disaster?
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My Thoughts On This Book
I loved the guessing game in this book, I could never foresee where Sarah was going, or what she wanted, and coming across a bit of a plot twist so early on in the book made me think,  was I going to see more?   Yes I did!!   Plenty, infact.  I loved all the characters in the book, each one having a very interesting attitude on life.  Not one same as the other.  This was a fast paced book, with lots of action and the guessing game kept me on my toes.  Not only my toes, but also my stomach, oh gosh, depending on what time of the day I was reading this book, it sure did whet my appetite!  Also nearer the end it got so sad, look out for, Billy and Eva, have your tissues at the ready, like I did, as you are bound to cry. All good though, this book does have a happy ending.
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❌ Warning and Triggers,  at this point I should mention that this book deals with alcohol issues, alcoholics, drugs and drug addiction and drug rehabilitation.  
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There was a little bit of swearing in this book, but overall I felt it was more of a soft written approach compared to Elizabeth Crockets, Full Of Grace, which I felt had a much harder edge to it.
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Rating System 
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5 stars
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Recommendation 
This book comes highly recommended by me and would suit anyone who likes love triangles, womens fiction, fast paced books and anyone who likes food items, baking, pizza and donuts in their stories 😍.... someones always eating something, so be prepared to be hungry, because I certainly was!  Also for anyone who likes tear jerkers as this will hit you in the right spot.

Sunday, 19 January 2020

Currently Reading - The Smell of Roses - Elizabeth Crocket


Currently Reading

The Smell of Roses 
Elizabeth Crocket 
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Blurb copy and pasted from Goodreads
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Groomed to run the family business, Sarah Ballister sacrifices everything else in life to climb the ladder to vice-president. Unsure of who she is anymore, if not the person her judgemental parents mapped out, she makes the agonizing decision to leave Ballisters.

Sarah meets Sam Fergus, a shoe-shine man with a disarming smile, when he asks to shine her Louboutin's at the airport. She also runs into business man Dan Jamison, who expresses interest in Ballisters. Dan calls the next time he's in town and asks her to meet him at the airport. Walking past the shoe-shine stand, she sees Sam again. She glances back at him and is surprised she has butterflies.

Could the woman known as the queen of acquisitions really be flirting with the shoe-shine man?

Friday, 17 January 2020

Book Review - Hiding Bones - Holly Ducarte




Book Review by Pauline Reid 🔥 Hiding Bones by Holly Ducarte
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What this book is about
A poetry book with a concoction of dark and light poems.  We have 4 themes to this poetry book.
LOVE .   LIFE .   MYSTERY.   NATURE 
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My thoughts On This Book
It's very hard to review a poetry book, mainly because, really you are reviewing real thoughts put down in an artistic way.  I've had teasers of Holly's poetry writing through what she posts sometimes on Instagram, so I knew of her style of writing already, so this was no exception.  The book itself was very enlightening and took me on travels during the day when I had moments to spare and needed a little bit more of an inspirational lift.  Yes, I did have my favourites, which I have listed  below.
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Photo Aficionado .... where do I start? Holly just seems so kind and caring how she chooses her words.  I absolutely loved the poem.
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Whiskey and Wine - although I'm not a drinker, Holly's words are so descriptive you can hear her words materialise, for example ....   "Scattering the opalescent beads to dance Tic-tacking on the floor."  Could you hear them scattering on the floor? 
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The Forgotten Man
"Webs of dust dangle, dripping with dew" ... again all throughout the book we have small delights of imaginative words comming out to play.
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Overwhelmed Spirit
"Overwhelmed spirit , all I have to do is ask for freedom, to ask for release… It is then I will have peace"  
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The Mirror
Especially the end "This leads to my bitter end I cannot continue to ignore myself, the mirror must become my friend".
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I absolutely adored
Wretched Things
Therefore, you mustn’t carry things, for things can weigh you down, and make you forget the path you’re on
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All of these and more carry weight, meaningful and deeply spiritual and draws inspiration.
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Rating System ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5 stars.
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Recommendation
This poetry book of Holly Ducarte, comes highly recommended by me and would suit anyone that has been on some kind of spiritual enlightenment, who of course wants alot of inspiration and anyone of course who likes poetry.  This poem book has a life of it's own, has a powerful uplifting visual presence.

Thursday, 16 January 2020

Currently Reading - Hiding Bones - Holly Ducarte


Currently Reading
Hiding Bones
Holly Ducarte
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Blurb copy and pasted from Goodreads.

Hiding Bones is a compilation of Holly Ducarte's best poetry from her retired chapbooks Hiding Skeletons and Literary Bones. One of which, she won an indie award for. It's a storytelling blend of light and dark themes with classic and contemporary styles.

Wednesday, 15 January 2020

Book Review - Firu's Forest - J. Leigh Shelton




Book Review by Pauline Reid 🔥 Firu's Forest by J. Leigh Shelton.
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What this book is about
There are 3 short stories within this childrens book.
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The Banana Plant That Grew More Than Fruit.
Sabastian sat in his grandmothers kitchen, he was bored because it was raining.  Grandmother suggested visiting a boy in the village with a black cat.  The boy wasn't that keen saying he was a bit strange.  So Grandma found him a task that would keep him busy.  Now the task that Sabastian was given meant he had to look after something, nurture it and in time see the rewards of love and care. However this meant sharing it with other people, particularly the strange boy, so he wasn't keen on the idea. Grandma decided to tell Sabastian a little story to encourage him.  As per usual Sabastian didn't quite understand the story.  Weeks went past, Sabastian had to be patient. After a year Sabastian is rewarded with alot more he can handle.  How does he cope and what does he do to rectify his problem?
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The Cat Who Always Ran
We are introduced to two cats.  One who is orange and friendly, the other a scared black cat.  The black cat explains to the orange cat, why he is how he is, scared and timid because of being mistreated. There was a sloth listening from the up above tree, however a crack of thunder sent the two cats running for shelter under a table.
The two cats wanted to be like the sloth ....  Quote " My guess is that wherever he lives, his smiles follows him".
So the two cats chatted together but the black cat couldn't understand, so the orange cat decided to tell a little story.  Afterwards the sun came out and the black cat went on a journey that landed him in the most secure happy place that he had ever been in.  Where was it?  Did he find his way to freedom?
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The Stuck Hummingbird
A dog named Firu, meets a Hummingbird.  Firu asks the Hummingbird what it is doing? The Hummingbird was making a nest with Firus hair.  The next day Firu wanted to have a look to see how the Hummingbird was going.
Firu was so taken with the nest building he decided to take more of a parent responsibilty with it all. One baby hatched, one didn't.  Firu became the babysitter, making sure baby bird was alright.  Something happened between Firu and the Hummingbird.  Things got busy ... will Hummingbird be able to hang on to his friend, Firu?  With distractions of the chickens and peacock, how does the Hummingbird handle the situation?
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My thoughts On This Book
First of all I would like to take this opportunity to saying thank you to the author, J. Leigh Shelton, for reaching out to me on Instagram and giving me this beautiful book in exchange for an honest book review.
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I loved these little stories that have moral meanings especially for children (and a reminder to ourselves), don't you?
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The Banana Plant That Grew More Than Fruit
Teaches children how to share, how to give, to recognise foregiveness and patience. 
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The Cat Who Always Ran.
Teaches children, through animals, not to be scared and anxious and to have trust and to have courage, hope and joy.
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The Stuck Hummingbird
Teaches the child not to be anxious, to let go and to faith and security of a friend.  
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I was so amazed by the clear, precise illusions used in this book.  I was also quite surprised at how a generous size this book is, bigger than an A4 size. A beautiful sturdy hardback for children I think, is a good idea.
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I wish my Chloe, my cat, could talk, this would be awesome, I wonder what sort of wisdom she would tell me?.
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Rating System 
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5 stars.
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Recommendation.
This childrens book comes highly recommended by me and would suit any child that likes books with animals, parents if you want your child to have a book full of morals, here is your chance.  Adults alike, this is also good for ourselves, why not?  We could all be reminded to be a little extra "something" (whatever springs to mind).  Also Grandparents out there, I'm sure you want your grandchildren to grow up, safe, being kind, being hopeful and to have a chunk of courage.

Tuesday, 14 January 2020

Currently Reading - Firu's Forest by J. Leigh Shelton


Currently Reading

Firu's Forest by J. Leigh Shelton
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Blurb copy and pasted from Goodreads 
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"Firu's Forest" is a collection of three stories, each separate yet beautifully intertwined--like the rainforest that surrounds them. It's the story of a boy who shares a special bond with his grandmother, who teaches him the importance of sharing his abundance with others. It's the story of a feral cat, frightened to be open to love because of his painful past. And the story of a tender-hearted hummingbird whose constant fear of rejection gets her stuck in a bind from which only a true friend can rescue her. Inspired by places and events in Costa Rica, "Firu's Forest" illustrates some important life lessons for both children and their adults.

Currently Reading - The Governess - Mary Kingswood

Currently Reading The Governess Mary Kingswood . Blurb copy and pasted from Goodreads . The first of a brand new series by the auth...