Anne of Green Gables – L.M Montgomery

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I think I was about 10 or 11 when I first Anne of Green Gables.

Immediately Anne (with an e) was a bosom buddy and I too fell hopelessly in love with Gilbert Blythe.

I don’t remember ever owning any more of the books in the series, but I’ve since gone back and read them as an adult. I would absolutely love to own a complete set. I’m sure one day I will find one. (I have a feeling I will find it in Hay on Wye)

You can see on my battered copy where I have ‘indexed’ it with a slick of tippex…this was when I was going through my librarian phase and I had to keep my bookshelves organised. I have since developed a greater understanding of my own self (way too loud for a library) and a non-tippexed filing system for my books!

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Anne Shirley has been a lifelong friend. The warmth and innocence of a childhood well lived. I still work hard for red hair and look forward to my freckles appearing on my face in the sunshine.

Pour a glass of cordial and enjoy.

Gorgeous stuff.
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April A-Z theme reveal….

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It’s nearly April A-Z blog challenge time!

I will be blogging on a letter every day (apart from Sundays – the bloggers day of rest) for the month of April and I’d love you to come along for the ride!

After the pressure of last year’s challenge and looking at other people’s perfectly planned posts (gotta love alliteration) I have decided to theme this year’s contribution.

I’m sure I may still bend (my own) rules along the way – some letters are tough no matter what you do! But I’ll do my best to stick as close to my theme as possible.

So, my theme?

*drum roll*

My theme will be…..books that have impacted my life.

I have always been a giant bookworm, so I thought I’d share 26 interesting literary choices that have punctuated my 34 years on earth.

It all starts tomorrow at 8am for me.

Hope you join in and let me know what your alphabetical book choices would be?

Now……A

The Geography of You and Me – Jennifer E. Smith

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Who would you choose to be stuck in a lift with?

Tough decision

Do you go for entertainment, chuckling the time away? Swoon factor, dribbling over an adonis? Or sentimental, time with loved ones?

If it’s during a blackout in New York City and it’s approaching a bazillion degrees I reckon I might opt for a chap with a portable fan, a torch and a big bottle of water about his person. Call me crazy but that’ll do me.

Even if the boy you’re stuck with doesn’t happen to have any of those practical things, you might still end up falling in love.

In The Geography of You and Me, Lucy and Owen meet in these circumstances and spark a relationship which follows them across the world in a transatlantic swoonfest.

Great premise, lovely idea but there were a couple of plot features that didn’t sit comfortably with me. For example the speed at which the characters get involved with other people. In an all-consuming love-at-first sight romance, are we to believe they would forget each other so quickly?

Minor grumble aside, this is a lovely story with an ending that will make you go “Ahh” with a comforting sigh.

Copy received in exchange for an honest review.
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Someone Else’s Skin – Sarah Hilary

I don’t like things that scare me. I haven’t watched a scary movie since 1995 (teenage bravado has washed off, along with Exclamation perfume) and earlier this year I had to leave Madame Tussaud’s ‘Scream’ attraction via an emergency exit (staff kitchen – incidentally, impeccably clean) in a state of near hysteria. For this reason, I prefer jolly, fluffy, happy-ending, cosy reads that I can happily get lost in, where everything is all nice and stuff usually works out for everyone, all tied-up in a nice pretty bow. I think this book has changed that.

I was utterly gripped by this dark, twisting tale and genuinely didn’t want it to end. Far from happy, jolly or fluffy Someone Else’s Skin introduces us to DI Marnie Rome in a dark drama surrounding domestic violence, witness intimidation & sado-masochism. An entire universe away from my usual reads, but I really enjoyed it.

It’s really not scary – not even for a giant wussbag like me – but the story is compelling and will make you uncomfortable. Sarah Hilary clearly isn’t afraid to tackle tough issues and writes beautifully.

I doubt I’ll start seeking out even scarier stories to test my new found bravery, but I genuinely can’t wait for the next instalment.

Copy received in exchange for an honest review.

Unleashing Mr Darcy – Teri Wilson

It is a truth universally acknowledged that most reviews of books of this kind will begin in this hilariously unoriginal fashion.

And this will be no exception.

Unleashing Mr Darcy is the brilliant new book by Teri Wilson, the first of three stories based on classic romantic tales. If this is anything to go by, we are in for quite a treat!

Elizabeth Scott is our heroine, Donovan Darcy is our brooding English gentleman and the familiar tale is set against the crazy backdrop of dog shows in New York and London. I’m not really a big dog person, but it has even left this Cruella swooning over cute puppies (and wondering exactly WHO hairsprays their pet?!)

Fans of Austen won’t be disappointed, Wilson has very cleverly weaved in beautiful references to the original text (lots of “Aah!” moments of fond recognition) and for fans of the BBC production, and a particular infamous Firth scene there is an extra specially moist treat for you too!

I loved this book, I devoured it in one delicious sitting and would highly recommend it for fans and non-fans of Austen alike.

Who can resist the dark brooding Darcy? Not me.

Can’t wait to see which classic she tackles next!

I was delighted to receive a copy in exchange for an honest review.

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Made in Nashville – Mandy Baggot

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Is there anything hotter than a bad boy with good Southern values, a guitar and a song? I don’t think so.

I’m a huge fan of Mandy Baggot so I was delighted to receive a copy of “Made in Nashville” in return for an honest review. Having read some of her previous books (and loving them) I had high hopes. I’m really pleased to say that I wasn’t disappointed.

Honor Blackwood has the voice of an angel but hasn’t performed on stage since an awful event rocked her confidence and her entire world. Could bad boy Jared be the one to help Honor find her voice again?

Made in Nashville is set in the vibrant country music world (think Stetsons, glitter, checked shirts, boots and twang) and has many emotional sub-plots beneath the overarch of Honor and Jared’s love story. I think I actually shouted out “No!” at one particular point. (Lots happens in the last quarter of the book – hold on to your hats.)

I love the inclusion of a Country music playlist too, a great little touch to help you get in the mood! Crank it up loud, grab a cold beer and enjoy.

Yeehaw!

Ps. Unless you’re a country music aficionado, you WILL google Vince Gill (mentioned 8 bazillion times) and love him!