My Obsession with bookish themed items!

Hay fellow booklovers,

Today’s post I’m sharing a little obsession I have with anything bookish themed! This could be anything that catches my eye or thing’s that have been brought as gifts!!!!! As a book crazy’s lady, I don’t just find myself accumulating lots of wonderful books and stationery, it would seem anything bookish themed is now fear game! How did this happen!?!?!?  Are you the same?!? (oops that’s something else I collect! My poor bungalow and partner!!!!!)

It’s time to take a peek at them…


All these jewellery items, I was lucky enough to find in my local charity shop. The necklace on the right has a writers nib from a fountain pen and has other dangly bits on. Cute isn’t it? The necklace and earrings I found at different times, but I adore the cute little book on them and guess what… the books actually open and the little pages can be turned… just adorable!









I love this item, not only does it keep my kindle safe from damage, it totally gorgeous too! Covered in book spines from all kinds of books! I brought this from Paperchase about 4 or 5 years ago now. I kind of had to have it really didn’t I?!?!







IMG_3300Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen just happens to be my all time favourite classic! So when I saw this in a rear outing to a book shop, I had to get it! And who doesn’t love at tote bag?!?!?!?












Yet another tote bag, I hear you say…  but it’s Harry Potter so all is forgiven ya?!?!?










img_3303.jpgThis Cath Kidston handbag I one that is much love and used! (How could you not!!!!!) I mean just look at the lovely book print covering the bag. My wonderful mum brought me this as a gift for my birthday a few years ago.








This is my book seat, gosh I’ve had this a long time, again it was a gift from my mum (she knows me well!!!) I use this a lot if I have a heavy book (which saves my wrist from aching!!!), or when I need to read laying down. It’s one of my treasured book items because I find it so useful!!!

I also have a wooden bookends which have piles of books on them. I couldn’t take a photo of them as they are in the loft until I can get a book-case sorted out!

So there you have it guy’s!

Do you share the same passion as me? I would love to hear your thought!

Have a lovely bookish day lovely’s!!!!!!!!!!


Book Review On Valentina by Cristina Hodgson

Valentina font cover photo

About the author (as seen in the Ebook)

cristina Hodgson

Cristina Hodgson, mother of two, born in Wimbledon, London, currently lives in Southern Spain. Cristina had a long career in sport, reading 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 was her debut novel. Amazingly, it has nothing to do with running!

Valentina is book 2 in the Chantelle Rose series.





Publication date: 30th April 2018

Publisher: Independent Publishing

ISBN: Paperback 978-1980932628

Available in Ebook format also.

Pages: 333 Pages

Genre: Romance/ Cosy mystery

Format reading: ARC Ebook

Copy provided by: Author

Blurb (as seen on Amazon)

Chantelle Rose is back. She has lived a fairytale. But will she ever get her Happy Ever After?

To find true happiness, she must discover who Robbie and Lionel really are. Their past holds the key to her future…

Her quest follows a trail that takes her to the depths of the Pampas lands of Argentina.

There, the beautiful Valentina awaits – and holds the key.

But who is Valentina? What is the mystery surrounding her?

And why is she so important to both Robbie and Lionel?

Will Chantelle discover the truth? And, more importantly, will she discover her destiny and the fidelity in her own heart?

My Review

book cover for valintina

I would like to thank the lovely author Cristina for asking me, providing a copy to read and give my honest review. I was thrilled to be asked again, as I really enjoyed book 1 (you can check out that review here

The front cover of Valentina shows a very beautiful and striking lady, wearing a nice looking hat. She has an air of elegance; wearing pearl earrings, necklace and a nice blouse. Her hand rests on her hat, look’s as if she is repositioning it into place. The tittle adds to the continuing elegance. The authors name is positioned at the bottom of the cover clearly in view! The cover is dark looking giving the cover an air of  mystery about it!!!!!!

Actress Chantelle Rose; finds herself engaged to a well known Hollywood actor Lionel, living a life of pure luxury in America. But before she meet Lionel, she also met Robbie in the UK, a down to earth but incredible handsome man. The similarities in the two men is uncanny all lough they are nothing alike in characteristics. Both of the men were adopted… Could they possibly be related?

She has a major puzzle to solve not just for herself but for Lionel and Robbie. She finds out she is with child, the only problem is who is the father? She spent the night with Robbie but can’t remember if they actually slept together so travels to the UK while Lionel works away to find out.

On arriving she is desperate to talk to Robbie only to find he has left the county to go to Argentina. But why? His adoptive mother hands Chantelle a box containing diary’s and letters that have been translated to English. These are letters and diary’s from Robbie’s birth mother Valentina , and with his adoptive mother knowing how much she thinks of him can work read them to understand the man she know’s Chantelle loves.

Chantelle must read them in order to work out this mystery and to help the two important men in her life. What is Valentina’s story? Why did she give up on her child or children? Does Chantelle really want to marry Lionel and live a Hollywood lifestyle? Does she also love Robbie? Which man will she be with? Who is the father of her unborn baby?

Valentina by Cristina Hodgson was full funny moments, drama’s, up’s and downs amazing twists and turns; I just didn’t see coming at all!!!!! I felt this book was a bit more emotional with all the mystery surrounding the three characters, than book 1 simply because some bits were sad and brought a tear to my eyes. It was lovely to get re-acquainted with characters from the last book and meet new ones!

I said this in my last review and I will say it again Cristina writes wonderfully, keeping the reader entertained through to the end! She has had me laughing and crying what a roller-coaster!

                                                          Marie’s Book Boutique give’s 

                                                       Valentina by Cristina Hodgson

                                                          A fabulous 5 sparkly stars



Book Review On: Appleby Farm by Cathy Bramley

appleby farm by cathy bramley

About the author (as seen in the book)

Cathy Bramley

Cathy Bramley is the author of the bestselling romantic comedies Ivy Lane, Appleby Farm, Wickham Hall and Conditional Love. She lives in a Nottinghamshire village with her husband, two daughters and a dog.

Her recent career as a full- time writer of light- hearted, romantic fiction has come as somewhat of a lovely surprise after spending the last eighteen years running her own marketing agency. However, she has always been an avid reader, hiding her books under the duvet and reading by torchlight. Luckily her husband has now bought her a kindle with a light, so that’s the end of that palaver.





Publication date: 13th August 2015

Publisher: Corgi

ISBN: Paperback 9870552171595

Also available in Ebook and Audiobook formats

Pages: 480 pages

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Format reading: Paperback

Copy provided by: Borrowed

Blurb (as seen on the back cover)

Freya Moorcroft has wild red hair, mischievous green eyes and a heart of gold. She’s working at the café round the corner from Ivy Lane allotments, but a part of her still misses the beautiful rolling hills of her Cumbrian childhood home: Appleby Farm.

Then a phone call out of the blue and a desperate plea foe help changes everything…

The farm is in financial trouble, and it’s taking its toll on the aunt and uncle who raised Freya. As Freya heads home to lend a hand, she is surprised as her own dreams for the future begin to take shape. Love makes the world go round, according to Freya. Not money. But will saving Appleby Farm and following her heart come at a price?

My Review

front cover for Appleby Farm

What a fantastic front cover! And is perfect for this book. I feel that I could just walk right into this scene, with the trees creeping around the cover making me feel like I’m peering through them. The farm is surrounded by winding hills and a lady is walking up the drive to the farm. There is beautiful wild flowers and swishy grass at the bottom of the cover adding to the countryside feel to this great front cover. The title is coloured red and bunting hangs from the top of the A to the L, which is cute. But what I find even cuter is the little bird perched on top of the R in farm!!!! I love the verity of colour used in this cover making it very eye-catching.

This is a book I was itching to read, as I’ve read so many good things about it! Plus it’s set in a place that I love!

Freya Moorcroft, has never had a steady career and seems to drift from job to job. However now she can turn her hand to almost anything. Freya find herself in Kingsfild working at her friend’s mother’s café, while her mother; Shirley recovers from a broken ankle. In this time Freya has transformed the menu and organised Wi-Fi for their customers. Shirley is amazed at the transformation Freya has bestowed on her café in only 6 months. Also in this 6 moths Freya has found herself a bit of romance with handsome, divorced dad Charlie. Freya has recently met Charlie’s young daughter to the reluctance of Charlie! But is she really happy in Kingsfild?

So when she receives a call from her aunt asking her if she would come and help out at Appleby farm because her uncle has had an accident in the tractor, she goes straight away. She promises Charlie and his daughter that she will be back soon, so they can spend more time together.

As Freya makes her way to the farm, she realises how much she loves the place, where she spent so much of her childhood. Her aunt and uncle are over joyed to see her, however her uncle is being a bit cagey about his accident. What is he hiding about the accident?

Freya get’s stuck in to farm life and helps Appleby Farm’s Farm hand Eddie. In doing this she realises how hard it must be for her elderly aunt and uncle to keep running the family farm.

When her uncle has got back on his feet, and she is satisfied he is ok, Freya returns to Charlie in Kingsfild. However Kingsfild feel’s less and less like home for her. After being back a while Freya’s aunt ring’s up again, to see if she could come back to Appleby Farm and take the strain; as her uncle has suffered a heart attack. Charlie isn’t pleased when she tells him the news in her rush to get to the farm.

In holding the fort of Appleby Farm Freya learns about the farm’s  money troubles, and now there is the added pressure of their herd of cow’s that might have TB. In a desperate attempt to find some money to help the family farm she goes to her parents in Paris. They have always disapproved of the way she has no career and their relationship has always been strained. In this time Freya’s older brother Julian turn’s up after getting wind of Appleby farm’s predicament; offering his help in selling the farm so his aunt and uncle can retire. Is Julian being honest with them? Will her father stump up the money to keep the bailiffs at bay? Can Freya think of ways to save the family farm?

And with all this going on Freya get’s a blast from her past from her childhood friend Henry; who now run’s his family farm next door. Henry stirs up old feelings for her. Which make’s her question her and Charlie’s future, and the life she wants. Will it be Charlie and Kingsfild or Henry in Cumbria?

I thoughly enjoyed Appleby Farm, it was charming and so delightful in every way. From the characters, story line to the setting the author has provided perfect escapism right here!!!! There were many up’s and down’s in the story which provide much anticipation of will Freya save the farm? to which yummy guy does she choose? I felt totally engaged with the characters and the setting as a whole; which held my attention to the very last page!!!!

Cathy is a new author to me and boy can this lady write!!!! I can’t wait to discover more of her books and is an author I highly recommend as I do with this book it’s self!!!!!! Appleby Farm is a refreshing, delightful read and is beautifully written.

                                                      Marie’s Book Boutique gives

                                                    Appleby Farm by Cathy Bramley

                                                      A wonderful 5 sparkly stars


My Blog’s Name In Books



Hi lovely’s

Today I’m doing my blog’s name in books. I saw this on the lovely Lynne’s blog; Fictionophile and who is the creator of this meme!

Lynne has a great blog which I always enjoy visiting her blog, please go check out her blog:

Here are the rules:

1.Spell out your blog’s name

2.Find a book from your TBR that begins with each letter. (Note you can not add to your TBR to complete this challenge- the books must already be on your TBR)

3.Have FUN!!!!!!!!!!



So that’s my blog’s name in books from my Goodreads TBR. I found Q the worst as I had no book’s in there beginning with Q so I did the next best thing which was to go to the second word! I also tried to mix it up with a variety of genre’s!!!!

Hope you enjoyed this post. Why don’t you give it a try? (Remember to tag the lovely Lynne and her blog!!)

Hope you all have a great day!!!

Book Review On: Coming Home to Cuckoo Cottage by Heidi Swain


About the author (as seen in the book)

Heidi Swain new pic

Heidi Swain lives in Norfolk with her husband, two allegedly grown-up children and a mischievous black cat called Storm. She is passionate about gardening, the countryside and collects vintage paraphernalia. Coming Home to Cuckoo Cottage is her fourth novel.







Publication date: 13th July 2017

Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK

ISBN: Paperback 978-1-4711-4728-9

eBook 978-1-4711-4730-2

Pages: 480 pages

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Copy provided by: Borrowed

Blurb (as seen on the back cover)

When Lottie Foster’s old family friend die’s, she inherits the lovely Cuckoo cottage. But it seems that beneath it’s charm the cottage is slowly but surely falling apart. Luckily Matt, the local builder, is always on hand to help with the problems that somehow seem to keep cropping up. But is he just a bit too good to be true? Certainly Will, Lotties closest neighbour, seems to think so…

With plans to set up her own business renovating vintage caravans, Lottie and her new friend Jemma from The Cherry Tree Café cock up a top secret plan. But before she can finally enjoy living with her Legacy she must uncover who she can trust, and who to avoid at all costs! And with two me vying for her attention, can Lottie find love in her new home…?

My Review

coming home to cuckoo cottage by heidi swain cover.jpg

The cover of Coming Home to Cuckoo Cottage is a vibrant summery scene lied out before your very eye’s! From the gorgeous sunset sky, the lushes green trees and hills,  the cute little caravan to the village in the distance; is delightfulness of your very eye’s! I could stare at this cover all day long! I blooming adore like the plants creeping around the cover, some of which are coloured gold and shimmer in the light, as does Heidi’s name! Gosh I do lover a cover that shimmers!!!!!!!!!!

I have had the pleasure of reading one of Heidi’s other books; Summer at Skylark farm which you can check out Here I really enjoyed every single page I turned of that book and Heidi’s whole writing style!

The story begins as Lottie’s grandmother’s friend Gwen passes away and Lottie travels to Wybridge to attend her funeral. Afterword’s she get’s a shock, when David (the solicitor dealing with Gwen’s will) informs her that she has inherited Gwen’s legacy of Cuckoo Cottage, all the barns and a substantial amount of money. But this legacy comes with a stipulations; which Gwen has gone into great detail. Gwen wish for Lottie to stay at Cuckoo Cottage for a year and after that year she can do as she wishes with the place. Gwen know that Lottie was just drifting in life, having no real roots and that had to change!

So an overwhelmed, Lottie pack’s up her life and job doing up campervans, to start her year at Cuckoo Cottage. She has many lovely memories of many happy summers spent with Gwen and her grandmother as she was growing up, and adored the cottage even then. But why has Gwen left it all to her? What was Gwen’s plan’s of Lottie? Will Lottie work it all out? What is in all of the barns?

But what she find’s is that the cottage need’s some  TLC and get’s the delivery of Gwen’s dog; Minnie! The local builder Matt seems more than happy to help her out by doing the work. However as he stars work he seems to find more thing’s that need doing. But is he being truthful with Lottie? Has Matt got an arterial motive in being around Lottie and the cottage? How will the locals react to her?

Her neighbour and the very handsome looking vet; Will get off on the wrong foot, but there is a vital attraction between these two. But will they find they have a mutual interest? Will Lottie work out what Gwen was thinking for her? Will she find her own romance? Lottlie find a friend in Jemma; who runs The Cherry Tree Cafe, and they put there heads together for idea’s! And what is it that Lottie and Jemma are little idea?

Heidi has really done it again for me with this book! It has everything you could want in a book, individual characters, drama, romance, mystery, fabulous scenery and a great plot! See told you it has everything!!!!!!  Heidi I think gives the reader just enough information to entice the reader to read on, building on the excitement to the dramas that unfold. I was sad when I got to the last page; not because it was a sad ending because it wasn’t, it was just I didn’t want it to end!(I felt like I was in a book bubble and didn’t want it to pop!!!!!!) Needless to say I’m so going to be reading many more of Heidi’s books. Coming Home to Cuckoo Cottage is the most wonderful summery delight that will surely have you hooked from the very first page like me!!!!!

                                                          Marie’s Book Boutique gives

                                       Coming Home to Cuckoo Cottage by Heidi Swain

                                                             A Super 5 Sparkly Stars



Book Review On: The Little Flower shop by the sea by Ali Mc Namara



About the author (as seen in the book)

Ali McNamara

Ali Mc Namara attributes her over- active imagination to one thing- being an only child. Time spent dreaming up adventures when she was young, has left her 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 family and two Labradors. When she isn’t writing, she likes to travel, read and people- watch, more often than not accompanied by a good cup of coffee. Her dogs and love of exercise keep her sane!






Publication date: 30th July 2015

Publisher: Sphere

ISBN: Paperback 978-0-7515-5861-6

also available in eBook and Audio book

Pages: 400 pages

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Format reading: Paperback

Copy provided by: Borrowed

Blurb (as seen on the back cover)

The blossom is out in the little Cornish harbour town of St Felix.

But Poppy Carmichael’s spirits aren’t lifted by the pretty West country spring. Inheriting her grandmother’s flower shop has forced her to return to Cornwall, a place that holds to many memories.

Poppy is determined to do her best for the sake of her adored grandmother, but she struggles with the responsibility of the more- shabby-than-chic shop. And with the added complication of Jake, the gruff but gorgeous local flower grower, Poppy is tempted to run away…

The pretty little town has a few surprises in store for Poppy. With new friends to help her and romance blooming, it’s time for Poppy to open her heart to St Felix and to the special magic of a little flower shop by the sea!

My review

the flower shop by the sea book cover

Oh my gosh this front cover really makes me feel like I want to jump right into the scene. It watercolour effect is charming and has something quite endearing about it. From the side town with sandy beach, boats which are anchored on the shore line, green sweeping hills, seagulls swooping around the harbour to the sun set sky.

I love the sweeping and swirling out the book title adding a little bit more charm and romantic-ness to the whole vibe of this front cover. A few summery looking flowers are creeping around the sides

All in all I really, really like this cover and had it not been recommended by a friend, this would definitely be part of the reason I would have picked this book out for myself. (and the blurb of course!!!!!)

I haven’t ever had the pleasure to read Ali’s book’s before but as I said a minute ago, it was recommended to me and I know me and my friend have similar tastes in book’s. So as you can imagine I was eager to start to read, I had a blooming feeling it’s gonna be a good  one!!!!!!!!!!!

Poppy, has never settled in her work or in her love life. Drifting from job to job not really knowing what she wants to do in life. She inherits her grandmothers flower shop in the small seaside town of St Felix. Poppy is shocked her grandmother would leave her the shop; with her grandmother knowing how Poppy feel’s about the place. Needles to say this doesn’t go down to well with her auntie as she doesn’t believe in Poppy at all. The Carmichaels have a string of flower shops all over, with this shop being where it all began. The only trouble is flowers doesn’t really run through Poppy’s blood as the rest of her family. With her parent’s living over in the states, Poppy is all on her own. As memories seeping back as she arrived, memoir’s of her and her brother spending hot summers her when they were children.

The lady’s of the Women’s Guild have been temporarily volunteering to keep the shop open until Poppy arrives. She seems to get the impression everyone seems to know her and not only that Poppy get’s off on the wrong foot with the handsome local flower grower. It seam’s her mother has been on the phone informing them of Poppy’s arrival. How ever everyone seems mighty concerned as to what she will be doing with the shop.

She makes up her mind to give it a go, even though she’s not really that sure and re-open the flower shop if not for her than for her grandmother, to the delight of the rest of St Felix. There’s so much work to do to get the shop back to being loved again, so her mother sends over her assistant Amber to say and help. I felt that these two characters need each other in more ways than they think, which adds so much mystery to the story. It would seem that Jake has rallied the rest of the troop’s in order to help Poppy and Amber bring the shop back to life. which I really love when the community comes together in a story proving solidarity to the person in need at the time. When pulling up floorboards for repair they find some really old ledgers.

These ledgers hold information on the myth that Poppy’s ancestors were doing special thing for their customers; during hard times through flowers. Poppy isn’t that sure she believes in it all, but Amber seam’s to think there’s something in it. What is this sadness that Poppy, Amber and Jake carry around with them? Will the shop be a success or will Caroline; who has some problem with the Carmichaels? What is with the ledgers?

I really couldn’t put this amazing book down for long let me tell you. I was a pure delight to read and discover all the different and entering characters, even the moody one’s in a funny kinda way! They have relatable problems that I’m sure any reader can relate too. Poppy is undoubtedly my favourite character from this story, because she grew throughout the progression of the story.

I felt the author Ali has incorporated beautiful and enchanting description through out story, making me totally feel like I’ve been there myself all from the comfort of my home!!!!! I adored Ali’s writing style and can see more of her books being added to my TBP!!!! I adored the flower myth element, making the story feel mysterious and intriguing, adding a lovely touch to the story.

The Little Flower Shop by the Sea is full of up’s and down’s, myth’s, grief, community, romance, new friendships and lots of gorgeous flowers!!!!! It’s a great read which will fill you with joy while you read!

                                               Marie’s Book Boutique gives

                                      The Little Flower Shop by the Sea

                                             5 sparkly stars 


Book Review on: Call the Vet by Anna Birch


About the author (as seen in the book)

Anna Birch.jpg

Anna Birch is a vet, farmer’s wife and mother of two small children. They live together on a farm in beautiful North Dorset with a herd of Red Devon Cows, twenty Wiltshire Horn Sheep, the occasional Gloucester old spot Pig, four rescue chickens, two farm cats, two Jack Russell’s and one Labrador. This is Anna’s first memoir about vetting and rural life.






Publication date: 24th April 2014

Publisher: Virgin Books

Pages: 352 pages

Genre: Memoir

Format reading: Paperback

Copy provided by: book won on a giveaway

Blurb (as seen on the back cover)

The true-life misadventures of a rural vet.

When Anna Barrington arrives in the sleepy Dorset village of Ebbourne, litte does she know that this small countryside community will change her life forever.

With emergency call- outs to challenging calvings (and the odd challenging farmer), greedy Labradors, injured kittens and teaeful goodbyes to much- loved pets, a vet’s life can sometimes feel like the endless ups and downs of West Dorset’s hill roads- especially when you dive fast as Anna.

But she’s to discover that there’s more to love about the countryside than just it’s animals…

My Review

Call the vet cover

I adore the countryside seen that’s on the cover of this book. With its sweeping fields all partitioned by hedged and gates to get in and out. Some fields have cows and some have sheep in them, grazing on the green grass. A couple which looks like a farmer and a vet; carrying her vet bag, both wearing Wellington boots! Two Labrador dogs; one laying down beside the farmer and the other standing beside the vet. A tree branch covered in leafs creeps in just above the title; which looks like its been written by hand giving off a very personal touch. The author’s name is in black and situated at the bottom of the cover.

when I won this book, I was very excited to read, because I suppose I class myself as a bit of a country bumpkin (but in a different part of the UK) I also am a pretty big animal lover(all animals except big spiders!!!!), my father was a Sheppard when I was little so I know a bit about sheep! It would also be nice to learn about the life of a vet just starting out.

Call the Vet spans across a whole year and split up into seasons. The reader follows Anna’s experiences as she trains to be a vet through to her getting her first vet job in the Dorset countryside. In this time the reader will clearly see Anna’s shear determination in what ever she is face with, giving everything a go even when she sometimes felt that she couldn’t. Throwing her self in her work to give a good impression to her new boss. I really love that about her and think it’s a pretty important quality to have as a vet!!!!!!!

The book show’s the very long hours vet’s in general work, the varied in animals they deal with and shows the inner workings of a small country vet’s. I will however warn you, if you are a bit squeamish , because there are bits of operations and other bits which are described in detail. It didn’t bother me however, its real life. This book also shows how sad it can be dealing with client’s and there much-loved pet’s when it comes to saying good-bye to them.


There were quite a few comical bit’s throughout the book as you can imagine; which made me giggle out loud (Sorry Anna to laugh at you miss fortune!!!!!) I adored Anna’s wonderful description of the Dorset countryside, I really feel like I’ve been there my self! I really think that this book would really suit anyone thinking or training to be a vet because not only would they get a glimpse into the vetting world but the would learn, technical vet terms and procedures; which I feel would really benefit them. Of course I liked the romance which blossoms between Anna and a certain  guy!

All in all I enjoyed reading Anna’s memoir of her time training to becoming a vet. I found the whole thing quite interesting to read!

                                                        Marie’s Book Boutique gives

                                                          Call the Vet by Anna Birch

                                                                    4 sparkly stars

4 stars