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A Seaside Affair
A Seaside Affair
by Fern Britton
Edition: Paperback
Price: £3.85

5.0 out of 5 stars A happy feel good read., 12 July 2015
This review is from: A Seaside Affair (Paperback)
I'm a big fan of Fern Briton and loved this novel. Saving the Pavilions Theatre from being sold to a Coffee Shop chain was the basis for the story and the residents of Trevay were determined to put up a fight. Having a hotshot producer on hand with "the right contacts" was of course a bonus but nonetheless the battle was not all plain sailing. A great cast with a good dose of "luvvie" actor emotions thrown into the mix made this a delightful read. Well done Fern, another winner :-)


Trespass Women's Chorley Jacket - Bamboo, 2X-Large
Trespass Women's Chorley Jacket - Bamboo, 2X-Large
Price: £79.98

3.0 out of 5 stars Nice lightweight jacket, 11 Jun. 2015
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Nice enough jacket, neutral colour so will match most outfits and is a good fit apart from the sleeves which were very long. However I wasn't happy with the material, so for this reason I decided to return it :-(


Under a Cornish Sky
Under a Cornish Sky
by Liz Fenwick
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.79

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another winner from Liz Fenwick, 6 Jun. 2015
This review is from: Under a Cornish Sky (Paperback)
I'm a huge fan of Liz Fenwick and this latest novel has surpassed her previous three. A story revolving around two very different women, Demi who leaves a very unhealthy relationship in London and moves to Cornwall where her Grandfather lives and Victoria, who despite being the wealthy owner of her family home Boscawen is in fact a very unhappy woman.

As the tale unfolds we find Demi trying desperately to fill the gaps of her childhood, but with her mother recently deceased and her grandfathers health deteriorating the answers are not easy to find. At the other end of the scale is Victoria, outwardly a steely determined lady who has enjoyed a string of secret affairs and is currently engrossed in the regeneration of the Boscawen estate, which following the death of her husband believes will be solely hers. Beneath this cool exterior however Victoria hides the heartache of not having been able to have children and with further tragedy to come we see a vulnerable side to her. I felt very sad for her and definitely warmed to her as the book progressed.

However, a surprise is in store for these two women and limits are pushed to extremes before happiness can prevail.

I am biased because I live in this part of Cornwall but I still love the attention to detail Liz portrays when describing locations etc and she always manages to bring the characters to life, so much so that I feel I know them.

I had the pleasure of meeting Liz at a book signing for this novel and she kindly signed my copy, my only sadness now that I've read it is having to wait for the next one. :-)


Ivy Lane
Ivy Lane
by Cathy Bramley
Edition: Paperback
Price: £3.85

5.0 out of 5 stars A heartwarming story full of delightful characters, 23 May 2015
This review is from: Ivy Lane (Paperback)
I'm new to the Ivy Lane stories so found this book to be utterly delightful. The story revolves around the main character Tilly, who after a tragedy in her life moves to a new town and decides to take on an allotment plot at Ivy Lane in the hope that it will help her to 'move on'. Her desire to be left alone to enjoy peace and quiet however doesn't quite go to plan as she gradually finds herself being drawn into the lives of the Ivy Lane community, which eventually helps to heal Tilly's heartache.
I loved this book, it was warm with plenty of laugh out loud moments. Well done Cathy :-)


The Oyster Catcher
The Oyster Catcher
by Jo Thomas
Edition: Paperback
Price: £4.00

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A delightful romantic read, 29 April 2015
This review is from: The Oyster Catcher (Paperback)
I loved this debut novel by Jo Thomas. A great storyline which builds around the arrival of Fi to Dooleybridge, a bit of a backwater that has seen better days. Fi is 'on the run' following her disastrous wedding and ends up working for Sean Thornton on his oyster farm, despite her chronic fear of water!
The eclectic mix of characters help to bring this story to life and Fi is soon part of the community and although initially dubious of Fi, Sean soon realises just how committed she is to the Oyster Farm.
I really enjoyed this book, it certainly taught me a lot about oysters! I will definitely look out for Jo's next novel :-)


Pikolinos Uruguay 864-1, Womens Hi-Top, Red (Arcilla/Df), 6 UK
Pikolinos Uruguay 864-1, Womens Hi-Top, Red (Arcilla/Df), 6 UK

5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous footwear., 12 Mar. 2015
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This is my second pair of Pikolinos and they are fabulous. So comfortable and fit like a dream. Would highly recommend.


A Christmas Feast
A Christmas Feast
by Katie Fforde
Edition: Paperback
Price: £3.49

5.0 out of 5 stars This really was A Christmas Feast., 7 Jan. 2015
This review is from: A Christmas Feast (Paperback)
I love Katie Fforde's books and this collection of seasonal short stories were delightful. The short stories were perfect to read when only a short amount of time could be snatched, with the longer stories being saved for snuggling down with under the duvet. Really lovely :-)


The Christmas Party
The Christmas Party
by Carole Matthews
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Another winner from Carole., 18 Dec. 2014
This review is from: The Christmas Party (Paperback)
Books that make me laugh out loud are always going to be a winner with me and this certainly didn't disappoint. Based around the office Christmas party there were moments of pure comedy genius, however some of the underlying personal stories were indeed desperately sad. It really was a night to remember and had me hooked until the very last page.


It Must Have Been the Mistletoe
It Must Have Been the Mistletoe
by Judy Astley
Edition: Paperback
Price: £3.85

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous festive read., 27 Nov. 2014
As a huge fan of Judy Astley I just knew I was going to love this, and she certainly didn't disappoint with this festive offering.
Thea's family all travel to Cornwall for a big Christmas gathering. Her parents are splitting up and see this as a good opportunity to make the break official. Thea has recently broken up with her long term boyfriend and is still feeling quite raw, even though he sounds like she's well rid of him! Her sister and brother have families and are settled down with three children between them (and another on the way for her sister) which is what Thea wants for herself and it emerges that she had lost a baby which would have been born on Christmas Day.
Two unexpected guests pitch up and along with the biggest snowfall Cornwall has experienced for several years, which cuts everyone off from the outside world, they have no option but to stay for the festivities! Christmas can cause a strain at the best of times, however with nowhere to escape to it's not just the weather which is frosty!
For Thea though a pleasant distraction is on hand in the form of Sean, part owner of the holiday property. But a series of crossed wires on both parts brings about some amusing situations.
All is not lost though as a large bunch of mistletoe brought in to hang in the house weaves is magic, making this an unforgettable Christmas for hopefully all the right reasons.
This was such a lovely feel-good read and has put me in an early festive mood. Well done Judy :-)


The Teashop on the Corner
The Teashop on the Corner
by Milly Johnson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £3.85

5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely feel-good story., 12 Oct. 2014
The story more or less centres around The Teashop on the Corner, which sounds utterly delightful & somewhere I'd love to visit! There's Carla who discovers, at his funeral of all places, that her husband was a bigamist! Molly, whose ex husband wasn't the cad that she thought he was. Will, whose spoilt wife left him when the money ran out. Shaun, the big hearted property developer and Leni, the owner of the Teashop. The characters are truly believable & friendships are forged, which prove to be invaluable when needed most. There were moments of sadness when I could have bawled & some lovely laugh out loud ones. All in all this was a lovey read :-)


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