Monday, April 27, 2015

Paris For One by JoJo Moyes

When Nell finds herself planning a trip to Paris with her boyfriend she could not be more excited but on the day they were due to go  he lets her down big time! 
Nell decides to make the trip alone and meets quite a few quirky people during her short stay there and gets a few surprises too. This was a fun quick read I would recommend to JoJo Moyes fans and those who love books about Paris. 

Before I Go by Colleen Oakley . Review

This is the story about a woman called Daisy who is dying of cancer , and she does not have that much time to set all her plans in order before she dies .
Daisy does not want her husband to be alone after she is gone so between her endless list making and home repairs she tries to find him a mate for after she's gone . Don't even attempt to read this book without a packet of tissues , the story is tender and touching with some laugh out moments mostly caused by her friend Kayleigh, put this on your must read list! 

I received this book for review from the lovely people over at This book will be published in June 2015 and will be available from Lovereading and all other good bookstores then. 
Below please find a link to this book on the website .

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If You Go Away by Adele Parks

Sunday, April 26, 2015

The Slaughter Man by Tony Parsons . Review

When a husband and wife and two of their children are found dead with another missing it's up to Detective Max  Wolfe to go on the trail of their killer. This trail will lead him to criminals from the past and the seediest most deplorable people in the underbelly of society, where nightmares can come true, and the most vulnerable are easy targets, where wealth can buy any manner of depravity. I started this book and did not finish it until the end , it was impossible to put down even though some of the crime scenes described were not for the faint hearted. The tension built from the opening chapter with it's terrifying start to the story and contined throughout to the bitter end. This is must read for those who enjoy thrillers and Detective stories. 

I received this book to review from the lovely people over at
This book is due to be published May 2015 and will be available then from and all other good bookstores.
Below is a link to this book on the website. 

A Seaside Affair by Fern Britton. Review

This is the story about the residents of a small town in Cornwall when their historic pavilion is threatened with being torn down to be replaced by a modern coffee shop. This small town gathers together to fight against this , bringing all manor of celebrity to the area in the hope of keeping this historic place , with it's rich past , that means so much to the people in the area . This was a perfect cosy read full of celebrity's and their outrageous lives, couples having relationship ups and downs and a community coming together to fight for a good cause. A heartwarming read !

I received this book from the lovely people over at for review .
This book is available from and all other good bookstores.
Below please find a link to this book on the Lovereading website.

Saturday, April 25, 2015


It is always a happy day when goodies from the lovely PlannerKate arrive. These arrived yesterday and I love them! 
I will put a link at the very bottom of the page to Kate's shop. 

Planner Kate

Friday, April 24, 2015

Lottery Boy by Michael Byrne . Review

This is the story of a 15 year old boy called Bully. Bully's best friend in the world is his dog Jack , Jack is a girl dog and they are close as any two beings could possibly be. When Bully's mum dies the mean streets are where he spends most of his time with his faithful friend. Life is very hard for him and it gets a lot harder when he realises he has a winning lottery ticket that is due to expire very soon and he has told the wrong people that he has won it.  The story is told in the run down to handing in his ticket , he has a lot of unsavoury characters chasing after him as he has a bounty on his head and these guys mean business , they want that ticket! I read this in one sitting, it was a pure adrenaline rush as the countdown to the date of the ticket running out draws near and would the bad guys catch Bully and Jack. This is a must read for anyone who has ever had a pet ! 

I received this book for review from the lovely people over at
This book is going to be published in May 2015 and will be available on and all other good bookstores then .
Below please find a link to this boom on the Lovereading4kids website .

Flood of Fire by Amitav Ghosh. Review.

This is the final book in the Ibis trilogy . In this book the story is mostly told through the eyes of Kesri , Zachary and Shirleen.
This is probably one of my favourite books in this trilogy and the parts of the story between Mrs Burnham and Zachary were amongst my favourites , often humourous with laugh out loud moments these characters were impossible not to like. Some of the characters from book 2 were back and it was great to catch up with what they were up to since the last book . Then we met Shirleen who's entire life changes when she gets horrifying news of her husband , she then begins a journey both emotionally and phiisical . Kesri is Deeti's sister who we got to know well in the first book, his work life is primarily what drives him and he is a very sensible noble character. As this was the last book it did feel very final and it was sad leaving these characters and the opium wars and the ships that a lot of the story was based around and on. If you enjoy books about the sea and glimpses into history then this is the story/ trilogy for you.

I received this book from the lovely people over at
This book is being published in May and will be available from Lovereading and all other good bookstores then. 
Below please find a link to this book on

Without A Trace by Lesley Pearse . Review.

This is the story about a young woman called Molly who lives at home with her mother and abusive father. On the day of the Coronation something horrific happens to her friend which leads Molly on the trail of a mystery . When the abuse at home gets too extreme Molly leaves home to get work and a place to live where she can start her life again . Through many ups and downs Molly remains a likeable, heroic character that never lets the bad things that happen to her keep her down , she is an inspirational character and the story was well told and held more then a few surprises near the end that I did not see coming but they really made a satisfying ending to the story. 

I received this book for review from the lovely people over at
This book is being published in May and will be available from Lovereading and all other good bookstores then.
Below please find a link to this book on the Lovereading website. 

In My Mailbox

The Lost Garden by Katherine Swartz

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Sunny Evenings

The weather has been beautiful here recently and reading outside becomes a real possibility again. Getting some sun in the evening when it is not too hot while getting some reading into my day is a real joy. The garden is coming alive more and more each day and I see tulips pop up that I forgot I had planted last year and seeing their pink, yellow, orange, plum coloured heads pop fills me with happiness. 

I am finishing one book tonight and starting another. Below is a picture of both books. 
The first book is the third book in the Ibis Trilogy, Flood Of Fire ,  that takes place during the Opium Wars many years ago. It is a fictional account of that time with some very colourful characters and plenty of adventures. This may even be my favourite book in the trilogy!

Without A Trace by Lesley Pearse. I love this beautiful cover!

I finish my post this evening as the sun was setting over the water 


I love making my own things for my small and medium journal/ planner . 

For my home made crafts I got these cute ribbons and cloth. If you are visiting   Donegal Town and you are into anything crafty then def take a peek in this gorgeous shop called Morna's Patch , it's full of all types of goodies. 

In My Mailbox

The Song Collector by Natasha Solomons 

Monday, April 20, 2015

The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness. Review.

This was a superb ending to the All Souls Trilogy that I have read from the beginning . We have followed Diana and Matthew through a long and bitter journey to be together without those of both their kinds ( witch,vampire) trying to destroy them. In this book the battle really commences and there  are surprises and joy in store for them as well as terror . The loyalty of their true friends will be revealed when their enemies try to cause them the most harm , and the tension builds from the very beginning of the story and does not let up the entire way through the book . If you enjoy books about Vampires and Witches then I recommend this book ! It can be read alone but I recommend the entire trilogy as all the books have such detail put into them. I was really impressed by the amount of research that must have gone into this trilogy. Diana is a very strong female lead character and seeing the story through her eyes was very enjoyable . 

I received this book for review from the lovely folks over at
This book has been published this month in Paperback and is available on the Lovereading website as well as all other good bookstores. 
Below please find a link to this book below. 

In My Mailbox

We Are All Made Of Stars by Rowan Coleman
The Sudden Departure of the Frasers by Louise Candlish
Without A Trace by Lesley Pearse

Saturday, April 18, 2015

In Hospital Again

I hate hospitals so much , and to be back here so soon after last time is a real downer. I was rushed in by ambulance Friday night . I spent ten hours in casualty before getting into a bed in a ward . I was even in the same bed as earlier in the year  . The time went so long there , and the noise and the smells did not bring back good memories . Thankfully I am home again now after a painful stay and all I want is soup , bath , bed and books. The food can often be disgusting and I was def not a fan of this. 

Add some surgical tights during hot weather and it was lots of fun! 

Injections in my stomach and needles being put in are never pleasant and I go home black and blue , but I had some lovely chats with other patients and staff who were lovely. 

 Hopefully I will be back to my daily posts tomorrow or Tuesday at the latest. Wishing you all a lovely Sunday! Xxxx

Friday, April 17, 2015

The Last Anniversary by Liane Moriarty. Review

This is a story based around a fictional crime that took place 70 years previously on an island called Scribbly Gum. The story centers around a small group of people , Rose and Connie, Grace and her mother, Sophie , Callum. Veronika , Margie and Ron . Each person have their own issues and problems and are all linked to each other in one way or another. There is a lot of Secrets and lies, betrayals and old hurts and they are all entwined here with new beginnings , healing , and plenty of surprises. This is the first book I read by this author but it certainly won't be the last ! Superb! 

In My Mailbox

Cut Out by Fergus McNeill

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Kindle Cozy Mystery Book Haul Part 2

Leighann Dobbs, Ghostly Paws
A Crafty Killing by Lorraine Bartlett
The Walled Flower by Lorraine Bartlett
One Hot Murder by Lorraine Bartlett
Ashton Lee, The Cherry Cola book club
Marriage and Murder by Dianne Harman
Murder in cottage #6 by Dianne Harman

Kindle Cozy Mystery Book Haul Part 1

Demise in Denim by Duffy Brown
The Christie Curse by Victoria Abbott
Big Bunny Bump Off by Kathi Daley
The Wolfe Widow by Victoria Abbott
Strangled by Silk by Barbara Jean Coast
Maple Mayhem by Jessie Crockett
Suspendered Sentence by Laura Bradford
The Food of Love Cookery School by Nicky Pellegrino . This is not a cozy mystery but I love all Nicky's books and they are all real feel good books with a great plot.