Friday, 27 March 2020

Review: The Jetsetters by Amanda Eyre Ward

A family reunited on a holiday of a lifetime...what could possibly go wrong?
When 70-year-old Charlotte Perkins submits an essay to the 'Become a Jetsetter' contest, she dreams of reuniting her estranged children: Lee, an almost-famous actress; Cord, a handsome Manhattan venture capitalist; and Regan, a harried mother who has never forgiven Charlotte for buying her a Weight Watchers gift certificate for her birthday.
But when she wins the cruise, the reality is not quite as she expected. As they sail from sun-drenched Athens, to glorious Rome, to tapas-laden Barcelona, lovers old and new join the adventure, and long-buried secrets are revealed.
Can four lost adults find their way back to themselves, and to each other? And more importantly, can they do it without killing each other?


Review: I don't usually get on well with books that are part of celebrity book club picks but I liked the premise of this one and I enjoy books set around cruises so I thought why not? I think perhaps I should have trusted my judgement on this one and just given it a miss. 

Its not that there is anything particularly bad about this book it just didn't live up to my expectations and it wasn't that memorable for me. I really like the fact that the main character, the matriarch of the family in this one is older and I think that more books are pushing the boundaries with the ages of their protagonists but more could definitely have been done with this and I didn't really find myself sympathizing with the character. 

I found myself liking Cord as a character and I would have loved to have seen more of him in the book. I really found it hard the way they had the characters interacting, or not interacting as the case may be and I could think of a few ways that Cord could have been added to storylines involving Charlotte, Regan or Lee that would have added a bit more tension or even comedy. 

Some of the descriptions of places the ship docks in this book really were beautiful, right down to the table cloths the food and drink is laid out on. So if you're used to cruising and can't right now, this might be a bit of an adventure for you! I did  this one on audiobook and I have to say the narration was very good and it was clear which character we were dealing with at each moment. 

This one wasn't for me and so I think I'll stay away from book club picks in the future!

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Thursday, 26 March 2020

Reading Vlog: 24 in 48 Readathon. Did I Make it?


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Guest Review: The Little bookshop of Lonely Hearts by Annie Darling

Once upon a time in a crumbling London bookshop, Posy Morland spent her life lost in the pages of her favourite romantic novels.
So when Bookend’s eccentric owner, Lavinia, dies and leaves the shop to Posy, she must put down her books and join the real world. Because Posy hasn’t just inherited an ailing business, but also the unwelcome attentions of Lavinia’s grandson, Sebastian, AKA The Rudest Man In London™.
Posy has a cunning plan and six months to transform Bookends into the bookshop of her dreams – if only Sebastian would leave her alone to get on with it. As Posy and her friends fight to save their beloved bookshop, Posy’s drawn into a battle of wills with Sebastian, about whom she’s started to have some rather feverish fantasies…
Like her favourite romantic heroines, will she get her happy ever after too?




Review:This is book 1 in the Lonely Hearts Bookshop series from Annie Darling, an author who is new to me. Although it is part of a series, it can be read as a stand-alone. I found myself quickly immersed in the tale, lost in the characters’ world as the plot unravelled.

The story is set in London, where a quaint old bookshop with a long history has been left to Posy Morland, who has lived in the flat above the shop most of her life with her younger brother, Sam. Posy, who works as a book seller in the shop, is a confirmed romantic; for as long as she can remember she has spent any spare time reading romance novels and her flat is filled with them. She is even writing a Regency-style love story. She plans to turn the bookshop, currently called Bookends, into a specialist outlet for romantic fiction to be named Happy Ever After. However, Sebastian Thorndyke, the grandson of the previous owner, has other ideas and is quite simply trying to edge Posy out. Posy has known Sebastian for a very long time and is well acquainted with his vanity, rudeness and lack of regard for anyone else’s feelings, but is determined not to give in to his bullying tactics. However, as time passes, Posy is becoming aware that she may be developing different feelings towards Sebastian.

I would describe this book as a lighthearted romance filled with interesting characters, from the sweet and gentle to the brash and domineering. I found it an easy read and didn’t mind at all that it was a little predictable. Posy comes across as a really sweet person, but I found her really quite annoying at times; I did find myself wanting to give her a shake on occasion, particularly when she was dealing with Sebastian. As well as trying to make a living out of selling books and doing her utmost to bring up her younger brother, Posy spends any spare time in the company of the characters in the novel she is writing and in which she herself is the heroine. The narrative includes regular extracts from this novel, which I did not much enjoy, but this did not spoil my overall enjoyment of the book. I am looking forward to catching up with events at the bookshop in the next part of the series.


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Wednesday, 25 March 2020

Blog Blitz: Feasible Planet by ken Kroes

Feasible Planet by Ken Kroes @ken_kroes #Lovebookstour @Lovebooksgoup 

Today on the blog I am happy to be sharing all the info with you for new release Feasible Planet by Ken Kroes. The book is out now and if you like the sound of it, you can click here to order your copy now.

Here's what it's all about...

Are we doing enough?

Are you concerned about the state of our planet and hope that governments and corporations will find a sustainable way for us to live? If you do not think about it too hard, that may work, but will it? Left on their own, with drivers of popularity and profits, I am not too convinced that it will.

The missing part of this equation is you and me. Individuals who believe that corporations and governments can do better. Individuals who believe that through action, we can buy a bit more time to develop and implement solutions to our critical issues.

Did I hear a groan out there when you read the word ‘actions’? Do not worry! Most of the actions that I am referring to will not only help save the planet, but will benefit you right away through saving money, time, better health, and having a happier life in general.

Sustainability goes beyond controlling our consumption and pollution. There are key social, political, and economic areas that need to be addressed as well, and there are several steps that individuals can take to help in these areas.

For those of you who feel we could do more, this book is for you and is loaded with actionable activities, the reasons for doing them, and explores why we are not doing them already.

Every journey starts with a first step. Hopefully, this book will lead to those first sustainable steps and that will change the world.



About the Author


Ken Kroes is the author of the Percipience Eco-Fiction Series and the non-fiction books, Feasible Planet and Feasible Living. He is passionate about our relationship with our planet and applies his diverse background which includes agriculture, mechanical engineering and information systems into his writing. Born in Calgary, Canada he has bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and has had the pleasure of living in many locations in North America and has travelled extensively.
He can be reached at Ken@feasibleplanet.com

@ken_kroes
@LoveBooksGroup  
#Lovebookstours 



Tuesday, 24 March 2020

Book Review: Again But Better by Christine Riccio-Was it Worth the Wait?


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Audiobook Review: The Office (The Untold Story of the Greatest Sitcom of the 2000s) by Andy Greene


The untold stories behind The Office, one of the most iconic television shows of the twenty-first century, told by its creators, writers, and actors


When did you last hang out with Jim, Pam, Dwight, Michael, and the rest of Dunder Mifflin? It might have been back in 2013, when the series finale aired . . . or it might have been last night, when you watched three episodes in a row. But either way, fifteen years after the show first aired, it's more popular than ever, and fans have only one problem--what to watch, or read, next.

Fortunately, Rolling Stone writer Andy Greene has that answer. In his brand-new oral history, The Office: The Untold Story of the Greatest Sitcom of the 2000s, Greene will take readers behind the scenes of their favorite moments and characters. Greene gives us the true inside story behind the entire show, from its origins on the BBC through its impressive nine-season run in America, with in-depth research and exclusive interviews. Fans will get the inside scoop on key episodes from "The Dundies" to "Threat Level Midnight" and "Goodbye, Michael," including behind-the-scenes details like the battle to keep it on the air when NBC wanted to pull the plug after just six episodes and the failed attempt to bring in James Gandolfini as the new boss after Steve Carell left, spotlighting the incredible, genre-redefining show created by the family-like team, who together took a quirky British import with dicey prospects and turned it into a primetime giant with true historical and cultural significance.



Review: I am a massive fan of The Office (both the UK and the US versions) and so when I was offered the chance to review this book I jumped at it. It kind of ended up being a book of two halves for me though, not the first half and the second half, but the actual content of the book and the audio recording. 

Lets deal with the content of the book. I can safely say that this is a must have for every fan of the office, even the most casual fans. The information it contains is factual and anecdotal and comes from both the writer and interviews with the cast the crew, the writers, basically anyone connected to either the show or the setting. If you are a fan of The Office Ladies podcast, you will have heard some of these earlier facts and stories on their show but there are a lot of facts and figures in here about all of the series as well as information and jokes about how the show was conceived, especially concerning show creator and legend Greg Daniels. So the content in a definite recommend from me. 

I really don't recommend you do the audiobook of this one though. This is a full cast audiobook so they have different people voice the different interviewees when they are telling their stories, the main narrator is simply there to facilitate the segues between the various interviews and change chapter and topic. However these voice actors just play the part of the people being interviewed, Steve Carell isn't voiced by Steve Carell, Greg Daniels isn't voiced by Greg Daniels and so here is where my issue lies. These actors were kind of playing the part of the people they were voicing and some of the voices came off a seriously racist. Essentially if any of the people they were voicing were non-white, the voice used was a caricature of that person and their race as a whole and I found this very off putting. 

Speaking of racism, when this book is talking about the episode Diversity Day, they mention the character Michael Scott getting in trouble for doing a Chris Rock impersonation and using the N word. Only they don't say 'The N Word' they actually use the word, they use the word several times, many more times than I feel was necessary.  

So for me, I really enjoyed the content of this book but it was spoiled by the poor audio recording and the fact that parts of the books actually come off as really racist. Get an ebook or physical copy of this one and ignore the chapter where diversity day is explored, listen to The Office Ladies podcast episode of this one instead. 

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I've Read so far this year 24/3/20


Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

I thought that since a lot of people have a little extra reading time in coming weeks sharing my favourite books of the year so far might be a useful post this week. I can highly recommend all of these books and I will share any reviews I have already posted in case you want to know more.