12 Day’s Of CLINK STREET Blog Tours- Book Review On Veronica’s Bird by Veronica Bird and Richard Newman

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Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36648953-veronica-s-bird Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Veronicas-Bird-Thirty-five-inside-officerebook/dp/B077NXT42X

Publication date: 23rd January 2018

Publisher: Clink Street Publishing

ISBN: Paperback-978-1-912262-61-8

Ebook-978-1-912262-62-5

Pages: 290 Pages

Genre: Non-Fiction

Format reading: Paperback

Copy provided by: Faye- Authoright

(All thought’s and feelings on this book are entirely my own and have in no way been influenced.)

Blurb (as seen on the back cover)

Veronica BirdVeronica Bird was one of nine children living in a tiny house in Barnsley with a brutal coal miner for a father. Life was a despairing time in the 1950s, as Veronica sought desperately to keep away from his cruelty. Astonishingly, to her and her mother, she won a scholarship to Ackworth Boarding School where she began to shine above her class-mates. A champion in all sports, Veronica at last found some happiness until her brother-in-law came into her life. It was as if she had stepped from the frying pan into the re: he took over control of her life removing her from the school she adored, two terms before she was due to take her GCEs, so he could put her to work as a cheap option on his market stall. Abused for many years by these two men, Veronica eventually ran away and applied to the Prison Service, knowing it was the only safe place she could trust. This is the astonishing, and true story of Veronica Bird who rose to become a Governor of Armley prison. Given a ‘basket case’ in another prison, contrary to all expectations, she turned it around within a year, to become an example for others to match. During her life inside, her ‘bird’, she met many Home Secretaries, was honoured by the Queen and was asked to help improve conditions in Russian Prisons. A deeply poignant story of eventual triumph against a staggeringly high series of setbacks, her story is filled with humour and compassion for those inside.

My Review

Firstly I would like to say a massive thank you to Clink Street Publishing and Faye from Authoright; for not only asking me to take part in the 12 days of Clink Street blog tour but also for sending me a paperback to read and review here today. I did have a choose of which book to review and can I just say there were so many interesting and intriguing books of which to choose from. But for me Veronica’s Bird stood out to me just a little bit more.

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The cover to this book is on a grey backing which looks like a concrete wall. A black bird-cage sits to the left side of the cover and houses a blue bird inside. The blue continues in the title; which goes round the curve of the bird cage. The author names are on the top left, which I think the text could have been a bit bolder in my opinion. Very striking cover, which had I seen in a book shop I would have defiantly pick it up to read the blurb.

Veronica’s bird is a true account of a woman who comes from a bleak and abusive family, namely by her coal mining father and her brother-in-law. She try’s to get away by applying for a scholarship at a boarding school; until she is pulled out to work for her brother-in-law for pittance. Veronica is constantly looking for a way out and to some place safe and joins the police force; only that isn’t enough to keep her safe. So then she decides there to put some much-needed space between her and her family and joins the prison service; which comes with accommodation meaning she would finally be safe.

Once in the prison service she see’s how the prison is run and the conditions in which the prisoners are living, and wants to help prisoners less fortunate than herself. The only way she will be able to do so will be to work her way up the career ladder.

As she works her way up in her career Veronica works in a number of prisons across the UK and in that time she comes across some extremely dangerous inmates like; Myra Hindley, Dolours and Marian Price, Charlie Bronson and Carol Richardson. In a bit a bid to change the system she is helped by numerous people lie Frank Bruno and a number of Home Secretaries and Roger Kendrick.

I have to say this book intrigued me from the first page till the last, simply because Veronica’s journey through her life was so interesting. What an astonishing lady she is, finding sheer determination in the darkest of times and dedicating 35 years of her life to the UK’s prison service. Veronica was well liked by both the staff and the prisoners; which very helped her in her quest to stay safe and to keep the prison system up to the standard it should be. I think she is one amazing lady and should be immensely proud of all that she has achieved in here working life. However it was sad she never got to have a family of her own.

Veronica’s Bird is a highly thought-provoking and sad but shows a woman with sheer strength and determination in a very bleak start. I highly recommend this astonishing book, it’s really an eye-opener.

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                        Veronica’s Bird by Veronica Bird and Richard Newman

                                                                  5 Sparkly Stars
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Book Review On: The Wildflowers by Harriet Evans

 

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About the author (as seen in the book)

harriet evansHarriet Evans grew-up in London. As a child she loved reading and making up stories. She then progressed on to teenage geekdom and agonised Sylvia Plath-style poetry it’s probably best no to dwell on. The career in musical theatre she’d always dreamed of never materialised for whatever reason, and so she ended up at Bristol University where she read classical studies. In her twenties she was lucky enough to get a job as a secretary at a publishers and instantly realised working with books was what she’d always wanted to do. She was a fiction editor for ten happy years but left in 2009 to write full-time, making up stories all day. Harriet still lives in London with her family. She likes old films, property websites, sloe gin cocktails, feminism and Bombay mix, not in that order. A Place For Us and The Butterfly Summer are both available from Headline Reviews.

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Publication date: 5th April 2018

Publisher: Headline

ISBN: Paperback-978-1-4722-2137-7

Also available in Ebook and Audiobook formats.

Pages: 528 pages

Genre: Contemporary/ Romance

Format reading: Paperback

Copy provided by: Borrowed

Blurb (as seen on the back cover)

Tony and Althea Wilde. Glamorous, argumentative…adulterous to the core.

They were my parents, actors known by everyone. They gave our lives love and colour in a house by the sea- thr house that sheltered my orphaned father when he was a boy.

But the summer Mads arrived changed everything. She too had been abandoned and my father understood why. We Wildflowers took her in.

My father was my hero, he gave us a golden childhood, but the past was always going to catch up with him… it comes for us all, sooner or later.

This is my story. I am Cordelia Wilde. A singer without a voice. A daughter without a father. Let me take you inside.

                                                                 My Review

The Wildflowers by Harriet EvansIsn’t the front cover charming? I could completely lose myself in this cover, from the  starry night sky  which meats the sea to silhouettes of two people walking along the beach.  The reader is made to feel they are standing on the veranda looking out to the beach, a comfortable chair with squidgy cushions sits just beside the steps leading down to the beach with an open book faced down on the floor. The title is in white and looks great against the night sky and Harriet’s name is done in a rose gold colour which shimmers in the light.

I read one of harriet’s book last year;  A Place For Us and quite frankly adored her story telling! She has a way of keeping the reader wrapped up in the story till the very end.

The Wildflowers is a story based around the Wilde family, husband and wife Tony and Althea both of which are glamorous actors. They have two children Cordelia and Benedict. They have many summers at their beach house The Bosky; which was where orphaned Tony grew-up as a child. The Bosky was always full of Tony and Althea’s acting friends, where party’s were held and affairs were had! From anyone working looking in they are the perfect and lucky family; which young Mads thinks they are looking at them from afar. When  abandoned Mads makes her presence known to the Wilde’s they take her in offering her love warmth and family. Tony seems to really understand her and knows more about her family than he is letting on. Are the Wilde family really as perfect as they seem? What is with Tony’s past? What happened to him? Will Mads find what she wants? What happened in Mads home life? Will Cord, Ben and Mads get on? Can Mads be happy? What are the secrets being kept? Are they still a close family?

The Wildflowers  was a wonderfully written story with many twists and turns that kept me glued to this book till the very last page. I liked that the story went back and forth from past to present; which really gives the reader the history of the characters and helped me to understand them. I found that all the characters to be unique and very interesting and their journey had me enchanted. I read The Wildflowers relatively quickly simply because I couldn’t put it down, so that tells me that this is a dam good read! And a must read in my eye’s. Harriet you’ve written a beautiful story!

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                                             The Wildflowers by Harriet Evans

                                                    5 Wonderful Sparkly Stars
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Book Review On: From Notting Hill With Love…Actually by Ali McNamara

 

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About the author (as seen in the book)

Ali McNamaraAli McNamara attributes her overactive imagination to one thing being an only child. Time spent dreaming up adventures when she was young has left with a head constantly bursting with stories waiting to be told. When stories she wrote for fun on Ronan Keating’s website became so popular they were sold as a fundraising project for his cancer awareness charity, Ali realised that not only was writing something she enjoyed doing, but something others enjoyed reading too. Ali lives in Cambridgeshire with her husband and two children, and when she isn’t writing, she enjoys watching too much reality TV, eating too much chocolate, and counteracting the results of the previous activities with plenty of exercise!

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Publication date: 25th November 2010

Publisher: Sphere

ISBN: Paperback-978-0-7515-4495-4

Also available in Ebook, Audiobook and Audio CD Format

Pages: 448 pages

Genre: Woman’s Fiction/ Contemporary

Format reading: Paperback

Copy provided by: My own brought

Blurb (as seen on the back cover)

Scarlett loves the movies.

But does she love sensible fiancé David just as much? With a big wedding on the horizon, Scarlett really should have decided by now…

When she has the chance to house-sit in Notting Hill- the setting of one of her favourite movies- Scarlett jumps at the chance. But living life like a movie is trickier than it seems, especially when her new neighbour Sean is so irritating. And so irritatingly handsome, too.

Scarlett soon finds herself staring in a romantic comedy of her very own: but who will end up as the leading man?

My Review

From Notting Hill with love actually by ali mcnamaraAs soon as I spotted this front cover and realised it was one of Ali Mc Namara stories; I just new I had to buy it. The cover is wistful and romantic. From the big theatre cinema on the corner of a busy street. The night sky is full of stars, there are silver coloured snowflakes fall all around and shimmer’s in the light adding to its romantic feel. Silhouettes of people are walking past the theatre going about their life’s. Across the road standing under a street light a couple are embracing, she is holding popcorn which the gentle man is trying and  she pulls it away from him playfully. The title is coloured in black and red which is housed in the cinema theatre board above the entrance. Ali’s name is at the top left hand corner and is coloured in white, I would have liked to have seen her name a bit bigger. But a lovely romantic cover.

Earlier this year I came across  The Little Flower shop by the sea  and truly fell in love with her writing style and story telling.

Scarlett love’s nothing better than a good romantic comedy film’s! She co-owns a popcorn machine business with her father. They let their machines out to cinema theatre  across London. Scarlett in engaged to bland David, and their wedding day is looming closer and closer. David’s family own a chain of cinema’s and are planning to use Scarlett and her father’s popcorn machines in their theatres; which would inject a big cash into their business. They have just brought a run down house; that they want to do up and are currently living on a building site. She see’s little progress in the house all because David want’s to try do it himself; only he’s not that good at DIY or parting with his cash. Scarlett is dreaming of a wistful romance like the movies and is always off in her own world in her head; which David gets annoyed with. But does she really want to marry  boring and tight with his money, David?

Scarlett is getting bogged down with her thought’s and need’s to take some time away, her father agrees, but also thinks she need’s to stop day dreaming of life being like it is in the movies. And her father is not alone David and her best friend Maddie thinks the same. Scarlett doesn’t agree, so when Maddy get’s her a month’s house ( a luxury pad) sitting in non other than the setting of her one of her favourite movie’s; Notting Hill and she jumps at the chance. Scarlett intends to proved to her nearest and dearest that life can happen like it does in the movies and she sets out on a mission to do so.

Scarlett has a bit of drama when she arrives in Notting Hill; which just so happens to get her, the first scene and meet’s Oscar how helps her in her time of need. Oscar is an older gentleman and is as camp as they come; and thinks her life is better than the movies. He invites her to a dinner party to meet his friends because they will just love her! On getting to her new home for a month, she comes across her extremely annoying and irritating new neighbour; Sean.

As Scarlett makes her way to Oscars dinner party it appears Sean is also heading that way. He knows Oscar, but how? Will Scarlett finally prove to her family and friends life is like it is in the movie’s? Will Sean and Scarlett get past irritating each other? Is David really the one for her? Will Sean become more than a friend? Will he open up to her about his past love?

From Notting Hill With Love…Actually is a charming, story surrounded by the romance of films. I enjoyed being remined of some of my favourite movies through out the story and made me want to watch them again!!!!! Scarlett does seem to find drama when going about her mission which was very comical at times, and I had a giggle or two! The story line flow’s at a lovely rate, which keeps the reader entertained through every chapter. As I’ve said before Ali’s writing style is lovely, very comical and always romantic! Love her book’s so far and can’t wait to discover more very soon!!!!

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                   From Notting Hill With Love…Actually by Ali Mc Namara

                                                                 4 Sparkly Stars

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Book Review On: Me Life Story by Scarlett Moffatt

 

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About the author (as seen at the back on the inside of the book jacket)

Scarlett MoffattScarlett Moffatt is a beloved television personality and presenter from County Durham, best known for appearing in the Channel 4 series Gogglebox, and as the winner of 2016’s I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! She is now a presenter on Ant And Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway, as well as the brand- new face of Streetmate. Scarlett is also the Sunday Times No.1 bestselling author of Scarlett Says, and has a top-selling fitness DVD, Scarlett’s Superslim Me Plan.

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Publication date: 19th October 2017

Publisher: Blink Publishing

ISBN: Paperback- 9781788700245

Hardback-9781911600466

Ebook-9781911600503

Also available in MP3 CD

Pages: Hardback, Paperback and Ebook- 336 pages

Genre: Biography

Format reading: Hardback

Copy provided by: A gift!

Blurb (as seen at the front inside of the book jacket)

Fact: Did you know, over its lifespan, your sofa will witness roughly 293 arguments and 1,369 cuddles?
Hiya, my name’s Scarlett Moffatt and I love random facts. Almost as much as I love sitting on me sofa. You might know me best from my most famous and celebrated sit thus far on the I’m A Celebrity throne. You might also know me from all sorts of other seats, most especially my Gogglebox sofa. Well this book is my attempt at telling me life story through a whole series of them!
So I’d like you right now to stop what you’re doing and take a seat, whether it be in the comfort of your own home, on the top deck of the bus, on the tube (so you don’t have to make eye contact with anybody) or on the throne of the house (a.k.a. the toilet). I want you to get comfortable and get ready to laugh, cry and maybe even learn a bit, as I chat to you about some of the highs and lows of me life.
So grab a brew, settle down, and let’s start from the very beginning…

My Review

front cover for Me life story by Scarlett MoffattI think this front cover is perfect for Scarlett’s book; with the sofa behind; which is her connection with the TV Series Gogglebox, and can I just say, love the unicorn slippers!!!!

I received this book as a gift from my boyfriend; because basically I couldn’t stop banging on about reading Scarlett’s book! The man did good right?!?!?

I’ve been a fan of Scarlett’s since watching her and her family on Channel 4 Gogglebox and of course I was rooting for her when she was in I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here back in 2016. So when she won and became Queen of the Jungle 2016, I was overjoyed for her because she was totally amazing, and faced everything that came her way!

Me Life Story is a book that is everything I thought it would be and more besides! She shares with the reader her earliest memories right through to winning I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here. Scarlett has written her book is such a way that really makes the reader feel she is right there with you chatting and that is something I really enjoyed. I love her honesty and down to earth nature which just shines through this book in abundance. Her family is a major part of her life and they support and encourage Scarlett in everything she does. I adore Scarlett’s sister relationship she has with her gorgeous little sister Ava (you can tell they are tight!) Scarlett has some amazing people who have  guided her; especially Ant and Dec; they have really taken her under their wing and developed a friendship to last a life time.

As a fellow Libra myself, I found that Scarlett and I both share similar traits A) She loves reading and book as much as I do! B) We both share a love for the box (TV) in our living rooms! C) We’re both fan’s of I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! I could go on!

This next part of my review I want to write directly to Scarlett!

Scarlett you are a true sweetheart, and a perfect inspiration for young ladies of todays world… you keep it real, have a down to earth nature that many can relate to and have an amazing sense of humour! (You’ve certainly made me giggle at time’s darlin!) You also have a kind heart which knows no bounds and fantastic morals! (we need more Scarlett’s in the world!)

I would truly want to meet you one day, I think we’d have a right old natter putting the world to right’s and to ask you if you would singe my copy of your book! And thanks for adding those nuggets of facts at the beginning of each chapter… you’ve taught me a few things!

Keep doing what you doing lovely Scarlett because you’re doing great! And thanks for sharing you life with the world!

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                                              Me Life Story by Scarlett Moffatt

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Book Review On : One Summer in Italy by Sue Moorcroft

 

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About the author (as seen in the book)

sue moorecorftSue Moorcroft writes award-winning contemporary fiction of life and love. The little Village Christmas was a Sunday Times bestseller and The Christmas Promise went to #1 in the Kindle Chart. She also writes short stories, serials, articles, columns, courses and writing ‘how to’.

An army child, Sue was born in Germany than lived in Cyprus, Malta and the UK and still loves to travel. Her other loves include writing ( the best job in the world), reading, watching Formula 1 on TV and hanging out with friends, dancing, yoga, wine and chocolate.

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Publication date: 17th May 2018

Publisher: Avon

ISBN: Paperback 9780008260040

Also available in Ebook and Audiobook format

Pages: 368 pages

Genre: Romance/ Fiction

Format reading: Paperback

Copy provided by: Borrowed from a friend

Blurb (as seen on the back cover)

What if you had a chance to start again? 

When Sofia’s father dies, it makes her look at things afresh. Having been his carer for many years, Sofia knows it’s time to live her own life- and fulfil the promises she made in his final days.

As her first act, Sofia heads to Italy’s Umbrian Mountains where, tucked away in a sleepy Italian Village, family secrets await her. There she meets Amy. who is desperately trying to find her way in life after discovering the dad she’s always known isn’t her biological father.

Can Sofia help Amy through this difficult time and heal her own family’s troubled past? Or will the handsome and mysterious Levi prove to be the biggest distraction as her new life begins…?

My Review

one summer in italy by sue moorcroftI have to say first off, what a gorgeous and summery front cover this book has got!!! The scene on the cover is so delightfully pleasing to the eye; from the lemon trees creeping on to the side of the cover bursting with lemons, to the blue sky which gradually gets lighter as it meets the mountains in the back ground! A village nestled near a lake and a lady sits opposite on a picnic rug with a picnic basket and the lady is gazing at the village in front. The title is in a lovely summery yellow and stands out well against the blue sky behind and tie’s in with the yellow lemons. Sue’s name is in white and situated at the bottom of the cover with green grass behind! I adore this cover and makes me feel all summery inside!

Prior to me starting my blog I had read a few of Sue’s eBooks and can honestly say I was unable to put them down and fell in love with her story telling. Last year I read  Just For The Holidays  and was hooked again from the very first page. So when my friend passed my One Summer in Italy to borrow to say I was excited was an understatement!!!!!

After caring for her elderly sick father Aldo for many years Sofia has had to put her life on hold to take care of him. Aldo knows this and before he passes he makes her promise’s to carry out some wishes he want’s for her.

1.She isn’t allowed to mope about.

2.She is to do all the things single women do!

3.To visit Italy; specifically his home town of Monteliberta.

4.She is to lay flowers on her grandparents grave

5.To drink Orvieto Classico in Monteliberta.

Aldo; is like a closed book when it comes to talking about his family back in his home town. He give’s Sofia snippets; which she will have to piece together to find out more about her Italian family. Sofia is undoubtedly intrigued about the prospect of finding new family members she has never met.

Travelling to Monteliberta; Italy Sofia finds a live in job at Hotel Casa Felice as a waitress. In this time she becomes friends with her young co-worker Amy; who has just left home after finding out the father she thought was her father isn’t and feel’s lied too. Sofia takes Amy under her wing; keeping an eye out for her especially when the owner’s son David leering over her and he causes a commotion in the restaurant when she is working; which nearly resorts to her losing her job and bed. Until Sofia and handsome biker guest steps in to save her job. Who is the handsome biker guest? And why did he jump in like he did for Amy? Will Amy make up with her mother? Can she get her head around it all? Will she want to find her biological father? Where will she start?

The owner Benedetta has strict rules for her workers one being the staff are not allowed to date guests at hotel Casa Felice. She is particular about her hotel and when she finds out who Sofia’s family are she is itching to keep Sofia working at the hotel.

As well as keeping an eye on Amy and the biker man, Sofia set’s off to find out more about her family, why her father never returned to his home land and to for fill the promises she made to her father. Can Sofia complete all the promises? Will she find out more than she bargained for in regards to her father and her Italian family? How will her Italian family react to her being around? Can she guide Amy as best she can? How far will she go to help keep her friend safe? Can she do thing that single women do?!?

One Summer in Italy; is full of mystery, family secrets; which has been woven in to family history, romance, friendships and all in a wonderful setting!

I really really enjoyed this book from beginning to end! Sue has a way of hooking the reader with; characters that intrigue you to the point, you must know more. Her dashing display of description; which made me feel very much that I was right there with the characters as the story unfolded! What a gift this lady has!

I particularly adored Sofia’s and Amy’s friendship, because Sofia becomes a great support to young Amy in dealing with her family troubles at every turn. I think that because they both had family issues of their own they connected so well. And of course there were may drama’s along the way which kept me very entertained!

I think it’s far to say I was glued to One Summer in Italy, I found it to be a refreshing summery read; with a great storyline and a wonderful setting. I defiantly recommend this book whole heartedly!

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                                           One Summer in Italy by Sue Moorcroft

                                                 A Well deserved 5 Sparkly Stars

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Book Review On: A Family Recipe by Veronica Henry

 

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About the author (as seen in the book)

veronica henryVeronica Henry worked as a scriptwriter for The Archers, Heartbeat and Holby City, amongst many others, before turning to fiction. She won the 2014 RNA Novel of the Year award for A Night on the Orient Express. Veronica lives with her family in a village in North Devon.

 

 

 

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Publication date: 17th May 2018

Publisher: Orion

ISBN: Paperback 978-1-4091-6662-7

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Pages: 400 Pages

Genre: Women’s Fiction

Format reading: Paperback

Copy provided by: My own

Blurb (as seen on the back cover)

Laura Griffin is preparing for an empty nest. The thought of Number 11 Lark Hill falling silent – a home usually bustling with noise, people and the fragrant smells of something cooking on the Aga – seems impossible. Laura hopes it will mean more time for herself, and more time with her husband, Dom.
But when an exposed secret shakes their marriage, Laura suddenly feels as though her family is shrinking around her. Feeling lost, she turns to her greatest comfort: her grandmother’s recipe box, a treasured collection dating back to the Second World War. Everyone has always adored Laura’s jams and chutneys, piled their sandwiches high with her pickles . . . Inspired by a bit of the old Blitz spirit, Laura has an idea that gives her a fresh sense of purpose.
Full of fierce determination, Laura starts carving her own path. But even the bravest woman needs the people who love her. And now, they need her in return . . .

My Review

A family recipe by veronica henry

This front cover really has a quaint feel to it; with the market stall which has a canopy over the top in red and white stripes; with bunting , the table-cloth is a green chequered pattern. The stall is full of home-made produce ready to be sold. A blue table and two chairs are situated at the side of the stall. Veronica’s name is in a lovely turquoise colour; which ties in with the table, chairs and table cloth. The title is coloured in a shiny gold which glistens in the light.

As some of you will know I am quite a fan girl when it comes to Veronica’s books. She has a lovely writing style and her characters are always intriguing to get to know!

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In A Family Recipe we meet Laura; married to Dan and they have two girls; Jasmin who is about to start her third year in uni and Willow who is just about to start. Laura was brought up be her grandmother Kanga after her mother passed away when she was four. Kanga has been a great help to the family; cooking meals; while Laura was at hospital with Willow; who has asthma and suffers from attacks. But now Willow is doing well and is excited about moving on in the next stage of her life. Laura on the other had is riddled with anxiety, but she has made up a book of recipe’s which Laura has lovingly copied from Willow’s great great grandmother. After seeing her daughters off Laura who has just been a mother for so long need’s to find something else’s to occupy  her time, so she turns to her great grandmothers recipe cards. Meanwhile her husband Dan has been acting very distant and seems to always be worrying about money. How will Willow get in at Uni? Will she manage? What will Laura do with her time? What’s going on with Dom? Will him and Laura be ok now their baby’s have flown the nest?

The reader is also taken back to when her great-grandmother was younger during the First World War. Showing her life and how it was an awful time. There’s a bit of a mystery surrounding her romance!!!! What’s the mystery surrounding Laura’s great grandmother? How did these delicious recipes come about?

A Family Recipe is packed full of mystery, family life, utterly yummy food!, uncertain times and new beginnings. The story it’s self really I’m afraid to say didn’t really pull me in as Veronica’s book usually do; which was a bit disappointing. The pace was slow, and the characters were likeable to a degree, there were just times I felt they were a bit floppy (if you know what I mean). Having said this Veronica’s description was perfect in every way, especially when it came to the food!!! (Be prepared to raid your cupboards    when you reading this!!!!) Also I really liked that Veronica has added some of her own family recipe’s at the end of this book, which is a lovely personal touch on her part! I’m certainly not deterred from reading more of Veronica’s book in the future, because lets face it we can’t all like everything!

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Book Review On: The Wedding Writer by Susan Schneider

 

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About the author (as seen in the book)

susan schneiderSusan Schneider, a bridal magazine editor and writer, has spent the last ten or so years helping engaged women choose their dresses, their accessories, their flowers, their décor, their food and their fabulous wedding cakes for the Big Day. As the former executive editor of Modern Bride and Elegant Bride, she offers an insider’s peek into the bridal business and the lives of the women who work, suffer and triumph within it’s tulle-lined halls. She’s also been a editor and writer for a number of other major women’s and parenting magazines and is the co-author of two marriage and relationship books with Dr Sonya Rhodes. She lives in New York City.

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Publication date: 12th April 2012

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

ISBN: Paperback 9780330541671

Also available in Ebook format

Pages: 368 Pages

Genre: Women’s Fiction/ Literary Fiction

Format reading: Paperback

Copy provided by: was a gift

Blurb (as seen on the back cover)

Wedding writers face particular challenges, envy being one of them, especially if the writer happens to be single, as Lucky is. Who are all these smug people, thinking life is just one great big happy ever after?

It’s a different kind of ‘big day’ at Your Wedding Magazine. Lucky Quinn- once a lowly wedding writer- is thrust into the spotlight as Editor-in-chief on the same day that two of the magazine’s major competitors fold.

Sacked former editor Grace Ralston has been at the helm of Your Wedding Magazine from day one, and is now facing a lonely, uncertain and unemployed future.

Meanwhile Lucky must face the confusion and disappointment of her new staff, who are struggling with their own professional and personal issues in the wake of Grace’s departure.

For better or for worse, each women confronts her past and deals with her hectic present in this tale of women, work and the world of weddings.

My Review

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The front cover for this book is perfect of this story. A pile of Your Wedding Magazines are stacked in the centre of the cover; with a pair of wedding shoes with a red soles on the top. Pink and red rose petals float down the page giving it a romantic feel. The title is in a swirly font and coloured in red; which tie’s in with the sole’s of the shoes and the floating petals. The author’s name is coloured in a navy blue and stands out well.

Your Wedding Magazine, provides brides and grooms everywhere ideas for their big day. The Magazine has just seen two of their top rivals in the wedding magazine industry. However the magazine’s sales are going down and the bosses are not happy about this.

Grace is in her fifty’s and has been working at Your Wedding Magazine since the beginning and is Chef editor. She is good at what she does; managing her co-workers in an industry very fears. Grace takes wedding writer Lucky under her wing; teaching Lucky her wisdom and expertise. Grace is single and has a strained relationship with her daughter.

Lucky is young and eager to learn and flourish in a job she dearly loves and work’s hard at. She is single and some might say married to her job! She is approached by the bosses of Your Wedding Magazine and given a promotion to chef editor, in order to shake and freshen the magazine up. But this means Grace is out the door and now finds herself jobless and heart-broken to think Lucky would do this to her without a second glance.

Lucky revels in her new job and is keen to show her bosses just what she can do for the magazine. She not only has a new swanky office but a hefty pay rise also comes her way. But she knows she is going to have to make some hard decisions in order to prove herself. The only problem is she has to work with her colleges who are understandable worried and shocked by their beloved Grace’s quick departure. They also have thing’s in their private life’s going on, but will it affect their work and possible their job? Can Lucky manage her worried colleges after what she has done to Grace? Does she feel bad at all? Will Lucky’s bosses be impressed by her ability to manage her work and fellow colleges? Can she improve the magazine’s numbers?

Mean while Grace is struggling with no work, bad heath and has a relationship with her daughter that is rocky. Will Grace’s health get sorted? Can she find another job with another magazine perhaps? Will she be able to build bridges with her daughter?

I found The Wedding Magazine by Susan Schneider a fast pacing story and gives the reader an in-depth insight into the world of wedding magazine industry. Gosh it’s really is a dog eat dog world industry, with people stepping on others toes just to get to the top. I certainly couldn’t do it that’s for sure. As in-depth as it was it was maybe a bit much, I sometimes felt overwhelmed with it all and it took a bit of enjoyment out of reading at times. This novel is certainly an eye-opener in to the magazine world and how fears it is. All the characters are all very different, and bring their own lives it to the story. The description was really out of this world and you can certainly tell Susan has worked in the industry for a long time, she knows what she’s talking about!

All in all I did enjoy the story line but as I said earlier I felt overwhelmed with the in-depthness of this industry.

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                                      The Wedding Writer by Susan Schneider

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