Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Currently Reading...


Yes! I'm finally reading the new Dan Brown and I'm so excited. I've been looking forward to Origin for months. I had originally planned to read it as soon as it came out, but I wound up reading the new book by King and his son, Owen, first.  Let me just say, that book (Sleeping Beauties) took way longer than I had anticipated.  Anyhow, I'm currently catching up with Robert Langdon and enjoying every minute of it - woo hoo!!

Happy reading!!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Christmas at Little Beach Street Bakery: A Novel by Jenny Colgan

(Thank you to the publisher and TLC Book Tours for providing me with a copy of this book!)
about book:

It’s the most wonderful time of the year… and the perfect moment to escape to a charming English village! From the beloved author whose novels are “sheer indulgence from start to finish” (SOPHIE KINSELLA) comes a delightful holiday story — funny, heartfelt, romantic and packed with recipes — perfect for the winter months.

In the Cornish coastal village of Mount Polbearne, the Christmas season has arrived. It’s a joyous time for family, friends, and feasting, as decorations sparkle along the town’s winding streets and shop windows glow with festive displays. And in Polly’s Little Beach Street Bakery, the aroma of gingerbread cookies and other treats tempts people in from the cold.

Though Polly is busy keeping up with the demands of the season, she still makes time for her beekeeper boyfriend, Huckle. She’s especially happy to be celebrating the holiday this year with him, and can’t wait to cuddle up in front of the fireplace with a cup of eggnog on Christmas Eve.

But holiday bliss soon gives way to panic when a storm cuts the village off from the mainland. Now it will take all of the villagers to work together in order to ensure everyone has a happy holiday.

Full of heart and humor, Jenny Colgan’s latest novel is an instant Christmastime classic.

my thoughts:

Polly, Huckle and Neil the Puffin are back! Hurrah! Yep, its the third book in the Little Beach Street Bakery trilogy and I absolutely LOVED it!! Filled with familiar characters that you want to keep in touch with; a quirky and quaint town by the sea; a drafty, old lighthouse; and loads of DRAMA - this book was seriously a delight to read. 

Its Christmas season and you know what that means - baking galore! Yep, Polly is baking her delicious breads, cakes, and treats all for the residents of Mt. Polbearne.  She wants to earn enough money to stay afloat during the rough winter season that the Cornish town is known for.  And, she'd also like to get a start on the never-ending list of things to fix at her beloved lighthouse - like the fact that it never seems to get warm! Aside from having to wear twenty sweaters at once, life is moving along nicely for Polly.  Except, there are a few hiccups that seem to have cropped up lately...like Huckle wanting to set a wedding date and his idea to start having kids already.  YIKES!!!  Talk about moving too fast for Polly's liking.  She knows that she's stalling her future, but she's can't seem to move forward.  Of course she's worried how that will affect her relationship with Huckle - he's feeling hurt and confused by her reactions to his ideas.  Plus, she's just received a phone call from her father's wife asking for Polly to come meet him - yeah, they've never met and now that he's dying he wants to know his daughter!?!  Oh, and to top it all off, Kerensa is preggers and worried that Ruben isn't the father of her baby!?!! OMG!! Talk about DRAMA galore!! 

Colgan has delivered another frothy confection chock full of sweets, drama, and and the quirks of village life.  The story was just perfect with its holiday atmosphere, over the top craziness, and heartwarming surprises - I absolutely LOVED it!! I would most definitely recommend Christmas at Little Beach Street Bakery to fans of the first two books and anyone looking for their next great read - you will LOVE this book so hard!!

Here's the link to the TLC Book Tour schedule for: Christmas at Little Beach Street Bakery
Thank you to the publisher and TLC Book Tours for providing me with a copy of this book!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Last Christmas in Paris: A Novel of World War I by Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb

(Thank you to the publisher and TLC Book Tours for providing me with a copy of this book!)
about book:

New York Times bestselling author Hazel Gaynor has joined with Heather Webb to create this unforgettably romantic novel of the Great War.

August 1914. England is at war. As Evie Elliott watches her brother, Will, and his best friend, Thomas Harding, depart for the front, she believes—as everyone does—that it will be over by Christmas, when the trio plan to celebrate the holiday among the romantic cafes of Paris.

But as history tells us, it all happened so differently…

Evie and Thomas experience a very different war. Frustrated by life as a privileged young lady, Evie longs to play a greater part in the conflict—but how?—and as Thomas struggles with the unimaginable realities of war he also faces personal battles back home where War Office regulations on press reporting cause trouble at his father’s newspaper business. Through their letters, Evie and Thomas share their greatest hopes and fears—and grow ever fonder from afar. Can love flourish amid the horror of the First World War, or will fate intervene?

Christmas 1968. With failing health, Thomas returns to Paris—a cherished packet of letters in hand—determined to lay to rest the ghosts of his past. But one final letter is waiting for him…

my thoughts:

Last Christmas in Paris is epistolary fiction at its best! I absolutely LOVED it!!

Will and Tom are best friends who have volunteered to go to war for their country England.  They are so certain all the fighting will be over come Christmas, that they make plans to meet up with Will's sister, Evie, in Paris.  Unfortunately, life does not work out the way this trio planned.  Through their letters to one another we learn about the ways in which WWI impacted their everyday lives and their futures. We find out about the loss of loved ones, we watch the beginnings of a love blossoming, and we see a country forever changed.

Talk about a gripping read! I was hooked from start to finish and felt like I couldn't turn the pages fast enough - I was so eager to find out what would happen next. I fell in love with Tom and Evie - their stories captured my heart.  Not only do we get to know them, but we also get to know their worlds.  We learn about Tom's life fighting in a war.  We learn about Evie's desire to do more for the war, than to just knit socks.  We read about them growing up with this war and their lives afterward.  My heart soared and wrenched reading about the hopes, dreams, loves, heartbreaks, and losses that Evie and Tom endured - oh my!  I just loved this story so much - the characters were unforgettable and the story was unputdownable.  And the writing was superb! Gaynor and Webb created a story that is a must-read for their fans and anyone who loves reading historical fiction about WWI.  I would most definitely recommend Last Christmas in Paris!

Here's the link to the TLC Book Tour schedule for: Last Christmas in Paris
Thank you to the publisher and TLC Book Tours for providing me with a copy of this book!

Friday, October 6, 2017

Its beginning to look a lot like...baking season?

Look what came in the post:
((Thank you to Blogging for Books for providing me with a copy of this book!)
Yep! A cookbook all about holiday cookies - talk about arriving in time for the upcoming holiday season! 

about book:

From Icebox Pinwheel Cookies to Red-and-White Meringue Kisses to Apple Cider Caramels, find new inspiration for the best of seasonal baking with Holiday Cookies.
This instant holiday classic is packed with 50 recipes, each gorgeously photographed and meticulously tested, along with dozens of decorating and packaging ideas. Filled with reimagined favorites like Giant Molasses Spice Cookies and Hazelnut Sandwich Cookies; confections like Peppermint Bark, Smoked Almond and Cacao Nib Brittle, and Dark Chocolate–Hazelnut Fudge; and detailed instructions for gorgeous gingerbread houses, cookie place cards, and edible ornaments, this is a cookie book like no other. Because the recipes are easy to scale up or down, Holiday Cookies is perfect for cookie exchanges, gift-giving, and just enjoying throughout the season. From a veteran baker and recipe developer, each cookie in this collection is guaranteed to be a stand-out, and destined to become your new Christmas classic.

my thoughts:

Love, love, love!! I absolutely LOVED this cookbook! I am a huge fan of baking during the holiday season, so I was super thrilled to receive a copy of Holiday Cookies to review. I just knew that I was going to enjoy flipping through it and looking at all the wonderful photos of seriously delicious looking cookies. OMG - talk about cookie bliss!!  My mouth couldn't stop watering just thinking about how scrumptious these cookies must taste -  YUM!!  And the recipes - so many great ones to choose from.  There's Candy Cane Cookies, Apple Cider Caramels, Hungarian Kiffles, and Triple Chocolate Chunk Cookies.  And the Espresso Thins, Cinnamon-Sugar Palmiers, Hazelnut Sandwich Cookies...oh, and the Red Velvet Crackle Cookies.  I am already trying to figure out which recipes I want to use later this year.  I've tabbed up my copy of Holiday Cookies with possibilities, but I still keep looking through the book for more ideas. I just can't wait to start baking. 

Holiday Cookies by Elisabet der Nederlanden is a must-have for anyone who loves to bake.  I'm serious! This book has loads of recipes, tons of photos, and so many great tips - from decorating, packaging to storing your cookies.  Holiday Cookies has it all!!  I would definitely recommend this book to anyone and everyone who loves cookbooks - you are going to fall in love with this one! And you are going to want to start baking for the holidays ASAP.

I received this book from Blogging For Books for this review.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Currently reading...


Yes! I finally received my copy of the book and have already started reading it as of last night.  Woo hoo! Now, I can catch up with Ti (from Book Chatter) for her read-along.

Hope everyone's having a great week! Happy reading!!