Sunday, 21 December 2014

weekly wrap up week 31 21/12/14

This week I finished school for the holidays and I'm so glad. This has been a very long term! This Christmas is full deserved I think! This has also been an exciting week for me as on Wednesday it was my third wedding anniversary, I can't believe how quick the time has gone! My husband bought me a lovely designer leather bag. (Leather is the third traditional wedding gift) it is just beautiful! Anyway back to the books. 

This week I have been sent:

The Vault by Karen Long
After the Storm by Jane Lythell 
The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir who got trapped in an IKEA Wardrobe by Romain Puertolas (already read and reviewed) 

This week I have bought: 


Books I have read this week:

The stall of second chances by Dana Bate 
The Gift by Karli Perrin 
A New York Christmas by Melissa Hill
Shopaholic on honeymoon by Sophie Kinsella

As you can see I have managed to read quite a lot this week, some of the reviews are already up, look out for the others. 

So this is Christmas week and I would like to wish all of you a happy Christmas, I hope you get everything you wanted and have a brilliant Christmas. 

I am hoping as it is the Christmas holidays I will be able to read a lot more this week. 

Let me know what you have received this week and what you have read, I love to hear from you all. 

Thanks for stopping by at The Book Corner

Saturday, 20 December 2014

The Stall of Second Chances

The Stall of Second ChancesThe Stall of Second Chances by Dana Bate
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Sydney Strauss is obsessed with food.

Not just with eating it – though she loves that too – but with writing about it as an aspiring cookery reporter. But food journalism jobs are more coveted than cupcakes, and so Sydney is stuck working for one of TV’s biggest egomaniacs – until she’s left scrambling for shifts at the local farmers’ market.

Selling muffins at the Wild Yeast Bakery is hardly going to make her the next Nigella. But soon Sydney is writing the market’s weekly newsletter, and her quirky stories gain attention from a prominent food columnist. After years of being left on the shelf, she’s even dating again. And then Sydney gets a shot atthe story, one that could either make her career or burn it to a cinder – along with her relationship and her reputation…

I have been super lucky to have got a copy in time for the blog tour. This sounded rich up ny street, I love a chick lit and I love any books associated with food. So right from the beginning I thought this was going to be a book for me.

I read a lot of books and I feel that my expectation for a book to be good is now very high. Lately I have been left feeling a little flat after reading some books. This was not one of these and it was really refreshing.

This story is about Sydney, she is not having much luck in her job. She has taken the wrap for a mistake and now has been left with no job. She is starting to really feel the pressure and you feel Sydney is at a crossroads, she could pick herself up and get on with things or she could hit rock bottom. Luckily one of her best friends stops this from happening and forces her into covering a shift for her at the market stall she works on. Thus job at the Wild Yeast Bakery stall becomes more regular and although she cannot stand the owner and the hours suck, she doesn't have a lot of choice, it pays the bills!

From work in on the stall, Sydney begins to make contacts and her career feels like it could be on the up. This is brilliant, it has good pace and everything you would expect from a chick lit, romance too.

I don't want yo say anymore as I feel I would be spoiling it for you. All I would say is, this should be a book you read soon.

I found this a very easy read and it was really enjoyable. I also loved the recipes printed at the back of the book, I will be trying these out!

This was my first experience of Bate' s writing style and I loved it, I will definitely be getting hold of her previous book and give that a go.

I would like to thank the publisher for sending this in exchange for an honest review.

Friday, 19 December 2014

English Laundry Perfume

English Laundry Perfume

What Birchbox say: 

English Laundry tap into the very essence of an English country garden with this beautifully fresh fragrance. Envelop yourself in top notes of rose geranium and creamy white flowers set against its backdrop of woody spicy and musky notes. 50ml. 

My review: 

This came in a lovely travel size with a spray pump. I prefer spray pumps to the ones you dab on your wrists as I feel you get a much better overall coverage. The packaging was lovely and came in a shade of pink. After a few pumps of the spray it finally came out. 

Initially you get a floral tone come through, their  is also quite a lost of muck in this product. Personally I do not like to wear musk. I have pets in the house and its known that dogs especially don't like musk and can turn on you - this is coming from experience with a family member who was wearing musk. 

Due to my experience I now don  have musk in the house and for that reason I would not wear this perfume. I did try it when it arrive  as I didn't know it was based with musk, I can say th  product is long lasting and I did get asked what the sent was that I was wearing. 

I wouldn't be buying this product down to a personal preference with the sent, saying that I had compliments and think the smell is pleasant. 

This product is very expensive at £60. 

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Shopaholic to the Stars - Sophie Kinsella

Shopaholic on Honeymoon (Short Story)Shopaholic on Honeymoon by Sophie Kinsella
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The new Mr and Mrs Brandon are on honeymoon, and Becky has big plans! They’ve got a whole year to explore Venice, learn yoga in India, sleep in little wooden huts in South America… maybe even see penguins in the Arctic. And of course they’ll need to buy just a few essential souvenirs along the way (everyone needs a set of Murano glass goblets, after all).

They’re not just tourists, they’re travellers. Becky is sure it is just the thing that Luke needs – time to unwind. He’ll come back a changed man… with all the good bits still intact of course.

But it soon becomes clear that Luke has different plans entirely. Can Becky help him let go, or will this little disagreement threaten their whole honeymoon?

When I heard that Kinsella had bought out a short story - Shopaholic on Honeymoon, I couldn't wait to read it. I was disappointed with her latest story - Shopaholic to the Stars but I was hoping this would be back to her usual standard.

I was not disappointed with this short story, I felt Becky was back to the old days, witty and I could hear her voice coming through. That is something I rely enjoy about the Shopaholic series, Becky has a voice and only by reading the first page I know if she is there.

This is the story of Becky on her honeymoon. As a traveller I have always wondered about her honeymoon and love the prospect of Becky travelling. (ONE of my favourite shopaholic' s was Shopaholic Abroad.

I loved every aspect of this short story, even though it was. Short story I felt there was a lot packed into it. It could have easily been a lot longer, something I would have loved! It would have nice to have Becky and Luke visit a few other places.

Kinsella was back with this short story, her writing style and her quirky aspects to the book were all present. I particularly enjoyed reading the letter response from the Mayor of London.

This is a must read for any Becky fan, and after being disappointed with the latest novel by Kinsella, she has managed to convert me back again and made me realise why I loved the books so much.

If you have not read any of the series, this is not th one to start with. If you have then you must read this one. This was a perfect gift from kinsella this Christmas for all her fans.

After reading this I cannot wait for the next story.

Monday, 15 December 2014

on strike fo Christmas - Sheila Roberts

On Strike for ChristmasOn Strike for Christmas by Sheila Roberts
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

At Christmas time, it seems as though a woman's work is never done. Trimming the tree, mailing the cards, schlepping to the mall, the endless wrapping - bah humbug! So this year, Joy and Laura and the rest of their knitting group decide to go on strike. If their husbands and families want a nice holiday filled with parties, decorations, and presents - well, they'll just have to do it themselves.

The boycott soon takes on a life of its own when a reporter picks up the story and more women join in. But as Christmas Day approaches, Joy, Laura, and their husbands confront larger issues in their marriages and discover that a little holiday magic is exactly what they need to come together.

Not the greatest of books for me; it gambled on the fact that the readers really would believe that intelligent men and women could not sort out their differences without resorting to such drastic measures as females going on strike for Christmas until their partners committed to taking an active part in all the preparations and extra work that it presented for the women.

It was extremely predictable although amusing in parts, it did become tedious and I found I really got to the point where I didn't care about the Stitch 'n Bitch knitting club and their crusade to try and get their unappreciative other halves more involved in the festive season. It was so twee, the town called 'Holly' the main characters names 'Joy' and her Scrooge like husband Bob who she refers to as 'Bob Humbug' were all a bit too contrived for me. It could not have possibly been written for the UK market - I can't imagine this situation happening in the UK. I would think if women were foolish enough to think going on strike at Christmas in the UK would have the same effect/happy endings as this American novel had they simply would not be rewarded with partners who 'soldiered on' determined to prove they could cope they'd more than likely be told to stop being so childish and selfish which is what I wanted to tell these silly Stitch 'n Bitch club members.

In the real world these things don't happen and although novels are escapism this really is such a silly nonsense novel that it left me feeling no enjoyment at having read it just annoyance that the writer could think the reader wants or needs so little from a book. Most of the so called conflicts were not conflicts, they would have easily been solved by talking the situation through with their partners. Most men do take situations for granted but are not completely insensitive and once reminded that the partnership is all about sharing and give and take they do come through. Shelia Roberts depiction of the men in the novel was very Victorian and selfish, not complimentary at all and her depiction of women equally fell short of the mark.

Women these days are not long suffering, most of us enjoy the whole Christmas thing and although it is extra work we really wouldn't want our other halves to do it anyway and I'm sure most men are more than happy to help given the chance. The fact is most women would rather their other halves didn't help and the women in this novel really didn't want the men to do it either they just wanted to be given more credit and wanted their husbands to pay more attention to them - a bit shallow really.

As you can see I didn't gel with this book - Shelia Roberts as a writer is better than this let's hope her next one is more worthy of her writing skills.

Sorry only a 2 from me and that was for the rare moments of humour.

I would like to thank the publisher for sending me this copy in exchange for an honest review.

Sunday, 14 December 2014

Weekly Wrap Up week 30 14.12.14

So it is getting close to the end of term and I can't wait! We are beginning to slowly calm, the plays at school are done and dusted and so we are now preparing for the final week. This week I have had to stay late at school most nights so have not done as much reading as I had hoped but I am pleased with my result. 

This week I have been sent:

Trust no one - Jayne Ann Krentz

This week I have bought: 

Shopaholic on honeymoon - Sophie Kinsella

Books I have read this week:

Currently reading the stall of second chances 

I hope you all had a great reading week and thanks for stopping by at The Book Corner, I loved  hearing what you have got this week so please leave a comment to let me know. 

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

The Snow Globe - Sheila Roberts

The Snow GlobeThe Snow Globe by Sheila Roberts
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Discover an unforgettable holiday treasure in Sheila Roberts' heartwarming tale of love and laughter, magic and miracles, friendship and coming home . . .

When Kiley Gray discovers an enchanting snow globe in an antique shop, she has no idea how much her life is about to change. For years, the snow globe has passed from generation to generation, somehow always landing in the hands of a person in special need of a Christmas miracle.

Kiley could use a miracle herself. This year, all she wants for Christmas is someone to love. A hopeful shake leads her on an adventure that makes a believer out of her. When Kiley shares the story of the snow globe with her best friends-two women with problems of their own-they don't believe it. But they're about to discover that at Christmastime, sometimes the impossible becomes possible and miracles really do come true.

Perfect for fans of Jill Mansell, Marie Force and Nora Roberts, this is a gentle, romantic Christmas story that's sure to capture your heart and leave you with a smile

Roberts' charming story set in the Seattle area offers hope, comfort, and a second chance for those who believe, and a nudge to change the minds of those who don't.

I was offered this book to read for a blog tour, a Christmay book? I jumped at the chance to read it. From the blurb, this sounded like just my type of read, magical and set at Christmas, that was all I needed to know, I was hooked from the beginning.

This story is about an antique snow globe that is passed from person to person and changed their lives.

I loved the first story who's character was Kiley. I really got into this and enjoyed every minute of her story. To be honest although Suzanne and Allison were introduced as her friends, and then as main characters, I did expect to revisit Kileys story. This didn't happen and I felt a little let down.

Suzanne, for me was not a very likable character, after reAlly warming to Kiley, I found this a struggle yo continue with the story. I did for the main reason I thought we may return to Kiley.

Allison is the final character we follow in the story, she misses her grandmother dearly who passed away the following year.

I did enjoy the story, I felt like the story was actually a lot longer than it was, this could have been down to the fact there were three stories in it.

I felt that Kileys story was the strongest and I would have enjoyed to have read a lot more of her story than the others.

Overall the story was ok, it was Christmay and you could read it. Comfortably in an afternoon. I would like to thank the publisher for sending this in exchange for an honest review.