Book Review on: Secrets At Maple Syrup Farm by Rebecca Raisin


About the author (as seen in the book)

rebecca raisin

Rebecca Raisin is a bibliophile. This love of books morphed into the desire to write them. She’s been widely published in various short- story anthologies, and in fiction magazines, and is now focusing on writing romance. The only downfall about writing about gorgeous men who have brains as well as brawn in falling in love with them- just as well they’re fictional. Rebecca aims to write characters you can see yourself being friends with. People with big hearts who care about relationships, and most importantly, believe in true, once- in- a- lifetime love.




Publication date: 5th May 2016

Publishers: Harper Collins

ISBN: Paperback 9780263927689

Pages: 304 Pages

Genre: Romance

Format reading: Paperback

Copy provide by: My own brought

Blurb (as seen on the back cover)

Lucy would do anything for her mom…but she never expected to leave her.

After her mom got sick, Lucy dropped everything to take care of her, working all hours in a greasy diner to make ends meet and spending every spare moment she had by her mom’s hospital bedside. Now, Lucy is faced with a whole year of living by her own rules, starting by taking the first bus out of town to anywhere…

Never expecting she would find her next big adventure just around the corner! Especially when on her first day in town she bumps into grumpy, but oh-so -delicious Clay amidst the maple trees. Surrounded by the magic of Ashford, Lucy has the chance to change forever and finally discover a life she wants to live!

My Review

Secrets at Maple Syrup Farm has a delightful front cover! I love the maple branches that creep in at the top right and left hand  corner; with a few leaves that are floating down gracefully. A farm building at the back-ish of the cover and is surrounded by hills, tree’s and bushes. A couple embracing on the winding path; which gives of a really dreamy romantic fell to this cover. It’s bright and eye- catching, and no farm is complete without a few chicken’s roaming around!!!!

As some of you might know, I am a bit of a fan girl of Rebecca’s books, and often re- read them, because they are so beautifully written, have characters that are gently and not with out their own short comings; making them relatable and loveable!

We meet Lucy as she care’s for her very ill mother as well as holding down a job. But this is not the life that her mother wishes for her daughter; she want’s Lucy to go out into the world, have adventures and concentrate on her art. Her mother knows that if she doesn’t tell Lucy to go she would just carry on floating through life; however she would also like her to apply for an art scholarship (Lucy’s not convinced by that one)

Lucy finely agrees to go knowing her mothers estranged sister(they had put there difference’s aside) will be coming to take care of her; while Lucy is gone. Reluctantly Lucy hops on a bus; where she meet’s a lovely lady Cee Cee chatting about the maple farm as they pass which seems to intrigued e Lucy. Ending up in the beautiful Ashford, a charming little town. Wondering around she finds her self in the charming Gingerbread café; where she see Cee Cee again and is given a worm welcome by everyone there . Lucy is given the address of Rosie where she will be able to stay and is also given a few pointers on how to deal with the dreamy looking grumpy Clay as she is so keen to find some work.

Clay is a stubborn fellow and is no way convinced Lucy has what it takes to farm and make maple syrup. But he soon becomes to relies Lucy is just as stubborn and determined as him to do the job well and prove the grumpy good-looking guy wrong. She learns to tap the maple trees and the time frame in which they have to do it in, and they have many obstacles to face along the way. Lucy thinks they should have a Sugar festival like they used too; to show how unbelievably good the syrup is! But will she be able to convince stubborn Clay? What will Lucy do about her art? Will Lucy find her happiness in Ashford? Is Lucy’s aunt looking after her mother? What is all the mystery with Clay’s uncle Jessop?

I adored this story when I read it back when I read the eBook and I adore it now! It’s such a gentle pace that gives the reader a feeling of pure relaxation while you read. I also enjoyed the mystery that Rebecca has woven through this story, which really intrigues the reader. I found that I just didn’t want this story to end, just as much as her other books. Bear in mind you WILL need to have some yummy treats while reading because there’s some yummy description of glorious food!!!! All the characters are loveable and caring which means they can be relatable to the reader. Rebecca Raisin you are one very talented writer; who I adore!!!!!

I think its pretty safe to say I enjoyed this book so very much and it’s a book I would highly recommend indeed!!!!

                                              Marie’s Book Boutique gives

                            Secrets at Maple Syrup Farm by Rebecca Raisin

                                    A super 5 Sparkly Stars!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



Liebster Award Tag

awardFirstly I would like to thank Margaret from weirdzeal  for nominating me!! Do pop over to her lovely blog which you can check out here

I’m a massive fan of her blog!!!!!


*Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.

*Answer the nominator’s 11 questions.

*Come up with your own set of 11 questions to be answered by the nominees.

*Nominate 11 bloggers of your choosing.

Margaret Questions

1.What’s your favourite book that you’ve read this year?

With out a shadow of doughty, it has to be Drift Stumble Fall by M Jonathan Lee. I was so gripped by this story; which has been written wonderfully. 


2.If you could have the power of any superhero for a day, whose would it be?

I would choose the healing super power, so I could heal people’s pain and suffering.

3.What’s a book you can read over and over again?

Gosh, I have a few book’s I return to, one of which is Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin.


4.What’s a book that you wished didn’t have to end?

I feel this way about all of Rebecca Raisin’s book’s, they are just so delightful to read over and over again!

5.What’s the last book that’s been recommended to you?

The Flower Shop by the Sea by Ali Mc Namara; which was recommended by a friend of mine. (we often recommend books to each other)

the flower shop by the sea book cover

6.What’s the last book you recommended to someone else?

I recommended Drift Stumble Fall to a friend only the other day.

7.Do you have any pets? What are their names?

I have two fur babies! They are cat’s both sisters and there names are very cliché I’m afraid; Patch and Smokey 


They are 13 years old now, not sure what that is in cat years!? The mother cat to these was my friend’s and I was there when they were born!







8.What’s you favourite children’s book?

The Little Red Hen by William Stobbs


9.What’s your favourite kind of weather?

sunshine pic from googleI adore the sun, the sun can always put a smile on someone’s face! Summer is my most favourite season and I look forward to it every year!!!!!!!!



10.If you could have a conversation with any dead author, who would it be?

What a good question!!!!! This is a very hard one to answer as I would love to chat to them all but I would have to say Jane Austin and John Steinbeck, simply because I love there work!

11.Is there a particular blog that inspired you to start blogging?

Gosh another good question! Well I think it’s hard to pin point one particular blogger because, I find all the one’s I read are all inspirational to me!


There was some really great questions thanks again to Margaret for nominating me! I hope you’ve all enjoyed reading my answers!!!! I am nominating but please don’t feel pressured to do it and if anyone else would like to answer my questions please go right ahead.

*Danni Touch My Spine Book Reviews

*Rebecca The Book Whisperer

*Inge The Belgian Reviewer

*Meggy Chocolate ‘n’ Waffles

*Lynne Fictionophile

*Laura LF Books

Here are my questions:

1.If you were stuck on a desert island what three books would you want with you?

2.Do you have a preference between physical books or e-reader?

3.What book are you most looking forward to reading this year?

4.Do you have a favourite genre? if so what is it?

5.What’s the last book you read?

6.Where’s you favourite place to read?

7.What’s your favourite meal?

8.What’s your favourite season of the year?

9.Are you a planner or do you wing it as you go along?

10.How many books on average do you read in a year?

11.If you could spend the day with an author (dead or alive) and take them out somewhere, who would you choose and where would you take them?


Review on: Drift Stumble Fall by M. Jonathan Lee


About the author (as seen in the book)

M Jonathan Lee

M Jonathan Lee was born in Yorkshire, England where he still lives to this day.

His first novel, The Radio was nationally shortlisted in the Novel Prize 2012. Drift Stumble Fall is his fifth novel.






Publication date: 12th April 2018

Publisher: Hideaway Fall

ISBN: Paperback 978-0-9954923-4-9

Pages: 301 pages

Genre: Fiction

Format reading: ARC Paperback

Copy provided by: Publisher (Hideaway Fall)

Blurb (as seen on the back cover)

Richard Brown has had enough of his life to commitment, resentment, routine and responsibility. Staring out of his window, he enviously observes the tranquil life of Bill, the neighbour living in the bungalow across the road. From his lounge, Bill Keenly watches as Richard’s young family grows.

Yet underneath the apparent domestic bliss of both lives are lies, secrets, imperfections, sadness and suffering far greater than either could have imagined.

As the two men watch each other from afar, it soon becomes apparent that other people’s lives are never what they seem.

My Review

Before I start my review I just want to say thank you to the lovely publishers; Hideaway Fall for generously accepted my cheeky request to read and review the ARC Drift Stumble Fall by M Jonathan Lee. And providing me with a paperback.

M Jonathan Lee is a new author to me, and as you know I do love to discover new author’s!!!! From the moment my eye’s read the blurb, I knew immediately I was intrigued by the characters, and the story I was about to read.

The front cover of Drift Stumble Fall by M Jonathan Lee is so very striking; with the house at the top, a bungalow at the bottom, with snow drifts separating them; giving the impression of them being situated opposite each other. Each property has a glowing lights coming from the windows and a siloes of a man looking out of the window. I really like this cover immensely!!!!!!!!!!!

Drift Stumble Fall by M Jonathan Lee is a story has been written in a almost diary format which spans across 9 days. It’s a story about two households; who live opposite each other. Richard; who has a wife Lisa and Two children; Hannah and Oscar. Richard is bogged down with life in which he finds himself in, and in shear desperation he plan’s to up sticks and leave his family behind. In this time the In -laws visit and due to the snow get stuck there; which really seems to elevate his disappear. He find’s himself often looking out of the window across the street at Bill’s bungalow, and wanting the life that Richard thinks Bill seems to have. While Richard is trying to formulate his feelings another fly goes in to the ointment; when his father in-law drop’s a bomb shell on him and asks him to keep it a secret from the rest of the family. But will Richard leave his family behind? Is the grass really greener on the other side? Will his family recognise his disappear?

Bill and his wife; Rosie are retied and living in the bungalow opposite Richard. Bill also has his own disappear, as dose his wife. They carry the grief of there daughter’s one who passed away and the other disappeared; never seen again. Bill find’s himself at the bungalow window, staring at Richard’s home, catching the children, laughing playing in the snow with there family and he, wants that! Bill and Rosie miss there daughters terribly, hoping that one day that the daughter that left will return home. But will she? Alive or dead? How will Bill and his wife deal with the grief that they have carried around for so very long?

Firstly Drift Stumble Fall is so very gripping, and has been written with so much emotion, that I found myself compelled to read on! I really felt for both Richard and Bill, and what they were both going through; which I think in today’s world people will be able to relate to in some way or another. I think this story brings to the for front that one can never assume what anyone is going on in other people’s life’s, because things are not always what you see. Both of these men seem to have depression, and I think the author has written this really well, with feeling and raw emotion which I as the reader really felt while reading.

This book was truly and utterly un-put dawn able, and I really think this book is going to do very well. I just can’t believe I’ve never discovered M Jonathan Lee writing before now, it’s exceptional!!!! I will defiantly be reading more of his work in the future for sure. I highly recommend Drift Stumble Fall, of what was a gripping read that is so relatable.

                                                     Marie’s Book Boutique gives

                                             Drift Stumble Fall by M Jonathan Lee

                                                    An Amazing 5 Sparkly Stars



Blog Tour Book Review on The Best Boomerville Hotel by Caroline James

The Best Boomerville Hotel Cover

About the author (as provided in the blog tour pack)caroline james

Caroline James has owned and run businesses encompassing all aspects of the hospitality industry, a subject that features in her novels. She is based in the UK but has a great fondness for travel and escapes whenever she can. A public speaker, consultant and food writer, Caroline is a member of the Romantic Novelist’s Association and writes articles and short stories and contributes to many publications.

Her debut novel, Coffee, Tea, The Gypsy & Me is set in North West England, at the time of a famous gypsy horse fair. The book went straight to number three on Amazon and was E-book of the Week in The Sun.

So, You Think You’re A Celebrity…Chef? was runner up the Winchester Writers festival for best TV Drama and takes a lighthearted look at the world of celebrity chefs as they battle it out for fame and fortune. Coffee, Tea, The Caribbean & Me was runner up at The Write Stuff, LBF, 2015 and is an Amazon bestseller and top recommended read by Thomson Holidays. Jungle Rock, a romcom novella set in Australia, revolves around a TV game show.

In her spare time, Caroline can be found trekking up a mountain or relaxing with her head in a book and hand in a box of chocolates.




Publication date: 13th March 2018

Publisher: Ruby Fiction

ISBN: Ebook 978-1-91255-000-5





Pages: approx. 320 pages

Genre: Contemporary romantic/ comedy

Format reading: ARC Ebook

Copy provided by: Rachel from Random Resources

Blurb (as provided in the blog tour pack)

Let the shenanigans begin at the Boomerville hotel …

Jo Docherty and Hattie Contaldo have a vision – a holiday retreat in the heart of the Lake District exclusively for guests of ‘a certain age’ wishing to stimulate both mind and body with new creative experiences. One hotel refurbishment later and the Best Boomerville Hotel is open for business!
Perhaps not surprisingly Boomerville attracts more than it’s fair share of eccentric clientele: there’s fun loving Sir Henry Mulberry and his brother Hugo; Lucinda Brown, an impoverished artist with more ego than talent; Andy Mack, a charming Porsche-driving James Bond lookalike, as well as Kate Simmons, a woman who made her fortune from an internet dating agency but still hasn’t found ‘the One’ herself.
With such an array of colourful individuals there’s bound to be laughs aplenty, but could there be tears and heartbreak too and will the residents get more than they bargained for at Boomerville?
‘Britain’s answer to the Best Marigold Hotel! Book me in for Sharing with the Shaman and Clairvoyance in mid-life – this book is fabulous!’
Nikki Ashton, Amazon best-selling author

My Review

Today I’m one of the stop’s on this wonderful blog tour. I would like to say a massive thank you to Rachel from Random Resources for asking me to take part in The Best Boomerville Hotel blog tour and for providing me with a copy to read and give an honest review.

the best boomerville hotel book coverWhat a fun cartoon style front cover, with the bus taxi trundling down the winding drive way from the Boomerville Hotel itself. The Hotel is surrounded by greenery and mountains the background, which I think give’s the cover depth. The title is coloured in Red and situated beside the taxi bus. Caroline’s name is in black and really stands out very well. There are a few daisy like flowers on the lawn’s of the hotel giving it a nice feel. I love this cover for it’s fun feel!!!!

I stumbled across Caroline’s books a few years ago now. As soon as I read Coffee, Tea, The Gypsy & Me and Coffee, Tea, The Caribbean & Me I was kinda hooked on her very unique style of writing. I often return to those books for a re-read simply because they are packed to the rafters of drama, romance, friendships, beautiful settings and comedy; which will have you giggling while you read. (what’s not to like!!!)

The Best Boomerville Hotel, is a standalone book, but if you have read Coffee, Tea, The Gypsy & Me and Coffee, Tea, The Caribbean & Me some of the characters will be familiar with the some added new quirky characters to we your appetite.

Jo Docherty the owner of the new refurbished hotel and her best friend and manager Hattie have re-branded the hotel as a Boomerville hotel. The guest’s of between 50- 69; who find themselves alone at this stage in their life and are looking for a bit of companionship. The hotel is not like any hotel around as it offers a wide range of courses which they can take part in such as; writing pottery, computer, clairvoyance in an authentic gypsy waggon and there’s even a Sherman in a tee-pee. (I’m not even in this age bracket and I want to go there!!!!!! sound’s fun doesn’t it?)

Amongst the first guest’s at The Boomerville Hotel are: Kate; who has loosed both of her parent’s and find’s her self single and alone and made her money from inventing and selling a dating app, Lucinda a bohemian artist who try’s to convince Jo and Hattie to let her run an art class at the hotel, Andy a very attractive newly widowed and retired driving around in a ‘James Bond’ car and then there’s Sir Henry and his brother Hugo; who are previous client’s of the hotel. (These two gave me the giggles the most and I adored them!)

There is lots of drama in this story that will have you entertained to the very end. They have the worst rain storm, beautiful dinner party’s and some strange going’s on! They also have a con person amounts them, but who is it? And will they realise in time for there are venerable guest’s in the con-person’s mist?

I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed The Best Boomerville Hotel by Caroline James, this has to be one of my favourite books this year, and on that I will undoubtedly be revisiting again for sure!!!! All the characters are quirky and interesting; making the story really enjoyable read. I adored Jo and Hattie’s friendship and the way they work well as a team and support each other. Caroline’s description of the Lake District is perfect, and took me back to a place I love to visit! It reminded me of holiday’s I used to have there as child.

I guess you can tell I thougly enjoyed this story from the very first page to the very last. It’s so well constructed with a really great pace that suites the story perfectly. I urge you to read this heart-warming and drama packed with quirky characters to boot, what more could you wish for!

                                                  Marie’s Book Boutique gives

                                The Best Boomerville Hotel by Caroline James

                                                    An epic 5 Sparkly Star’s




Review on The Olive Tree by Lucinda Riley

the olive tree cover

About the author (as seen in the book)

lucinda riley

Lucinda Riley was born in Ireland and after an early career as an actress in film, theatre and television, wrote her first book aged twenty-four. Her books have been translated into over thirty languages and sold over ten million copies worldwide. She is a Sunday Times and New York Times best selling author.

Lucinda is currently writing The Seven Sisters series which tells the story of adopted sisters and is based allegorically on the mythology of the famous star constellation. The first three books, The Seven Sisters, The Storm Sisters and The Shadow Sisters have all been No1 bestsellers across Europe, and the rights to a multi- season TV series have already been optioned by a Hollywood production company. When not writing, travelling or running around after her children, she loves reading books that she hasn’t written with a glass or two of Provencal rose!




Publication date: 27th July 2017

Publisher: Pan Books

ISBN: Paperback 978-1-5098-2475-5

Hardback 978-1-5098-32477

Pages: 608 pages

Genre: Contemporary Fiction

Format reading: Paperback

Copy provided by: Borrowed

Blurb (as seen on the back cover)

It has been twenty-four years since a young Helena spent a magical holiday in Cyprus, where she fell in love for the first time. When the now crumbling house, ‘Pandora’, is left to her by her godfather, she returns to spend the summer there with her family.
Yet, as soon as Helena arrives at Pandora, she knows that its idyllic beauty masks a web of secrets that she has kept from William, her husband, and Alex, her son. At the difficult age of thirteen, Alex is torn between protecting his beloved mother, and growing up. And equally, desperate to learn the truth about his real father . . .
When, by chance, Helena meets her childhood sweetheart, a chain of events is set in motion that threatens to make her past and present collide. Both Helena and Alex know that life will never be the same, once Pandora’s secrets have been revealed . . .

My review

When I picked this book up the cover really drew me in, maybe it’s the massive olive tree in the centre, where the sky meets the sea, or maybe it’s the stone steps leading up to the tree, it almost like your they’re walking up the path! The pale green of the title is placed over top of the darker greenness of the olive tree. The blueness of the author’s name ties in with the sea and sky. All in all I bloody adore this cover!

The story is set in the glorious country of Cyprus, where Helena has spent much time when she was younger at her god-fathers home ‘Pandora’. He passes away and leaves Pandora to Helena. She has many secrets that she wants to keep from her husband; William and her son Alex. Helena and William have a Immy but William try’s not to treat Alex any different, but somehow Alex knows there’s more to his biological father than meets the eye. Helena try’s desperately to keep those secrets well hidden but somehow it becomes closer to her reality than she like’s. Will she be able to hold her family together? Will Alex ever find out who his real father is? If he does will he like the answer? What will William do, with all Helena’s passed all around?

I have to say, I couldn’t put this book down, it was gripping in such a beautiful and well thought out way, with all the twist’s and turn’s in which the story took. It wasn’t in any way predictably, and the were many mystery’s that carried on till the end. Part of the story is written from Alex’s journal that his mother gave him, as her revisits his summer at the beautiful Pandora house. Which I thought really helped me to understand the Alex a bit more, and understanding his feelings. Reading a teenage boy’s journal gave me a few giggles, as his raging hormones take over him and his first love.

The poignancy of the meaning behind the story that we as human beings are all capable of making mistakes and that no one’s perfect. Helena’s story shows how a woman wove a web from her history that threatens her  present reality.

Lucinda Riley has written The Olive Tree with so much passion and pure raw emotion, that I became gripped by the story as it unfolds. Her description of the surroundings was truly magical! It was just the perfect escapism plus there’s sunny weather… what’s not to like about that. It’s like a worm cuddle in a book. A detonate must read!

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                                               The Olive Tree by Lucinda Riley

                                                   A summary sparkly 5 star’s



Review on: High Tide by Veronica Henry

high tide by veronica Henry

About the author (as seen in the book)

veronica henry

Veronica Henry worked as a scriptwriter for The Archers, Heartbeat and Holby City, amongst many others, before turning to fiction. She lives with her family on the coast in North Devon.










Publication date: 24th September 2015

Publisher: Orion

ISBN: Paperback 978-1-4091-4685-8

Hardback 978-1409146865

Also available in eBook and audio book.

Pages: 336 pages

Genre: Contemporary romance

Format reading: Paperback

Copy provided by: Borrowed

Blurb (as seen on back cover)

Pennfleet might be a small town, but there’s never a dull moment in its narrow winding streets …
Kate has only planned a flying visit to clear out the family home after the death of her mother. When she finds an anonymous letter, she is drawn back into her own past.
Single dad Sam is juggling his deli and two lively teenagers, so romance is the last thing on his mind. Then Cupid fires an unexpected arrow – but what will his children think?
Nathan Fisher is happy with his lot, running picnic cruises up and down the river, but kissing the widow of the richest man in Pennfleet has disastrous consequences.
Vanessa knows what she has done is unseemly for a widow, but it’s the most fun she’s had for years. Must she always be on her best behaviour?

My Review

The scene laid out before us on the front cover of this lovely book. I think it’s a very evocative of a small seaside town. The cover really pulls you in; making the beholder feel apart of the scene. Gazing down a narrow street with a row of houses either side; with beautiful flower boxes decorating on window ledges. As you eye’s make the way to the end of the street you are met by the harbour wall and can just make out boats bobbing in the sea… I can almost hear the seagulls squawking!!!!!! The dark blue of the title is a nice contrast against the baby blueness of the sky and the white fluffy clouds. The author’s name is in red which tie’s in nicely with the red flower down the street. I just love this front cover!!!!!

I’m a massive fan of Veronica’s books and have read a few now, before I started blogging.  However I read and review The Forever House recently which you can check out Here

So you can imagine how excited I was to dive in to this book!!!!!!

Kate returns to her hometown in Pennfleet, from her now home in America, to her mothers funeral, deal with her affairs and go straight back to her life. Returning to Pennfleet seems strange to her after all this time. She feel’s like she is an outsider in her own home town. Kate is kinda married to her job in New York and is incredibly eager to return leaving all her painful memories behind.

Kate has a wander around and bump’s into her teenage best friend and partner in crime; Debbie. Who is now married with a house full of children, totally polar opposite from Kate’s life in New York. And Kate is surprised at how Debbie, is willing to help her in any way she can while she’s in town; as though the year that they haven’t seen each other mean’s nothing ( just picking up where they left off!!)

Kate take’s Debbie up on her offer of help and very grateful for it as going through her mother’s house is going to be incredibly painful. As she want’s sell up as soon as possible, however Kate becomes to relies that her life back in New York is draining her, and is reminded how much she loves her home town. Will she be able to let her mothers house go? Is she going to go back to her life in America? Can she find her own happiness from the town she ran away from?

Sam is a widower and father to two teenagers. The family of three moved to Pennfleet from London where Sam starts his own café. He wants to spend more time with the children before they go to University. His children become concerned that with them leaving their father should go dating. They take matters into their own hands but joining him to a dating site on his behalf; in a bid to find their father some happiness.  Have his children done the right thing? Will he find happiness? Is he going to be mad when he finds out what they’ve done?

Then there’s Nathan; who runs his own business running boat cruises up and down the river. He strikes a deal with Sam, to provide picnics for clients on the boat trip. Sam and Nathan have a lovely friendship, which is cute. However his boat trips only keep him going in the summer months, so has to take a job at the local funereal directors driving the car. Nathan has a really nice nature, so when he’s driving for Vanessa’s husband funereal and after the funereal she asks him to drive her away to a pub somewhere, he agrees. Is he right to do this? Will Nathan’s boss go mad? What dose Vanessa want with him?

I really really enjoyed the fast pace of the story, making it a joy to read and before you know it you’re at the end! I liked seeing all the characters go through their own journey, all wanting the same thing really happiness! They are all relatable to real life issues and emotions that people go through every day; such as grief and trying to do the right thing for loved one’s. With all of Veronica’s other stories there are many giggly moments, providing the reader with a lot of entertainment. This is defiantly a book I could read again no problem! I highly recommend High Tide by Veronica Henry (excuse the pun!!!!)

                                                    Marie’s Book Boutique gives

                                                   High Tide by Veronica Henry

                                                             5 Sparkly Stars




Review on A Little of Chantelle Rose by Cristina Hodgson

a bit of chantelle rose new book cover

About the author (as seen in the book)

cristina Hodgson

Cristina Hodgson, mother of two, born in Wimbledon, London, currently lives in Southern Spain. Cristina had a long career in sport, reaching national and international level and still actively participates in Triathlon races and enjoys outdoor activities. In her spare time she also enjoys reading and writing. She won a Sports Scholarship to Boston college. After a period in Boston, she returned to the UK and graduated from Loughborough University with a degree in Sports science.

A Little of Chantelle Rose is her debut novel. Amazingly it has nothing to do with running.





Publication date: 28th February 2018

Publisher: Sabina Press

ISBN: Paperback 978-1545051320

Pages: 275 pages

Genre: Romantic Comedy, mystery

Format reading: eBook

Copy provided by: author

Blurb (as seen on Amazon

A role to play that may strip her of everything. Except her name…

At the age of twenty-four, Chantelle Rose has all a city girl can expect: a tiny bed-sit in South London, a lousy poorly-paid job, a tyrannical boss, and quite a few exes added to an ever-growing list.

Desperate for change, she becomes an extra in a seedy crime film. When that leads to the opportunity of a lifetime – a role to play with a million dollars to win and seemingly nothing to lose – she accepts without thinking twice. After all, what could possibly go wrong? In any event, she´ll earn enough to buy her dream home, set up her own business and never worry about money again.

And what about love? Two men have won her heart: Robbie – sultry, silent, mysterious; and Lionel – Hollywood heart-throb, charm, wealth, adventure.

But who can she trust? Who is bent on scaring her away, and why?

There seems to be more at stake than just her heart. Will a million dollars be worth it?

My Review

I would just like to say a massive thank you to the author Cristina, for not only asking me to read and review A little of Chantelle Rose, but also being so kind and patient with me in waiting for the review.

As I look at the front cover on my kindle, I see a lady who look’s elegant and beautiful in her black hat, dress and gloves holding a single read rose. The red is carried on with the swirly writing of the title and normal font for the author’s name; which really stands out against the darkness of the front cover.

The reader meet’s Chantelle Rose, an actress who has to take job in films, that aren’t quite what she envisaged doing. She lives in a pokey bed-sit in London, struggling to make ends meet. In a bid to make herself feel better, she takes her rich best friend; Tammy on a girls weekend in the Kent countryside. Traveling in style in Tammy’s Jaguar, they get a bit lost looking for the hotel and come across the home of Chantelle’s dreams; with rose’s trailing around it! (almost like it meant to be with a for sale sign up at the front!?!?) She immediately falls in love with it; when they are moved on by a rather dish fella. Moving on, they end up getting stuck. There rescuer’s are Robbie the fella from before and Ray, but Chantelle is convinced they are gay. I really felt a mutual attraction between Robbie and Chantelle and got the feeling there was a lot more to come with these two.

However the girl’s trip get’s cut short; when she get a vague phone call offering her a job in a Hollywood film and paying more money then she’s ever earned. With nothing to lose and the big pay check that could buy her dream house she accepts.

Still not knowing what her role is she travels to America; California; where she is taken to a lavish mansion and living in a small cottage on the grounds. Chantelle get’s whipped in to shape by Gabby who has put her on a fat-free diet. Not expecting to be woken at the crack of dawn for a run, by Gabby! Not being able to slack for a single second, as they are of a time frame to be ready for filming.

Even when Chantelle arrives at the desert set, she still find’s it remarkably odd that she is give no information on her role, but now knows she will be working with a Hollywood heart-throb. But all is not what it seam’s as the story goes on and to be honest with you readers I don’t want to spoil the story for you! There are many twist’s and unexpected turn’s for Chantelle. Will she be able to carry out her role? Is she going to get her dream home? Is this role going to lose her of herself? Will she find love? And with who?

Oh my gosh dear readers, what a gripping book A little of Chantelle Rose is, I quite literally couldn’t put this book down. Cristina writes with wit and so many twists and turns to keep you entertained till the very end. I adored Chantelle’s character she was so intriguing and I also love her friendship with Tammy. I had so many lough out load moments while reading; meaning I would get weird glances from people in the room! (But I didn’t care!!!) I really enjoyed all the mystery woven in to this story, it literally captivates you through out. I think it’s pretty fear to say I bloody loved this book and urge you to read!!!!! All that’s left for me to say is bring on book two, I need to read more about this character!!!!!!!!!

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                                                  A Super sparkly 5 stars





Review on: The Woman at Number 24 by Juliet Ashton


About the author (as seen in the book)

juliet ashton

At home in Surry, Juliet Ashton writes all day in her small study while her two dogs stare at her. The rest of her house, which is full of music and books and comfy places to sit, she shares with her thirteen-year-old daughter and her husband, who’s a composer (hence the music). She believes whole heartedly in the power of books to improve lives, increase understanding and while away happy hours.





Publication date: 20th April 2017

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

ISBN: Paperback 978-1-4711-5889-6

eBook 978-1-4711-5890-2

Pages: 432 Pages

Genre: Contemporary Fiction

Reading format: Paperback

Copy provided by: I won this book in a giveaway.

Blurb (as seen on the back cover)

Welcome to number 24, a Georgian villa in West London that is home to five separate families and five very different lives.

Up in the eaves, Sarah finds that recovering from a nasty divorce is even more heart-breaking  when your ex-husband live one floor beneath you with his new wife. Their happiness floats up through the floorboards, taunting her. A child psychologist, Sarah has picked up great sadness from the little girl, Una, who lives with her careworn mother three floors below, but is emotionally equipped to reach out?

Spring brings a new couple to number 24. Jane and Tom’s zest for life revives the flagging house, and Sarah can’t deny the instant attraction to handsome Tom. Having seen at first hand what infidelity does to people, She’ll never act on it… but the air fizzes with potential.

The sunshine doesn’t reach every corner of number 24, however. Elderly Mavis, tucked away in the basement, has kept the world at bay for decades. She’s about to find out that she can’t hide forever.

My Review

When I was looking at my to read pile to choose my next read this front cover jumped out at me, as well as the blurb on the back. I like the way that the book holder is given a view down the street of the Georgian houses. They all have brightly coloured doors and fronts of the buildings with railings at the front of some. There are street lamps along the pavement, and as your eye’s gets to the end of the street you see Number 24 the blue painted front. This I felt is so inviting and really draws you in.

The Women at Number 24 by Juliet Ashton is a story that is based around the residence of a Georgian house in the city of London. Sarah who is a child psychologist; who has gone through a messy divorce, however getting over such a thing is not easy when he lives on the floor below her with his new wife. Sarah is also having another issue to deal with and that is that she feels bogged down and incredibly drained at work. She with seeing so much heartache at work day in day out it’s getting to her, making her question her work and whether she makes any difference in the children’s life’s that she works with. And decides to take a break. Sarah also has the added pressure of doing up and selling the flat, with which she now resides and loves. As that is the plan which has been agreed with her ex- husband, but will she be able to do it? Will she feel she can keep in her job? How will she cope with her ex-husband and his new wife residing in her old home down stares below her? Can she find her own bit of happiness?

Mavis resides in the basement of Number 24 with her cockatoo. She is grumpy and a reclusive, trying to keep herself to her self. But will the residence of Number 24 let her? And why is she this way? Next door to her lives single mum Lisa with her daughter Una. Lisa is struggling with working part-time as a carer for the elderly, and trying to deal with Una being mute. Lisa reaches out to Sarah; knowing what her line of work is to help Una. Will Una talk to Sarah? Will Sarah feel she can help?

As soon as Tom and Jane move in to the ground floor and they seem to ejected a bit more life to Number 24. The residence including Sarah assume that Tom and Jane are in a relationship… but are they. Tom has a hand in helping Una using the back garden; which seems to also bring out the other occupants of the flats. Are Tom and Jane in a relationship?

I really enjoyed all the residence of Number 24, they were all individual and had their own story to tell. This in my eye’s is what compelled me to read on and the book glued to my hands! (Maybe I’m nosey!!!!!)  Juliet’s description of the house was absolutely beautiful which gave me a very clear vision in my mind which I devoured the story!

I felt that I learnt a bit reading this book; about child psychologist. I totally take my hats off to them because it must be hard to see so many children struggling one way or another and knowing your limited with what you can do to help them. They do an amazing job with what they have! I enjoyed the story as a whole and can highly recommend it, it going to be one of my favourites this one!!!!!

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                                       The Woman At Number 24 by Juliet Ashton

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World Book Day- Three generations of childhood books

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Happy World Book Day everyone!!!!!

Here in the UK and over 100 other country’s, today is World Book Day! A celebration of children’s authors, illustrators and publishers. And to promote and encourage children to read; exploring the world of books. World Book Day was first celebrated in the UK on the 23rd of April 1995.

In the UK, nursery, primary and secondary schools are encouraged to register on the World Book Day website to ensure that there students will receive a WBD resources pack(suitable for their age range); which contains a National Book Token and lots things to encourage reading and their imagination. I think this is such a lovely idea and really love the sentiment behind this celebration; for there are so many distractions today for children with gadgets, TV, computer games; that I fear reading gets loosed or forgotten about. And that’s what I adore about WBD because it brings books to the for-front of everyone’s minds and a reminder how important reading is for children. Some schools around the UK encourage the children to go to school dressed up as their favourite character from the favourite book. ( sounds like fun, doesn’t it? And I’m an adult!!!!)

When I was at Playgroup (Nursery) and primary school back in the late 80’s early 90’s this wasn’t celebrated *sad face* but to be honest I wasn’t much of a reader and always struggled with reading.

So in todays post I thought it might be quite interesting to get three generations perspective on there childhood book’s. For this I’ve called on my grandmother, my mother and myself to answer some questions… lets see how they differ.


gma picFirst up we have my grandmother- Joan.


Welcome Grandma to Marie’s Book Boutique today and thank- you very much for taking the time to talk to us about your childhood books.

Before we get to talking about childhood books, could you tell us a bit about yourself?

Well my darling, I don’t mind telling you I’m 82. In my working life I was a house keeper as well as a wife and mother. In my younger days, I loved to go dancing with your grandfather, sowing, having dinner party’s; for friends and family, and knitting. But now I’m old and haven’t got my dancing feet anymore, I love nothing better than reading, doing my puzzle books and watching TV. 

Did you have books around you at home as a child?

Not really my darling, you see we were only really given a book as a present for Christmas mainly. We didn’t have as many books around us then like you do today.

Was you encouraged to read as a little girl?

Well when I was little I had a lazy eye, so as you can imagine I wasn’t really that interested or encouraged to read because of my eye. Not like I am today of course.

What was your favourite book as a child?

Oh gosh, it was such a long time ago now darling, but from what I can remember when I got glasses of course, I loved The Two Red Cloaks by E.C.Mathews which I recived from my father in 1949.


Did you get pleasure from reading as a youngster?

As I said earlier my darling, I wasn’t that interested because of my eye. 

Were your parents readers?

I really can only remember my parents reading newspapers. They were so busy with taking care of us girls and work they didn’t really have time. Life was so different to how it is today.

Where were books available to you as a child? (were there bookshops, library or school etc.)

As a child there wasn’t anywhere near us that we could borrow or by books as we lived in the countryside. We weren’t even allowed to borrow books from school.

If you could recommend me one of your childhood books, which one would it be? and why?

Even thought I can’t remember what happens in it now, the book that stands out in my mind is The Two Red Cloaks by E.C. Mathews. As you can see it’s been well read.

two red clokes-gma

Do you think you read more now than when you were a child?

I most certainly do my darling. I have about three sittings of reading everyday. 

As an adult which is your favourite author?

In my younger adult life, I would have said Catherine Cookson or Danielle Steel. But now I’m older I only read Betty Neels (Mills and Boons) Simply because nothing nasty happens and they always have happy endings.

And lastly

Do you think reading is important for children?

Yes of course my darling I most certainly do. It’s educational for them and a way to learn. There are far to many gadgets today to distract children from reading and exploring a world of books.

That’s the end of the questions now grandma, thank you so much for talking to me about you childhood books, it’s been fun.

Your welcome my darling and thank you for having me on your blog thingy!

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Next up is my mum Karen.

Welcome mum to Marie’s Book Boutique and thank- you for talking to me today about your childhood books.

Before we start could you tell us a bit about yourself?

I’m 59 and a mother of two. I work as a house keeper for a lovely family. I have a dog called Fogo; who I love to walk in the countryside. I enjoy reading and crocheting.



Did you have books around you at home as a child?

Yes, my mother was and still is a great reader. My father tended to read more gardening or quiz books.

Was you encouraged to read as a little girl?

Yes, both at home by my parents and at school.

What was your favourite book as a child?

As a young child I loved a book called Pussy Willow by Margaret Wise Brown. This was my favourite book because the cat used to remind me of my great aunt’s cat. When I got older it was Jackie annuals.

Did you get pleasure from reading as a youngster?

I did find reading hard when I was younger, but I still picked up books that had pictures in.

Were you parents readers?

Yes, they both were readers. My mother read fiction and my father more factual and educational books.

Where were books available to you as a child? (were there bookshops, library’s, school etc.)

As a child we was aloud to borrow books from school to read at home with our parents. I would also get a book or two for either birthdays or Christmases. I also remember fondly that when I would go to work with my mum in the school holidays, (she was a house keeper) the family she worked for had a full set of Beatrix Potter books and I loved to sit there and look at them.

If you could recommend me one of your childhood books which one would it be? and why?

I have got to say Pussy Willow by Margaret Wise Brown simply because I adored it.

Do you think you read more now than when you was a child?

Yes, I defiantly do, not always a book mind you I also like reading  magazines or the news paper.

As an adult which is your favourite author?

Charlotte Bronte, with my favourite book being Jane Eyre

And lastly

Do you think reading is important for children?

Yes, I most certainly do, as it’s a way for them to learn. You can’t get on in everyday life with out reading something; from labels on food packaging to road signs.

That’s all of the questions, thank you so much mum for answering them today it has been fun!

Your welcome Marie, thank you for having me on your blog today.

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And lastly it’s my turn to answer the questions. So here goes (you can read more about me and my reading journey here)

Did you have books around you as a child?

Yes, very much so. My mum worked at a playgroup when my little brother was little, so she always knew the importance of them and having them at home.

Were you encouraged to read as a child?

Yes, I was. I would sit and read with my mum and she always encouraged me, even though I found it difficult and frustrating. I also remember at Primary School I would have individual reading sessions with a classroom assistant once a week.

What was you favourite book as a child?

With out needing to think about it, The Little Red Hen by Margot Zemach. I remember crazing mum to read it to me. This book was a much loved book as you can see!!!!


Did you get pleasure from reading as a youngster?

I’m half and half on this one because I had difficulties with reading and writing. I didn’t find reading enjoyable but I liked to be read to.

Were your parents readers?

I’m going to say yes to both. Even thought I have never seen my father read a book, I’ve seen him read the news paper. And my mum is defiantly a reader.

Where were books available to you as a child? (were there bookshops, library’s, school etc.)

As I mentioned earlier books were always around at home, but I could also borrow books from primary school to read at home with my mum. We could also borrow books from the  high school library, however I borrowed them but didn’t really read them as I struggled.

Which of your favourite childhood books would you recommend to fellow readers?

Again I really don’t need to think about it… The Little Red Hen for the reason that I truly adored it and I think it teaches children to be kind and helpful. When the little red hen asks for help during the proses of growing wheat to making the bread. But non of the other animals would help her but when it came to eating the bread they all want some.


Do you read more now than when you were a child?

With out a shadow of any doughty I do. Since I discovered I was dyslexic about 12 years ago now, I feel I understand and have learnt how to live with it. I have learnt tips and ways to help my reading and not to be to frustrated with it. Reading has defiantly helped my spelling as well. And I have found over time my reading has got faster, I still have a dictionary beside me when I read for when I get stuck; which I’ve found incredibly helpful. I adore reading now and can’t image my life without books in it! 

As an adult which is your favourite author?

As a book lover and book blogger it’s really hard to name just one author as I quit literally have loads of favourites. And that list grows as I discover new authors. But to name but a few Liz Nugent, Jill Mansell, Martina Cole, Katie Fforde, Chris Manby and believe me I could go on but I won’t!!!

Do you think reading is important for children?

I do. In fact I think its tremendously important for children to read, they can learn so much from a book. Children are like sponges absorbing everything and reading can ignite there imagination as well.


So that the end. As you can all see there are some similarities but also some differences. It also shows how the times have changed in regards to children’s books.

I know this has been a long post guy’s and I really hope you’ve enjoyed reading it, as much as I have enjoyed putting it together. Thanks again to my lovely grandma and mum for taking part, it’s been great!

If you have any thought’s and comments I would love to hear what you think!!

Happy World Book Day!