Book review: A Rock ‘n’ Roll Lovestyle

Time is creeping on; in a few weeks people will be getting into the festive spirit and will start to indulge in some of the Christmas reads that are appearing on the shop shelves. I have a stash I have been lucky to be given in exchange for an honest review (so watch this space in the coming weeks) including this one , A Rock ‘n’ Roll Lovestyle by Kiltie Jackson.

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Title: A Rock ‘n’ Roll Lovestyle

Author: Kiltie Jackson

This was a refreshing, festive read with depth and soul not seen in many Christmas romances I have read recently. Sukie is a strong, independent character who has a successful career and  2 men she can rely on, Tony and Adam – her cats. Her feisty, down to earth and fun personality carries the book forward to make it a pleasure to read with a few chuckles along the way. She jumps at the chance to go to Austria, her dream destination, not knowing it will be a trip that will change her life when her path crosses with the now reluctant rock star, Pete Wallace.

I became emotionally attached to all the characters as their present and back stories unfolded so when the malice which is threaded throughout the book increased, my heart was in my mouth as I turned each page in trepidation.

This  well written debut is described as a 21st-century love story but it is more than that. It is also about friendship, fun, life and revenge.

If you are a fan of Karen Swan and Jill Mansell this book is well worth reading while snuggled under the duvet and indulging in a mug of hot chocolate.

I am looking forward to reading more from Kiltie Jackson and excited to hear she has a new book in progress.

A Rock ‘n’ Roll style is available through Amazon

You can find out more about the author Kiltie Jackson on

www.kiltiejackson.com

www.facebook.com/kiltiejackson

kiltiejackson@gmail.com

 

Thank you Kiltie for sharing this book with me.

Happy Reading!

 

 

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The Cottingley Secret Book review

Do you believe in fairies?

Blurb

In 1917

The New York Times bestselling author of The Girl Who Came Home turns the clock back one hundred years to a time when two young girls from Cottingley, Yorkshire, convinced the world that they had done the impossible and photographed fairies in their garden. Now, in her newest novel, international bestseller Hazel Gaynor reimagines their story.

1917… It was inexplicable, impossible, but it had to be true–didn’t it? When two young cousins, Frances Griffiths and Elsie Wright from Cottingley, England, claim to have photographed fairies at the bottom of the garden, their parents are astonished. But when one of the great novelists of the time, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, becomes convinced of the photographs’ authenticity, the girls become a national sensation, their discovery offering hope to those longing for something to believe in amid a world ravaged by war. Frances and Elsie will hide their secret for many decades. But Frances longs for the truth to be told.

One hundred years later… When Olivia Kavanagh finds an old manuscript in her late grandfather’s bookshop she becomes fascinated by the story it tells of two young girls who mystified the world. But it is the discovery of an old photograph that leads her to realize how the fairy girls’ lives intertwine with hers, connecting past to present, and blurring her understanding of what is real and what is imagined. As she begins to understand why a nation once believed in fairies, can Olivia find a way to believe in herself

Genre:  general fiction

Publisher: Harper Collins Publishers

I stumbled on this book on Twitter and was instantly drawn to it because I remember being fascinated by these photographs of fairies as a child. The book captivated me from the first page and is as gentle, serene and magical as the fairies themselves. The descriptions are atmospheric and made me believe I was in Yorkshire playing in the beck or browsing the shelves of the Irish book shop which has a character of its own. I enjoyed how the two stories entwined and the relationship between the characters past and present.

 It is a perfect book to read on a crisp Autumn day and may inspire you to connect with nature and hunt for fairies yourself.  

Have you read it? I would love to hear what you thought in the comments below.

Happy reading.

Anne with an E : reviewing new Anne of Green Gables books

With Netflix airing the Anne of Green Gables show Anne with an E, I was excited to have the opportunity to read two new Anne of Green Gables books in return honest review courtsey of Netgalley.

Anne of Green Gables is a classic children’s book by L.M Montgomery. If you haven’t read it you are missing a treat. Set in Prince Edward Island, it follows Anne Shirley, an imaginative orphan who has the curse of red hair (her thoughts – not mine. I would love red hair) as she finds her place and self with Marilla and Andrew Cuthbert. The series covers everything; friendship, the meaning of family,community, heartbreak, zest for life, appreciating imagination and books. Once read it is easy to see why the books have been treasured and loved for generations. They are readily available for free on ebooks or at library so you have no excuse not to sink back into bed or sofa with the originals this Autumn.

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Title: Anne of Green Gables a graphic novel

Author: Mariah Marsden

Publisher Andrew McMeel Publishing

Genre Children’s Classic , Comic and  Graphic novel

My initial thoughts of the idea of Anne in a graphic form was uncertainty  but what a joy this book is.

An original retelling of the classic children’s book Anne of Green Gables in the form of a graphic novel. The illustrations are delightful and capture the nature and feel of L.M Montgomery’s Avonlea and Anne Shirley. It is a good introduction to the series but will also be loved by those who have already taken Anne to their hearts.

Out 24th Oct 2017

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Title The Anne of Green Gables Cookbook

Author Kate MacDonald, L.M Montgomery

Publisher Quarto Publishing Group – Race Point Publishing

Genre Cookery Children’s Literature

A lovely book for fans of Anne of Green Gables of all ages, young and old. Full of tasty recipes inspired by the series, it is a treat to read and would make an ideal gift.
The simple format and handy tips is perfect as an introduction to cookery for children though it will appeal to adults too. I love the fact it does not just cover sweet food but a range of meals.

Out now

Happy reading!