Friday, 28 November 2014

Kindle Bargains #17 - #BlackFriday Special!

Black Friday Bargains


Things are hotting up over on Amazon, with Black Friday Bargains galore - and that includes lots of Kindle Bargains.  There are loads of Kindle books reduced for this weekend only - you can view the full selection here, but here are my Top Picks -

Kindle Bargains #17 - #BlackFriday Special!

Hidden - Catherine McKenzie


While walking home from work one evening, Jeff Manning is struck by a car and killed. Two women fall to pieces at the news: his wife, Claire, and his co-worker Tish. Reeling from her loss, Claire must comfort her grieving son as well as contend with funeral arrangements, well-meaning family members, and the arrival of Jeff’s estranged brother, who was her ex-boyfriend. Tish volunteers to attend the funeral on her company’s behalf, but only she knows the true risk of inserting herself into the wreckage of Jeff’s life. 

Told through the three voices of Jeff, Tish, and Claire, Hidden explores the complexity of relationships, the repercussions of our personal choices, and the responsibilities we have to the ones we love.


Home For Christmas - Debbie Macomber


A heartwarming new Christmas novel from Debbie Macomber, internationally bestselling author of Rose Harbor in Bloom, Blossom Street Brides and Starry Night.

Experience the true meaning of Christmas…

Jane Patterson thought her marriage to Cal would last forever until it suddenly came under threat. Jane has left, taking their children with her, but can she really leave Cal behind? Especially when all she hopes for is a reunion, just in time for Christmas… 

On December 24th, a crowded train is taking holiday travellers home for Christmas. Then a snowstorm hits, leaving this group of strangers stranded. Now they must band together and as they do they’re reminded of what Christmas really means.

Make time for friends. Make time for Debbie Macomber.

The Timewaster Letters - Robin Cooper


For several years, Robin Cooper has been plaguing department stores, hotels, associations, fan clubs and a certain children's book publisher with his letters. From Prince Charles to the Peanut Council, Harrods to the British Halibut Association - no one is safe. So who is Robin Cooper? Architect, thimble designer, trampoline tester and wasp expert, Robin Cooper is all of these things - it just depends on the person he's writing to...  

*I was given a paperback copy in the office's Secret Santa about 10 years ago - it's a very funny book!

French Leave - Liz Ryan


It was when she realised she was spending twelve hours a week and five thousand euro a year commuting to work that Liz Ryan began to question how great life in boom-time Ireland really was – and reached a decision the day an enraged biker hurled a helmet at her windscreen. So she quit her job, sold her house and moved to a remote hamlet in coastal Normandy. Thus begins her French adventure, in which she gets picked up by the police, discovers the mixed pleasures of French homeownership – flooded basements, grim neighbours, surreal phone companies, busybody mayors – and embraces the challenges of creating a new life in a new country. Liz hilariously charts her gradual immersion into village life, the setbacks and the joys, the local political intrigue, the Gallic shrug and that famous French bureaucracy – and paradoxical French attitudes to food, politics, sport, dating, and shopping on the grand scale. But like any expat, even as she revels in new pleasures she also experiences the tug-of-war between fresh fields and the place of one’s birth, the craic, the humour and the warm embrace of lifelong friends.

It's Not The End Of The World - Judy Blume

 

Karen's parents have always argued, and lately they've been getting worse. But when her father announces that they're going to get divorced, it seems as if Karen's whole world will fall apart. Her brother, Jeff, blames their mum. Her kid sister, Amy, asks impossible questions and is scared that everyone she loves is going to leave. Karen just wants her parents to get back together. Gradually, she learns that this isn't going to happen – and realizes that divorce is not the end of the world. 

Judy Blume's Tiger Eyes and Blubber are also included in the Black Friday sale.

 

Brenda Monk is Funny - Katy Brand


Brenda Monk is a true stand-up, by her very nature - it is under her skin; itching and bubbling. She is addicted to the feeling of being on stage, looking out at expectant, up-turned mouths, waiting for the first laugh to hit. A first laugh that will not happen unless she creates it. But Brenda is clueless. The on-off girlfriend of a prolific comedian, it is only after she realises his best stage material consists of recycled versions of her own restless, smart-arsed energy that she begins to wonder whether she might be better off keeping her jokes for herself - and so she finds herself making her very first walk to the mark on stage in front of a bare brick wall, with just a spotlight and a PA system for cover, wondering what we all wonder from time to time: am I funny? A book as much about the thrill of performance as it is about what goes on when the microphone is switched off, Brenda Monk is Funny is a blackly humourous and devastatingly candid snapshot of the reality, the brutality and fragility of the comedy industry from an exciting new voice in fiction.  

An Exquisite Sense of What Is Beautiful - J David Simons


An eminent British writer returns to the resort hotel in the Japanese mountains where he once spent a beautiful, snowed-in winter. It was there he fell in love and wrote his best-selling novel, The Waterwheel, accusing America of being in denial about the horrific aftermath of the Tokyo firebombings and the nuclear destruction at Hiroshima and Nagasaki. As we learn more about his earlier life, however – as a student in Bloomsbury, involved with a famous American painter – we realise that he too is in denial, trying to escape the past events that are now rapidly catching up with him. An Exquisite Sense of What is Beautiful is a sweeping novel of East and West, love and war, truth and delusion. Featuring richly drawn characters and a narrative that perfectly builds the tension up to the explosive climax, this book has all the hallmarks of a modern classic.

What In God's Name - Simon Rich


Welcome to Heaven, Inc., the grossly mismanaged corporation in the sky. For as long as anyone can remember, the founder and CEO (known in some circles as "God") has been phoning it in. Lately, he's been spending most of his time on the golf course. And when he does show up at work, it's not to resolve wars or end famines, but to Google himself and read what humans have been blogging about him.

When God decides to retire (to pursue his lifelong dream of opening an Asian Fusion restaurant), he also decides to destroy Earth. His employees take the news in stride, except for Craig and Eliza, two underpaid angels in the lowly Department of Miracles. Unlike their boss, Craig and Eliza love their jobs - uncapping city fire hydrants on hot days, revealing lost keys in snow banks - and they refuse to accept that earth is going under.

The angels manage to strike a deal with their boss. He'll call off his Armageddon, if they can solve their toughest miracle yet: getting the two most socially awkward humans on the planet to fall in love. With doomsday fast approaching, and the humans ignoring every chance for happiness thrown their way, Craig and Eliza must move heaven and earth to rescue them - and the rest of us, too.
 

If Only They Could Talk - James Herriot


Fresh out of Veterinary College, and shoulder-deep in an uncooperative cow, James Herriot’s first job is not panning out exactly as expected . . .

To a Glaswegian like James, 1930s Yorkshire appears to offer an idyllic pocket of rural life in a rapidly changing world. But even life in the sleepy village of Darrowby has its challenges. On the one hand there are his new colleagues, Siegfried and Tristan Farnon, two brothers who attract a constant stream of local girls to whom James is strangely invisible. On the other he must contend with herds of semi-feral cattle, gruff farmers with incomprehensible accents and an overweight Pekingese called Tricki Woo…

Heartbreaking and hilarious in equal measure, If Only They Could Talk is a book for all those who find laughter and joy in animals, and who know and understand the magic and beauty of Britain’s wild places.

The God of Small Things - Arundhati Roy


The year is 1969. In the state of Kerala, on the southernmost tip of India, fraternal twins Esthappen and Rahel fashion a childhood for themselves in the shade of the wreck that is their family. Their lonely, lovely mother, Ammu, (who loves by night the man her children love by day), fled an abusive marriage to live with their blind grandmother, Mammachi (who plays Handel on her violin), their beloved uncle Chacko (Rhodes scholar, pickle baron, radical Marxist, bottom-pincher), and their enemy, Baby Kochamma (ex-nun and incumbent grandaunt). When Chacko's English ex-wife brings their daughter for a Christmas visit, the twins learn that things can change in a day, that lives can twist into new, ugly shapes, even cease forever, beside their river...

Kindle Fire HDX Black Friday Sale
 

Black Friday at Pet Shop Bowl - Free £10 voucher!

Pet Shop Bargains


The lovely folks over at Pet Shop Bowl recently got in touch to let me know about their Black Friday weekend deals.

Free Vouchers


Pet Shop Bowl will give you a FREE £5 Voucher when you spend £50 OR a FREE £10 voucher when you spend £100!

Pet Shop Bowl Black Friday - FREE £5 Voucher when you spend £50 OR a FREE £10 voucher when you spend £100!


Perfect for stocking up on pet stockings!

Christmas Gifts at Pet Shop Bowl
Less than 4 weeks until Christmas and I haven't bought the furries a single pressie yet!

Now that Izzy spends a few days a week on her own, I've been attempting to keep her entertained with a selection of dog toys.  She especially likes the squeaky ones, now that there are days when Rude Boy isn't around to destroy them, so I'll be treating her to some squeaky Christmas Cracker toys for the big day, along with the Pedigree Chum stocking (from Santa Paws!)

I don't want Barley Cat feeling left out, so Santa Paws will be leaving her a Whiskas stocking and a box of Cat Allsorts.

I think I'll be spoiling them both a little more than usual this year, plus Rude Boy will coming over on Christmas Day, so I'll probably have to treat him too!

Discount Codes


As well as receiving the free vouchers mentioned above, you can also save money using the following discount codes:

Extra 5% Off Royal Canin (excludes vet diets): Use code - ROYAL

Pet Shop Bowl - 5% Off Royal Canin

Extra 5% Off Selected Hills (excludes vet diets & nature's best): Use code - HILLSOFFER

Pet Shop Bowl - 5% Off Selected Hills

There's also 20% Off Selected Almo Nature dog & cat food.

Pet Shop Bowl - 20% Off Selected Almo Nature dog & cat food.


We recently reviewed some of the Almo cat pouches alongside some other products.




Thursday, 27 November 2014

Made: Button Christmas Tree Decorations

Deck The Halls


In my attempts to be more creative, and to fill my house with handmade goodies, I've been making some Christmas decorations.

This is the first - Christmas Tree decorations made from buttons!

Button Christmas Tree Decorations

Sunday, 23 November 2014

10 Alternative Gift Ideas for Book Lovers

Buying for a Bookworm


Buying gifts for book lovers can be tricky, given that they most likely own lots of books already.  Chances are they snapped up the latest release from their favourite Author the moment it hit the shelves.  Of course, you could ask what book they'd like to add to their collection, but to maintain an element of surprise with your gift giving, why not try one of these ten great alternatives?

1. Personalised Book Cover Mug


These fantastic Penguin Classics themed mugs from The Literary Gift Company can be personalised with any book title and name that you like.  You could choose your book loving giftee's favourite title, or make one up yourself.

Personalised Book Cover Mug - 10 Alternative Gift Ideas for Book Lovers

As well as the orange "Fiction" mug, there are also green "Crime & Mystery" or blue "Non-Fiction" mugs available.

£12.95 including personalisation.

2. Bookends


Friday, 21 November 2014

Kindle Bargains #16

Bring Me Bargains


Yes, it's that time of the week again - Kindle Bargains ahoy! As with last week, those festive titles are sneaking in so if you're looking for the perfect Christmas read, you might just find it.  These books are all currently 99p or less but don't hang around as the prices can increase without warning.

Kindle Bargains #16

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Book Review: WILL GRAYSON, WILL GRAYSON

Two Become One


Will Grayson, Will Grayson - John Green & David Levithan


One cold night, in a most unlikely corner of Chicago, two teens - both named Will Grayson - are about to cross paths. As their worlds collide and intertwine, the Will Graysons find their lives going in new and unexpected directions, building toward romantic turns-of-heart and the epic production of history’s most fabulous high school musical.

Hilarious, poignant, and deeply insightful, John Green and David Levithan’s collaborative novel is brimming with a double helping of the heart and humor that have won both of them legions of faithful fans.
 

I'm going to start by saying READ THE BLURB FIRST.

Seriously.  If you skipped it, scroll back up and read it. 

Take note of the bit that says two teens - both named Will Grayson.

That's important. 

Don't be like me. Don't think oooh, I lurved The Fault InOur Stars, which John Green book should I read next? Ah, WILL GRAYSON, WILL GRAYSONlet's do this sh*t! Then start reading and thinking that Will Grayson and will grayson are the same person, as they are not. Don't get a few chapters in wondering why Will Grayson and will grayson, who are the same person, are completely confusing with all their different boyfriends and girlfriends and gayness and straightness and rules and personalities. They are not the same person from the start, I'm just lacking in common sense.

There.

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

One Week In

Home Alone


I've actually been in my new house for a little over a week now and it's possibly been the hardest week of my life.  I took a week off work to pack/move/unpack, plus to fix certain things at the old house, such as where Jager cat had ripped all the wallpaper off.

I thought I'd give you a quick update, but I'll show you around properly in a few days when I've bought some furniture, finished unpacking and actually taken more photos. Ok, ok ... here's a sneaky peek from when I was half way through unpacking last week ...



For the past 8 years, I've lived in sunshine houses.  Houses with front and back windows, lots of sunlight, nice and bright and lovely.  The first thing I noticed is how dark my new house is.  It's a mid terrace but the house we lived in for 7 years was also and it was nothing like this.  In my attempt to brighten things up a bit, I opened all the blinds ... and one fell off.  That should do it! Or you'd think so anyway.



It's also really cold.  It's an old, old terraced house, which thankfully has been extended to bring the toilet indoors (!) but it's COLD!  Things heat up pretty quick when I put the heating on but then cool down just as quick when I turn it off.  At the moment only one of the neighbouring properties is occupied so I'm hoping when the other sells, things might warm up a bit as my budget is super tight and if I keep putting my heating on, I'm going to be super broke!

Most of all, it's lonely.  Really, excessively lonely.  Mr M always worked night shifts and I never felt lonely, because I was at home.  Now I feel like I'm just hanging out in someone elses house, surrounded by my belongings and wondering how I got here.  The amount of time I spent last week just staring into space was unreal.  

I've seen Mr M on about half the days, moving the last bits from the old house, clearing the garden and garage, decorating the living room to remove evidence of cat claws.  I've still been lonely.  I'm dreading what it will be like when we hand the keys to the old place later today and everything is done.

I brought Izzy with me (naturally) and she's coped incredibly well.  Much better than I thought she would, based on the experience of our last house move.  I suppose it means she's had some practice now!  Some nights Rude Boy is here (joint custody due to Mr M's shifts) and other nights there's just little IzzPops but she's fine with it, it seems.

I also brought Barley cat with me.  This meant splitting her up from her sister, Jager as well as our eldest cat, Suki.  Luckily, Barley is very much a people cat - she loves humans.  For the first few days she howled and squealed, but I think more because of her strange surroundings rather than being separated from the other cats.  She's much more settled now, lazy days lounging on the big fat radiator in the dining room, night times curled up on my bed.  She has ventured outdoors, but is a wannabe house cat deep down and even if I leave the door open all day, she barely steps a paw outside.

In my first week here, my Mum visited a couple of times but aside from that it was just me. It made me realise that outside of work and the interwebs, I don't really have any friends.  I'm thinking of lots of projects to keep me busy, to take my mind off the loneliness.  I'm back to work full time tomorrow, so fingers crossed things will get easier.  I didn't know the human body could shed so many tears!

For now, I'm feeling much more positive than I did this time last week! and the wallpaper is growing on me ...

Friday, 14 November 2014

Kindle Bargains #15 (+20% cashback!)

Bargains are Back


After a short break, Kindle Bargains are back ... and things have got a little bit festive!

As always, these books are currently 99p or less and for this weekend only you can get 20% cashback on all of your Kindle book purchases.  Simply shop via Quidco and if you're not already a member, sign up now and receive £1 for free!



Friday, 7 November 2014

The Search Is Over ...

House Hunted


I wrote this blog post on Wednesday ....

After weeks and weeks of house viewings, high hopes, disappointments and everything in between, yesterday I finally found out I have a new house!  

The search has been hard, far harder than I could have imagined.  

I have had numerous viewings, some of them complete death traps which had me running out of the door.  Others have been wonderful but I've made an application only to find out I've been beaten to it by someone else.  

Many Landlords don't accept pets, which lowered the available number of properties down quite a chunk and the area (near Mother Melvis) where I want to live can be quite pricey, and I'm quite skint, so that brought the number down again.  

I have had several close calls, one which was only scuppered by an unscrupulous letting agent who wanted to charge me £360 just to apply (!) for a cottage that has been on the market for almost 6 months (!) ... when I investigated their tariff of charges further, it turns out they would've charged me to breath in the place.  Bye Bye Cottage.

I've been beaten to some gorgeous houses, there have been lots of tears and many times when I've felt like giving up and just moving into Mr M's shed but alas, the search is now over.

Friday, 31 October 2014

Kindle Bargains #14

Cheap as Chips


My schedule's still a little all over whilst I arrange my house move with not a lot of time to spare (fingers crossed it all goes swimmingly from here on!), so I missed last week's (Sorry!) - but here are some cracking Kindle Bargains to make up for it.

As always, these are currently 99p or less but there is no guarantee the prices will stay low for long.

Kindle Bargains #14

Giving old Dining Chairs a new lease of Life (on a budget)!

Melvis: Upholsterer Extraordinaire


Now that Mr M & I are going our separate ways, we've had to double up on certain belongings, whilst sticking to a pretty tight budget.  This included buying a second set of dining table and chairs.  The one we have is a lovely, aged tile top set that I picked up for £20 last year so we hoped to find a similar bargain this time around ...

We found a second hand pine table with three chairs for just £10!  Thankfully, three chairs is just the right amount to fit into the space provided in Mr M's new kitchen ... a fourth chair would have ended up in the garage or similar, unable to fulfil it's seating potential.

The problem? Well, although the wooden table and the chair themselves are structurally sound, with just a few marks here and there, the chairs pads were a bit worse for wear.

Monday, 27 October 2014

Win a £25 National Book Token with #StressFreeReading

The Little Book of Calm


Needless to say, the past month or so has been a little stressful and has finally taken it's toll upon me in the form of the dreaded flu.  So when StressFreePrint got in touch and asked if I'd like to take part in some #StressFreeReading, it couldn't have come at a better time!

The lovely guys at StressFreePrint sent me a little bundle of #StressFreeReading goodies, including a selection of teas, a hot water bottle, a copy of Be Careful What You Wish For, the latest in the Clifton Chronicle series from Jeffrey Archer, and a £25 National Book Token to carry on my #StressFreeReading long into the future.

#StressFreeReading from StressFreePrint

It's a tough job, but someone's got to do it! ;-)

Saturday, 25 October 2014

Christmas Shopping: £5 off at The Book People until 27/10/14

Gift a Book this Christmas


With less than 9 weeks until Christmas (where has the year gone?!), it's really time to start Christmas shopping.  As always, I've been hunting down bargains as, with lots of people to buy for and not a lot of money, I try to avoid paying full price for anything!

The Book People are a super cheap bookstore all year round, but for the next 3 days you can make even more of a saving with this £5 off discount code.

The Book People Discount Code

You can use the code alongside existing offers on the site, which include:

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Going Grey for Children In Need

Pudsgrey!


It's almost that time of year, when the cast of Eastenders do something silly, the latest boyband release a special single and we finally get a glimpse of the wonder that is Terry Wogan ... No, it's not repeats of Eurovision's past ... It's Children In Need 2014!

You're going grey for Children In Need, Melvis?

Don't be silly! I go grey every day!

This post is about someone else, someone who has never been grey before, who has always prided themselves on their yellow locks ....

Pudsey Bear!

There I was in Boots yesterday, stocking up on Soap & Glory, hanging out near the tills waiting with my Advantage Card to be summoned forth, when I spotted this little grey fella ...

Children In Need Grey Pudsey Bear

He was sat alongside his better known yellow buddy, Regular Pudsey on the special Children In Need promo stand, along with pin badges, furry ears and wrist bands.

Regular Pudsey is great, don't get me wrong.  He's bright and mascot-ty and all the kids love him.  Last year, Fearne Cotton gave him a bit of makeover, but he was basically still the same yellow bear the nation has come to know.  This year however, Fearne's gone one step further and given Regular Pudsey a buddy, new Grey Pudsey.

Children In Need Grey Pudsey Bear

Standing in the Boots queue, Grey Pudsey appealed to me. Maybe because he's not so bright and yellow, and is a slightly more mature grey (I know the feeling) or possibly because, the vivid colours on his ears and paws contrast nicely with his grey fur.  Either way, I found myself with a Grey Pudsey in my shopping basket.

This years' Pudsey Ears are also available in grey as well as the usual yellow set.  I didn't buy a set of these ... it doesn't matter what colour the ears are, I won't be wearing them (sorry, Fearne!).

Grey Pudsey bear and the Grey Pudsey ears are exclusive to Boots.  They are available to order online, and if you spend over £20 you can get free delivery to store.

Yellow Pudsey and lots of other Pudsey related goodies are available at Boots, Greggs, Asda and no doubt many other High Street stores, as well as online via the BBC Children In Need store.

Children in Need is on BBC1 on Friday 14 November.  You can find out more about fundraising or donate via the Children In Need website.

Friday, 17 October 2014

Kindle Bargains #13

Bargain Books


The weeks are flying by at the moment and it's Kindle Bargains day once again.  I'm struggling with a Jeffrey Archer novel at the moment so looking to line up some amazing books for when I'm finished!  As always, these books are currently 99p or less.  If you see something you like, buy it quickly as the prices can go back up without warning.


Tuesday, 14 October 2014

One day at a time

It's not forever, it's just for now


The past few week's have been some of the hardest ever.  Since deciding to split up a few weeks ago, Mr Melvis and I have cried more than I thought possible, worried, panicked, and cried some more.  Overall though, I feel lighter, like a weight has been lifted, now that we've been brave and done the hardest part, said the words out loud, made the decision. 

The next step is moving out.  We have our current house until 18 November when the initial tenancy ends.  I've been house hunting for weeks, have spotted a few potentials for myself and my portion of the furry babies.  Each time, something comes along to scupper my plans; unruly letting agents with obscene fees, someone else getting there before me (several times), and the main one being that the landlord won't accept pets.  House-hunting is tricky when you have a furry friend or two in tow.


Some of the houses I've viewed have been hideous! Awful! Potential death traps!

Saturday, 11 October 2014

Review - A Christmas To Remember

A Christmas To Remember - Jenny Hale


A Christmas To Remember Review
A beautiful story about the magic of childhood Christmas memories, the strength of family and falling in love when you least expect it.

Everyone loves Christmas – don’t they?

Carrie Blake loves her job as a nanny but, while her friends are settling down, all of Carrie’s spare time is spent with other people’s families. Though it breaks her heart, her New Year’s resolution is to embark on a new career and fix her love life.

As Carrie starts her last job, she’s sure she’ll be going out on a high – the house is amazing , the kids are adorable, and she’s in charge of decorating the tree!

The only problem could be her boss… single-dad Adam Fletcher might be both handsome and successful, but he’s always working. Doesn’t he realise he’s missing out on precious moments with his son and daughter?

As Adam’s family arrive for Christmas including his sensitive sister, Sharon, and his fun-loving elderly Grandpa, Walter, Carrie realises that she might just have found the perfect allies in her quest to persuade Adam to loosen up. There’s still time for Carrie to make this the best Christmas ever… after all, Christmas is the time for miracles, isn’t it? Let the festivities begin!

This is the first of Jenny Hale's novels that I have read, so I wasn't sure what to expect. I'm a bit of a romanticist when it comes to Christmas. I love Christmas, in the magical, make believe sense, where people wander through the snow whistling christmas tunes, never slipping on ice, buying umpteen gifts and throwing threepence at homeless rabbits … instead of watching A Muppets Christmas Carol whilst eating a tin of Roses to yourself. Anyhoo, I digress … what I'm trying to say is that I want to read a Christmas novel that will draw me into a magical world with perfect decorations, wonderfully wrapped gifts and a kiss under the mistletoe, leaving me all warm and fuzzy inside ...

Carrie has been a nanny for many years and she loves her job but being a full time, live in nanny leaves little time for romance and as she has now reached her thirties, she's decided it's time to stop looking after other people's children and attempt to create a life in which she can (hopefully, one day) care for her own family. Aiming for a fresh start in the new year, she takes on one last job for the Christmas holidays.

Adam is a hard working entrepreneur, with a successful brewery business but his dedication to his job has cost him his marriage. With his two young children coming to stay with him over Christmas, and his regular nanny no longer able to continue, he is in need of a new nanny at short notice and Carrie comes highly recommended.

Carrie soon discovers that the relationship between Adam and his Children is almost non existent, as he spends so much of his time working. With the entire Fletcher clan arriving for the holidays, and just a few short weeks until she leaves for good, will Carrie be able to help Adam and his children reconnect and have a wonderful family Christmas?

I loved Carrie, she's strong-willed, independent and speaks her mind, even at times when others would probably stay quiet – a wonderful leading lady. She appears to bring out the best of those around her, including Adam who has a host of unlikeable characteristics but is nothing short of dreamy when Carrie's around. I liked how further characters were added to the narrative gradually, like adding ingredients to a recipe, until by the end there's a whole mixture. Adam's family each have their own unique qualities, as well as a few secrets and Carrie has her work cut out in her attempts to make this a Merry Christmas for all, especially Adam's two young children. Despite only spending a matter of weeks in the lives of these characters, you can see each of them grow as the story develops.

There are festivities galore, which makes this book perfect for the upcoming season. There is a strong emphasis on Christmas being a time for family and for creating beautiful memories for children, as well as how it's the little things that count (and I do Love The Little Things!).

The story brings lots of laughter, a few heartwarming moments, a couple of surprises and a none too predictable finale. Whilst this book ticks all of the usual chick lit boxes, it steers away slightly from the standard boy-meets-girl story, which results in a unique tale that keeps you gripped until the very last page.

My Rating 4.5/5 - A great start to my festive reading, A Christmas To Remember is all about creating the perfect, magical Christmas whilst realising that families themselves aren't perfect.  A little bit of romance, a few laughs and a host of great characters make this a great book that will have you hooked.


A Christmas to Remember is published by Bookouture - the digital publisher of brilliant women's fiction.  I was provided with a free digital copy of the book in return for an honest review.  I have not been paid for my review and all opinions are my own.


Buy A Christmas To Remember by Jenny Hale for just £1.59!

Friday, 10 October 2014

Kindle Bargains #12

Boo! Bargains


Ah, the most wonderful day of the week is upon us again and a few of this week's Kindle Bargains are a little bit spooky, in preparation for Hallowe'en!

As always, these are all just 99p or less ... for now!

Kindle Bargains