Friday, 13 May 2022

Finding love at the Christmas Market

Format: 352 pages, Paperback

Published: October 29, 2020 by Corgi

Women's fiction


I needed a food book for my bookclub and picked up this one.

Connie goes with a group of old people to visit a xmas market in Germany, and to scatter ashes of a friend of theirs. Lots of bake and gingerbread talk, sweets is food so score there.

She is also to meet an online flirt. Right, talk about uber German. Loved rules, lists, time and ticked of boxes to see if she fit him (she did the same but still.)

And then she met someone else.

Dunno really, it was just...there. No special feelings about the book to be honest.

Residential-home caterer Connie has had one online-dating disaster too many. Hurt in the past and with her son to consider, now she's feeling hesitant. Then one of Connie's residents sets her up on a date at a beautiful German Christmas market - with the promise she'll take a mini-bus full of pensioners along with her...

Amongst the twinkling lights and smell of warm gingerbread in the old market square, Connie heads off on her date with a checklist of potential partner must-haves. Baker Henrich ticks all the boxes, but when Connie meets Henrich's rival William, she starts to wonder if ticking boxes is the answer.

Will Connie's wish for love this Christmas come true, and if so - with who?

Thursday, 12 May 2022

Audio: Fool me once

Narrated by: Ann Marie Gideon

Length: 10 hrs and 42 mins

Release date: 04-05-22

Publisher: Harlequin Audio


To review

This book, well it didn't really feel that romancy at the beginning. They had a long journey before them.

Lee has issues, all going back to her finding out her dad cheated on her mum. And then heartbreak followed until she decided not to let anyone break her, so she broke someone. All while thinking it was justified. Oh Lee, you have issues and need therapy. She no longer believes in love.

But she is kick-ass at her job, and wants to push through a green energy bill.

To help her she is paired up with an ex. Whose heart she broke. And they must get support for this bill together...and he has a girlfriend. Yes, see that is why it not felt romancy. First of all they had a lot of emotions to work through and were more enemies. Then she realises that obvi those feelings never went away. But he has a girlfriend!

Cheating is beyond wrong, so be at ease, they will of course end up together, but he will be single. Obvi that is not a spoiler. It is a romance after all. Still not really romantic. More like a journey of finding yourself, your inner depth and what you want in life. And then having wild smexy times and realising you are meant to be.

There are some funny moments in this one, it would work great on screen by the way. And I liked her, even if she sure had some issues. But she was human. All I wanted happiness at the end,

Good narration. I think this was my first time listening to her. A good book to listen to

Lee Stone is a 21st-century woman: she kicks butt at her job as a communications director at a women-run electric car company (that’s better than Tesla, thank you) and after work she is “Stoner,” drinking guys under the table and never letting any of them get too comfortable in her bed….That’s because Lee’s learned one big lesson: never trust men. After four major heartbreaks set her straight, from her father cheating on her mom all the way to Ben Laderman in grad school - who wasn’t actually cheating, but she could have sworn he was, so she reciprocated in kind.

Then Ben shows up five years later, working as a policy expert for the most liberal governor in Texas history, just as Lee is trying to get a clean energy bill rolling. Things get complicated - and competitive as Lee and Ben are forced to work together. Tension builds just as old sparks reignite, fanning the flames for a romantic dustup the size of Texas.

Wednesday, 11 May 2022

Audio: The Exile: Kitty Bennet and the Belle Epoque by Don Jacobson

By: Don Jacobson, A Lady

Narrated by: Amanda Berry  

Series: The Bennet Wardrobe, Book 3

Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins

Release date: 10-23-18

Publisher: Don Jacobson

Pride and prejudice variation

To review

This was the toughest PP variation I have read so far. There are a lot of trigger warnings for those who need to know, rape and abuse. Be warned.

Kitty goes through the wardrobe and ends up in the 1880s. She decides to stay as she did not really feel welcome in her own time. Her we get to see the neglect of her parents and why Kitty wanted to strike out on her own.

She meets a relation by the name Henry Fitzwilliam of Matlock. And having read book 2, I know that in the end these two will end up together and be happy. But before that a lot happens. Henry pines for the lady in book 2 (which is Kitty, long story.) He finds this Kitty fascinating but cares not. And he is to marry someone else.

There are many trials before them before they can be happy, and Kitty must learn to live with her past to embrace her future.

A good book, but the bad people are so evil, and there is an evil brewing that i guess will follow into later books.

Great narration. I was there in the good and bad. It put my heart through a wringer.

Longbourn, December 1811. 

The day after Jane and Lizzy marry dawns especially cold for young Kitty Bennet. Called to Papa’s bookroom, she is faced with a resolute Mr. Bennet who intends to punish her complicity in her sister’s elopement. She will be sent packing to a seminary in far-off Cornwall.  She reacts like any teenager chafing under the “burden” of parental rules - she throws a tantrum. In her fury, she slams her hands against the doors of The Bennet Wardrobe. 

"I wish they were dead! Anywhere but Cornwall! Anywhere but here!"

As Lydia later said, “The Wardrobe has a unique sense of humor.”

London, May 1886. 

Seventeen-year-old Catherine Marie Bennet tumbles out of The Wardrobe at Matlock House to come face-to-face with the austere Viscount Henry Fitzwilliam, a scion of the Five Families and one of the wealthiest men in the world. However, while their paths may have crossed that May morning, Henry still fights his feelings for another woman, lost to him nearly thirty years in his future. And Miss Bennet must now decide between exile to the remote wastelands of Cornwall or making a new life for herself in Victorian Britain and Belle Époque France.

The Exile follows the story of Kitty Bennet as she grows from the coughing follower of her younger sister, Lydia, into a bright and engaging young woman living in the exciting world of the late 19th century. However, she must pass through many trials before she can fully understand why the Wardrobe sent her 75 years into the future - and for her to become one of the most important fixtures in the Bennet Wardrobe Universe.

Tuesday, 10 May 2022




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