Review on Spell Caster by Leah Hamrick


About the author (as seen on Amazon)


Leah Hamrick lives I Michigan with her partner in crime husband Jon, young daughter Khloey and plethora of reptiles, fish and a tree frog named Sticky. She can always be found with her nose in a YA book, day dreaming and thinking up new ideas for a story, and trying to figure out how to make a characters chemistry clash with one another’s. She is a fan of romance, and anything paranormal. She gets the inspiration for her stories from things that have happened in her real life- except the paranormal/fantasy aspect… She wishes she were that awesome! She enjoys listening to heavy metal music, traveling, watching bad reality TV, and everything pink. She hopes that one day she can become as well known author, and to keep writing stories for everyone to enjoy for years to come.

Twitter: @kookycharacters

Publication Date: 2 April 2017

Publisher: Solstice Publishing

ISBN (paperback) 978-1625265630

Also available in eBook format.

Pages: 99 pages

Genre: YA Romance/Paranormal

Format: eBook

Copy provided by: Author

Blurb (as seen on Amazon)

Three paranormal short stories. One sweet, one dark, one fun. which one will be your favourite?

Love Caster: There is nothing greater than pure, sweet love, and that’s something Anna Bowden knows all about. While trying to get the courage to kiss her boyfriend Killian, she has to deal with her overbearing dad, who will stop at nothing to hear them apart.

In the Darkness: After Anna Bowden witnesses someone or something lurking in her backyard, it starts a chain of frightening events that lead to a gruesome discovery.

First Holiday: featuring the characters from Frost On My Pillow be prepared for a sweet, fun, wild ride. While Ethan gives Lyla- who has never celebrated Christmas before the task of finding out the true meaning of the holiday, her surreptitiously tries to tell her how he really feels, but before that can occur, a lot of decorating and snowball fights has to happen!

My Review

Before I start my review I would like to thank Leah, for getting in touch with me asking me to review Spell Caster and providing me with a copy. I was delighted she asked me to review on Marie’s Book Boutique.

I really like the front cover of this book. The dark background; with bushes and vegetation all around. A young lady wearing a red hooded cloak carrying a lantern,  really gives it an airy, and mystical appeal.

I really enjoyed these three short stories; they have fast pace which I think very much adds to the mystery feel and anticipation into the stories. The first story is such a sweet story( and defo one of my favourites) and the second one gets darker and is tied together with the first. The third story was just as good as the first and is another of my favourites. It’s not that I didn’t enjoy the second story because I did, just not as much as the other’s; maybe because I’m a sucker for a romance!!!

These three short stories are a great quick read full of mystery romance and paranormal activity!

Marie’s Book Boutique gives Spell Caster by Leah Hamrick 4 sparkly stars!!!!!

4 stars












Review on Madam Tulip and the Knave of Hearts by David Ahern


About the author (as seen on Amazon)

David Ahern grew up in a theatrical family in Ireland but ran away to Scotland to become a research psychologist and sensible person. He earned his doctorate and taught in major universities but could never explain to his granny why he didn’t own a stethoscope.

Finding the challenge of pretending to know things is exhausting. David Ahern shaved off his beard and absconded once more, this time to work in television. He became a writer, director and producer, creating international documentary series and winning numerous awards, none of which got him free into nightclubs.

For no particular reason, David Ahern took to writing fiction. Madam Tulip wasn’t his first novel, but writing it was the most fun he’d ever had with a computer. The second in the Madam Tulip mystery series, Madam Tulip and the Knave of Hearts, was published in autumn 2016. He is now writing the third Madam Tulip adventure and enjoys pretending this is actual work.

David Ahern lives in the beautiful west of Ireland with his wife, two cats and a vegetable garden of which he is inordinately proud.


Publication Date: 20th October 2016

Publisher: Malin Press

ISBN: paperback 978-0-9935448-2-8

ebook 978-0-9935448-3-5

Pages: 357 pages

Genre: Mystery/ Thriller

Format: ebook

Copy Provided by: Author

Blurb (as seen on Amazon)

When out-of-work actress Derry O’Donnell moonlights as celebrity fortune- teller Madam Tulip in an English stately home, she’s trying to make some cash. Instead, she is drawn into an alien world of wealth, titled privilege and family secrets.

A countess once a chorus girl, a gambling earl and his daughters, a cultured and handsome art expert-all caught in a terrifying web of ghastly treats, murder and abduction. As an aristocratic engagement party turns into a nightmare, Derry and her friend Bruce face the prospect of a gruesome and infamous death.

Madam Tulip is the second in the new series of Tulip adventures.

My Review

Firstly I would like to thank the author David Ahern for asking me to read and review the second book in the Madam Tulip series on Marie’s Book Boutique. ( you can check my review for the first book here )

I really like the front cover of this book very much! I think the blue back ground really makes the title, authors name and the image really stand out perfectly, catching the eye like any cover should! I also thought that its wonderful the way the green writing; ‘Madam Tulip’ and ‘David Ahern’ is tied in with the outline of the knight hand and the tulip and then the colour change to red with the rest of the title, very affective.

Madam Tulip and the Knave of hearts by David Ahern is the second instalment in the Madam Tulip adventures, with a third book in the writing process. After reading the first book; which I really enjoyed, I was intrigued as to what Madam Tulip could get up to next! It has mystery, adventure, a death and of course some fortune-telling, because hey that’s Madam Tulip!

At the beginning of the story Derry stars off with an acting job at the Palace theatre in Dublin; but unfortunately the theatre roof caves in making the stage unsafe and therefore they have to close the theatre and stop the show as there is no other theatre that isn’t being used. Derry and her friends think of ways in which they can rise the money the roof needs to be fixed. They all get involved including Derry’s parents which I genuinely enjoyed because those two are really quite humorous characters and make me chuckle a lot! When Derry gets the job offer to go to a countess to be Madam Tulip, Derry becomes intrigued and apprehensive all at the same time. I would say the story becomes a little flat as the story goes on because you as the reader are introduced to so many characters that it becomes a little confusing at times. Which really wasn’t the case in the first book however it was really lovely to catch up with the Madam Tulip character. She has something about her that’s so likeable and charming. I thought it was a shame we didn’t get to see more of Bella because she was so much fun! but it was nice to get to know Bruce; who accompanies Madam Tulip to her next gig, he is the man who can call his hand to almost anything and used to be in the US Navy SEAL.

All ought this story is part of a series you can read them as a standalone if you really wanted to but I would advise to read the first one first as you will understand Madam Tulip a lot better.

For me I felt a bit disappointed in this one as I didn’t feel like it got going until right at the beginning and then again at the end, the middle just felt flat to me like a lull if you like. This is a shame because I really enjoyed the first book very much, and hoping the last instalment will be as good as the first.


Marie’s Book Boutique gives Madam Tulip and the Knave of Hearts by David Ahern 3 sparkly stars.





Review on The French Gardener by Santa Montefiore


About the author (as seen on amazon)

Sants Montefiore

Santa Montefiore was born in England in 1970 on a beautiful farm in Hampshire. After Sherborne school for girls she read Spanish and Italian at Exeter University. She spent much of the 90’s in Buenos Aires. Her love of Argentina inspired her first four novels, but her American publisher wasn’t interested in Argentina as a setting so she based her fifth novel in Italy America came on board at that point but have not published her first four. Her novels take place in France, South Africa, as well as Ireland and England and have been translated into over 25 languages and sold over 2 million copies worldwide. She has just completed her 14th title for 2014, The Beekeepers Daughter. She lives in London with her husband, the historian Simon Sebag Montefiore and their two children.


Facebook: Santa Montefiore

Twitter: @santamontefiore

Publication Date: 4th April 2008

Publisher:Hodder & Stoughton

Pages: 448 pages

Genre: Romance

Format: Paperback

Copy Provided by: Borrowed

Blurb (as seen on the back of the book)

Nestled deep in the countryside, surrounded by beautiful gardens, Hartington House was meant to be the perfect escape.

Instead, Miranda Claybourne is bored and lonely. She misses the glamour and excitement of her old life, and her husband David treats the house like a weekend retreat.

Then fate brings Jean-Paul to her door. Charming and enigmatic; the Frenchman offers to bring the neglected gardens back to life.

And soon Miranda discovers there are secrets hidden in the grounds of Hartington House that will transform her life; secrets planted long ago with love and ready to grow again.

My Review

A friend suggested this book to me, as she herself really enjoyed it and thought I might too. The front cover of The French Gardener has an elegant, yet charming image of a lady; with a swishy dress on, gliding down a curvy staircase. It feels almost dream like with the white background, it really works well.

The French Gardener by Santa Montefiore is based largely at Hartington House in the Dorset. Everything about this house and village it’s situated in is quintessentially English. There are bits of the story in France and both country’s were tied together by the gardens which was beautiful.

Hartington House is where we meet Miranda Claybourne and her family; her husband David; who works away in London in the week and home at weekends and he’s  not really being a good husband of father for that matter! And there’s their two children. She is left to deal with everything back at the house, employing a cook, cleaner and gardener as well as carrying on with her writing and dealing with their children. Miranda has no inclination at all to garden herself at the moment. until Jean-Paul comes along. Their son Gus seems a troubled little soul indeed, he plays truant from school and is nasty to some of the animals around the countryside. As you read on you see why the young boy is playing up all the time, and I must just say it was so lovely to see the boy flourish. His sister Storm sounds adorable and cute although with any brother and sister relationships there are tiffs between them. Santa portrays this so perfectly through her words which makes it so true to life.

With the house comes a small cottage I really loved reading this bit of the book because it was described in such a brilliant way that you actually feel you were discovering the house before your very eye’s; this is something that pulls me in to a book and keeps me hooked to the very end. The table is set for two, and French books on the shelf and when Miranda goes up-stairs she finds a box with a scrap-book in side this in particular starts the mystery that lye’s beneath this story, giving her something intriguing to her in her dull life that she finds herself in.

The story does flips back to the passed and the former family that owned Hartington house, and you may think you won’t be able to follow the story but believe me you sure do understand and follow because I found it to be put in a delicate way; making it easy to follow and understand the character’s. Santa Montefiore has written this story in such a lovely pace and manner; which gave it a fairy tale like feel to it, whether it ends in a fairy tail I will leave that for you lovely readers to find out.

I really found Jean-Paul’s character to be most intriguing, the way he turns up at Hartington House and offers his services as a gardener kind of randomly. As the reader you can sense the mystery around him and his compelling need to bring the garden back to its former glory but why? And what is his connection with the house? He also has a real caring side and very much includes the Claybourne children in helping in the garden; which makes Miranda see then both flourish and be for filled.

Something else I really enjoyed about this book is the description of the garden and the flowers in particular is really exquisite I truly felt my nose twitch when I was reading making you feel like you actually there yourself. Amazing!!! This book is really exceptional and the story has really stayed with me long after reading it. So I think its pretty fair to say I loved this book and Santa you had me hooked from the very first page!!!


Marie’s Book Boutique gives The French Gardner by Santa Montefiore 5 sparkly stars!!!!!!!










Review on Gardens of Delight by Erica James


About the author (as seen on Amazon)

erica james

With an insatiable appetite for other people’s business, Erica James will readily strike up conversation with strangers in the hope of unearthing a useful gem for her writing. She finds it the best way to write authentic characters for her novels, although her two grown-up sons claim they will never recover from a childhood spent in a perpetual state of embarrassment at their mother’s compulsion.

The author of many bestselling novels, including Gardens of Delight, which won the Romantic Novel of the Year Award, and her recent Sunday Times top ten bestsellers, Summer at the Lake and The Dandelion Years, Erica now divides her time between Suffolk and Lake Como in Italy, where she strikes up conversation with unsuspecting Italians.


Facebook: Erica James

Twitter: @TheEricaJames

Publication Date: 17 May 2006

Publisher: Orion Books

ISBN: Paperback 0-7528-7760-7

Pages: 496 pages

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Format: Paperback

Copy provided by: Borrowed

Blurb (as seen on the back of the book)

Helen’s life has recently undergone a dramatic change. No longer a single independent woman struggling to make ends meet, she’s now married to a wealthy charismatic man. But with a manipulative stepdaughter to cope with its no bed of roses. So when she gets the chance to go to Italy- to see some of Lake Como’s finest gardens- she doesn’t hesitate.

Conrad isn’t the least bit interested in gardening. Still morning the tragic loss of his wife, he only signs up for the trip to Italy to please his elderly uncle. Before long he has to admit his motives aren’t entirely unselfish.

The last place Lucy wants to visit is Lake Como. And with good reason; this is where her father lives and she hasn’t seen him since she was a teenager.

Yet by the time they return home, nothing will be the same again for them.

My Review

So let’s start my review with my thoughts on the front cover of this book, the cover is done in very simple manner. I like the way the lady on the front is in black and white and her skirt is the only drop of pale green/blue. I would have liked to perhaps seen a beautiful garden with lots of flowers! I like the gold that shines and stands out beautifully. The pale green/blue of the title ties this in with the lady’s skirt. She looks so relaxed walking in bare feet and putting her hand through her hair.

Gardens of Delight by Erica James, say’s it all in the title it was so delightful to read. The story has a strong sense of  new friendships, family, secrets, new-found love, unlikely relationships and of course beautiful gardens. As you know I am a massive fan of Erica’s books and this one was a complete joy to read. I felt truly enchanted by this story; the description is second to non because as you read you will see the image lay out before you, this and the intriguing characters to boot makes for a perfect read.

All the characters in this book that had my hocked to this book because each of them are so interesting and in individual way. Erica gives the reader the right information about each of them at the right time which always makes me turn the pages of any of her books not just this one. She also adds some mystery about each of them giving the reader knowledge early on that there will be answers as the story unfolds.

The story is centred around three characters Helen, Conrad and Lucy. Helen had just moved in to the village with her husband. Now Helen I really found interesting because before she met her husband she was a hard-working trying to make ends meet and now she doesn’t have to penny watch any more; because Hunter is a successful business man. She also has to take on older stepchildren and a grandmother who need special care, a new business and a husband that is never home. She sure has a lot to deal with but you know straight away that she has a  good heart. The home she and her husband Hunter moved in to have a history with the garden. She feels compelled as she learns of the gardens forma beauty to bring it back to that; with the help of the previous owners note books and the lady’s dearest friend Mac. Does Hunter make her happy? How will she deal with country life almost alone accsept from a wicked stepdaughter? Does she succeed in bring the garden back to life?

Conrad I really found to be a closed book if you know what I mean, he kept his cards close to his chest but as the story develops you can defiantly seen his loosen up. The emotion of heart ach I felt at the beginning just radiated off him and compelled me to also read on and on! He like Helen has a good heart and he takes in his uncle Mac after he had health problems to take care of him. Will Conrad deal with and his heart ach and move on? if he does how with?

And the last character that I adored was Lucy. Bless her,  She has to finally deal with the face that the father who left her and her mother when she was younger wants to have a relationship with her. She works at the local garden centre which is run but her best friends/ roommate father. Orlando and her have been friends for years but when Orlando sparks up a relationship of sorts with a newbie village she becomes jealous without realising. Will she take the olive branch that has been handed out? Will her and Orlando’s friendship last rocky waters?

And of course they are all pulled together on a trip to Lake Como to visit the gardens with the village gardening club. You actually feel like you’ve been there Erica I applaud  you because you truly have a way with describing the scenery its enchanting!!!!

I thought this was a fabulous book and really recommend this book it’s a joy to read and you wont want it to end believe me! Erica you are an amazing writer and so good at your craft!

Today on Marie’s Book Boutique Gardens of Delight by Erica James gets a massive 5 sparkly stars ( if only I has more!!!!)



Also you can check out the review I did for Summer At the Lake by Erica here













Review on Creature Comforts By Trisha Ashley


About the Author (As seen in the book)

trish AshleyTrisha Ashley was born in St Helens,Lancashire, and gave up her fascinating but time- consuming hobbies of house-moving and divorce a few years ago in order to settle in North Wales. She is a Sunday Times bestselling author.

For more information about Trisha please visit

her Facebook fan page (Trisha Ashley Books) or her Twitter account @trishaashley

Genre: Romance/Contemporary Fiction

Publication Date: 18th June 2015

Publisher: Avon

ISBN: (paperback) 978-1-84756-279-1

(ebook) 978-0008102258

Pages: 416 pages

Copy Provided By: brought

Blurb (as seen on the back cover)

Is there such a thing as ‘ happy-ever-after?’

After causing a terrible accident, Lizzy Dane’s life has lurched from one disaster to another. The final straw is when she relises that she and her fiancé Kieran want completely different things in life.

Swearing off men, she returns home to the cosy village of Halfhidden, to stay with her eccentric aunt Debo and her motley bunch of canine friends.

But it turns out that Halfhidden is full of surprises- and one very dishy newcomer who makes Lizzy’s quest for answers rather more complicated than she could ever have anticipated.

My Review

Firstly the cover for Creature Comforts has truly incapsilated the essence of a summer country life. The sean lade out before you on the front cover is something of pure beauty; with the county house standing proudly in the centre with trees all around. I loved the fact that the church steeply is poking out from the trees. There is a lady being pulled along by a bounding dog on perfect green grass. The authors name is coloured  red shimmery making it stand out. The title of the book is a pale blue, carrying on the summery feel.

I am a massive fan of Trisha’s books and this one didn’t disappoint. It has everything you want in a romance novel. The main heroine Izzy finds her self with a man that really isn’t for her and finishes the relationship. She come’s back home to her aunt Debo; who runs a dog rescue centre from her home and is hem- ageing  money quickly and is a model. Izzy you can tell that she is a caring sole because she offers to take a look at things and see if she can help with some of the finance. Also by all accounts you can tell she is troubled by the car accident that happened all those years ago, and Izzy is determined to find out the truth about what really happened; because things just didn’t add up. This gave a bit of mystery to the story, because as she goes a asks all who was there and involved you the reader see’s that certain people didn’t tell the truth about it. She is starting up her own online cloth’s range, so you can see with all this going o the character shows that she is a determent and now focused on sorting her life out.

The home in which Izzy and Debo live is owned by Debo’s lover Baz unfaulty passed away leaving his long loosed son to take over. Izzy doesn’t think much of the new man in the village; Rufus. Izzy has two best friends Cameron and Lulu who help her on her mission to find out what really happened and are supportive in every way. I think there just glad to have her back.

Rufus only inherits all of what her has because his mother let another man bring him up. So as you can expect her is a bit prickly a first. His mother see’s this as her way to move into Rufus life and property. Dose her realise that’s his mother is using him? Dose Izzy find out what really happened in that accident all them years ago? will Izzy find love in this quiet village?

Creature Comforts by Trisha Ashley is really great and summery read that will have you turning the page in order to find out more about these amazingly eclectic characters’. This book left me with a warm glow, like the satisfied feeling you might get from a bar of chocolate. It’s packed full of blossoming romance, woofing dog’s and a couple unsavoury characters to boot. I couldn’t recommend this book enough what a pleasure it was to read and I’m sure you guy’s will too.

Marie’s book boutique is giving Creature Comforts a lovely 5 sparkly stars!!



7 Days Of Stationery


Afternoon my lovely’s! As you know I have been getting involved with National Stationery Week by taking part in 7 Days Of Stationery, sharing my photo’s on Twitter and Instagram. I have to say I’ve really enjoyed myself; seeing other people’s photo’s of their favourite stationery and also I came across a few note books that I forgot I had Oops!!!!

Here’s what I got up to for 7 Days Of Stationery

On Monday was Pen and Pencil Day so I used pencil to plan my 7 Days of Stationery ( I like to do this in case I need to make changes at any point) Then I used Pen to write Mondays blog post.





Tuesday was Get Crafty. I make a book marker out of ribbon, rescued wooden beads from a broken necklace and a old scarf clip. Then I did a spot of colouring in my Can’t sleep colouring book.



Wednesday was of course World Stationery Day! I had a dig around in my stationery and picked out my most favourite bit’s I have ( and for a stationery addict that was very hard!!!!!)



Thursday was Thank-You Thursday. My thank you goes to my grandma because, she is always there for me and sometimes I think we forget to say thank you to the people who are dear to us, and lets face it, it is kinda nice to hear your appreciated.  I chose from a collection of blank note cards I had brought for me as a Christmas and decided the on the one that I knew would be just right for her!



Friday was Fountain Pen Friday. I used my fountain pen to write this post ready for me to write and post up today. I don’t very often use my fountain pen, but since using it on Friday I’ve re-found my love of using the fountain pen.




Saturday was Signature Saturday. I wrote a note and posted on Twitter and Instagram and singed my name!



And last but not least Sunday is Write A Letter Day. As luck would have it I received a letter in the week from my very good friend in Greece; so I will be replying to her today! We have been writing letters to each other now for around 17 years. We have never met in person but we are very good friends. I have added also so of the pretty writing paper I have. ( and as you can see the mighty fountain pen is there!!!)


What a week of stationery it has been!!!!! I’ve adored every day of it and I hope you all have too.

I think it would be really quite sad if hand writing was slowly fading away because as National Stationery Week say ‘ Writing Matters’ and I couldn’t agree more! Writing is so important to me as a blogger and aspiring writer and  will only stop when my hand says  ‘ no more’.

Lets not lose our individual writing craft and keep it very much alive for all age groups!!!

I really hope you’ve enjoyed seeing my photo’s of my stationery week as I have taking part!!!

Enjoy you Sunday guy’s!




It’s National Stationery week (UK) and World Stationery Day on the 26th

Good afternoon Guy’s, and happy Stationery week to everyone in the UK, but have no fear the rest of the world because on Wednesday 26th its World Stationery Day!

If your anything like me, you’ll just adore all stationery!!!! As an aspiring writer and a newbie blogger ( now coming into my 5th month) I love nothing better than to write by hand, now don’t get me wrong I still use technology for blogging, emails etc but its not what I turn to first, always the trusty pen and paper!! Always!!!!

This is a week long celebration of all things stationery and the importance of keeping handwriting alive, for all age groups because ‘Writing Matters’  and I couldn’t agree with National Stationery Week more. With all the distractions of modern technology the old pen and paper can very easily be left on the way side, as a stationery lover myself I find this to be the sad truth!

Writing can do so much… it’s so creative and will develop you imagination whether you creating a poem, novel or writing a short story or whatever it may be! I love nothing better that receiving a hand written letter, it so much more personal than typing it up! I have a pen friend and we have been writing by hand for about 17 years now and I love reading her letters and I enjoy writing back to her!

National Stationery week commissioned YouGove to research the importance of writing by hand. Here’s what they found out:

*94% of adults think that writing by hand is important.

*97% think it’s important for children to be taught to write.

*91% of children aged between 8 and 15 think it’s important to be able to write by hand,

*86% of business managers expect candidates for jobs to be able to write by hand as well as having computer skills.

I also read on the National Stationery Week website that Finland and piece’s of the united states of America are slowly letting the art of handwriting go, in favour of technology. I find this extremely sad that this would even happen; I mean I’m all up for moving with the times, but I don’t think I could ever stop handwriting (well until my hand doesn’t allow me anymore!) I can be writing notes for a book review, plotting out a story or writing a letter which will be done by hand.

This week is also about supporting stationery retailers!!! I must say I just adore Paperchase, they always have a wide and beautiful range of stationery. There note books are quite literally the most prettiest I’ve seen!!!! There are many retailers out on the high street so let’s support them!!!!

National Stationery Week are doing a 7 days of stationery; where you share your photos on social media.

Monday 24th- Pen and Pencil Day (remember to add #PenAndPencilDay with you photo)

Tuesday 25th- Get Crafty #GetCrafty

Wednesday 26th- World Stationery Day #WorldStationeryDay

Thursday 27th- Thank you Thursday #ThankYouThursday

Friday 28th- Fountain Pen Friday #FountainPenFriday

Saturday 29th- Signature Saturday #SignatureSaturday

Sunday 30th- Write a letter Sunday #WriteALetterSunday

I’m going to give it a go, I will try to do everyday if I can.

So here’s Mondays #PenAndPencilDay


I’m planning 7 days of stationery (but as you can see I have left it blank for the photos so as not to let on what’s coming up!!!!!!) using pencil and I write my blog post in pen! I will be using Twitter- @bookboutiqueM and Instagram- mariesbookboutique to upload my photos. Then on Sunday I will do a roundup of my stationery week!!!!



There are so many other things on their website for example support and ideas for parents to encourage handwriting and much more it’s worth checking out!

Twitter- @NatStatWeek

Instagram- natstatweek

Facebook- National Stationery Week

Pinterest- National Stationery Week

So come on guy’s lets put pen to paper and get writing and not letting our individual craft go and to keep handwriting very much alive!!!!!

If you have any comments and thoughts I would very much like to hear them!

Have a great week guy’s!!!!