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Wednesday 18 September 2013

Book Review : Double Click by Lisa Becker

Double Click

Synopsis: Fans of the romantic hit Click: An Online Love Story will enjoy another voyeuristic dive into the lives of Renee, Shelley, Ashley, Mark and Ethan, as Double Click picks up with their lives six months later. Are Renee and Ethan soul mates? Does Mark ever go on a date? Has Shelley run out of sexual conquests in Los Angeles? Will Ashley's judgmental nature sabotage her budding relationship? Through a marriage proposal, wedding, new baby and unexpected love twist, Double Click answers these questions and more. Readers will continue to cheer, laugh, cry and cringe following the email exploits of Renee and friends.

My review: The sequel catches up with Renee and her mismatched group of friends through new relationships, new babies and friends moving. The e-mails continue to fly back and forth at a fast pace filled with wit, banter and lots of puns. I still can't keep my brain focused on the date and time part that is involved with the e-mails so I switched off to that and enjoyed the book for what it was.
The happy/sad ending left it open for another should Lisa Becker wish to go down that route.

Would be interesting to see how the dynamics of each friends relationships work out now there are partners and distance involved for them all

Sunday 15 September 2013

Book Review: Sometimes it happens. By ~Pauline Barclay

Sometimes It Happens

A single mum, working all hours to make ends meet wins the lottery. She and her daughter take a holiday in a complex that is out of this world. She meets her ex- How did he know she was there? Her old best friend lives nearby and is having an affair with one of the apartment owners who happens to be her neighbour while she is there.

Its all happening here. Coincidence or contrived?

This is a laugh a minute fast paced read. Highly recommended. Its light hearted. Highly unlikely to ever happen yet you can't help but join in the dream.

5/5  read from me, can't wait to read more of this authors work

Boot Fairs

I had my first experience of selling at a boot fair today. I've been saying for years I should do them as I collect junk like no body's business, but I've never got there. my stuff ends up in the charity shop for two reasons. 1- its easier to bag/box it up and 2- I don't do well with getting up at 5 am to be there by 6 ready to set up.

Today was different. The boot fair at a Tesco near us starts at 5pm. So easy, you get the day to sort and load the car and then a couple of hours mad rush selling before going home for dinner. I'm pleased we finally did get round to it. I managed to get rid of some of the kids old clothes and a few of the larger items I had sitting there unused. We came home with some things, but in all I made my pitch money back and some more.

Mum made a little more but took more with her. Lots of books, both reading and craft ones.
My friend also did well.
The children were pleased with their results too. They took some of their unwanted books, games and toys and sold a fair few of them. son even wants to go again to sell more. He did however spend most of his money coming home with 50p. Daughter did the same but she bought me a plant and came home with a little more.

We're working on going again soon, the next time we could go we're actually booked up with a gymnastics competition so it will have to be the time after, or we collect and store until spring and try again. Having been once I shall definitely be going again.

Thursday 12 September 2013

Book Review: Bedknobs and Bachelors by Kathryn Brown

Bedknobs and Bachelors

My Thoughts:

Another great read by Kathryn Brown.
Getting into the mind set of a mid 20's bachelor and staying in 1st person narrative all the way can't be easy. I found myself warming to the characters and changing the way I felt about them as the story went along. Lisa came across as the axe murdering type of girlfriend when in fact the obsessed one was really Janice.
We're left until the end wondering how everything will turn out. And even now I'm questioning if the main character he's done the right thing.

I give this my full 5/5, Please go buy it.

I can't wait for her next book. Fingers crossed she won't keep us waiting too long.