National Stationery Week

National Stationery week 2018In the UK, it’s National Stationery Week. A Celebration of all things stationery and the written word it’s self. It runs from the 23rd April 2018 to 29th April ( I did a post about this last year which you can check out Here

This is an opportunity for stationery retailers and makers can share what they have to offer. National Stationery Week’s aims are to encourage stationery admirers to talk about it and share details of products, brands and shops they love. To also campaign the importance of the handwriting and to encourage people to keep doing it. #writingmatters

There will be a bunch of activities and competitions on-line, and will be running #7daysofstationery

http://www.nationalstationeryweek.com

http://www.twitter.com/NatStatWeek

http://www.instagram.com/natstatweek

when shareing your stationery pic’s and posts use #’s as follows:

#natstatweek

#stationeryaddict

#writingmatters

As I said earlier seven days of stationery is running; where each day is dedicated to a theam/ prompt which can then be shared on social media.

Monday 23rd April- #makeanote

Tuesday 24th April- #penandpencil

Wednesday 25th April- #stationerytheworldover

Thursday 26th April- #workhappy

Friday 27th April- #aplaceforeverything

Saturday 28th April- #getcrafty

Sunday29th April- #signaturesunday

(I will be sharing my photo’s on Instagram http://www.instagram.com/mariesbookboutique

Writing Matters

This is a campaign to keep people of all ages to pick up a pen and paper and write. There are so many distractions and gadgets which often lead us away from handwriting anything. Writing is so individual to each and every person, I think it would really be a shame if people loosed that.

You see I’m not just a self-confessed bookworm but also a stationery addict! There I said it!!!!!! Gosh that feels better to get off my chest!!!!!!! A pretty notebook, pen’s, well anything like that really is fair game to me!!!! I mean I’m quite literally like a kid in a sweet shop when it comes to all things stationery and books of course!!!!! (It’s the small things!!!!) There is so much choose out there and one shop that gets me every time is Paperchase. They makes some really lovely products.

I truly believe in the writing matters campaign, I feel writing is so very important and we should encourage people to carry on doing it! Not only is it individual to each person, it just adds that personal touch. I have to admit I would much rather get a handwritten note than an email any day of the week. I have a pen friend in Greece and we have been handwriting letters now for 18 years and I still get excited when I receive a letter from her.

Do any of you guy’s have a pen friend? If so do you email or handwrite letters to each other? Do you still hand write or do you turn to you gadgets? Dose writing matter to you? I would love to hear you thoughts, so please feel free to comment!

 

Happy World Book Night!

world book night 2018Happy World Book Night fellow book friends,

It’s that time of year again!!!! I adore World Book Night and everything this wonderful book celebration stands for. (as I’m sure many of you do also!!!)

The Reading Agency

 

World Book Night is a celebration to encourage and inspire people who don’t read on a regular basis or people who don’t have access to books. It’s run by The Reading Agency; who have the likes of Penguin Random House to Hachette to name a couple of publishers involved. These publishers donate publications to be handed out on the night by volunteer book givers, to non or light readers. I took part in this about 6 years ago now giving out The Take by Martina Cole; which I gave out to people who don’t normally pick up books. There is literally no greater feeling of knowing you have helped inspired someone to pick up a book and read!!!!!!!!!!!!  ( you can check last years WBN Here )

This celebration started back in 2011 and has been running every year ever since. Each year a different collection of books are chosen, from a large variety of genre’s, so there’s bound to be something there to tickle your fancy. (believe me there’s more than a few I want to read for sure! and I’m a reader!!!!!)

I think maybe the reason I like this evening so much because it’s kinda close to my heart. You see, I didn’t really find books till I was in my 20’s. Not because I didn’t have that burning desire to read, as that was always there, but because I was so frustrated and didn’t understand why I found reading so difficult. And it was in my 20’s that I found out I wasn’t stupid or thick, I was dyslexic. And if it wasn’t for one of my friends encouraging and inspiring  me to read an actual book, I wouldn’t be sitting here today typing this to you, because I wouldn’t be the bookworm that I’m today. I have thanked her a lot over the years for that and that is exactly what World Book Night is all about!!!!!

Now lets see which titles have been chosen for 2018

*Genuin Fraud by E. Lockhart (Crime/Thriller)

*Open: A Toolkit For How messed up life can be by Gemma Cairney (Young Adult)

*After the fire by Will Hill (Young Adult)

*Dangerous Lady by Martina Cole (Crime/Thriller)

*The Recovery Letters: Addressed to people experiencing depression by Olivia Sagan, James Withey and Tom Couser (Health and Wellbeing)

*Mindfulness: A practical guide to finding peace in a frantic world by J. Mark, G.Williams, Dr Danny Penman (Health and Wellbeing)

*Like A Mule Bringing ice cream to the sun by Sarah Ladipo Manyika (Literary Fiction)

*My Everything by Katie Marsh (Romance/Commercial Fiction)

*The Detective’s Daughter by Lesley Thomson (Crime/Thriller)

*At My Mothers Knees… and other low joints by Paul O’Grady (Memoir/Comedy)

*You Don’t Know Me by Imran Mahmood (Crime/Thriller)

*Kith by Jo Bell (Poetry)

*My Name is Leon by Kit De Waal (Literary Fiction)

*What the dog knows: scent, science and the amazing way dogs perceive the world by Cat Warren (Non-Fiction)

*Our Summer Together by Fanny Blake (Women’s Fiction)

*Gilded cage by Vic James (Young Adult)

*The Beach Wedding by Dorothy Koomson (Quick Reads)

*Carry on, Jeeves: (Jeeves& Wooster) by P.G.Wodehouse (Classic/Comedy)

*The Woman in Black by Susan Hill (Horror)

*Satellite by Nick Lake (Young Adult/Science Fiction)

*One of Us is Lying by Karen Mc Manus (Young Adult)

*Elizabeth is missing by Emma Healey (Literary Fiction)

*The Loney by Andrew Michael Hurley (Literary Fiction)

 

So guy’s do you see any that take your fancy?!?!?!? Bet you do!!!!!!! Hope you all have a great evening and may we all discover something new!

 

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Review on: A Summer At Sea by Katie Fforde

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About the author (as seen in the book)

katie fforde

 

I live in the beautiful Cotswold countryside with my family, and I’m a country girl at heart.

I first started writing when my mother gave me a writing kit for Christmas, and once I started I just couldn’t stop. Living Dangerously was my first novel and since then, I haven’t looked back.

Ideas for books are everywhere, and I’m constantly inspired by the people and places around me. From watching TV (yes, it is research) to overhearing conversations, I love how my writing gives me the chance to taste other people’s lives and try all the jobs I’ve never had.

Each of my books explores a different profession or background and my research has helped me bring these to life. I’ve been a porter in an auction house, tried my hand at pottery, refurbished furniture, delved behind the scenes of a dating website, and I’ve even been on a Ray Mears survival course.

I love being a writer; to me there isn’t a more satisfying and pleasing thing to do. I particularly enjoy writing love stories. I believe falling in love is the best thing in the world, and I want all my characters to experience it, and my readers to share their stories.

Website: http://www.katiefforde.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/KatieFforde

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/KatieFforde

Publication date: 11th February 2016

Publisher: Centuary

ISBN: Hardback 978-1780890852

Paperback 978-0099579328

Pages: 368 pages

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Format reading: Hardback

Copy provided by: my own

Blurb (as seen on the book)

Emily is happy with her life just as it is.

She has a career as a midwife that she loves and enjoys her independence. But she also feels it’s time for a change and spot of sea air.

So when her best friend Rebecca asks whether she’d like to spend the summer cooking on a ‘Puffer’ steam boat just off the Scottish coast, she jumps at the chance.

But she barely has time to get to grips with the galley before she finds herself with a lot on her plate.

Rebecca has a baby on the way and is thrilled to have her friend on board doing most of the work. Then there’s Emily’s competitive kitchen assistant who thinks she should be head, cook, not Emily.

And there’s Alasdair, the handsome local doctor, who Emily is desperately trying not to notice. Because if she falls in love with him, as he appears to be falling for her, will she ever want her old life back again?

My Review

a summer at sea front cover

I just adore this front cover… it’s so summary! I love the pale blue of the backing and the other pale yellows and red’s. A row of quaint looking houses can be seen in the distance, with a steam boat, moored up at the quay. A lady is walking on the sea saw, with the wind in her hair, caring at blue and white stripped bag full of grocery’s and looks great with the other colours in the cover.  I adore the bunting at the top of the cover it just adds to the overall beautiful summery feel.

The author’s name is in large handwritten like in white making it stand out against the blue sky. The title is in red which ties in with the red stripes of the lady’s top. Very eye-catching indeed!!!!!

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When I opened the book I was greeted by this cute map, showing the route the Puffer takes to the house that the characters live in. What a really lovely touch to add to the book. I love it!

We meet Emily a single and very independent lady. She enjoys her job as a midwife, however she is over worked and becoming more stressed by the day. So when her best friend Rebecca calls, to ask her if she fancied doing her a massive favour and cook on their Puffer steam boat for the summer on the Scottish coast, she see’s this as an opportunity to take some time off from work.

Rebecca and her husband James run a puffer steam boat hotel and with Rebecca being pregnant she feels she can’t manage her part, plus it’s a good chance to catch up with her best friend!

Emily’s arrives and is met by James’s brother Alistair; a local widowed doctor who has a daughter. James is pretty cold and silent with Emily and her first impressions of him isn’t great.

Then there’s Billie, Rebecca’s assistant and she really isn’t happy to see Emily. Billie gives Emily quit a hard time, but that really doesn’t phase Emily and she throws her self right in to the job. Emily has a wonderful way of dealing with the eclectic clients that are staying on the puffer. She is caring, very accommodating and deals with the obstacles that comes her way. Will Billie give Emily a break and accept her as a co-worker? Why is Billie so miffed?

Alistair pops up when the puffer come’s back to pick up a new set of guests with his daughter Kate; who really takes a shine to Emily as does her father it would seem. Will Alistair let Emily into his heart? Does Emily feel the same? How will Kate feel?

There are many obstacles and dramas as the story develops from a really bad storm, a visit from Rebecca’s mother, possible romance, and a birth to contend with.

A Summer At Sea is a really nice story full of all the elements of pure Katie Fforde  style. The description of the scenery and the puffer boat was great giving me a crystal clear image in my mind! I also found this story to be really relaxing to read, I soaked up the lovely array of characters and there quirky characteristics. Emily was my favourite because she is amazing in a crisis, and deals with whatever comes her way.

                                                    Marie’s Book Boutique gives

                                                 A Summer at Sea by Katie Fforde

                                                                  4 Sparkly Stars

4 stars

 

 

Review on: The Advice Bucket by Heather Hill

The Advice bucketAbout the author (as seen on Amazon)

Heather Hill – comedy writer and mum of five (not the band) lives in Scotland and is one of a rare kind; the rare kind being one of the 0.5% of females that is ever-so-slightly colour blind. She is known to have been prevented from leaving the house with blue eyebrows on at least one occasion.

Heather started out writing lines for comedians in the Aberdeen, Glasgow & Edinburgh live comedy circuit, before embarking on a novel writing career. Her hilarious, debut British comedy ebook, ‘The New Mrs D’, was an Amazon No1 bestseller before the paperback was published by Fledgling Press, Edinburgh in Spring 2015.
She has written for publications including Psychologies Magazine and has been included as one of Scotland’s 200 most remarkable voices in The Scotsman newspaper in 2017.

Blog: http://www.hell4heather.com

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/hell4heather

Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/hell4heather

Publication date: 12 May 2017

Publisher: Independently Published

ISBN: Paperback 978-152090172

Pages: 328 pages

Genre: Fiction

Format reading: eBook

Copy provided by: Author

Blurb (as seen on Amazon)

Merrick is on his way to Islay in Scotland to join 35,000 fellow barnacle geese at their annual gathering. Delayed by a sudden fall from the sky, he sustains his first wrist injury in three centuries and has to take a boat.
On the remote Isle of Scarba, just a stone’s throw away, Gladys awaits answers. What is the centuries-old secret that rules her destiny?
Lucy Colwyn wants to go to Scarba to die; if she can only get there unscathed first.
Eminent neurologist, Dr. Britten, receives miraculous news: a dying patient is cured. Now he has no choice but to abandon everything and track her down before she does the unthinkable. But the journey won’t be easy, as three familiar old ladies have other, rather unorthodox agendas.
The Queen of The Hebrides leaves for Islay loaded with strangers. By the time the ship’s journey reaches its conclusion, some of the passengers are on their way to reaching another: that they’re more connected than they could ever have imagined.

My Review

The Advice Bucket front cover

I would like to say a wonderful thank you to Heather for contacting me to ask me to read and give an honest review of The Advice Bucket.

Would you just look at that wonderful cover. I’m a sucker for a good sunset, because just look at the beautiful pinks, oranges, purples they provide such warmth to the cover. The lake at the bottom with geese, which are about to take off. The title is in white and works well against the sunset behind it. A bucket dangles on a rope at the end of the word bucket, which ties in with the title! The author’s name is black which ties in with the geese!

The Advice Bucket is the first book I’ve read by Heather, so I really didn’t know what to expect, and when I read the blurb know it was going to be a little bit different to what I normally read. But I’m always willing to give different book’s a try.

This story is set in the beautiful Scotland, in which involves secrets, illness, miracles and friendship. Lucy Colwyn has suffered so much loss in her life and now she finds out she has a terminal illness. She feels very much alone and see’s nothing left to stay around for; so she decides to travel Scarba where she wishes to die alone.

On Lucy’s travels she bumps into a strange man called Merrick. He is very strange fellow talking about barnacle geese, but Lucy soon comes to realise she is not able to get to where she need to without his help. The soon strike up a friendship, and make their way to their destination. Mean while Dr Britten Lucy’s doctor get’s some very surprising and welcomed good news, which he must tell her. He find’s out that she has left and it’s a race to get to her in time. Will Lucy and Merrick get to Scarba? Why dose Merrick think and talk about barnacle geese? Will doctor Britten get to Lucy in time to tell her the news?

I think  Heather writes in a really unique manner, which is both beautiful and endearing. However, I did find myself confused in places, but bit’s of the story I did follow I enjoyed. I also kinda liked Lucy’s and Merrick’s friendship there was something quite beautiful about it. It was quite a refreshing story but had I not been confused I think I would have enjoyed it a lot more than I did.

                                                       Marie’s Book Boutique gives

                                                  The Advice Bucket by Heather Hill

                                                                  3 Sparkly Stars

3-stars

 

Review on: The Picture House By the Sea by Holly Hepburn

IMG_2974About the author (as seen in the book)

Holly HepburnHolly Hepburn has wanted to write books for as long as she can remember but she was too scared to try. One day she decided to be brave and dipped a toe into the bubble bath of romantic fiction with her first novella, Cupidity and she’s never looked back. She often tries to be funny, except when faced with traffic wardens and border control staff. Her favourite things are making people smile and Aidan Turner.

She’s tried many jobs over the years, from barmaid to market researcher and she even had a brief flirtation with modelling. These days she is mostly found writing.

She lives near London with her grey tabby cat, Portia. They both have an unhealthy obsession with Marmite.

Website: hollyhepburn.com

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/HollyH_Author

Instagram: http://www.instergram.com/hollyh_author

Publication date: 10th August 2017

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

http://www.simonandschuster.co.uk

http://www.simonandschuster.com.au

http://www.simonandschuster.co.in

ISBN: Paperback 978-1-4711-6171-1

eBook  978-1-4711-6290-9

Pages: 464 pages

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Format reading: Paperback

Copy provided by: Borrowed

Blurb (as seen on the back cover)

The picture house by the sea is the Palace at Polwhipple – a lovely art deco cinema, nestled in front of azure Cornish seas. But it is long past its heyday now, and its only saving grace is Ferrelli’s, the family run ice-cream concession in the foyer, which is widely known as the best ice-cream for miles.

So when Ferdie, the owner of Ferrelli’s, breaks his leg, his granddaughter Gina drops everything to come and help out. But when she arrives she is dismayed by the state of the cinema, which she remembers fondly from summer holidays when she was little, and she is determined to give it the makeover it deserves. Along with local renovation expert Ben, she sets about reviving the Palace to its former glory.
But the cinema needs more than a lick of paint. Its very future is under threat from a developer with greed in his eyes. Can Gina save the place before it is too late?

My Review

The Picture House by the Sea has jus the glorious summery delight right there! The blueness of the sky which ties into the trim around the art deco style picture house. I adore the cute little ice cream stand at the front of the service hatch. The yellow colour of the title is a really nice contrast against the blue sky! I simply could just jump in there!

I was very excited to get reading this book not only because the blurb sounds so great but also because I’ve heard so many lovely things about Holly’s story’s!

Gina; work’s in events in London, and has been called on to lend a hand at her grandfathers gelato business in Polwhipple as he has broken his leg. She leaves behind her boyfriend Max a busy property developer, and thing’s aren’t so rosy between the two, making this visit to her grandparents welcome. Her Italian grandfather is a stubborn man and is not liking being told to rest or that change is only round the corner. On Gina’s arrival she is shocked by how the old cinema is in such a state and not at all how she remember it. She has so many fond memories of her spending a lot of time at the picture house; with her friend Ben Pascoe.

The events management in Gina can only see the potential of the picture house as she spends time at the ice cream stand; ways to make the cinema back to being the heart of the community like it used to. In turn would bring some much-needed custom to her grandparents gelato business and keep the cinema open. Gina unexpectedly bumps into Ben, bring a whirl wind of memories!!!! The both relies how much they love the picture house and can’t just stand by and let it no longer being the hub of the community. In a quest to help her grandparents Gina; with the help of the community, organises special film viewings to bring some much needed money in for repairs and to keep it open.

Gina’s show’s shear grit and determination in both her role with her grandparents and with the cinema. She doesn’t let any obstacle stand in her way and works her way round the many that come her way. However what is she really distracting herself from? Is there something between Ben and Gina? Will her grandfather be ok with the change? What will happen when it’s time to go back to the city? Will Max stick around?

Gosh what a book, it’s got all you need in great read, from drama to romance. The setting is just wonderful as are the characters. Gina has to be my favourite I admired the way she juggles it all and her determination through out. I loved the way the book was in sections with the title of the film they were showing, really nice touch. I have to say how very much I enjoyed Holly’s writing style and very much matches what I look for in a book. I will be going out of my way to find and read more of Holly’s story’s in the very near future for sure!!!!!

                                                   Marie’s Book Boutique gives

                                  The Picture House by the Sea by Holly Hepburn

                                                              5 Sparkly Stars

5stars

Review on: The Things We Learn When We’re Dead by Charlie Laidlaw

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About the author ( info used from Charlie’s website put into my words)

Charlie Laidlaw

Charlie Laidlaw was born in central Scotland and was brought up in the west of Scotland. He graduated from University of Edinburgh. Charlie has a wide range of jobs; street actor, baby photographer, puppeteer, working in a restaurant, journaliam and a PR consultant. Charlie lives in East Lothian with his wife and has two grown-up children.

Website: http://www.charlielaidlawauthor.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/AuthorCharlieLaidlaw

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/claidlawauthor

Publication date: 21st September 2017

Publisher: Accent Press

http://www.accentpress.co.uk

ISBN: Paperback 9781786150356

Pages: 397 pages

Genre: Contemporary Fiction/ Fantasy

Format reading: Paperback

Copy provided by: Author

Blurb (as seen on the back cover of the book)

Small decisions can have unintended consequences, but sometimes we get a second chance.

On the way home from a dinner party she didn’t want to attend, Lorna Love steps into the path of an oncoming car. When she wakes up she is in what appears to be a hospital- but a hospital in which her nurse looks like a young Sean Connery, she is served wine for supper, and everyone avoids her questions.

It soon transpires that she is in Heaven, or on HVN. Because HVN is a lost dysfunctional spaceship, and God the aging hippy, captain. She seems to be there by accident. Or does God have a higher purpose after all?

At First Lorna can remember nothing. As her memories return- some good, some bad- she realises that she has decisions to make and that she needs to find a way home…

My Review

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Firstly, I would like to say a massive thank you to the author Charlie Laidlaw for not only asking me to read and review his book, but also for so kindly sending me a signed copy. (which I will treasure!)

I really love this fun front cover! The whole thing portrays light-heartedness in my eyes. From the space scene with a rocket; containing a hamster/garble taking off from a planet. I really like the cream border around the cover image, authors name and title, it really draws your eye’s in to give you eyes a gander!

Lorna is studying law and hoping at the end of her training she is hoping to help people in need and to stand up for issues she believes in. She is hoping to join Toby Redmarch’s law firm when she qualified! One evening Lorna goes to a dinner party at Toby’s home. Felling a bit under the weather, which Toby notices and sends her home in a cab. On getting home the cab drops her on the opposite side of the road, and as she steps out off the curb onto the road she get’s hit by and oncoming car.

When Lorna comes round, she finds herself in a strange kind of hospital, she finds herself mighty confused where are her family are and why her nurse looks the spit in image of Sean Connery; who won’t seem to answer any of her questions. Her confuses continues when she meets chain-smoking Irene after a back out. Irene speaks of Lorna in the past tense and informs her of her accident which caused her death; which is why she finds her self on the facility (HVN). Still feeling confused and shocked she meets God a track suit wearing hippy; who looks out for everyone in HVN and he doesn’t make it any clearer.

As the story goes on Lorna suffers from flash backs to some specific moments in her life, some of them good and others not so. She see’s these moments when she has either up-set someone she loves or a mistakes she made had consequences. And as she spends time on HVN, she learns that the facility is a spaceship that has got stuck in space, and where your every desire is catered for by Trinny the ship’s computer system. The ship seems to be full of famous lookalikes from Tony Blear to Kate Winslet when Irene tells her you can be who ever you want, have what ever you want. God seems to have a plan for Lorna; where she has to make a big decision, But what is this big plan for Lorna? what is her big decision? Will she relies why she’s there? Will she be able to go home to the people she loves?

I have to say I was really quite intrigued by this book as soon as the author got in touch with me, because it’s a bit different from what I normally read, and wasn’t sure it was going to be a book for me. However as you know I like to push my reading and like read that something different sometimes. I was extremely surprised at how much I enjoyed this book, gauging by how quickly I read it!!!!! I thought the God and Heaven thing was what made me a bit weary because I’m not really religious, but it’s not like I thought at all. Charlie has pushed the boundary of what ‘Heaven’ and ‘God’ is like on a fun and intriguing way; which makes this story so unique in my eye’s!!!!!!!!!!!!

I thought Lorna’s flash back’s were really great for the reader to understand her character; which Charlie has written so well and with great detail, as he does throughout the story. Each chapter made me feel like I was watching a TV series which I think makes the whole book completely addictive to read, and I didn’t want it to end at all. Oh and also I adored the ending!!

Would I read this book again? YES I sure would, it’s defiantly not what I expected, in a good way though!  I think The Things We Learn When We’re Dead by Charlie Laidlaw is a book that’s going to do well for being light-hearted, refreshing and beautifully written. I would highly recommend it!

                                                      Marie’s Book Boutique gives

                        The Things We Learn When We’re Dead by Charlie Laidlaw

                                                     A wonderful 5 Sparkly Stars

5stars

Review on Holiday in the Hamptons by Sarah Morgan

holiday in the hamtons by sarah morganAbout the author (as seen in the book)

sarah Morgan

Sarah Morgan writes warm contemporary women’s fiction with her trademark humour which has gained her fans across the globe. Sarah lives near London with her husband and children, and when she isn’t reading or writing she loves being outdoors, preferably on holiday so she can forget the house needs tidying.

 

 

Website: http://www.sarahmorgan.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/AuthorSarahMorgan

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/SarahMorgan_

Instagram: http://www.instagram/Sarahmorganwrites

Publication date: 15th June 2017

Publisher: HQ

ISBN: Paperback 978-1-848-45666-2

Pages: 384 pages

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Format reading: Paperback

Copy provided by: Borrowed

Blurb (as seen on the back cover)

She’s moved on…


Felicity Knight loves New York. But when she spots her ex-husband in the city, Fliss is desperate to escape!


He’s moved back…


Vet Set Carlyle is back from California to establish his own practice and settle down. When he learns that his ex Fliss still lives close by, that future is looking a whole lot brighter…


Will a perfect escape bring them back together?


With the help of his adorable dog Lulu, and a sprinkling of beachside magic, Seth is determined to make Fliss see he’s never stopped loving her!

My Review

sarah morgan Holiday in the Hamptons

What a great, summary front cover!!!! This cover has all the components for a perfect scene from, the palm trees creeping on both sides of the cover, birds gliding in the dreamy sun set sky, the lighthouse on the edge of rocks, the wooden railings, walkway and lifeguards looking tower to the lady walking barefoot with a golden retriever at her side. The author’s name it bold font and coloured in white which looks great against the sky backing. The title is done in a hand like written font with swirly loops, which adds elegance to the cover.  I bloody love this cover and could stare at it all day!!!!!!! (but I won’t because then I would never get this review written!!!!!!!!)

Twins Harriet and Felicity run their own dog walking business The Bark Rangers. The sisters and their elder brother David has a pretty tough family life; which has resorted in them all being close. Their father was always grumpy and more than quite angry, saying an augmentation of nasty things when they were little especially to Felicity. Harriet developed a stutter when she was little and because of that Felicity felt she had and has to stick up for her sister in any way she can. Their mother never seemed to stand up to her husband always trying to please him, which she never seemed to do right which then resulted in a row.

Summer time at their grandmothers in the Hamptons was a haven for all of them including their mother, because they could all finally relax without their father around. One summer her came with them and him and Felicity have a row and she runs off down to the beach. She is followed by Seth and their holiday romance is started, they end up getting married but not to a good end as they divorce. Felicity is a closed book and doesn’t really share the feelings with anyone, which included Seth.

At this point in the story I felt really pulled into the story because I sensed there was much more to come in what would be full of raw emotion.

The twins share a flat in the city, and when they meet up with their brother he tells Felicity that her has seen Seth in town. Which shock’s her and she seam’s to have a melt down, Harriet thinks she should go and see him to get out what they both needed to, regarding the past in order to move on. Felicity try’s to go see him, but wimp’s out, back at the flat Harriet’s phone ring’s so Felicity answers it. Her grandmother asks who she thinks is Harriet, but is really Felicity, to come and help her out by staying for a bit as she has had a fall. Felicity doesn’t correct her on her taking the call and not Harriet and sees this a an opportunity to get away and put as much space between her and Seth as possible.

Needless to say Harriet isn’t happy about deceiving their grandmother, and tell Felicity she must tell her grandmother right away. On driving in to Hamptons a dog runs out in the road and  laying in front of the car. She panic’s as she think she’s hit a dog when she hears a voice behind her, it’s Seth he then goes on to tell her the dog is fine that he is a retired stunt dog!!! But Felicity keep’s up the pretence that she is her sister. Can Felicity keep running away from her past of pain? Will she be able to keep up the pretence that she is her sister? What is it with her past with Seth that’s so painful? Will her grandmother work out that it’s really Felicity and not Harriet?

I was extremely hooked from the very first page of Holiday in the Hamptons. I think it’s perfectly written with plenty of emotion and care. I must admit that I love the way Sarah has brought some other characters from previous books. I’m actually not reading them in order and it really doesn’t make a difference really in my eye’s; because of the way Sarah has written it. I also really enjoyed they way all the characters developed and grew throughout the story in one way or another. Another thing I enjoyed was the sense of community which fill’s you heart with joy, from the pure kindness and love that brings to the story.

All in all I enjoyed this book so very much as much as I did with Miracle at 5th Avenue (You can read this review Here) I would really recommend this book and I truly can’t wait to discover more of Sarah’s books.

                                                  Marie’s Book Boutique gives

                                                    Holiday in the Hamptons

                                                    A Superb 5 Sparkly Stars

5stars