Book Review On Thursdays at Eight by Debbie Macomber

 

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About the author (as seen in the book)

Debbie MacomberWhen Debbie Macomber first decided to write a novel, people called her a hopeless dreamer. As a young, dyslexic mother of four active children, no one believed she had what it took to write a book, except Debbie. She wrote- for years. But each time she completed a story and mailed it off to a publisher the manuscript was returned, stamped ‘rejected.’ As tough as it was to keep her spirits alive, Debbie never gave up.

But all her perseverance paid off and Debbie’s hear- warming novels have made her a New York Times bestselling author with sales of over 51 million novels worldwide.

Website: http://www.debbiemacomber.com

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

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

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

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/11349.Debbie_Macomber

Publication date: 1st January 2001

Publisher: MIRA Books

ISBN: Paperback 9780778301172

Hardcover 9781551668116

Also available in Ebook and Audiobook

Pages: 384 pages

Genre: Family Saga/ Romance/Fiction

Format reading: Paperback

Copy provided by: My own brought

Blurb (as seen on the back cover)

Every Thursday at eight, four women meet to talk and share their lives…

Having just suffered a heart-breaking divorce, Clare is bitter and angry. Then she learns some devastating news about her ex- husband.

Elizabeth, in her late fifties, is recently widowed and finds herself back in the dating game. And that means putting the past behind her.

Twenty- something Karen longs to be an actress- if only her parents didn’t want her to be more like her respectable sister.

Julia is Turning forty. Her kids are finally in their teens and she’s just started her own business. Now she finds out that she’s pregnant.

My Review

I really like the spring look to this front cover; with the daffodils and snow drops that are creeping on to both sides of the cover creating a border around the author’s name. Debbie’s name is coloured in an orange/gold which sparkles in the light. The title is done in a handwriting font in pink which looks really nice against the pale green backing. At the bottom of the cover a cafeteria, a steaming cup of coffee with croissant on plate, a notebook, calendar and pen. All in all it’s a very eye pleasing cover.

Thursdays at eight by Debbie Macomber is a heart-warming story based around four; very different women; who’ve come together after they all attend the same journal writing class. When the class was complete they decided to carry on meeting up on a Thursday’s at eight for breakfast at Mocha Moments to catch up with each other.

Claire is a recently divorced single mother of two teenager boy’s; Mick and Alex. She thought her life was set, she had a family, home, business and a husband; Michael. Untill Michael has an affair and leaves; leaving Claire heartbroken, angry and bitter. Mick is loyal to his mother and want’s nothing more to do with his father, where’s Alex is more torn between the two, and is meeting up with his Michael. Claire lands herself a part-time job at a rival Ford dealership to her ex’s Chevrolet; which makes Michael twitchy! But when Alex promises his father her will collect him from the hospital one day; only he had forgotten he has an exam. Alex has to ask his mother is she will agree to pick Michael up. Claire reluctantly agrees only doing for Alex’s sake. On her arrival she get’s one hell of a shock; sending her head in a spin. But what is wrong with Michael? How is Claire supposed to deal with what she is now faced with? Will she ever find her own bit of happiness? Is Mick going to make up with his father?

Elizabeth is a widow of 6 years, mother to two grown up children and grandmother of two. She works at the local hospital as an administrator; where a much younger doctor with a reputation with the lady’s suddenly start’s hitting on her. With her daughter, husband and grandchildren about to move to the other side of the state and her son about to move out she find’s herself alone (apart from the Thursday at eight lady’s). Will Elizabeth agree to go out with the dishy younger doctor? How will she copy without her family close by? Will she find her own happiness?

Karen is the younger of the lady’s; struggling single actress trying to make her big break. It’s been her dream to be a famous actress since she was a little girl; which she has never given up on. Her parent’s don’t share the same dream, making her study hard to get her degree in the hope she retain a respectable job. There becomes a teaching shortage in the state and Karen gets called on to become a substitute teacher as she has a degree. This is surly going to impress her parents and keep them off her back. Her sister Victoria on the other hand has it set; married to up and coming attorney and is about to have her first child. Giving their parents something to boast about to their friends. Is Karen’s parent’s ever going to accept her for her? Will she find romance when she least expects it? Has Victoria really got the perfect life?

Julia is in her 40’s married to husband Peter and they have two teenage children; Adam and Zoe.  Now the children are older she has just taken the plunge and started her own knitting shop; which had been a dream of hers for a very long time. When Julia suddenly can seem to get over the flu, she visit’s her doctor; he congratulates her on being pregnant. She is shocked and has a range of different emotions about to becoming an older mother, but Peter is ecstatic. She is undoubtedly worried how they will be able to manage, and how will she be able to run the shop with a baby in toe. When they break the news to their children it doesn’t go well. Will Adam and Zoe come round? Will Julia find a solution for the shop when the baby comes? Will the family manage financially? Can she keep her business?

This is the first book of Debbie’s I’ve read and I have to say what a beautiful writing style she has! Thursdays at  Eight is such a heart-warming story, about four different women coming together and become the best of friend’s. They share there lives and are their for each other through good and tough times. Each chapter except Thursday meeting’s relates to each lady (Part journal, Part story) which really give me a great insight to their life’s and therefore giving me a connection with them. I adored the lady’s friendship, and how they become the best of friends, all accepting each other for how they are. This is a book I read quite quickly because I just needed to know more about them and how there journeys turn out. It a really a good read and I will defiantly be looking out for more of Debbie’s delightful books!

                                                       Marie’s Book Boutique gives

                                            Thursdays at Eight by Debbie Macomber

                                                                  5 Sparkly Stars

5stars

 

Book Review On A Year at the Star and Sixpence by Holly Hepburn

 

A Year at the star and sixpence by holly hepburn

About the author (as seen in the book)

Holly HepburnHolly Hepburn has wanted to write books for as long  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 for 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.

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

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

Publication date: 29th December 2016

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

http://www.simonandschuster.co.uk

http://www.simonandschuster.au

http://www.simonandschuster.in

ISBN:  Paperback 978-1-4711-6314-2

Ebook 978-1-4711-6315-9

Also available in Audiobook

Pages: 528 Pages

Genre: Contemporary Fiction

Format reading: Paperback

Copy provided by: My own

Blurb (as seen on the back cover)

Roaring fires, cosy nooks and friendly locals- welcome to the perfect village pub…

When sisters Nessie and Sam inherit a little pub in a beautiful country village, they jump at the chance to escape their messy lives and start afresh.

But when they arrive at the Star and Sixpence, it’s not quite what they imagined- it’s pretty much derelict, ruined by debts, and it’s going to be a huge job to get it up and running again.

Determined to make the best of this new life, Sam and Nessie set about making the pub the heart of the village once again. But the sisters’ past soon comes back to haunt them, and the fresh start they needed feels very far away indeed…

My Review

front cover for a year at the star and sixpenceI have completely fell head over heals in love with this front cover design. The blue sky is blue, with white fluffy clouds, on top of that is the title. There are two blue-tits one resting on the s of Sixpence and the other looks like it just flown off the ‘and’. To the right there’s a white tree in blossom on a green opposite the pub its self. A picket looking fence curves round the bottom left to meet the pub. The pub is a glow with light shining through the window’s making it look so inviting. Then just beyond the pub is more of the village. Holly’s name is blue and ties in with the sky.

I have to admit I read this book last year, along with The Picture House By the Sea which if you fancy a read can check out my review Here

Two sisters Nessie and Sam, leaps at the chance to leave there life’s behind them to make a new start for themselves at the Star and Sixpence. The pub was left to them after their estranged father passed away. There father was a serous drinker and has left the pub not only in debt but in a lot of disrepair.

When they arrive they know that together they can bring the pub back to being the hub of the community. But the village’s are very sceptical, about their arrival! Will they be able to bring the Star and Sixpence back to life? What have the sisters ran away from? Is Nessie and Sam’s past about to come to them? Can they change the villages minds about them? How will they deal with village life? Is there romance in the village air?

A Year at the Star and Sixpence by Holly Hepburn is another winner in my eye’s! I couldn’t put this book down, always saying to myself’ just one more chapter!’. I loved how the reader follow’s the sisters threw out a year, which was just lovely and charming in every way possible. This story is packed to the rafters with drama (lots off), Village life (which just reminded me of a village I once lived in), quirky characters and a touch of romance! What more could you ask for in a book! This is defiantly a book I can see myself reading again and again! Just writing this review is making me want to curl up with it now. Highly recommended!!!!!!!!!

                                                  Marie’s Book Boutique gives

                             A Year at the Star and Sixpence by Holly Hepburn

                                                      A Superb 5 Sparkly Stars
5stars

 

10 Reasons Why I Started Book Blogging

Hi guy’s,

In today’s blog post, I thought I would share with you some reasons why I started book blogging. I was reading and reviewing my own and borrowed book’s,  posting my review’s on GoodReads and Amazon until I took the plunge into the blogging world!  Originally I was going to give you 5 reason’s, but there was in truth there were many more factors that lead me to start Marie’s Book Boutique, so I bumped it up to a round 10!

So here goes….

1.A way to keep a record and share my review’s with other’s.

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2. To inspire someone to read something different.

 

 

 

 
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3.To develop my own writing voice, (I think I’ve found it!!!!) and to write about bookish things.

 

 

 

 

 

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4.To help my spelling, grammar to improve and to help me find methods with coping with my dyslexia.

 

 

 

 

 

5.To meet other like-minded bookworms and bloggers (hopefully making life long friends in the process!!!). And to be a part of the blogging community!!! (FYI, your all so lovely and welcoming!!!!)

6.To discover other blog’s and book recommendations from reading other review’s. So then I can add them to my to-read pile!!!!!! (I like to push my reading boundaries sometimes, and you never know you might find a great read!!!)

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7.To improve my computer skills, because I only knew the basic’s.

 

 

 

 

 

 

8.I would be lying if I didn’t say, I was hoping for a few book review requests from author’s and publishers!

9.To work with author’s and publishers to promote book’s.

10.If it wasn’t for one of my dearest friend’s encouraging me, to start my blog, I would probably still be procrastinating about it now!!

Well there you have it guy’s! My 10 reasons why I started book blogging. They aren’t in any particular order, because no one is greater than the other. They are all pretty important and is what has led me to start Marie’s Book Boutique!!!

What were your reasons for starting to blog? Or are you thinking about blogging? What are you reasons. I would love to hear them! 

 

Book Review On: The Butterfly Box by Santa Montefiore

 

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About the author (as seen in the book)

Sants MontefioreBorn in England in 1970, Santa Montefiore grew up in Hampshire. She is married to historian Simon Sebag- Montefiore. They live with their two children, Lily and Sasha, in London.

 

 

Website: http://www.santamontefiore.co.uk

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

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

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

Publication date: 2nd April 2014

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

http://www.simonandschuster.co.uk

http://www.simonandschuster.com.au

http://www.simonandschuster.co.in

ISBN: Paperback: 978-1-47113-210-0

Ebook: 978-1-47113-211-7

Hardback: 978-0340769522

Also available in Audio CD

Pages: 608 pages

Genre: Contemporary Fiction

Format reading: Paperback

Copy provided by: My own brought

Blurb (as seen on the back cover)

An unforgettable journey of self-discovery…

Federica is moved from Chile to Cornwall when her parents separate, and all she has left of the relationship she cherished with her father, is a wooden box which has a secret beauty hidden within.
Swiftly embraced into the eccentric Appleby family, it isn’t long before Federica falls for her friend’s older brother Sam, who barely notices the little girl until it is too late…
Years later, from the sanctuary of a seemingly perfect marriage, Federica embarks on a painful journey of self-discovery. Will she finally learn the true lesson of the butterfly box?

My Review

The Butterfly box by santa montefioreGosh, this front cover I could just stare at it all day long!! The sky is a pale blue and you can faintly see there is a paisley pattern that sort of goes round the authors name.Santa’s name is coloured in a turquoise which looks nice against the sky behind and ties in with the sea. I love the rich orange which colours the title and ties in with the lady’s dress and the canoe’s resting on the beach. A lady in the red dress; caring a sun had, is walking on to the beach and looks to be deep in thought. By the side of the cover there are cliff’s and rocks along with palm trees; making it feel tropical.

Santa Montefiore, is an author which I adore! Her books are always so un-put downable, and written with such grace. I’m trying to work my way through her books and have been slowly doing so!

Roman; a travel writer is married to Helena. They have two children Frederica and younger Hal. They all live in Roman’s home country of Chilli, but Helena is a long way from her home in the UK; Cornwall. Roman is away a lot and for many months at a time, leaving Helena at home with the children. Frederica is practically close to her father and always eagerly a waits his return home; where as Hal is closer to his mother.

On his return home from his trip he has gift’s for the children, Hal is given a toy train and Frederica is given an ordinary looking wooden box; but inside holds a beautiful butterfly made with shinny jewels. Then Roman recites the myth that surrounds the special little butterfly box!

Helena becomes unhappy with her life, all alone until he returns, and tells him she desperately needs him to change, his way of life not just for her but his children too. Roman is honest with her and tells her he can’t change, he is not the type of person to do that. So Helena decides to do what is best for her and the children and move back to her parents house in Cornwall. Roman, doesn’t try to stop her; but asks her to let them have one more family Christmas at his parents house. His parents are devastated they are going to lose there only grandchildren. On their arrival at his parent’s Roman’s eye’s are taken with the new maid working for his parents. But will he do anything about it? How will the children react to moving from the only country they’ve ever known? Will Roman still keep in contact and visit them? Will Helena find her own happiness? How will life turn out for Frederica and her brother Hal? Has Helena done the right thing moving back to her parents house? Will Frederica still have a close bond with her father?

I must say Santa Montefiore has done it again for me with this book. I felt totally intrigued me; by the characters, plot and both the settings (Chilli and Cornwall). She has a way of making you feel like your right there watching the scene in your mind while you read. It was encapsulating; like the book was wrapping itself around ne and saying ‘don’t put me down!’  I felt for Frederica, as she has to deal with less contact with her father as she grows up. I like the way the story goes through her and her family’s life, which means the reader can get the whole picture of the characters and there feelings.

I’m never disappointed by Santa’s book’s and The Butterfly Box is no exception, it was fabulous in every way, I urge you to read!!!!!!!!!

                                                  Marie’s Book Boutique gives

                                            The Butterfly Box by Santa Montefiore

                          5 Wonderful Sparkly Stars ( I wish I could give more!!!!)
5stars

 

Book Review On: Five Years From Now by Paige Toon

 

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About the author (as seen in the book)

paige toonPaige Toon grew up between England, Australia and America and has been writing books set in sun-drenched locations around the world since 2007. She has written twelve women’s fiction novels and a three-part spin-off series for young adults. Her novels have sold over a million copies worldwide.

 

 

Website: http://www.paigetoon.com

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

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

Publication date: 17th May 2018

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

http://www.simonandschuster.co.uk

http://www.simonandschuster.com.au

http://www.simonandschuster.co.in

ISBN: Paperback 978-1-4711-6258-9

Ebook 978-1-4711-6260-2

Also available in Audiobook and Audio CD

Pages: 368 pages

Genre: Women’s Fiction

Format reading: Paperback

Copy provided by: my own brought

Blurb (as seen on the back cover)

‘One day, maybe five years from now, you’ll look back and understand why this happened…’

Nell and Van meet as children when their parents fall in love, but soon they are forced worlds apart. Five years later, they find each other. Their bond is rekindled and new feelings take hold, but once again they must separate.

For the next two decades, fate brings Nell and Van together every five years, as life and circumstances continue to divide them. Will they ever find true happiness? And will it be together?

My Review

five years from now by paige toonI really like the simplicity of this cover design of Paige Toon’s latest book Five Years From Now! The plain white backing with the origami birds flying across the page, say’s enough!!!! Paige’s name is coloured in a shimmer silver; which ties in with the grey of the birds! The title is a nice pink colour and stands out beautifully against the white backing!!

I’m a massive fan of Paige Toon’s book’s. She has a way of totally taking the reader off in to another place and the story’s are always so page turning. (I reviewed The Last Piece Of My Heart which you can check out Here

The prologue of Five Years From Now starts with Nell at forty. Talking to her fifteen year old son; in hospital after he suffers a small accident. He tells her of is concerns about missing a big party that he was meant to go to; in which a girl he has his eye on is attending. He thinks she will go off with someone else, but Nell goes on to say ‘five years from now you’ll understand why this happened’ and then tells him the first time she heard that saying.

Then the story rewind’s to when Nell was 5 years old. She is visiting her father Geoff ; a gardener in Cornwall for the summer holidays. Nell lives with her mother in London, and can’t wait to spend time with her dad. When she get’s there she is introduced to Ruth an artist and her 5-year-old son Van. They soon become firm friends for the whole summer, until its time for Nell to return to her mother.

Then the story jumps another five year’s(Nell and Van are now 10 Years old) Nell has now moved in with her father, Ruth and Van full-time; as her mother has moved to France with the new husband. Still Van and Nell are inseparable. Nell love’s to write stories and Van takes after his mother with his wonderful painting’s. But then tragedy hits the house hold and results in Van moving to be with his father in Australia. Will Van and Nell still be in each others life’s? Will their feeling change for one another? Can they all find happiness?

The story goes on five years until Nell and Van are forty, following them as their life’s feeling’s for each other change, and circumstances cause them pain.

I blooming adore Five Years From Now; it is one of the most tender, beautiful but sad at time’s story I’ve read in a while. Paige’s writing just blew me away with this book, I felt totally wrapped up in this Nell and Van’s story from the very first page I read. I love the way the story flow’s through all the trial’s and tribulations that Nell and Van face through their life’s. There are parts that are heart wrenching and I don’t mind admitting I shed a few tears at those parts, so a tissues might come in handy when you read it!!

I loved this story so much I read it for a second time!! And it was just as perfect as the first time I read it!!!!!!!! I’m going to go out on a limb and say I think Paige has created yet another truly wonderful story, and I think its her best one yet!!!

Five Years From Now by Paige Toon is a must read!!!!!

                                                         Marie’s Book Boutique gives

                                                Five Years From Now by Paige Toon

                                                          5 Awesome sparkly stars 

5stars

 

My Mum’s Amazing Bookmark Collection

Hello fellow bookworm’s

So as you know from last week’s post (Which you can have a gander at if you missed it Here  I shared my bookmark collection and as promised, I share my mum’s quite frankly amazing bookmark collection. (Which on all accounts blow’s mine out of the water!!!!)

The other week me and my mum had a mother and daughter day, in which mum dug out her bookmark collection for us to look at. As you can image I was beside myself with pure utter excitement, as we opened the box to pure bookmark heaven!!!!!!!!!!!!

VXLF4378As we took each one out we decided to count them to seen how many she has in total. (which took us all day with regular tea breaks, of course!) Me and mum both made a  guess of their being 1000 bookmarks in her collection. But were we right?!?!?! (I will reveal the total later on in this post!!!)

HHEL5188Mum started her collection in 1976, when she was 16 years old. The bookmark’s in the picture are of some of the early ones.

 

I asked my why she started to collect bookmarks and she said; not only did she love books but they don’t take up a lot of space to store them plus they were cheap to buy. (We did find a few bookmarks with prices on and the cheapest we found was pence UK money. I very much dough you could buy one for that now!!!!) The Photo below are a sample of her array of bookmarks, ranging from handmade, cloth, leather and metal one’s.

WJIQ9926Over the years mum has gathered bookmark’s from all over the UK; from Scotland, Wales, Lake District, Ireland and Norfolk to name but a few places. And some from her travels abroad from country’s like Kenya, St Lucia, Barbados and Egypt to name only a few! It was so nice to listen to mum’s memories of these places and to see all the where she had been to over the years.

Mum still collect’s them today, and the last time she added to her collection was on a day trip to London in 2017.

We put all the bookmark’s in piles of 100, which give’s you a bit of an indication there’s a lot there!!!! So here’s the bit you’ve all been waiting for; the grand total of this truly remarkable collection of my mum’s!

Can I get a drum roll please………………………………………………………………………………………….

The grand total of my mum’s collection of bookmarks is………………………………………………..

920 bookmarks in total! How awesome is that?!?!

Mum did have a few bookmark’s which were duplicates and has been kind enough to donate them to my collection and there was one which has my name on and was brought when I was little! This now brings my grand total to……………………………………………………

107 bookmark’s. Thanks mum!!!!!!!

 

I would like to say a massive thank you to my mum for sharing her collection, and for the best day; I had the best day!!!!!!

 

I really hope you’ve enjoyed reading these post’s and ta for stopping by… you guy’s are the best!!!!!!

Also if you have any thought’s please feel free to comment!!!!!!!!

Book Review On A Whiff Of Scandal by Carole Matthews

 

A Whiff of scandle by Carole Matthews

About the author (as seen in the book)

Carole MathewsCarole Matthews was shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists Association Romantic Comedy RONA for 2012 and inducted into the Reader Hall of Fame by the inaugural Festival of Romance. Her novels dazzle and delight readers all over the world. Carole is the Sunday Times bestselling author of over twenty novels, is published in more than thirty countries and her books have sold to Hollywood.

 

Website: http://www.carolematthews.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/carole.matthews

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

Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/Matthews.carole

Publication date: 20th June 2013

Publisher: Sphere

ISBN: Paperback 978-0751551341

Hardback 978-0747220282

Also available in Ebook, Audiobook and Audio CD

Pages: 384 Pages

Genre: Romantic Comedy

Format reading: Paperback

Copy provided by: Borrowed

Blurb (as seen on the back cover)

When Rose escapes from London and her handsome and charming ex-lover, she has no idea her occupation as an aromatherapist will cause such a scandal in her new country village. All she wants is a bit of peace and quiet, but her new neighbours soon ensure that her life is more chaotic than ever before. But that may be because Rose is falling in love . . .

My Review

A Whiff of scandal book coverThe front cover for A Whiff of Scandal shows a lovely looking village scene, layed out before your very eyes! It looks like the scene has been painted with water colour; which gives it a very relaxed like manner and feel to the whole cover. A thatched cottage surrounded by a short wall covered in roses, and a blue gate leads you up to the path to the cottage. The blue front door and the window shutters tie in with the gate at the front. Tree branches hang over the cottage and garden. The garden is blooming full of flowers, providing beautifulness to your very eyes. A lady wearing a summer hat and dress is walking down from the village carrying shopping bags. The title is a pink and Carole’s name is in purple, which tie’s in with the flowers and the lady’s dress. I think I could quit happily jump right into this front cover!

As many of you will know I’m a big fan of Carole’s book’s and am slowly working my way to reading all of her book’s.

Rose, an aromatherapist hastily moves from the busy city of London to the exceptionally quiet village of Great Brayford. Bring her aromatherapy business with her, and working from the cottage is perfect for her. Rose is looking for a fresh start, somewhere quiet and  to get over the breakdown of her affair with a family man Hugh.

But with new blood in the village, Rose idea of a quiet life, and no drama doesn’t quite go to plan. The gossip is riff in the village as the villagers speculate bout all the comings and going’s from Rose’s cottage. Two sisters Anise and Angelica live across the way from Roses cottage, and Anise especially is concerned, speculating and making it her business to find out what Rose has brought to their village. Angelica, is the more relaxed but just seam’s to go along with her sister. But are they both happy? Is there a chance of romance? Or are they happy living together?

Rose than finds herself getting an unexpected visit to her cottage from the local handsome builder; Dan. Who comes round after hearing of the grape-vine that she was looking for a builder. Rose is stunned and shocked by it, however she asks if he can do the work. They both seam to strike up a connection immediately. Dan lives in the village; with his sort of girlfriend Gardenia. She is a stunning lady, and like’s nothing more than to shop! In a bid to try to make their relationship work, Dan know’s he has to make the effort. But is Gardenia happy with how things are? Is Dan flogging a dead horse? or has he started to have feelings for someone else?

Dan, start’s work at Rose’s cottage, and on his break they get chatting and both open up about their life’s; which is what Rose didn’t want to happen. He then tells her what all the gossip are speculating surrounding her job. Rose is mortified that they all think she is soliciting, and put’s Dan straight right away. Is this the beginning of something? or are they just friends?  Will Rose make the same mistake twice?

Rose even gain’s some local client and imp articular Melissa; who comes back to her for some saucy massage oil’s, when they get chatting Rose lets slip about her reason for coming to Great Brayford, and Melissa is totally amazed by Rose’s scandal. Melissa is married to a much older policeman. But are the oil’s for him? Has Melissa got her very own scandal going on?

This book is like one story with little side story’s all in one book! I was glued to yet another of Carole’s books, the plot was so god dam entertaining! When I finished each chapter I felt myself compelled to read on and find out more about these quirky folk and what goes on behind closed doors! I think Carole has portrayed village life to perfection, and make me laugh on the odd occasion. I was sad when I got to the end, not because it was sad far from it, it was because I didn’t want to leave the characters that I had come to love!

A Whiff Of Scandal is packed full of village gossip, lots of scandal, new romance’s, letting go of old one’s, new-found friendships, oh and did I mention scandal!!!!!!!!!!!

If you’re looking for a book to entertain you then look no further that A Whiff Of Scandal by Carole Matthews!

                                                    Marie’s Book Boutique gives

                                           A Whiff Of Scandal by Carole Matthew

                                                         A Superb 5 Sparkly Stars
5stars